NEWTOWN, PA — What started as a small kiosk in the Lehigh Valley Mall has grown to four storefronts in three counties.
Smooth Roots CBD, which sells organic products made from hemp plants farmed in Oregon, recently celebrated the opening of its fourth location at 120 S. State Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Newtown.
Cannabidoil, or CBD, is a chemical extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant. It contains zero or extremely low levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes a psychoactive effect, according to the Harvard Medical School.
While medical experts disagree on the chemical’s potential health benefits, proponents of CBD tout it as a treatment for everything from aches and pains to anxiety and sleep disorders.
Eddie Salzman, a Lehigh Valley native, runs Smooth Roots CBD with his partner, Dave Leib, a Newtown native and veteran who served four tours overseas.
In 2014, Salzman