Member Directory   Members Only   Membership   Contact Us   Recipes   News & Events   
  News & Events
Events
News

CBD has become US's coolest food, drink ingredient

October 9, 2018

Channel 3000

The latest "it" ingredient to hit menus is CBD, short for cannabidiol, one of over 60 cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant (more commonly known as marijuana).

Unlike THC, the most well-known cannabinoid, CBD has no psychoactive effects. So, while it won't get you high, its reported therapeutic properties have driven CBD sales and popularity in the wellness industry.

While researchers are still trying to determine CBD's effects, some studies suggest it can help treat inflammation, pain, anxiety and seizures.

The controversy around this superfood stems from inconsistent cannabis regulation at the federal and state level.

Despite growing legalization, the DEA still considers cannabis -- including CBD, unless sourced from industrial hemp -- an illegal drug.

To date, the FDA hasn't approved any CBD products apart from an epilepsy drug called Epidiolex. State laws vary and are changing all the time.

Take California, a state with legalized recreational cannabis and a famously vibrant cannabis cuisine scene: Just this summer, the California Department of Public Health stopped the sale of CBD additives in food and drink until it receives full FDA approval.

This left restaurants such as Gracias Madre and Superba Food + Bread scrambling to change their menus to accommodate the rule.

With the Golden State out of the culinary cannabis spotlight at the moment, it's time to highlight some other less celebrated locations where you can find CBD-infused treats out in the wild.

From a sleek, wellness compound in Miami to a Portland dive bar known for late-night hot dogs, here are the coolest spots to find CBD on the menu (for now).

Adriaen Block, Queens, NY
This newly opened Queens cocktail bar and restaurant is a CBD mecca, showcasing the ingredient front and center.

For the uninitiated, the menu offers a word of advice: "CBD will not get you high, but you may experience a calming sensation."

The infused drinks include the Stoney Negroni, Rolled Fashioned, and the Bakin' & Eggs, which is made with Pineau des Charente, Lillet Blanc, blood orange bitters, egg white, and garnished with crisped bacon.

Teetotalers can get in on the action too, thanks toan equally thoughtful selection of CBD mocktails made with Seedlip, a swanky, non-alcoholic distilled spirit. Not thirsty? Also on offer are entrees with a side of AB CBD sauce or a pillowy blob of CBD-infused whipped cream to top off dessert.

Adriaen Block, 19-33 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105, +1 (718) 686-1391

Broomwagon, Lexington, KY
A community mecca for bike culture, this bicycle shop is also a beer garden and café serving up locally-sourced coffee, creative comfort food and ice-cold crafts and drafts.

Customers bringing in their bike for repairs can enjoy a snack by the mechanic's work area while they wait, or check out the latest wheels and accessories. (New pannier bag, anyone?)

They'll add a dose of CBD to any beverage for $2, or you can order a specialty drink like the Sage Advice Latte, with maple and sage-infused syrup, espresso, steamed milk and CBD.

Broomwagon Coffee + Bikes, 800 N. Limestone St., Lexington, KY 40505, +1 (859) 554-6938

Koku, Brooklyn, NY
Think of the Zen Bowl as an ice cream sundae for the Goop set -- dairy-free, probiotic-enriched coconut soft-serve heaped with colorful superfood toppings like antioxidant blueberries, nutritious black sesame granola and CBD cacao magic shell.

Available April through October at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg on Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park, it's allergy-free and utterly Instagrammable.

You can also find the frozen treat at sporadic pop-ups (check their website for upcoming events), but stay tuned: A brick and mortar location is in the works for next year.

Koku, multiple locations

Donnie Vegas, Portland, OR
The coolest downtown Las Vegas dive bar is actually located in Northeast Portland, serving cocktails on tap and cheap, creative hot dogs like the Seoul Dog (kimchi, sambal aioli, scallion) and Tijuana Dog (cream cheese, pico de gallo, jalepeno) until 2:30 am.

They offer Jell-O shots and wine in a can, and a slushee with a hemp-derived twist -- the Prickly Pear CBD Margaweeda, made with fresh lime juice, triple sec, silver tequila and prickly pear puree.

Donnie Vegas, 1203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, +1 (503) 477-7244

Green Goddess Cafe, Stowe, VT
This homey café, a neighborhood go-to for fresh-pressed juices and tasty breakfast scrambles, was one the first in Vermont to put the wellness ingredient on the menu after "we experienced the benefits of CBD firsthand with our son, who has autism and a tumor disorder," owner Athena Scheidet says.

One of their most popular specialty drinks is the Jamaican Me Shake, a CBD smoothie with tropical fruit, spinach, avocado, organic apple juice and whipped cream.

