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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A new CBD product is raising eyebrows in Lafayette. Although it's completely legal, it's something you'll probably have to see to believe.
"It looks, it smells just like traditional marijuana," said iSmoke Vapor owner Nathan Welton. "We honestly couldn't believe we were able to sell such a product here in Indiana."
iSmoke Vapor on Earl Avenue added CBD or cannabidiol flower to its shelves about a month ago. It can be smoked, brewed in teas or used in cooking.
"CBD flower is the actual plant that is used to manufacture traditional CBD oil," Welton explained.
Welton said some of the benefits include quicker and longer lasting relief from pain and anxiety. That's compared to traditional CBD oil.
However, it doesn't just look and smell like marijuana.
"It is marijuana," Welton said. "The difference is the content of THC."
It's genetically engineered to have .3-percent or less of THC and because it has such a small amount users don't get high.
Thanks to a bill signed into law last year, it's legal in Indiana. But with all the good, comes the potential for bad.
"Law enforcement, for example, they will be confused when they see this product," Welton said.
He said iSmoke Vapor staff is working hard to educate customers before they walk out the door.
"Don't open the package until you get home," Welton said. "Use this product in the privacy of your own home. Don't be arrogant about it."
Although the legal age to buy is 18, iSmoke Vapor won't sell CBD flower to anyone under 21.
Welton said it's an effort to keep it out of area high schools. He'd like the responsibility to continue through open communication with local police.
"We want them to be aware of this product," he explained. "We want them to be aware of the legality of this product, and we certainly want them to be aware of the steps that we take here at the shop to assure that people are using this properly."
News 18 reached out to Lafayette police about the potential confusion between CBD flower and illegal marijuana.
Capt. Brian Gossard said the product is so new that right now police are still working on how to handle it.
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