NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Doctors believe in CBD oil's ability to remedy some ailments, as do businesses that sell CBD-infused foods and beverages. However, many also agree that adding it to foods and drinks should have oversight.
"The Health Department in New York City went out and is seeing people put CBD into muffins and cakes," Lou Sagar, the CEO of the Alchemist's Kitchen, said. "That's alarming if it's not regulated."
That's why the New York City Health Department is ordering restaurants to stop offering products containing CBD, deeming it an unsafe food additive.
Sagar's business, Alchemist's Kitchen, is a botanical dispensary in the East Village dedicated to plant-based wellness. It sells CBD oil on its own.
"I'm very, very sad and sympathetic to probably what is a great intention," Sagar said. "But the Health Department had a point—let's slow this down."
Since 2011, Dr. Orrin Devinsky of the NYU Epilepsy Center has been involved with research involving CBD oil.
"You wouldn't want to be buying Tylenol or Advil and have no idea how many milligrams are in it," Devinsky said.
During his studies, he found that CBD oil worked as an anti-seizure medication and recommends it for his patients today. But when it comes to the city wanting CBD oil regulated, he is on board.
"As a physician, I believe any medication, whether it's over-the-counter or prescription medication, there should be knowledge by a physician or an educated consumer about what they're getting," Devinsky said.
The Alchemist's Kitchen produces its own CBD oil. But in order to buy it, you must first speak to the herbalist who is qualified to help figure out what works best for you. You also get a dosage chart to let you know how much CBD oil you should use.
The Health Department began embargoing CBD in food products in January. To date, five restaurants have been ordered not to use CBD as a food additive in products.