Despite state health warning, cannabis oil remains popular for some

Though state health officials warned this week of “potentially contamined” cannabis oil causing a spike in emergency room visits, that doesn’t seem to be affecting sales of such products.

Ayman Nasser, who manages TJ Smokes, a Durham tobacco shop that sells cannabidiol oil (or CBD) products, said Thursday that he had not heard the warning issued by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Apparently, neither have customers who shop at the store, which opened about six months ago.

“It’s one of our big sellers,” said the 20-year-old Nasser, whose older brother co-owns the shop. “People use it for pain and for relaxation.”

In a news release Tuesday, State Health Director Betsey Tilson said people should be aware that products labeled as CBD oil might contain other substances.

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