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TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/GIA MAZUR Brenda Lidy, Lacey Demkosky, Cameren Brice, Michelle Romano, Brenda Bistocchi, Chef Melodie Jordan, Ryan Evans and Mark Trexler show off dishes from upcoming “Cooking with CBD” course at Keystone College.

Keystone College’s hospitality business management program and professional development institute are offering Kitchens at Keystone cooking courses for the community, with different themes such as “Martinis 101” and “French Wine & Dine Date Night.” Local Flavor was interested in a buzzier theme, though: “Cooking with CBD” with instructor Chef Melodie Jordan.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant and is legal in all 50 states. It does not contain mind-altering tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will not get you high. However, its benefits for anxiety and pain relief make it a go-to for those looking for respite. Adding it to food allows you to reap its benefits in a tasty way.

Jordan warned those looking for the highest-quality CBD should look to a higher price-point and shop for CBD at a respected retailer. She also hopes the course and its dishes help to end the stigma on CBD.

“I was apprehensive myself at first, but there’s so many benefits to it,” she said. “It’s about educating people and giving them something new to try.”

Kitchen at Keystone classes are for all skill levels and instructed by industry professionals. Classes will be held inside the college’s hospitality center, 120 College Ave., Factoryville, a former firehouse revamped into a commercial kitchen and event space. It’s also open to the public for courses like these as well as to rent out for events, which show off what Keystone has to offer.

“This is a really fun, different night out, and people are looking for those kinds of experiences,” associate professor Brenda Lidy said.

Kitchen at Keystone course schedule:

French Wine & Dine Date Night: Feb. 14, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Teen’s Taco Time: Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cooking with CBD: Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tea-Based Cocktails: Sunday, Feb. 23, 4 to 6 p.m.

Plant-Based Homemade Classics: Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wonderful Welsh Cookies: Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To sign up, call 570-945-8380 or email pdi@keystone.edu.