Cannabis-infused products are driving new businesses on Long Island

Long Island businesses that offer products containing cannabidiol, or CBD — a compound derived from cannabis that isn’t mind-altering —  are growing like weeds.

Despite legal hurdles and conflicted public attitudes, entrepreneurs are capitalizing on the hype surrounding the hemp plant. Fans of CBD use it as an alternative healing product, and say it helps them sleep, makes them calmer and relieves joint pain, among other benefits, although scientific research into these claims is still scanty.

Some entrepreneurs are cultivating the crop and making and marketing their own CBD-infused oils and lotions. Others are retailing CBD-based goods ranging from herbal teas and bottled water to chocolate chip cookies and even dog treats.