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CBD AND CANNABIS Infused food and drinks In 2017, CCD Helmsman reported that Cannabis-infused cuisine would be a big trend going into 2018. One year later, the What’s Hot 2019 Culinary Forecast pointed to CBD and Cannabis food and drinks as big opportunities for the industry, and together, the number one trend going into 2019. Even though CBD has no psychoactive effects like THC, its origin from cannabis keeps it tied to overall shifting cannabis attitudes.

Attributes & precursors • Several states, including California, Denver, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well have decriminalized the use of marijuana to some extent • 36 million Americans are cannabis users and 10 percent of those who use consume CBD products (MRI-Simmons) • 42 percent of CBD users consume for

both medical and recreational purposes (MRI-Simmons) • New products are rapidly hitting the market, many with high-end, beautiful packaging and savvy marketing (Specialty Foods Association) • Main driver is shifting attitudes and celebrity power behind products

beyond hemp hearts, seeds and oils; innovating and joining the discussion at food shows (Whole Foods) • Foodservice will continue to adopt cannabis cuisine menus and cocktails •Food entrepreneurs continue to extol the virtues and reported health benefits of CBD products

• Next-hemp: Manufacturers are going

Examples & application • Protein Bar and Kitchen adds CBD oil as a boost option to its shakes or coffee starting in April (QSR Magazine)

• Astro Doughnuts in Washington, D.C. offered a limited-time doughnut with CBD-oil-infused icing in March

of CBD in them (The Atlantic)

• Cannabis shots at coffeehouses; CBDinfused beer, like with Coalition Brewing

• “Beverages, like coffee and seltzers, and even chocolates” are now nearly mainstream (The Atlantic)

• Recent health-department crackdowns on CBD could curtail use and prep at the retail level

• Appearance of more CBD-infused cooking oils, coffees, teas, chocolates, baked goods, snacks, and even beer and pasta to hit the market in the coming year

• “Feelz by Chloe, a line of CBD desserts from the vegan fast-casual chain By Chloe” sells products with 2.5 milligrams

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• Be aware of CBD prohibitions at the federal level (Whole Foods)

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