Have you heard? Well, of course you have! CBD has been constantly making headlines in recent months and the endearing cannabinoid has now squeezed its way into ingredients’ lists across the country. However, its growing popularity in making meals and drinks has nothing to do with getting you high. Unlike its famous cannabinoid cousin THC, CBD is non-psychoactive.
The cannabis sativa plant is imbued with upwards of 100 cannabinoids including cannabidiol (CBD) and inconclusive yet significant studies suggest that the compound can help alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation and seizures.
Nevertheless, there is still a pretty large grey area around this supplement with federal and state governments speaking in different voices with regards to regulation. Moreover, aside from CBD derived from industrial hemp, the DEA still categorizes the compound in the same class encompassing heroin while watchdogs FDA are yet to give the green light on any CBD products aside from the epilepsy drug Epidiolex.
But that should change soon enough given the wave of legalization that is sweeping across states and across borders, with Canada being a recent example. California though seems to be taking a step in the reverse direction with the California Department of Health having prohibited CBD as a food/drink additive until approved by the FDA. The state’s much-acclaimed cannabis culture that was built upon the foundations of freedom is now left to watch from the sidelines while others usher in a new era. Consequently, renowned restaurants that had forged a name for themselves in the niche such as Gracias Madre and Superba Food + Bread have had to tweak their menus in order the tore the line.
Anyway, with the Golden State left languishing in the shadows of cannabis obscurity at the moment, other locations have carried the torch across the United States to propagate a skyrocketing trend of CBD-infused delicacies. With further ado, here’s a breakdown of these places that are turning up their cannabis game:
1) Adriaen Block in Queens, New York
Having just recently opened the doors, Adriaen block is a cannabis haven with a menu overflowing with CBD accented treats of all kind. Bakin’ & Eggs, forged from a compilation of egg white, blood orange bitters, Lillet Blanc and finished off with crisped back is a notable cannabidiol-infused member of that menu with other alterations including the Rolled Fashioned and Stoney Negroni.
Teetotalers will find delight in the CBD mocktails section that features drinks laced with a touch of a plushy non-alcoholic distilled spirit and Seedlip. For your desserts selections, whip cream spun with cannabis and an intriguing AB CBD sauce make excellent accompaniments.
2) Broomwagon in Lexington Kentucky
Fashioned in the image of a first-rate bicycle shop, Broomwagon also doubles up as café and a beer garden boasting natively-brewed coffee and a lineup of chilling drafts and crafts among a number of ingenious comfort foods. As your bike undergoes repair, you can indulge your taste buds or take in the latest wheels and accessories at the mechanic’s work section. For an extra $2, your snack will feature an extra additive of CBD or you can straight away get into the good stuff with a drink such as the Safe Advice Latte that is realized from a combination of steamed milk, espresso, sage-accented syrup, and, of course, CBD.
3) Koku in Brooklyn New York
The Zen Bowl is a mention-worthy fixture in their menu, with this comprehensive treat made from a plethora of ingredients built upon a probiotic-concentrated soft-serve that is dairy-free. The meal is rounded off alluring by vibrant toppings such as nutritious black sesame granola, antioxidant blueberries and cacao CBD shells.
4) Donnie Vegas in Portland, Oregon
This dive bar situated in North East Portland is as cool as they come. You can look forward to creative hot dogs such as the Tijuana Do- made from jalapeno, pico de gallo and cream cheese- and the Seoul Dog- consisting of scallion, sambal aioli and kimchi- not to mention hemp-styled cocktails such as the Prickly Pear CBD Margaweeda.
5) Green Goddess Café in Stowe
Taking a homey setting for its layout, the Green Goddess is the place to be for sumptuous breakfast scrambles accompanied by fresh-pressed juices. CBD-imbued smoothie the Jamaican Me Shake is among their treasured speciality favorites, with it nicely balancing a number of ingredients encompassing organic apple juice, avocado spinach, tropical fruit and whipped cream.
6) The James New York NoMad, New York
This hotel delivers your CBD-infused goodies straight to your room with options ranging from house tater tots to spicy meatballs and anything in between. Don’t hog all the fun alone as your furry companion can also lay back with a chomp of Bark Avenue dog treats courtesy of cannabis Mixmaster, Chef Annabel Drummer.
7) VegeNation, Las Vegas
Taking care of the vegan population is this artsy hub lying in the East Fremont Area. The entirety of their menu offers a selection of plant-based and natively grown varieties with food items deviating from the decadent pattern of modern-day dishes. Drinks such as the Changemaker are some of the exceptional cocktails with a cannabis spin to look forward to.
8) Plant Miami in Miami
Plant Miami serves under the umbrella of many roles with it taking on the mantle of a wellness centre and a farm-to-table restaurant. Their greatest creation so far has been the tropical Plant Medicine cocktail made from dark rum, house coconut milk and fresh pineapple brought to life with a dash of CBD oil.
9) River and Woods in Boulder
This nostalgic and family-friendly cottage is amassed with community-sourced meals such as John’s Gnocchi Verde and Aunt Penny’s Mac & Cheese and although CBD-infused cocktails are still in the pipeline, you can get a dose of CBD in the outdoor bar to accompany your cocktails.
10) Coalition Brewing in Portland, Oregon
Holding the tag of producing the state’s maiden CBD-infused beer, Coalition brewer offers a nice balance between hops and cannabis resulting in a popular drink that has become a mainstay on the shelves of establishments throughout the town.
11) Zenbarn in Waterbury, Vermont
Zenbarn offers a five-course dish served with not only native beers but also with CBD-spiked treats. This rustic restaurant bar is a community-focused space littered with live music when the sun goes down.
12) Grön Cafe in Portland Oregon
This craft chocolate company redefines cannabis boundaries as we know them with their extract deviating to a hemp alternative conjured from a mixture of citrus peels and evergreen tree bark. You can indulge a sweet tooth with the many CBD-themed delicacies on offer such as CBD chocolate sauces, truffles, croissant, iced drinks, caramel and basically any treat possible to derive from chocolate.
With more and more joints incorporating CBD into their menus, cannabidiol-based meals look like they’re here to stay.
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