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Marijuana-derived CBD oil for sale all over San Antonio

Customers Dana Sorbel, left, and Leila and Bruce Rathburn are assisted by (behind the counter from left) Trevor Hamarlund, Andrea Tinney and Zack Rios at The Botanical Shoppe.

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Hemp-derived CBD oil products are available at The Botanical Shoppe.

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CBD oil comes in a variety of guises and sizes.

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Leila and Bruce Rathburn, left, get advice from Andrea Tinney and Zack Rios about hemp-derived CBD oil at The Botanical Shoppe. Bruce Rathbun was looking for a product to help alleviate foot pain.

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Andrea Tinney, left advises Bruce Rathbun about how to use a hemp-derived CBD oil to help alleviate foot pain at The Botanical Shoppe.

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Anita Rodriguez, 71, has a CBD oil lotion applied to her neck by her daughter, Leticia Rodriguez.

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Suddenly, CBD oil is everywhere. Derived from hemp, aka marijuana, cannabidiol oil is a hot new ingredient at coffeehouses, bakeries, juice stands and vape shops throughout San Antonio.

From downtown to the suburbs, stores selling it as sublingual drops or in gel caps, vape oil and even gummy candies are popping up seemingly on every street corner and in mall kiosks. It’s being added to all sorts of food and drinks, not to mention soap, body lotion, lip balm and more.

This isn’t the second dawning of the Age of Aquarius. It’s part of the so-called “green rush,” the commodification of hemp-based products triggered by a series of three developments:

New federal laws loosening restrictions of the sale of CBD oil.

The legalization by states of recreational and medical marijuana.

Claims by advocates that CBD oil is something of a miracle drug, able to treat a long list of ailments, including muscle pain, arthritis, depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of these claims may actually be true.

Stores selling CBD oil report robust sales, and local chains that distribute and sell the product are proliferating as customers — many baby boomers and older — explore nonpharmacological treatments for health issues common to growing older.

Business has tripled since the beginning of summer at the Botanical Shoppe at Blanco and 1604, according to Andrea Tinney, regional manager.

“Word of mouth is really driving people to CBD oil,” she said. “Most of our clients are baby boomers and above. They say, ‘My doctor wants to put me on this drug, but I want to try something different, something natural.’”

Despite its prevalence and promise, CBD oil is still seen by many as vaguely illicit. It is, after all, made from cannabis. And in Texas, at least, possessing or smoking pot is still against the law.

But CBD oil is different from the pot that’s smoked. It doesn’t come from the bud of the cannabis plant, the source of marijuana. Instead, it’s made from the stems, leaves and roots — parts that contain little or no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the mind-altering component of the plant. So CBD oil won’t get you high.

Stores have been able to sell CBD oil ever since the passage of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. A provision in that law exempted oil made from the nonbud part of the hemp plant from the Controlled Substances Act, so long as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC by weight, according to pharmacist Scott Frishman, who has written about CBD oil and its legality.

“That means under the initial interpretation of the 2014 Farm Bill, federally exempt hemp can be sold in the state of Texas,” he said.

But there are still some gray areas.

For example, San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman Romana Lopez said the department’s stance is that CBD oil is legal in Texas only if it has zero THC, regardless of the 0.3 percent allowance under federal law.

“Narcotics Unit detectives would take enforcement based on a positive reaction for THC on a field test,” she said in an email. “The THC field test does not measure the strength of the THC, it only measures if it is present.”

Since last September, Texas has a compassionate use program that allows those with epilepsy to use high-concentration CBD oil, beyond the 0.3 limit, up to 0.5 percent. The higher dose requires patients to jump through several hoops to qualify. For example, they must have what the law terms “intractable epilepsy,” meaning they have not responded to at least two traditional drug therapies, and they need approval from two different doctors.

The laws continue to change. When San Antonio recently raised the minimum tobacco-buying age from 18 to 21, the 13-location Smoke to Live chain decided to raise the minimum age for everything it sells — tobacco-related or not — to 21.

