A Chicago-based chain is now offering a different kind of shot to add to your morning coffee.
Protein Bar and Kitchen is giving its customers the chance to pay an extra $2.99 to add 30 milligrams of cannabidiol to its beverages.
The eatery is following recent trends when it comes to the hemp-based extract, but the product will not give customers the high they may be expecting.
The shot does not contain THC, the active chemical in marijuana which gives other side effects.
Customers will be offered the shot to add to any coffee or shake once prepared through a calibrated pipette.
CBD has been making news all over the world since the American Farm Bill was passed in 2018, legalizing all non-THC containing products.
It is widely known for helping to relieve or even cure many cases of chronic pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and even has links to helping with heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Protein Bar CEO Jeff Drake said the product offers ‘great promise’ when it comes to delivering many health benefits without the psychoactive effects.
He predicts the CBD ‘boost’ will prove to be very popular among the Kitchen’s customers.
The chain founded in 2009 now has 19 locations across the US, including Washington and Denver.
It is not the first time that the kitchen has produced a product designed to help the body.
Protein Bar and Kitchen also offers beverages such as Beauty Brew, an iced coffee containing Vital Proteins collagen and protein powder.
This is just one of the drinks customers will be able to add the oil to, as well as the Avo-Matcha, Health Nut, Big Date, Basic Beach, and Wrigley Peeled.
The cafe claims to provide fast fuel rather than fast food- shakes that are delicious, nutritious, and protein-packed.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Kitchen discovered quinoa and expanded its menu to serve a range of high-protein wraps, bowls, and salads to suit all diets.
The team is clearly moving with all of the latest trends to maintain custom and keep profits up.
But the recent CBD trend isn’t the first.
The use of medical marijuana can be traced back as far as 2737 BC, when Sheng Nung, a Chinese Emperor was known to use cannabis-infused tea to help treat a number of different ailments.
However, it didn’t gain the attention of researchers until 1839 when Irish physician and medical researcher William B. O’Shaughnessy published a highly controversial study investigating hemp’s therapeutic effects.
An advance in technology a century later then allowed scientists to further explore the plant and the separate compounds within it.
Cannabidiol is a compound produced by specific strains of the cannabis plant, known as hemp.
It represents up to 40% of what is extracted from the plant, making it the second most abundant extract from the plant, following THC.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis.
Many decide to take CBD thinking it is an easy way to get a legal high, however for cannabidiol products to be legal, they should contain no more than 0.3% THC.
This is believed to be a limit that allows users to receive all the health benefits of CBD without becoming addicted or experiencing psychoactive effects.
Hemp farmers are now starting to sell unused hemp biomass to businesses that wish to use it for CBD oil products, and a few are now looking to extract the oil themselves as a way to earn extra income.
More than 30 states have now legalized medical marijuana, recently including reluctant state Texas.
This product is inevitably about to become a household name, considering the fact that Texas had failed to legalize CBD at all until 2015.
It is completely legal to run and distribute a company which sells CBD products and move hemp across state borders, providing it has no more than the legal limit of THC.
Companies are jumping on the CBD bandwagon all over the country, with Young American, a bar and restaurant in Logan Square also offering CBD shots in beverages.
A spa in New York is even offering a new CBD ‘immersive experience’, by offering customers legal CBDs and therapeutic mushrooms.
Customers will find CBD infused products on the bottom floor of Standard Dose.
The spa’s founder and CEO Anthony Saniger described the new introduction as ‘a calm escape built around guiding and educating consumers on ways to soothe, balance, and alleviate through CBD and plant-based wellness’.
It’s no surprise that so many are offering CBD with the range of benefits it provides.
Just a single dose has been proven to relieve chronic anxiety with only minor side effects, proving it to be much more effective than other widely used mental health medication.
It is also suggested that the hemp product could help people to quit smoking, thanks to its ability to reduce the symptoms associated with substance abuse.
Studies have even suggested that CBD oil is safe for children to help with symptoms of anxiety, agitation, autism, and seizures.
And that’s not all, the compound is currently being tested on dogs too – as it is believed CBD could help even our pets with chronic pain and inflammation.
However, it is currently only FDA approved to treat epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
The CBD drug Epidiolex has proven to reduce the frequency of seizures when taken with other medications.
Epidiolex is sold legally in the US but produced in a UK facility.
The benefits of the drug do come at a price – with an average yearly dose of Epidiolex treatment adding up to around $32,500.
It is predicted that it won’t be long before many more studies are undertaken for the FDA to approve other uses of cannabidiol.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has even changed its cannabis policy to allow passengers to transport CBD oil products and an FDA-approved drug on flights.