Soda shop sells CBD-infused milkshakes and sundaes

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Soda shop offers CBD-infused milkshakes and sundaes
Soda shop selling milkshakes, sundaes and brownies containing CBD oil.

FLORIDA -- A soda fountain in South Florida is trying something new, offering milkshakes and sundaes containing 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.

WPEC reports that they carry the usual items customer would find at any soda shop, but they also offer a special ingredient.

They add 25mg of mint chocolate flavored CBD oil to milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and brownies.

The CBD oil doesn't make you high but instead offers a long list of potential health benefits, such as relief 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.

Alex Wells, a customer at the soda shop who tried a CBD infused milkshake said, "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."

Although CBD is trendy, it is still controversial to some.

"There's no laws in place, you know, prohibiting it," Dildine said.

On Dec. 20, the FDA released a statement that said, "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."

Since the soda fountain shares space with a pharmacy, the CBD milkshake has a little added credibility, and those who are hesitant are starting to warm up to the idea.

"It's starting to gain in popularity," Dildine explained. He sells two or three milkshakes a day with CBD oil.

The CBD infused treats are only sold to customers 21 or over because Delray Shores doesn't want kids to come in and get them without their parents' approval.

The Delray Beach Police Department provided WPEC with the following statement:

"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."