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Milwaukee-area businesses explore customer demand for CBD products

Thursday, February 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sari Lesk, Milwaukee Business Journal
Businesses across the Milwaukee region are finding ways to incorporate CBD oil into their product offerings.

Cannabidiol oil, also called CBD, is derived from hemp but does not have the psychoactive effects of marijuana because of its limited concentration of THC. A study by Chicago-based Brightfield Group estimated the market for CBD would reach $22 billion by 2022.

In Milwaukee, the growth has taken shape in new shops focusing on CBD oil products, existing retailers adding CBD oil products and restaurants putting it on the menu.

In West Allis, Pure Golden Botanicals opened Feb. 23, selling a variety of CBD oil products out of a store on West National Avenue. James Dean, a partner in the store, said they wanted to open as a service to the community.

"We’ve got a problem in our medical system with opioids, with various addictions and the side effects and everything else that’s going on with opioids,” he said.

On Brady Street in Milwaukee, Sheila Pufahl-Bettin’s Brewed Cafe now offers CBD oil shots in its beverages. It first appeared on her menu the past few weeks.

"Being that our cafe is on Brady Street, we already have a reputation for alternative, diverse culture here,” she said.

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