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September 4, 2019

What is CBD doing in our food?

Col’caccio has recently added pizzas with CBD oil to their menu. Blowfish, a sushi restaurant in Cape Town, now serves california rolls drizzled with CBD oil. This is only the beginning and we should expect to see many more cannabis infused food and drinks popping up on local menus in the near future. But you might be wondering if it’s safe to have and why has it become such a trend? We break down the basics of the CBD craze for you. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the chemical compounds which naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. It is responsible for making you feel relaxed and calm. It is not to be confused with THC, the psychoactive compound also found in dagga which gives one the feeling of being high. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant into oil using a variety of extraction methods. Although this ingredient is somewhat still controversial, it has been fully legal since May to buy and sell here in South Africa. However, products containing CBD are allowed up to 20 milligrams per serving, as this is the maximum daily dosage allowed.

What does it taste like?

CBD oil alone can taste grassy and herby. However when CBD oil is infused into food products this taste is often masked because the oil is added in such a small proportion. 

What are the health effects?

The WHO released a report in 2017 about CBD’s safety and effectiveness. They reported that it has a good safety profile, it’s well tolerated in people, and it is unlikely to cause dependence or abuse. They reported that several clinical trials show that it may be an effective treatment for epilepsy. CBD has also been reported to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. And due to its calming properties it apparently can also be used to help manage anxiety.

 

So is your CBD pizza or sushi going to solve your health problems? It’s hard to say. The amount of CBD your body actually absorbs after eating it depends on many factors, including your weight, your unique biology, what else you’re eating at the same time, and how the product was prepared. Whether it works or there’s just a placebo effect, expect CBD to appear on more menus and shop shelves because it seems like it’s here to stay.