CBD in Foodservice: What Every Foodie Needs to Know  


Anyone with an Instagram has gotten lost in the stream of #foodie or #foodporn a time or two. And who can blame them? These shareable food pics have made one of our favorite pastimes much more enjoyable…eating!

We all come from gatherers and hunters, and we all need food to survive. Therefore, you might as well enjoy the food you consume. 

Thanks to CBD, this pleasure has gotten even more fascinating. Until recently, hemp-made products were only allowed in certain states. In areas where CBD (Cannabidiol) has been shortly permitted, locals have already started to relish the manifold benefits of the Cannabis Sativa plant. They started to add CBD in food and even call it a fine dinner. The 2018 Farm Bill has completely changed the way we say cannabis. It has now become a regularly featured item on menus across the country. While the rest of the world slowly catches up, tycoons in the foodservice industry are already crushing it in the CBD dominion. With the cannabis-based dishes ready to impress the most fuddy-duddy of the foodies, it pays to know what and where you can try them. 

Why Eat CBD?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that we’re in the midst of a CBD boom. And the proof is in the CBD -infused ice cream and even beef jerky. 

From helping to relieve stress, soothe battle-worn muscles to improving sleep quality down the dial on anxiety, the list of benefits brought by CBD anecdotally seems to grow by the day. And because of the relaxing state laws along with no shortage of athletes who are constantly looking for a competitive edge, the CBD-infused edibles market has just blown up. You can reinforce your post-run smoothie with CBD protein powder and later CBD honey, butter, or jam on your morning toast, all without problems or abuse of potential marijuana. 

  • CBD Short Introduction

CBD or Cannabidiol is believed to deliver its expansive powers on the body by connecting to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is a system found in every organ in our body and that in theory impacts a number of psychological processes. And, all that without the psychoactive “high” and increased appetite effects of its cannabinoid cousin, THC, found in marijuana. 

Both hemp cannabis and marijuana plants contain Cannabidiol and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but hemp cannabis plants contain a very low level of THC, namely 0.3% or less – which means there’s less likely you get as high as Cheech and Chong. Almost all Cannabidiol found in today’s food services gleaned from industrial hemp, which is now legally grown in European countries and does not exceed 0.3% of THC. 

There are a variety of ways to consume CBD, but the most common product types are edibles,  CBD additives you can vape, tinctures, and topical solutions. Oral tinctures are ingested orally, while topicals are applied on the skin, and edibles are ingested – you guessed – like food. As expected, the term “edibles” has been associated with marijuana. It often evokes images of space cake or pot brownies, for instance. But CBD edibles are pretty different and include everything from protein powders to gummy bears and beverages like soda. 

Do CBD Edibles Actually Work? 

While the buzz surrounding CBD is real, the research is much less so. When it comes to CBD, it’s a matter of the subjective evidence greatly surpassing the science, which is murky at best. 

There is a lacuna of peer-reviewed clinical studies conducted on humans that validate CBD’s role in improving athletic performance or health measures. The infancy of research massively owes to the fact that hemp had, until quite recently, been legally classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which placed science on the back burner. That means there is still much uncertainty about the true and long-term effects of CBD edibles on the body. 

However, for every athlete and CBD devotee who broadcasts their love of Cannabidiol, there is another one in the background who isn’t that impressed about the whole CBD rush as they have experienced no significant benefits when using it. But there are many other things that may impede Cannabidiol from having any effect on your body. Things like blood-type diet, genes, and dosage are decisive factors when it comes to CBD effectiveness.  

CBD in Restaurants 

There’s no denying it. The food industry is buzzing about CBD. The MHRA may have made it clear that the use of Cannabidiol is not allowed as a food additive, but this news has not stopped chefs from drizzling, mixing, and whisking the non-psychoactive derivative of the cannabis plant into food and beverages. 

In 2018, the U.S. government legalized hemp, a form of cannabis from which Cannabidiol is produced, but the Food and Drug Administration is still evaluating CBD’s safety as a dietary supplement. 

Since then, various states have enacted a series of regulations permitting the marketing and the consumption of Cannabidiol under certain conditions. 

CBD-Themed Restaurants are All the Buzz Lately  

U.K.’s first CBD-themed eatery is set to open, and others will soon follow. The Canna Kitchen is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant with all dishes and cocktails having the option of containing CBD, the legal constituent of cannabis, known for its therapeutic benefits. They come up with dishes including roast cauliflower smoked auberge, hemp heart tabbouleh, sesame cavolo nero, and CBD tahini cream; and roast roots, and CBD cashew cheese. If that doesn’t sound orgasmic, we don’t know what.

Suppose the foodservice industry continues to encourage this healthy behavior. If that’s the case, it’s just a matter of time until the next CBD-themed eatery serving CBD-infused coffee, cakes, and beverages will open its doors on your street. The future smells good, tastes earthy, and soon misconceptions about this plant will vanish as people grow more aware of its benefits.



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