The CBD “Green Rush” Sweeps CNY The "Green Rush" Sweeps CNY

New CBD Crops Poised to Help the Syracuse Economy

(Ryan Clarke) CBD, or Cannabidiols, are the non-active ingredients in marijuana. While the drug is yet to be approved by the FDA, it is known for it’s pain relief and relaxing effects. Main Street Farms CBD Manager Karlie Miller-Hornick says that the oils are helping the community break down the walls surrounding marijuana.

(Karli Miller-Hornick) We’re in a place to help people, and educate people, I think once people understand and start using the product, understand how our bodies interact with it, that stigma melts away.

(Ryan Clarke) According Miller-Hornick, CBD products aren’t staying on their shelves for long.

(Karli Miller-Hornick) Our customers are like our evangelists, they turn around, start talking to strangers, and everyone’s talking about their medical conditions and how it’s helped them and encouraging people.

(Ryan Clarke) Central New York farmers believe that the futures bright for CBD. Ryan Clarke, N-C-C News.

Cortland, N.Y. (NCC News) –With medical marijuana legalized just four years ago, farmers in Central New York are cashing in on another type of cannabis, one that doesn’t get you high. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-active ingredient in marijuana. It’s known for its relaxing and pain relief effects, but CBD doesn’t have the psychedelic effects of normal marijuana. It’s been utilized in holistic medicine for decades, but is now at the forefront of the movement towards organic, clean living.

The farms freshly harvested
Main Street Farms’ freshly harvested CBD field.
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While CBD isn’t approved by the FDA, one local farm can’t keep their products on the shelf. Karli Miller-Hornick, the manager of Main Street Farms’ cannabis department, says that CBD is a “viral product” that keeps growing.

“We can’t keep the stuff on our shelves and people show up to the farm daily” said Miller-Hornick.

CBD does more than just relieve pain however, said Miller-Hornick. Syracuse has recently been named to the list of the top ten poorest cities in America, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. Miller-Hornick says that CBD may play a part in fixing it. The industrial hemp can be grown year-round, letting farms retain their manual laborers.

“It (CBD) definitely has the potential to bring in a lot of jobs” said Miller-Hornick.

Usually, farmers lay off their employees after each growing and harvesting season, because there isn’t enough work to go around. However, workers can now become full-time CBD growers.

More than 75 new licenses were issued by the state government last year, and Miller-Hornick says there’s more opportunity to find work for the homeless and struggling in Central New York.

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Ryan Clarke

Ryan Clarke is a junior studying both Broadcast & Digital Journalism and Political Science at Syracuse University. Clarke is a researcher and content creator for Cincinnati-based football analytics company ProFootballFocus. In addition, he is also a color commentator for CNYStream, along with a writer/reporter for both WAER and CitrusTV. In the past, Clarke has interned for local news organizations - along with Fox News in NYC.

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