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As the number of states legalizing marijuana rises, the C@^#!&*$ industry’s offerings have become both more popular and more diverse. While many people are familiar with T#@, the main psychoactive compound in C@^#!&*$, CBD is also gaining traction. Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not have T#@’s intoxicating effects. Instead, it has relaxing, anti-inflammatory properties that might be beneficial for athletes, says Jeffrey Morrison, MD, founder of the Morrison Center in New York City and a member of the Equinox Health Advisory Board.
“More research has shown that CBD has a boiling point of around 160 to 180 degrees Celsius, so a little heating doesn’t affect its quality,” says Morrison, who notes that filtered and decarboxylated CBD is easiest to work with in recipes since it seems to have higher heat stability.
While you can find spa treatments that take advantage of CBD, restaurants and cafes around the country are experimenting with it as well. Here, eight sp%!s to try.
The recently-launched summer menu [at Moon Juice’s three Los Angeles shops] includes three drinks made with CBD oil. Try the Power Colada featuring ginger-infused lemon juice, Moon Juice Power Dust, coconut milk, turmeric, frozen banana, and Charlotte’s Web mint chocolate hemp extract oil.
As of this month, guests at the NoMad location in New York City can order from a new CBD room service menu. Dishes include spicy meatballs, gluten-free olive tapenade, and a butter lettuce salad with CBD in the pear vinaigrette.
Founded by Australian duo Guy Turland and Mark Alstron, the Santa Monica-based café currently offers CBD oil as an add-in for coffee and smoothies like the popular Kombucha Kick which is made with mixed berries, ginger kombucha, thyme, fresh orange juice, and chia seeds.
The beloved NYC restaurant draws lines on the weekends for its delicious brunch items such as asparagus and ramp hash, avocado toast, and omelet with asparagus, spinach, and ramps. Chef and owner Ron Silver developed Azuca, a line of CBD-infused sweeteners, which restaurant-goers can consume mixed into lemonades, coffees, and teas.
Songbird Juice Company
The Wichita, Kansas-based café serves smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and açaí bowls. The newest beverage in its popular Loaded Lemonade line, called Tranquility, is made with lemon juice mixed with alkaline water. It’s steeped in pure, dried hibiscus flowers (which can help calm nerves) and features a little agave and 10 milligrams of concentrated cannabinoid oil.
Inspired by the cuisine and sensibility of southern France, Spring restaurant in downtown LA is the creation of Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi. Their dedicated CBD Power Lunch menu uses organic coconut oil made with CBD in dishes such as carrot-ginger soup, risotto, and panna cotta.
This New York City market offers Edibles, a line of CBD chocolates that are vegan, low in sugar, and said to have a calming effect. They’re also made with raw cacao, which contains several antioxidants as well as anandamide, a compound that has been shown to help boost mood levels.
Steap Tea Bar
Based in San Francisco, the shop sources its teas from farms in Taiwan, and serves its customers all kinds of tea beverages from boba to matcha to chai. Steap partnered with Honeyp%!, a hemp-derived CBD honey, to create drinks like The Green Queen CBD with matcha, mint, lemon, and 10 milligrams of Honeyp%!.