Cannabidiol, or CBD, is taking the world by storm. This is because the component of the marijuana plant has been proven to produce strong medicinal and therapeutic effects for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, pain, and nausea. Because of the efficacy and safety of the plant, the UK legalized medical marijuana treatments and hemp CBD products in November of 2018. One month later, The Canna Kitchen opened its doors to the public. The vegan and vegetarian restaurant is the first in the UK to infuse cuisine with CBD.
According to High Times, the restaurant is located several blocks away from the ocean in Brighton. Sam Evolution, the founder and manager of The Canna Kitchen, chose the location, the interior’s smooth, pastel tones and the ornately designed wood detail to create a pleasant experience for customers. He and his team want to improve the way people perceive the plant, which is why they create high-quality, healthy, and creative dishes that can all be infused with cannabis, based on the patron’s desires.
“I want to create something special,” said Head Chef Charlotte Kjaer. “I like to combine natural flavors and aromas of the plant with different types of food. I want to transmit the passion I have for this wonderful plant through my creations.”
The chef is familiar with the plant’s many components, and their benefits. “Everybody is talking about CBD now but we also cook with other cannabinoids as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBN (cannabinol),” she continued.
Dining options at The Canna Kitchen range from a Buddha Bowl (tofu, seasonal roast roots, quinoa salad, homemade slaw, hummus, salad, housemate sauerkraut, and CBD-infused tahini) to the local soup of the day, served with local sourdough bread and CBD-infused olive oil. For a sweet treat, you can choose from a chocolate hemp brownie, poached pair with hemp vanilla ice cream, or a “canna Snickers” bar. And to wash it all down, there is hemp tea.
“Our mission is to change the way people think about the cannabis plant by creating beautiful vegetarian dishes which are tastefully complemented with its infusion. Cannabis is a highly nutritious, versatile, and powerful herb; it is packed full of flavor, fragrance, and natural therapeutic benefit.” Kjaer said.
The experience doesn’t end with the meal. Afterward, you can move upstairs to the dispensary and lounge section. Maybe you’ll choose to enjoy a CBD joint while sipping infused Moroccan coffee on the terrace with friends. If you came empty-handed, you can purchase everything from vaporizers to skin-care products to pet food (all with THC levels below 0.2%) from the dispensary.
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The stigma associated with cannabis is lessening, which is why the public’s response to The Canna Kitchen has been “very good,” according to Evolution. “People are curious towards the plant and we want to spark a larger conversation around it, inform the public.”
“I feel that eventual decriminalization is inevitable, it’s just a matter of time. I would like to see a great deal of education brought forward in relation to the responsible use of, not only cannabis, but all plant medicines, which are here to help us. I think The Canna Kitchen will most certainly lead the way for many more concepts like it in the UK. I have learned about Jeremy Corbyn’s son opening a hemp cafe in north London, we are extremely excited about this, and needless to say he has our full support on this project. It’s an exciting time for hemp/cannabis, which is being bought back into mainstream recognition, where it belongs,” he concluded.
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