The first of many restaurants in California to have cannabis legally on the menu is planned to open next month in West Hollywood.
Lowell Cafe will be serving lunch, dinner and offer late-night services with a complete menu of small plates, salads, entrees, sandwiches, appetizers, alongside a proper “flower menu” providing an array of cannabis products which can be consumed in various forms, concentrates and pre-packaged edibles.
Lowell’s general manager, Kevin Brady, said Lowell is expected to be the first of eight restaurant and lounge concepts which will allow onsite vaping, smoking and consumption of cannabis infused edibles that won the first round of business licenses from the incorporated city of West Hollywood under the law passed back in 2017. Another set of licences were awarded to businesses with a food service compound that would focus only on edibles.
Also recently in Colorado, another state where recreational cannabis is legal, opened the legislative pathways for businesses who want to enter into the CBD space with lounge concepts. Many in the industry will be looking out for the operators behind the Lowell Cafe and learn how they do things. Brady is the first to confess that cannabinoid is a whole new world, with tons of challenges to overcome.
He further added that he has been a proud owner of several restaurants and nightlife venues, and all of them had a roadmap for things to be done properly but there’s no such roadmap for lounge concepts with CBD.
According to the state law, recreational use of cannabis is allowed and legal in California, however its consumption is still prohibited in public spaces. The ultimate goal in West Hollywood was to create equitable and safe places to consume cannabis socially, and also to create an opportunity for tourists to enjoy and revel in the experience the stunning cannabis industry has to offer.
Lowell Herb Co. partly owns the Lowell Cafe, with other partners including Jonnie and Mark Houston, nightlife operators of Los Angeles-based Houston hospitality.
The plan for Lowell Cafe is for guests to arrive at the cafe – most presumably by a rideshare like Lyft or Uber, but valet parking will still be available- and enter in the 220- seat capacity restaurant which will also be a dispensary, stopping the guests at the security where all proper IDs will be checked. Only those who are above the age of 21 will be allowed in the cafe, and it is designed around an enclosed patio without any windows to the outside.
After this, their experience will continue to be similar to any other cafes, said Brady, an alum of Cornell University who has previously worked as a director of restaurants with Tao Group Hospitality in LA and Las Vegas.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabinoid is a chemical derived from the hemp plant, a cannabis genus plant. It is a non-psychoactive and anti-inflammatory compound with a gamut of medical benefits. CBD is widely popular for its healing capabilities.
It is known to treat mental health disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks, epilepsy, disorientation, insomnia and even decreases seizures in epilepsy. CBD also helps in speedy recovery after an accident or injuries, treats acute pain, ache, inflammation, swelling, irritation etc.
According to the federal regulations, hemp-derived CBD was legalized under the Farm Bill Act in December 2018. CBD was legally removed from the list of Controlled Substances and made legal for production, processing, consumption and distribution.
The federal government put a strict bar on the concentration of THC, the component responsible for causing “high” when people smoke weed or marijuana, to a 0.3% per unit or product of CBD. Tetrahydro cannabinoid or THC is a psyhoactive compound which is derived from cannabis plants, if present in high potency and used for a longer period of time, THC can lead to several mental health disorders.