Since the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the Farm Bill) legalized hemp at the federal level, the market for Cannabidiol (CBD) has significantly expanded. But what is CBD, why do people use it, and where can you purchase it?
The Farm Bill defined hemp/CBD as “cannabis that contains no more than 0.3% THC.” Tetrahydrocannabinol, aka “THC,” is the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives one a “high” feeling. Marijuana, also derived from cannabis, contains higher levels of THC, and despite having been legalized in many states, the federal government still considers marijuana an illegal substance.
People take CBD for a multitude of reasons. Some take it to energize and focus. Some take it to relax. Others take it for pain relief. And some give it to their pets to help them feel calmer. Whatever the reason, CBD in its various forms,e.g., edibles, lotions, pre-roll joints, teas, tinctures, has become more mainstream over the last four years, and many boutiques, cafes, and shops now offer it. If you’re curious about CBD products and where to buy them in Montclair and Bloomfield, read on for more details.
Good Guy Vapes Glass, CBD & Hookah | 20 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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This franchise store carries CBD products such as edibles, CBD vape e-liquid, disposable devices, and flowers. Customers from the community (from the legal age of 21 up to those in their 70s) come in for CBD to help reduce anxiety-related conditions and to reduce pain, inflammation, and chronic pain from arthritis. According to employee Mishi, “We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our CBD and hemp selection.” The store carries brands such as Just CBD, Koi, Hempzilla, and Kalo.
The Green Room | 20 Church Street, Montclair
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Owner Darek M. Wajda and his team of “Budtenders” are friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the business. A third-party lab tests all products to ensure quality, safety, and transparency. Edibles are the most popular product in the Montclair store. Vegan edibles are available, as are plant-based cartridges. While the age range of customers is 18-80, any product that contains Delta 8 is sold only to people 21 years and over.
Inner Eye Boutique | 343 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Inner Eye Boutique has a designated CBD counter within the shop. Employee Dee explained the differences between the products they carry as two women in their 60s came into the shop to buy CBD for pain relief. Another customer who suffers from spinal stenosis uses CBD between prescription times, if necessary, rather than taking more meds. Products include roll-ons, gummies, capsules, and more.
Trend Coffee & Tea House | 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
In addition to a cozy, funky atmosphere and vegan pastries, this café offers CBD products to purchase or add to your favorite beverage. Patrons can take a break from the day with a honey oat latte with CBD. The shop even has CBD goodies for cats and dogs.
Other stores that sell CBD products include:
Montclair Smoke Shop | 127 Valley Road, Montclair
Moon Light Smoke Shop | 580 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
Smoke Masters | 398 Broad Street, Bloomfield