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!

Why the Cannabis Edible Market is Expected to Boom in Canada

We recently reported that the edible sector in the cannabis market is expected to hit $ 4.1 billion by 2022 in both Canada and the U.S. according to recent report by Arcview Market Research.

This significant growth is partially attributed to Canada rolling out legalized cannabis earlier this week.

However, the cannabis industry is a heavily regulated industry and in the U.S. and this presents some challenges. Even in the U.S. states where cannabis is legal, the regulations differ from state to state.

So popular products like Nancy Whiteman’s cannabis caramels can be sold in Oregon but can't be sold in Colorado because they are too buttery to hold the imprint of the THC symbol.

With that in mind, Whiteman's Colorado-based cannabis company is focusing on different markets when it comes to some of its edible products.

"Nancy Whiteman’s business is exploding. Wana Brands, based in Boulder, has zoomed from approximately $100,000 (U.S.) in sales in its first year in 2010, to more than $14 million last year," writes "The Star." "Wana — “Wana enhance your life?” — is pushing toward control of a quarter share of Colorado’s edibles market while keeping an eye on developments in other states and, enticingly, Canada."

Whiteman, along with other U.S. cannabis businesses , is looking into partnering with Canada companies to get into the soon to be exploding market.

“We have talked with many LPs (licensed producers) in Canada and are still making a decision on partners, but fully intend to be in Canada once edibles are legal," said Whiteman.

But there are still regulatory hurdles to overcome in the edible market.

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.

Does this mean that Canada and other U.S. states will soon implement similar rules?

Consumers spend the most on the candy cannabis subcategory in Colorado, followed by chocolate at a close second.

Learn more at "The Star."

As the cannabis industry booms, CBD the legal non-psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant is also on the rise. CBD-infusions are now being served in cities across the country. Listen to this recent episode of The Barron Report below to learn how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry.

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.

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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