Following the recent trend of CBD-infused edibles and beverages, Protein Bar & Kitchen, a Chicago based chain, will soon begin offering the hemp plant extract, CBD as an add-on in its beverages.
Beginning from April 15, customers will have an option to add on CBD oil, or cannabidiol, to “boost” their shake or coffee at an additional cost of $2.99. Once the drink is prepared, 30 milligrams of CBD Oil will be added using a calibrated dropper.
CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant which is used for ailments including anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation. The CBD oil used for making infused-drinks does not contain any fragments of THC, the active chemical in marijuana responsible for the “high” and is psychoactive in nature.
“Research has shown CBD has great promise in treating inflammation, pain, sleeping disorders and aiding in relaxation – all things that obviously appeal to our guests,” said Jeff Drake, CEO of Protein Bar. “CBD can deliver many of these benefits without any psychoactive effects.”
Protein bar is not the first establishment to create cannabis infused edibles for consumers. According to Eater Chicago, Metric Coffee, Warm Belly Bakery and the recently opened restaurant, Young American, also offer CBD-infused menu items.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a purified form of cannabinoid to treat seizures linked with two rare, severe types of epilepsy in patients age 2 or older. Extensive research is still going on for scouting other health benefits of cannabis that could potentially help people and open up new ways for treatments.
Protein Bar will get CBD Oil from California based Medterra, a company which manufactures and distributes CBD Oil to various parts of the country. The oil is derived from hemp suspended in MCT oil, which is Non-GMO, organically-sourced and have no traces of THC.
The legalization of cannabis in the United States has drawn attention from all over the world. While it is being legalized in many states across the country, there are still some places where habitants are reluctant to accept the legalization of marijuana as a welcoming change.
Nonetheless, companies have started playing a key role by introducing new line of cannabis-infused products for the consumer market including beauty products, edible oil, candies such as jelly beans and much more.
As for Protein Bar & Kitchen, it has began its journey with the marijuana legalization to cater to a larger consumer market which is more proactive and aware of cannabis usage.
An altogether new line of edibles is yet to hit the menu of Protein Bar & Kitchen in the spring and summer which will include Grilled Salmon, Sweet Pea Falafel, a Greek Salad and Spring Curry Soup.
Coming to the menu on April 16:
- Salmon TLC (Thai Lentil Curry):Grilled salmon, black lentils, pickled onion, warm spinach and kale, serrano chilis, Thai curry sauce, roasted peanuts, spiced Greek yogurt,turmeric chickpeas, pickled carrot, and cilantro. $11.99
- Spring Protein Bowl: All-natural chicken, asparagus, hard-boiled egg, spinach,broccoli, mushroom, and kale with a lemon vinaigrette. $9.99
- Spring Curry Soup:Organic blend of green lentils, coconut milk, lime, onion, carrot, spinach,and Thai spices with riced cauliflower. $8.49
Coming to the menu on May 21:
- Sweet Pea Falafel Bowl: Sweet pea falafel, cucumber, tomato, mixed greenshummus, pickled carrot, quinoa with tzatziki sauce. $9.99
- The Greek Salad:All-natural chicken, feta,cucumber, chickpea, pickled onion, oregano, hummus, tomato, and apple cider vinaigrette. $9.99