DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A south Florida soda fountain is trying something a little different.
They’re offering milkshakes and sundaes containing something extra -- CBD oil.
“It’s a hemp product, it’s not coming from marijuana,” said T.J. Dildine, pharmacist and owner of Delray Shores Pharmacy and Soda Fountain.
They carry the usual items you’d find at any soda shop.
But they also offer a special ingredient.
“This is 25 mg of CBD oil, it’s mint chocolate flavored,” Dildine said, holding a small syringe filled with CBD oil.
That’s right. CBD oil.
The owner says unlike marijuana, it will not make you high.
They’ll add it to milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and also brownies.
“There’s really a whole list of different potential health benefits that CBD derived from hemp can help with,” Dildine said.
Dildine says CBD oil can help people suffering from insomnia, chronic inflammation and anxiety.
“We have a lot of patients with chronic conditions so they’ll come in and get their fix you know, and it seems to be helpin’,” Dildine said.
For a mere $11, you can get a Daddy, Chill Out, a mint chocolate chip milkshake with 25 mg of CBD oil made from the hemp plant.
One man who tried it says it eases his back and neck pain.
“I think that it does help. It’s not like it’s going to make you feel like you’re on cloud 9 or anything like that, it’s just a nice relaxing beverage,” said Alex Wells, a pharmacy customer.
For some, adding CBD oil to food may be controversial.
“There’s no laws in place you know, prohibiting it,” Dildine said.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on this issue December 20 that says in part: “It’s unlawful under the FD&C Act to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived.”
It may be a trendy option to sell CBD shakes and brownies. But not everyone is sold on the idea.
“Oil in ice cream? That doesn’t add up to me at all. So I wouldn’t dare try it,” said Dearil McCellion, a pharmacy customer.
The fact that the soda fountain shares space with a pharmacy may help those who are hesitant, giving the CBD milkshake a little added credibility.
“It’s starting to gain in popularity,” Dildine explained.
The owner says he sells two or three milkshakes a day with CBD oil.
But you have to be 21 or over, because they don’t want kids to come in and get them without their parents’ approval.
We got this statement from Delray Beach Police Department: “Unfortunately, the question about whether it’s legal for businesses to sell food products containing CBD oil isn’t easily answered. There are federal and state laws that apply, which seemingly contradict each other. DBPD is aware of the business in question in Delray Beach, and we have talked to the owner about his goods. If there is any illegality involved, we will take the proper measures.”