Perhaps the OG of the CBD food and beverage trend, cannabidiol-swirled lattes are getting to be as ubiquitous as nitro cold brew at area cafes. Find them at Moxie Bread Company (641 Main St., Louisville) and Precision Pours (1030 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville), Dead Battery Club (2420 17th St.), and Blue Sparrow Coffee (3070 Blake St.).
Unlike THC, the cannabis plant’s more-famous compound, CBD, is purported to offer the plant’s therapeutic benefits without the high. Believers swear that it promotes relaxation, eases anxiety, and provides relief for chronic pain and many other conditions, but naysayers suggest that the low dosages found at most cafés and restaurants render it a pricey snake oil at best.
It’s the pumpkin spice of 2019; the new ‘It’ ingredient that will make you forget all about bacon and kale and all the other overhyped foods that made their way into absolutely everything you ate over the past few years. It’s cannabidiol, or CBD, and it’s popping up on food and drink menus all over town.
Which one of these cannabidiol-steeped delights would you try?
So, to re-cap, that CBD doughnut won’t get you high, it doesn’t offer a flavor benefit to food, and it may or may not ease your anxiety, but it will cost you a few bucks more.
By Allyson Reedy August 12, 2019
The Nickel (1100 14th St.) has not one, but two cocktails made with CBD-turmeric oil. The Chill Lebowski ($21) is a frothy mix of vodka, chile liqueur, espresso, Frangelico, and egg white, while the Super Limoncello Haze ($19) is a brighter, ginger-heavy blend. At River and Woods (2328 Pearl St., Boulder), you can add a shot of CBD to any cocktail—or heck, to any drink at all—for $5. Try it in its draft cocktail Watership Down, a hibiscus tea, tequila, lime, and agave blend. Same deal at Shine (2480 Canyon Blvd., Boulder), where CBD oil can be added to any drink—like the “3 Pillars of Wisdom” with tequila, sage honey, and lemon—for $6.
You’ll often see CBD salads on the Empire Lounge & Restaurant’s (816 Main St., Louisville) specials menu. Most recently, the Louisville mainstay tossed spinach, feta, pine nuts, and cherry tomatoes in a CBD-laced sherry vinaigrette.
Based on their names, it’s no surprise that both Habit Doughnut Dispensary (1553 Platte St. and it’s sister location, CarbonHabit, at 2200 California St., Denver) and Glazed & Confuzed (Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora and Broadway Market, 950 Broadway) are frying up CBD-laced doughnuts. For $2, you can add a CBD bump to your malted milk-glazed ring at Habit, while over at Glazed, the Cereal Milk CBD doughnut, featuring 20 mg of CBD and a Honey Bunches of Oats topping, goes for $5.
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Prosper Oats serves up classic juices like orange, carrot, or apple and then have unique creations like Fire at Sea with pineapple, banana, coconut water, carrot, ginger, turmeric. They load up the smoothies like Sailor’s Sun with pumpkin, banana, mango, coconut milk, spice, or try the bulked up Bodybuilder with peanut butter, banana, rolled oats, almond milk, cocoa power, cinnamon.
The breakfast bowls can be a build-your-own extravaganza with sweet fruit and nuts or savory with egg or bacon. The coffee is from Coda Coffee (Denver) and one of the menu options is the delightful Salt Deep (espresso, steamed milk, and rich salty caramel with whipped cream and a dusting of pink himalayan sea salt). The tea comes from Two Leaves and a Bud Tea (out of Basalt CO) and Third Street Chai (Boulder CO). You can sweeten the tea, smoothies and bowls with honey from Honeyville CO (Durango) and march of the produce comes from Rocco’s Produce (Denver).
5# THE JUICING TREE
Parsley serves salads, soups, and interesting twists on sandwiches like Turkey Fig (roasted turkey, fresh brie, organic lettuce, Croatian fig preserve). This mostly organic spot has fresh juice and smoothies on the menu. The juices range from simple (carrot and lemon) to a medley of seven fruits and vegetables in Kates Kiss. The smoothies are creative and yummy like the Chai Tea Banana.
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6# PROSPER OATS
Enjoy the juice and sip the smoothies at 1125 17th St suite b, Denver, CO 80202
Vital Root is a vegetarian restaurant, but their juice selection might have you heading over there for a healthy Happy Hour. Try a smoothie with the curious name Safe Word Cacao (hemp protein, sunflower butter, coconut milk, Medicinal Mushroom Complex & MCT Coconut Oil) or the juice Beat Bop (beet, ginger, apple & celery). During Happy Hour (3-6 pm Tuesday through Sunday) they have $4 Juice of the Day.