Green Goddess Cafe, 618 S Main St, Stowe, VT 05672, +1 (802) 253-5255

The James New York NoMad, New York CityTravelers who want a break from Manhattan's hectic pace don't even need to leave their boutique hotel room for the latest way to unwind -- CBD-infused room service from notable cannabis chef Annabel Drummer.

The in-room dining menu includes spicy meatballs, gorgonzola salad with walnuts and pear, and house tater tots. Or, you can pick a prepackaged CBD-infused treat like Chef For Higher Gummies, Grön Chocolate bars, and even Bark Avenue dog treats for stressed pets.

The James NoMad, 22 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016, +1 (212) 532-4100

VegeNation, Las VegasDowntown
Las Vegas's Fremont East area has become an artsy hub for plant-based eats and health-conscious cocktails -- the antithesis of the Strip's bottle service and Champagne-shower decadence.

Affordable global street food at VegeNation is locally grown and plant-based, and even the cocktails have a positive spin -- particularly The Changemaker, a refreshing, infused whiskey tea made with local distilled liquor and tea from Bloomin' Desert Herb Farm, a brew of rosemary, ginger, holy basil, red clover, nettle, peppermint, clove and raw CBD oil in purified water.

VegeNation, 616 Carson Ave #120, Las Vegas, NV 89101, +1 (702) 366-8515

Plant Miami, Miami
Miami isn't all neon lights, and pumping basslines. When the South Beach scene feels like it's all too much, find your Zen at Sacred Space Miami.

The minimalist oasis in once-gritty Wynwood features a lush meditation garden, yoga and wellness classes, and Plant Miami, an organic, vegan farm-to-table restaurant.

The tropical Plant Medicine cocktail -- with fresh pineapple, house coconut milk, dark rum, and a dose of CBD oil -- is the perfect blend of Miami vibes and mindfulness.

Plant Miami, 105 Northeast 24th St, Miami, FL, 33137, +1 786 621 5006

River and Woods, Boulder
The comfort food at this historic cottage includes community-sourced dishes like Aunt Penny's Mac & Cheese with mushrooms and onion-potato crunch and John's Gnocchi Verde with spinach, Reggiano cream, and lemon zest.

There are family-friendly picnic tables in back, as well as an adult-centric Airstream that serves as an outdoor bar, where you can add a dose of CBD to cocktails like the Sloe Descent, with Luxardo amaretto, Spirit Works sloe gin, orange and pomegranate juice.

(They're in the process of formulating a dedicated CBD-infused wellness cocktail, too.)

River and Woods, 2328 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, (303) 993-6301

Coalition Brewing, Portland, OR
This brewery changed the game with Oregon's first commercially produced CBD-infused beer, Two Flowers IPA, highlighting the kinship between cannabis and hops with an aromatic, grassy flavor.

The beer has become so popular that you can find it all over town at establishments like EastBurn Public House and Dot's Café, though it's worth a visit to the tasting room's new patio where you can enjoy it in its original birthplace.

Coalition Brewing, 2705 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214, +1 (503) 894-8080

Zenbarn, Waterbury, VT 05676
You haven't reached peak Vermont until you've visited this rustic barn-turned-restaurant's periodic "Hemp and Hops" dinners, where five-course meals are infused with CBD and paired with local craft beers.

It's a community-focused space, with a yoga studio upstairs and live music at night. (Be prepared to hear Grateful Dead covers.)

The daily menu offers CBD-spiked aioli for their burgers, including the vegetarian Zen Burger, a local black bean patty piled with cheddar, chipotle crema, avocado, lettuce, and crispy onion.

There's also CBD honey vinaigrette for salad, a CBD brownie sundae with house-made CBD caramel, and clever CBD cocktails with names like Gin and Chronic, Le Verde and Up in Smoke.

Zenbarn, 179 Guptil Rd, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, +1 (802) 244-8134

Grön Cafe Portland, OR
If there was a Willy Wonka of cannabidiol, it would Christine Smith, founder of craft chocolate company GrönCBD.

The manufactory's confections contain CBD extracted from a hemp alternative -- evergreen tree bark combined with citrus peels.

The front of house is a drop-in cafe, where you can order CBD Drinking Chocolate served with whipped cream and a shortbread cookie, as well as infused chocolate lattes, steamers, iced chocolate drinks, chocolate-filled croissants, and truffles.

They'll indulge your curiosity and your sweet tooth -- visitors are encouraged to ask questions or sample the CBD caramel and chocolate sauces, chocolate bars, tinctures and body products.

Grön, 960 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214, +1 (971) 279-4754



CBD has become US's coolest food, drink ingredient

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Awards Announced

Spotlight on the Vermont Senate race: How would you handle the dairy-farm crisis?

