Fayetteville, N.Y. — The local CBD retail scene is getting crowded.
Two new shops have just recently opened in Syracuse-area suburbs. More opened earlier this year.
One new shop, CBD Store, is located at 511 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville. That’s the plaza next to the Dunkin’ location in the village center.
The store opened Wednesday.
The other new store opened in early September at 3536 W. Genesee St. in Camillus. The shop is in a plaza adjacent to Aspen Dental across from the Camillus Target.
The new location is another local store from the Your CBD Store chain.
Your CBD Store has locations across the country and in other parts of Upstate New York. It opened in the Syracuse market earlier this year with a store in the plaza at 676 Old Liverpool Road.
Brian Smith, owner of CBD Store in Fayetteville, has been running a CBD wholesaling business, selling products to other shops, for the last year and a half. He got into the business after he said CBD helped his father deal with pain after a cancer diagnosis and improved his own back pain.
The wholesale business, Green Leaf Industry Corp., will continue, Smith said. He said he started the retail store to try to bring CBD to a wider audience.
The store carries a variety of products, including tinctures, salves, lotions, body butters and roll-ons.
The Your CBD Store in Camillus will carry all the same products as the chain’s other stores, said Rob Uhle, manager of the Liverpool store.
That includes body lotions, beauty supplies, bath bombs, vape products, tinctures, pet products, face creams and water-soluble CBD that can be mixed with beverages. The store also has a variety of edibles including hard candies, gummies and honey sticks, Uhle said.
CBD retailers have been popping up with increasing frequency in the Syracuse area and beyond.
Empire CBD, another local chain, also opened a new store in Camillus earlier this year and has plans for more. CBD shop Our Remedies opened at Destiny USA this year.
Local food and beverage producers are getting in the game too. Apple orchard Beak & Skiff recently rolled out a CBD-infused cold brew coffee, for example.
CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that can be extracted from cannabis plants. It’s different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
CBD, which does not produce the high that marijuana does, has been exploding in popularity in recent years after the federal government eased rules on farming hemp, which can be a source of CBD. New York has been encouraging hemp cultivation as well.
CBD has been used to create a host of products, including lotions, soaps, oils and more. It has been repeatedly touted for its health benefits by advocates, who argue it can help with seizures, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and sleep.
Others have been more cautious and argue the evidence for many supposed CBD benefits is thin. The Food and Drug Administration has said serious questions on the science, safety and quality of CBD products remain unanswered.
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