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Chow with a Hit of CBD 

CBD drinks are trending, with the promise of healthful side effects

People often add CBD to the Sunny Bowl at Sunny Yoga Kitchen, but can also add peppermint or coconut CBD oil to any meal or drink. - LISA SIPE
  • Lisa Sipe
  • People often add CBD to the Sunny Bowl at Sunny Yoga Kitchen, but can also add peppermint or coconut CBD oil to any meal or drink.

As predicted by the Specialty Food Association's Trendspotter Panel, cannabis cuisine has been a hot trend in 2018. Even the big guys such as Molson Coors are teaming up with cannabis producers to create entire ventures dedicated to cannabis beverages. You may have already spotted this trend around Central Oregon, since places including The Bite in Tumalo and Primal Cuts have Ablis CBD sparkling beverages on tap. While CBD drinks are becoming mainstream, adding it to food at restaurants is still emerging.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. It's not psychoactive, which means you won't get high. You don't get the mind-altering effects because it doesn't contain the chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Without the psychoactive effects, CBD has no age or driving restrictions.

I asked Rick Eslinger at Strictly CBD if there's a risk of taking too much CBD. He said, "the only downside of using too much is wasting it, like if you took too much Vitamin B." And then he said, "I guess you could feel too relaxed." Interesting to note: CBD is naturally occurring in breast milk and orange peels.

CBD promises relief from pain, anxiety and depression. Studies on PubMed.gov offer evidence CBD can be used for a wide range of conditions including epilepsy, schizophrenia, joint pain and diseases such as cancer. In June, the Food and Drug Administration approved its first CBD drug, Epidiolex, to treat epilepsy.

At Mother's, visitors can grab a premade CBD elixir or add CBD to any meal or drink. - LISA SIPE
  • Lisa Sipe
  • At Mother's, visitors can grab a premade CBD elixir or add CBD to any meal or drink.
At least two restaurants in Bend have added CBD to the menus after their owners experienced the benefits. "We are regular users of CBD and have wonderful results and wanted to be able to pass that on to our customers," said Violet Robles, general manager at Mother's.

Amy Wright, chef co-owner of Sunny Yoga Kitchen, said, "We added it to the menu because I started using it myself. I don't like the feeling of being high, but I'm on my feet 60 hours a week and CBD is a natural alternative for reducing stress and pain."

Both restaurants allow patrons to add it to a beverage or a meal. At Sunny Yoga Kitchen I added 25 milligrams of organic coconut CBD oil to my Sunny Bowl, a combination of sautéed vegetables, garbanzo beans, quinoa and cilantro served over jasmine rice with coconut curry sauce. I expected hints of dry sap, like you often find with edibles, but it didn't have any skunk. The bowl didn't taste any different.

I had the same experience at Mother's when I drank the orange, grapefruit and lemon CBD elixir, OG Krush. It tasted like bright, citrusy juice. As for the effects, it made me feel a little more relaxed.

By 2020, the hemp and CBD category is expected to be a $1 billion market in the U.S., according to a report issued by Brightfield Group. This means we can look forward to more restaurants offering CBD, and local CBD product producers like Ablis can expect more competition. If you want to add CBD to your food at home, you can purchase hemp protein powders and CBD oils and tinctures at local dispensaries.

Sunny Yoga Kitchen
2748 NW Crossing Dr, Bend
541-678-3139
Sunnyyogakitchen.com

Mother's
1255 NW Galveston Ave.
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
62090 Dean Swift Rd., Bend
mothersjuicecafe.com

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