Why are CBD Edibles Being Pulled Off Restaurants in Some Parts of the Country?

Across various parts of the country, health department officials are asking restaurants to voluntarily pull CBD-infused foods and drinks off menus.

The latest local and regional governments that have reportedly taken steps against CBD are New York City, California, Texas, and Ohio banning the substance from restaurants and retail stores.

For example, according to the New York City’s official government website, beginning July 1, New York City restaurants that don’t comply with the CBD ban voluntarily could be embargoed of their CBD products by the health department... and by October 1, officials “will begin issuing violations to restaurants and retailers for offering CBD-laced foods and drinks. Violations may be subject to fines as well as violation points that count toward the establishment’s letter grade.”

CBD, or cannabidiol, which derives from cannabis, doesn’t cause the psychoactive effects for the lack of enough THC—the compound that gives people the “high” sensation.

In fact, CBD proponents claim the substance is mainly used for its therapeutic benefits helping people relax, ease pain, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.

Despite the fact that not many studies have been done on cannabidiol in human trials, as pointed out by a recent New York Times article, we are seeing an immense amount of CBD products being sold across the country, with Walgreens as the latest retailer to announce plans to sell creams, patches, and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states.

So, why is it being pulled out of the restaurant space, specifically?

Although, the farm bill that was passed in December 2018 legalized industrial hemp in the U.S., this only means industrial hemp was removed from the controlled substance category. Anything that is put in foods and drinks has to be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and, as of right now, CBD is not determined safe or effective for other health conditions aside from being an active ingredient in an approved drug that treats two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

The FDA regulations are something different and there’s a huge push from lawmakers to change this.

Since there is no federal law specifically addressing CBD-laced edibles, some states, like Colorado and Maine, have already attempted to clarify the status of the substance by passing laws allowing the addition of CBD to food, as reported by Reuters. California and Texas have introduced bi-partisan legislation to do the same, as reported by the Associated Press.

Last week, the FDA slated the first public hearing to take place May 31 to discuss how to regulate CBD food and beverage products.

In the meantime, here at Foodable, we are tracking the latest in this arena:

In a podcast episode of Chef AF, Chef Brandon Foster shares with us a personal anecdote about how CBD has positively affected a local farmer to The point where this person wanted to dedicate the rest of his available land to grow hemp for the CBD industry.

In an On Foodable Feature episode, our host Layla Harrison breaks down for our audience some of the CBD-infused products that have stood out from the rest.

And in a Barron Report podcast episode, we learned about Azuca— a company offering CBD and THC products ranging from edibles to sweet syrups.

We expect to continue hearing about ‘Culinary Cannabis’ and its impact on the restaurant business and society as a whole. so, stay tuned for more interesting content!

New Age Bev Launching Cannabis-Infused Drinks for Marley Bev

The cannabis market in both Canada and the U.S. is booming. Since Cannabis containing THC isn't legal federally or on the state level in the U.S., the legal cannabis compound CBD is especially taking off in America.

We have recently reported that a few beverage giants, like Coca-Cola, are looking into developing cannabis beverage lines.

One of those companies, New Age Beverages Corporation is no longer in the development stages. This week, New Age announced that it has created a cannabis-infused beverage for the Marley Beverage Company and will distribute the line in the next few months.

New Age & Marley Bev's new canned beverages dubbed Mellow Mood +CBD are infused with CBD and meant to relax drinkers.

New Age has partnered with Marley Bev, which is named after the reggae legend Bob Marley, into release other drinks and Mellow Mood beverages like the relaxation teas.

The three flavors–Herbal Honey, Lemon Raspberry, and Peach Raspberry have 25 mg of CBD in each 15.5 oz can.

“Marley and cannabis-infused beverages is kind of a match made in heaven,” said Brent Willis, New Age CEO to "BevNET." “In the beverage industry, people buy products based on functional benefits, based on taste, but they also buy based on the emotional connection that they have. With this brand, we are really bottling ‘don’t worry, be happy’ in a can.”

Although CBD is legal, the cans will first be available in Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington where all cannabis recreational use is legal.

At the end of last year, New Age announced that it was rolling out CBD-infused beverage lines at the 2018 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) trade show. The beverages for Marley appear to be part of the company's plan to emerge as one of the biggest players in the cannabis beverage market.

According to Willis, the Marley CBD line was a big hit at this year's Winter Fancy Foods Show and was the company's “most successful show ever.”

Read more about New Age & Marley’s latest venture at “BevNET” now.

We have been following the cannabis trend and specifically the CBD trend closely. Listen to the episode of The Barron report below to learn more about CBD infusions and how this company is thriving with its CBD products.

Chef-Quality CBD Infusions Connect Cannabis to the Foodservice Industry

With the cannabis industry booming across the nation, CBD has made its way onto menus as an infusion that can be added into coffee, cocktails, and more.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron speaks with CEO, Kim Sanchez Rael and Chief Creative Officer, Ron Silver of Azuca, a company with a unique technology to create fast-acting cannabis edibles, sugar, and syrups made from chef-quality, all-natural ingredients. The three discuss how the company came to be, the latest CBD trends, and the future for cannabis in the foodservice industry.

Listen to this episode of The Barron Report for more insights on how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry.

SHOW NOTES

  • 12:52 What is the product's market?

  • 15:56 The speed at which the CBD Market is changing

  • 18:01 Expanding the products Market

  • 20:11 How to Measure CBD in Products?

  • 23:06 What is a CBD Product’s Expiration period?

  • 24:32 CBD Market Growth


  • 01:38 What is CBD?

  • 03:34 Serial Entrepreneur Shifts to Foodservice & Wellness

  • 05:02 Introducing CBD Products to the Food Service Industry

  • 06:42 Connecting Cannabis to the Food Industry

  • 09:06 Fast Acting and Controllable Dosing

  • 10:50 Industry Response to the Products

 
 

CBD-infused Cocktails, Ice Cream, and Desserts are on the Rise

CBD-infused Cocktails, Ice Cream, and Desserts are on the Rise

As the Cannabis industries are booming in states where the psychoactive drug is legal to sell, in non-legal states CBD is on the rise.

Legal CBD, known scientifically as cannabidiol, is also derived from the hemp plant but is unlike marijuana because CBD contains just a hint of THC, meaning it doesn't give you a "high."

CBD usage has become popular due to its multiple health benefits. 

“CBD has wonderful anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-insomnia and pain management benefits, and is incredibly safe and effective,” said Brooke Alpert, an Upper East Side nutritionist to "amNewYork."

With that being said, we are seeing more CBD-infused food offerings show up on menus. 

The bar The Breslin at the Ace Hotel in New York is selling CBD brownies and cocktails. But, this bar isn't the only food business in the city jumping on the CBD-infused bandwagon. 

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