Vermont Garden Journal: Let's Cut The Scrap And Get Composting

NEW YORK STATE HOSTS MEETING ON DAIRY INDUSTRY ISSUES

VEDA approves $7.4 million in business development financing

Bove’s cooks up new Flashback Friday dinners

Big E sets All-Time Attendance Record on Vermont Day

Op-Ed – Working To Find a Better Way To Pay Dairy Farmers

International culinary trail aims to connect Quebec, Vermont and beyond

Vermont sugarers get good news from FDA on maple labeling

GDP figures show it's a good time to be in the food business

Two PF+C attorneys named Best Lawyers 2019 “Lawyer of the Year”

Don't Bug Out! The Smithsonian Channel Is Going To Show You How To Cook Insects

Working Lands Grants Available for Vermont Food, Forestry and Wood Products Ventures

The Face of Farming: Root Crops Abound at Burnt Rock Farm

Food Trucks Aren't Just for Millennials Says Retirement Community

Runamok Maple expansion to add 50 workers

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Awards Producer Association Grants

SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW-More of our Favorite Specialty Foods

VEDA approves business and agricultural loans totaling $7.1 million

VERMONT CELEBRATES NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK

Hunger Mountain Coop community fund grant applications available

VERMONT CHEESEMAKERS TAKE HOME 36 RIBBONS AT THE 35th ANNUAL AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY COMPETITION

Burlington airport adds giant maple syrup jugs and cheese blocks to decor

Scholarships available for October 3 Food Tank Summit in NYC

Ann Clark Ltd. attends ‘Made in America Product Showcase’ at White House

Interest Brewing In Kombucha As Healthy Beer, Soda Alternative

Packaging Makeovers at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Important Tariff Information

As Vermont distilleries grow so does ancient art of barrel making

Branch Out Your Vermont Brand

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates expands production, distribution to meet growing needs of allergy-suffers

Ruth Anne Flore appointed CEO of Grafton Village Cheese

Up to $2,000 available for small businesses

H Kenneth Merritt, Jr of Merritt & Merritt listed in Chambers USA 2018

Burlington Drink Entrepreneurs Move, Aptly, Into the Soda Plant

Harvest New England Conference Workshop RFP and Save The Date

Promoting food through literature

Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA

Specialty Food Sales Hit Record $140.3 Billion

Taco Gordo and All Souls Tortilleria Come to Old North End

VSFA Welcomes New Members

Moore: Don’t shop online, shop local

SBA Awards June 7 in Waterbury

8 Consumer Trends for 2018

Vt. leads nation in local food consumption

Putting switchel on the map: Up Mountain Switchel diversifies gut health beverage space

Vermont Coffee Roaster Producing ‘Green’ Beans

Slow Living Summit explores the future of farm and food entrepreneurship

Vermont Smoke & Cure Introduces New Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates moving to Colchester, doubling in size

The 25 Most Important Cheeses in America, According to Cheese Experts

Vermont Specialty Food Producers Take Home Gold at Annual sofi Awards

Taste of Vermont goes to Washington

New Grant Opportunity for Associations that Promote Vermont Agriculture, Food, Beverage, Forest, and Fiber Products

Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes

Some small food retailers find less importance in groceries

Who roasts your coffee? Five Vermont roasters spill the beans on what they do

SAP! Beverages finalist at Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Montreal pitch

USDA Renewed 17 Substances on National List for Organic Production

Fat Toad Farm named SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year

Grants to help Vermont farms improve produce safety

Vermont Producers and Value-Chain Facilitators Receive $50K to Support Local Food Market Development

Vermont Creamery Adds to Its Expanding Retail Goat Cheese Collection

Device could save Vermont’s food producers thousands annually

Annette Rexroad, co-founder of Road Crew Clusters, to lead the Food & Beverage session of the Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont’s inaugural Power Forward! Accelerator Prog

It's Tortilla Tuesday in the Test Kitchen

14 Reasons Why We Love Vermont Farmers

7th Local Specialty Crop & Local Food Trade Shows on Monday, March 5, 2018 Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Andy's Dandys: A recipe for success

Fat Toad Farm wins 2018 Good Food Award

Announcing ACORN Workshop on Working with Distributors

Specialty food going 'up and up and up,' says Mintel

Fledgling wine grape industry looks to protect Vermont vines

Good Food Foundation’s 2018 Good Food Awards and Mercantile Celebrate Excellence in Taste, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility

Agriculture Agency Events at The Vermont Farm Show

Supplier Relationships Key to Pricing, Assortment Strategies

Vermont Sugarmakers Reflect on New Challenges

Pints of Passion: Gelato Company Scoops Out Quality Flavors

Announcing the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program 2018 Request for Proposals!