“We’re still figuring things out about this new law, so we decided it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Jordan Studer, manager of the shop at Blanco and 1604.

CBD oil sales will shoot from $108 million in 2014 to an estimated $512 million by the end of this year, according to market research company Statista. That’s expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2022.

Anita Rodriguez is at least partly responsible for this trend. The 71-year-old has been using the oil, applied as a roll-on, to relieve her neck, back and leg pain since her daughter-in-law bought her a bottle about a year ago.

“I use it in the morning, and I carry the bottle with me when I go out,” she said. “If my legs start hurting when I’m in the grocery story, I’ll go into the restroom and roll on some more. In a few minutes I start to feel better.”

Most claims of CBD oil’s benefits, like Rodriguez’s, are anecdotal, although research does support it having anti-inflammatory properties and shows that it can ease stress and anxiety, though most of these studies are small and short term.

As for purported benefits for more severe conditions, such as diabetes and PTSD, the jury’s still out, partly because it’s been only a short time since researchers could easily and legally study CBD oil, and clinical trials can take years to complete.

But they’re in the pipeline. A search for “cannabidiol” on clinicaltrials.gov, for example, resulted in 63 hits, but most of these U.S.-based studies are just getting underway.

A lack of data has not prevented any number of stores from selling CBD oil or adding it to different products. And more are coming all the time.

At the Dab Hemp Cafe in the Five Points area, you can order an LL Kool J (lavender lime cool juice) or an Agent Orange (orange, pineapple, lime, mint and coconut water) juice for $7 each and add 20 milligrams of CBD oil to the mix for an extra $2. The oil also can be infused into the shop’s coffees and teas and its vegan ice cream.

Owners Erika de la Rosa and Gabriel Garza sell a variety of baked goods made with hemp seeds, hemp milk and hemp flour, products that contain virtually no CBD oil.

“We take a lot of time explaining to customers what CBD oil is, how we use it,” Garza said. “And we don’t infuse our baked goods with it. We want to keep the display case kid-friendly.”

Later this month, Folklores Coffee House will open on South Flores by the missions. There, coffee will be infused with CBD oil, which co-owner Joel “Tatu” Herrera said will provide all the benefits without affecting the flavor of the coffee. CBD oil and coffee are a natural combination, he added.

“For a lot of people, coffee is a way of life. They drink it every day,” he explained. “And CBD oil is the next step.”

CBD oil products aren’t cheap, and they’re typically not covered by insurance. For example, a $69.99 jar of 60 10-milligram gel caps of oil should last most people, at most, one to two months, said the Botanical Shoppe’s Tinney. A 250-milligram tincture bottle of CBD oil costs $49.99 and should last about a month if taken daily.

“We suggest people start at the lowest dose possible and increase that until they get the desired effect,” she said. “Sometimes, as with the gel caps, you might have to take two capsules a day to shock the system and eventually drop back to one a day.”

Because these products are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, there are few standards for how hemp is grown and processed and little reputable dosing information. You won’t find an official recommended daily intake listed on the label.

Many stores recommend taking 1 to 4 milligrams of the oil for every 10 pounds of body weight. That would translate to 14 to 56 milligrams for a 140-pound woman and 20 to 80 milligrams for a 200-pound man.

Lack of government oversight has also resulted in something of a Wild West market for CBD oil, with few manufacturing standards. When Consumer Lab turned its attention to CBD oil, for example, it found that the amount of oil per suggested serving size varied from 2.2 milligrams to 22.3 milligrams among the eight brands tested.

Dr. Tod Cooperman, president and founder of the private testing company, said consumers should look for products that list the amount of oil per serving and that they do their research beforehand, talking to the clerks at retail stores and reading testing reports from publications such as his and Consumer Reports, which did a story on CBD oil this year in its July issue.

Finally, anyone who is subject to random drug tests, such as long-distance truck drivers, police and the military should make sure any CBD oil products they use contain no THC. That’s because even small amounts might show up on a drug test.

In other words, you could lose your job without even getting high.

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