NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Caffeine Underground was the first to offer CBD oil in its coffee-but they are hoping they aren't the last. CBD oil is a non-psychoactive compound that now feels as ubiquitous as the yellow cab.
But-CBD is under attack. The New York City Health Department is banning it from any restaurant or bar that adds it to food and drink because it is not approved for use as a food additive.
CBD is found in hemp, which was removed from the list of controlled substances when the Hemp Farming Act passed Congress in 2018. Since then, cities like New York have jumped on board.
But what will happen now that the Health Department has unceremoniously started banning the use of CBD at restaurants and bars-offering little to no warning?
The FDA is reevaluating the use of CBD oil in food drinks and supplements.
In the meantime, the New York City Health Department says: "Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat. The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers' health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD."