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!

Cannabis Edibles Expected to be a $4.1 Billion Industry in the U.S. and Canada by 2022

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The cannabis Industry as a whole has morphed into a multibillion-dollar industry, but according to a recent study food infusions also known as edibles have much more potential.

Last year, in the U.S. alone, the edibles market accounted for $1 billion. This is significant considering marijuana is only legal recreationally in 9 states.

Tomorrow, Canada is rolling out legalized cannabis. With that in mind, Arcview Market Research anticipates that the edible market will be worth $4.1 billion by 2022 in both Canada and the U.S.

This tremendous growth is attractive to several beverage and snack giants.

Coca-Cola announced that that it is planning to get into the cannabis sector. The beverage giant made the statement after “Bloomberg” reported that the company is in talks with the Canadian cannabis company Aurora Cannabis, according to "multiple sources familiar with the matter."

But Coca-Cola isn't the only one jumping on the cannabis infusion bandwagon either.

“The edibles market is up for grabs. We’re already seeing mainstream beverage companies scrambling to take advantage of part of this significant opportunity,” said the Arcview Market Research report. “And when you consider that the investments made so far by these beverage companies, touches primarily the beverages subcategory, then you start to get a sense of the magnitude of the overall edibles market."

Molson-Coor announced that it's also working on developing a line of CBD-infused beverages in Canada.

Although the cannabis edible market is on the rise, there have been some recent challenges.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced earlier this month that cannabis-infused products that could be accidentally ingested by children like candies and lollipops will no longer be allowed to be sold.

Want more insights on how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry? Check out this recent episode of The Barron Report below.

Read more about the Arcview Market Research report on the cannabis edible industry at "Yahoo Finance" now.

Hotels are also Jumping on the CBD Bandwagon to Help Guests Relax

Hotels are also Jumping on the CBD Bandwagon to Help Guests Relax

Move over THC, CBD the legal non-psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant is on the rise.

As cannabis legal states across the country are seeing an economic boom, states without legal recreational marijuana are seeing potential in the CBD market.

The Hemp Business Journal anticipates that the CBD market will be a $2.1 billion market by 2020, which would be a 700 percent spike from 2016.

Not only are restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles offering guests CBD-infused treats and beverages, but hotels like The James Nomad and the Standard Hotel are offering either room service menus or mini bars with foods featuring this derivative of the cannabis plant. 

“We’re always researching new ways to help our guests relax,” said James La Russo, a manager at the hotel, to “Moneyish.” “CBD extract is proven to have calming effects, easing anxiety and stress. With it being legal in all 50 states, we knew we wanted to get involved.”

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Cannabis Fine Dining has Arrived in California But Is it There to Stay?

Cannabis Fine Dining has Arrived in California But Is it There to Stay?

Fine dining chefs in California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are now incorporating cannabis into their menus. 

The cannabis dining trend continues to gain momentum. There are even a few shows like Cooking on High and Bong Appetite, both focused on cannabis-infused cuisine. 

Not all gourmet ganja dishes are meant to give those diners that head "high." With the legalization of marijuana, there is an array of concentrates available.  

"THC is the cannabis compound that can get users high. CBD is different. It's another cannabis compound that lacks psychoactive properties. Fans believe CBD relieves anxiety and pain, and it's become a popular ingredient in cocktails," writes "NPR."

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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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