CBD Trailblazes the Food and Drink industry in 2019

2019 will be the year of cannabis infused donuts, milkshakes, and cakes- OH MY!

With specific legislative strides, the legalization of CBD has been a trailblazer in almost every space,
including the food industry.

According to America’s top chefs, you can expect to see delicious hemp infused food and beverages as a
major foodie trend in 2019. A recent survey concluded results that 77 percent of culinary experts predict
CBD drinks will be the hottest trend of this year.

Not to be confused with THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that comes from the marijuana
plant. Research concludes that consuming the federally legal extract can be beneficial to one’s health
and mental well-being.

CBD works by interacting with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system. Once consumed or
inhaled, CBD will work directly with the receptors throughout the brain and body to produce a long list
of medicinal benefits without the hallucinogenic effects associated with marijuana. CBD can regulate
anxiety, reduce inflammation, fight cancer, prevent seizures, and much more!

In a USA today interview, Josh Schwab, the owner of a Denver donut shop, shares his own experience
with cannabis infused pastries.

"I'm telling you, 75 percent of my clientele is doctors, nurses and lawyers.” Josh’s shop makes a CBD-
frosted doughnut decorated with a candied hemp leaf. The donut shop sells over 30 of these donuts
every Saturday and Sunday. "You get all the relaxation without the head high. It kind of just takes the
edge off."

After all, what’s better than a treat that actually treats?

Similarly, Otium Bar located in Los Angeles is home to a variety of cannabinoid infused drinks like the
Pineapple Express. The drink is inspired by a Mai Tai twisting with Negroni and Blue Dream. Although
many of the CBD oils used in drinks are odorless and tasteless, Otium’s Pineapple Express cocktail uses a
special CBD extract to highlight the natural herbal notes of hemp. According to one of Otium’s bar
tenders, guests are very intrigued by the cocktails.

According to research from Innova Market Insights, CBD infused food and beverages have already seen a
34 percent annual growth rate.

In contrast, other food industry professionals argue that it may be too early to tell if CBD will really be
off the chopping block this year. With the Farm Bill only recently legalizing the cannabinoid, predicting
the market succus rate may still be premature.

Greenwave is a marjuiana research firm that specializes in study for the cannabis industry. According to
Greenwave advisors, the CBD industry has the potential to reach 3 billion dollars by 2021 and eventually
be worth over 200 billion dollars in the United States alone.

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