Why CBD is the hot new trend in food and drink
At the start of the year, CBD was named by US chefs as the trend to look out for in 2019 and we’re now seeing an ever growing range of CBD-infused food and drink; from cocktails and coffee, to cookies and chocolate.
And then there’s the restaurants and cafes opening with menus dedicated to CBD. Whilst London led the way, the rest of the country is catching up so we take a look at some of the best places to go.
Nationwide - Crussh
For those of you who can’t start the day without a morning coffee you can now get a CBD oil booster at Crussh after they became the UK’s first food chain to introduce CBD to their range of coffees. According to the British Coffee Association, in 2018 we drank a staggering 95 million cups of coffee a day in the UK so it makes sense that a chain like Crussh is making CBD more accessible and giving consumers an easy way to introduce it to their daily routine.
Brighton - The Canna Kitchen
Brighton’s Canna Kitchen was the UK's first cannabis themed, plant based restaurant. Aiming to change the conversation around cannabis it offers a menu of locally sourced and mostly organic, seasonal British ingredients “inspired by world flavours and infused with the healing properties of cannabinoids” which the restaurant use in the form of oils and buds.
With an on-site CBD cafe and dispensary, you can also buy cakes, drinks and beverages as well as organic cannabis-based products including CBD oil, edibles, hemp flowers and cosmetics through the Hemp Earth Dispensary.
To book a table at The Canna Kitchen, visit here
Swansea - Bogarts CBD Coffee House
Bogarts CBD Coffee House, on St Helen’s Road in Swansea is another cafe where you can grab a CBD infused coffee. Owner Jeff Lang says his customers range in age from 18 to 80 years old and whilst the Welsh Government and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) say there is no proven medical benefit, Lang has noticed that his younger customers are tending to use it for anxiety whilst the older ones are finding that it helps manage painful conditions affecting their mobility such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Manchester - CBD Coffee Lounge
The CBD Coffee Lounge is based in the centre of Chorlton and as well as being a hub to showcase the work of local artists, it also serves a range of food and drinks you can add a boost of CBD oil to. There’s a selection of CBD products you can buy including oils, topical balms and creams, vape oils and pure wax and oil extracts, and they stock a wide range of edibles including raw vegan bliss balls and chocolates, all made using top quality organic full spectrum oils.
London - Plant Hub
Hackney’s Plant Hub is dedicated to helping us nourish our bodies with plant based food using local seasonal ingredients and what we like the most, supporting local producers. As well as enjoying their vegan menu they also have a a range of CBD-infused food - from granola energy bars and peanuts, to banana bread and a dessert slice with a CBD coconut biscuit base, hemp caramel and chocolate ganache.
To book a table at Plant Hub, visit here
London - Farmacy
One of London’s leading vegan-friendly places to eat, Westbourne Grove’s Farmacy Kitchen was also the first to start serving CBD in London. They’ve taken the classic High Tea and added a CBD infused twist. On arrival, guests are served a CBD infused cocktail, followed by a selection of tea-time sweet and savoury treats, including CBD home-made chocolates; along with a pot of hemp leaf tea or a choice of Farmacy house infusions.