The year 2018 has seen various proliferations where food is concerned; âbleedingâ vegan burgers, crossushi and orange wine being just three of many. However now, as the new year encroaches, it seems weâre moving in a new direction with CBD leading the way. But what exactly is it? Well, aside from being a $1 billion dollar business already, CBD (an abbreviation forÂ cannabidiol) is a cannabis product that wonât get you high, but the âitâ drug has gained quite the rep, most notably due to more recent legalisations of marijuana â holla Canada! CBD is found in cannabis, alongside other chemical compounds, and the oil is said toÂ act Â as a natural treatment for epilepsy, depression and anxiety â without the buzzy side effects! In following with the trend, a handful of London restaurants are incorporating CBD oil-infused food and drink into their menus, and itâs sure lit-up our curiosity. Hereâs where to high-ten your horizons and say yes we can-abbis to CBD oilâŠoh, and if you donât like weed puns, youâre going to have a bud time.
By Chloe were pretty darn revolutionary when it came to the intro of CBD oil, launching the Feelz by Chloe food in a partnership with CBD lifestyle brand, Toast. The smoking hot in appearance range boasts a wholly Instagrammable exterior, and has subsequently been a huge hit among millennials. The menus includes 25 items, withÂ cinnamon rolls, brownies, cakes, popcorn, Rice Krispie treats, and whoopie pies being popular choices. Basically, thereâs loads on offer so itâs pot luck what you choose. By Chloe is a vegan joint that opened up in London earlier this year, but the CBD success actually generated as a result of the Daily Hit Brownie which, like its namesake, was a daily hit in New York at the by Chloe resto over there. This then inspired co-founder Samantha Wasser to create a full range; you know what they say after all, thereâsÂ no smoke without fire!
Where: Drury House, 34-43, Russell Street, WC2B 5HA
Fancy yourself a Gin and Chronic? No, weâve not lost the plot, we know what a gin and tonic isâŠ but Maison Bab have made one that uses an eclectic mix of CBD oil, Bombay Sapphire and lemon and it looks to die for. Yet another restaurant incorporating the coveted oil in their drinks, Maison Bab is a modern kebab house, serving gourmet kebabs and mezze thatâll work you up an appetite for a CBD twist on the classic drink.
Where: 4 Mercer Street, London WC2H 9FA
Despite not yet having opened, Kalifornia Kitchen is set to serve up CBD at its sexyÂ location which emanates serious millennial vibes with interiors awash with pastel and a social feed triumphing palm trees and pineapples. The brainchild of influencer Loui Blake, KK (as weâve already fondly named it), will serve CBD in its latteâs, perfect for setting your morning off to a smoking start! Weâve got our eyes peeled for a CBD expansion at this joint.
Kalifornia Kitchen opens on the 26th of November
Where: 19 Percy Street, W1T 1DY
Back in 2015 Farm Girl, the restaurant known for its healthy Aussie-inspired menu, opened their first site in Notting Hill, last year they launched their concession at the Sweaty Betty Carnaby Street flagship and this year they opened between the Kings Road and Fulham Road. However, whatâs really caught everyoneâs attention in recent months is the cannabis oil hot chocolate theyâve introduced, made usingÂ cacao powder, peppermint, Japanese matcha, CBD oil and hazelnut milk. A grand success, the hot chocolate is aptly timed for winter and will be sold across all three Farm Girl sites in Notting Hill, Soho and Chelsea. Oh, and to enhance your munchies even more theyâre offering customers the chance to infuse any if not all of their drinks with the oil.
Where: 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Last, but by no means leastâŠ in fact first if weâre looking at who introduced CBD in their food first, Farmacyâs High Tea is laden with the oil. The groundbreakers have an afternoon difference with a twist that would see James Franco and Seth Roganâs heads turned circa Pineapple Express days! The treat uses infused cocktails,Â hemp leaf tea and spiked chocolates.
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH