A local popcorn maker in Buffalo, West of New York, is now selling CBD popcorn. As you walk into the Broadway Market, one of the first vendors you see is That Popcorn Shack, which has been creating different flavours of popcorn since past six years. That popcorn shack has 20 interesting and distinct flavours of the popular snack, including the best selling dill pickle flavoured popcorn.
Most recently, they introduced four new flavours of CBD popcorn.
Scott Hirsch, That Popcorn Shack Owner, said”We’re always looking to kind of expand on our product line and be innovative.”
Each 3.25 oz container has about 115 mg of CBD per container and the CBD used is collected from 2 local vendors, told Hirsch.
“It doesn’t have any of the THC or any of the parts of the plant that gets you high,” he said.
CBD is a non-psychoactive component derived from the hemp plant which has the ability to help aid in ailments such as pain, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and many other. Research has shown that CBD has significant health benefits which can not only help in reducing the degree but also cure diseases.
THC on the other hand is a psychoactive component which is found in large quantities in marijuana plant but in negligible traces in the hemp plant. Frequent use of high potency marijuana can lead to mental disorders and nervous system breakdown. But, hemp provides a controlled amount of THC which does not impact humans negatively if taken under proper consultation and with high CBD.
The government allows legal cannabis with as low as 0.3% THC, anything above this mark is considered illegal marijuana and the user can be arrested for the same.
Scott said that the traditional flavours taste the same as the CBD popcorns. The CBD based flavour was released just last week and Hirsch said they’ve had some really positive feedback for the product till now.
“A lot of people that come, that are purchasing, are already really educated in it (CBD),” he said.
Hirsch suggests his customers to talk to an expert or a doctor before they try out CBD popcorns and educates them in a way about the effects of CBD popcorns. A clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice at UB suggests the same.
“Starting with your own healthcare provider is an excellent place to start with that,” Edward Bednarczyk said.
Bednarczyk said that the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug involving CBD only for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy for children. He said that anything beyond this is unregulated.
“The main problem that people are going to be up against, is not data that says it doesn’t work, or data that says it works, but they’re going to find a big nothing,” he said.
The FDA has announced a public hearing in the month of May regarding the new rules and regulations set on CBD use. Despite this, companies continue selling and producing more CBD infused products for the consumer market.
The FDA and FTC issued warning letters to 3 companies jointly because of their claims that their CBD based product can cure cancer and other severe diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Although there are some anecdotes which relay CBD has helped people with stress, anxiety, sleep-disorders and pain but Bednarczyk said that there are no FDA approved studies or research the says CBD does or does not affect a human in a certain way.
He also said that a person should consult their doctor before taking CBD as it could react with any other medicines or pills the person might be taking on a regular basis.
“It has been shown to slow the metabolism, the elimination of certain drugs by the liver, and so if anyone is going to start using CBD regularly, they need to let their healthcare providers know, their doctors, their pharmacists know that they’re using CBD, they’re ingesting it.”