Localvore expansion to MA and ME is growth model for job creation in VT

Report: Workforce development critical to sustain local food economy

Special thanks to Vermont dairy farmers on National Milk Day

Wonkblog Organic food fraud leads Congress to weigh bill doubling USDA oversight

Gut Health Tops Nutrition Trends for 2018

Up to $60,000 available through Local Food Market Development Grant program

Bennington distiller adds partners

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

MORE THAN 164 MILLION CONSUMERS PLAN TO SHOP OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AND CYBER MONDAY

Famous Vt. Baking Brand Sees Growth, Thanks in Part to Retail Giant

10 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RECRUITING, HIRING AND RETAINING MILITARY VETERANS

2018 Good Food Awards Finalists

Specialty Food Category Forecasts

SFA's Trendspotters' Top Trends for 2018

Policy and Communications Director Named at Agriculture

Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program Accepting Applications on November 15

Vermont Village Introduces Apple Cider Drinking Vinegars

FDA publishes more menu labeling guidance

ACORN Producers and Buyers Forum: Conversations Across the Local Food Spectrum

Cabot Creamery chooses FirstLight for data services

Workforce development, business succession plans required for food industry growth

Ag Agency Accepts Applications for Trade Show Assistance Grants

Amazon has slashed seller fees to try to improve its grocery selection online

At Neighborly Farms, Producing Cheddar Is a Family Affair

Community Capital of Vermont receives $1 million for microloans

Gov. Scott Celebrates Vermont’s Farm To School Grant Program With Students

Amazon's Stealth Takeover of Vermont

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Announces $1M in Grant Funding for Farm Capital Equipment Assistance Program

H Kenneth Merritt, Jr selected as ‘Super Lawyer’ for 5th Time

VERMONT AGENCY OF COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES $325,600 GRANT FOR SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTING

New England Super Lawyers recognizes seven PF+C Attorneys

Vermont businesses generate over $1.8M in total sales at The Big E

Working Lands Financing Conference

What Section 179 Expensing Means for Your Business

Scott signs proclamation designating October as Employee Ownership Month

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces $750,000 in Available Investments To Help Grow Vermont’s Economy

Vermont Artisan Coffee moves, opens coffee bar to rave reviews

2017-2018 Windham Region CEDS Update

Vt. Governor Proclaims October Farm to School Month, New Grant Opportunities Released

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Announces Over $1M in Available Grant Funds

New Improvements to State Building Help Showcase Vermont Tradition and Emerging High-Quality Agricultural Products

Apple Season Has Arrived in Vermont – Get Picking!

From Wallflower to Expert Networker

Rooted in Vermont: Uniting all Vermonters around Local Food

Vermont Products Win Big at the 2017 Fancy Food Show

Job Opening: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Project Manager

Fuel Your Passion with Lake Champlain Chocolates’ Fifth Limited-Edition Bar for 2017 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Cabot receives 2017 Tourism Partner of the Year

2017 sofi Awards Winners

City Market, Onion River Co-op Celebrates Earth Week

Craftsbury Farmers' Market Looking for Vendors

2nd Annual Green Mountain Fair at Manchester seeking Vendors

Maple Syrup Never Tasted So Good

Vermont Artisan Coffee and Tea Makes the Big Move!

City Market Awards Co-Op Patronage Seedling Grants to 8 Local Non -Profits

Cabot Sets World Record for Largest Smoothie!

Vermont Fresh Pasta Celebrating 25 years!

Gringo Jack’s Flaky Chips Verified Non-GMO

Lake Champlain Chocolates to Host New Organic Bar Tastings

Lake Champlain Chocolates Debuts 4 New Organic Bars at Specialty Foods Winter Fancy Food Show

Castleton Crackers Debuts Colorful and Compact New Packaging

Runamok makes Oprah's Favorite Things List

Japanese consumers rave over Vermont products

2017 GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS

Vermont Creamery's Non-GMO Cheese Hits the Market

Lake Champlain Chocolates achieves SQF Level 2 Certification

A Tour of Vermont Tortilla Company

Blake Hill opens Windsor plant

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces $650,000 in Available Grant Funds and Two Innovative New Loan Programs

Lake Champlain Chocolates + Silo Distillery = A match made in heaven

Maple Syrup Breaks Away From Breakfast

US Chocolate Market to Reach $30B

 
Member Directory    |    Membership    |    Site Map    |    Recipes    |    Contact Us    |    Home
The official web site of the Vermont Specialty Food Association
963 Paine Turnpike North, Berlin VT 05602
Phone: 802.839.1930 Email: info@vermontspecialtyfoods.org
©2018 Vermont Specialty Food Association. All rights reserved.

Designed & CMS by Cambium Group, LLC