As regulations shift across the country, club chefs are looking to this calming, hemp-based oil for menu inspiration.
The hip new additive and supplement CBD—or cannabidiol—is slowly making its way onto menus at clubs, and resorts alike. Derived from the hemp plant, CBD is the second-most-common ingredient in marijuana but does not cause a high or dependency, according to the World Health Organization.
While CBD still requires more extensive studies when it comes to health benefits, club chefs and members are flocking to the unique oil for its ability to calm anxiety and create a general sense of ease. This soothing ingredient may be a fun component to add to drinks, desserts, and even wine dinner menus, but it’s important to know a few things about the popular ingredient and how to add it to a menu.
CBD Regulations Are Tricky
While the Farm Bill of 2018 allowed the legalization of most CBD products due to its origin from the hemp plant, state laws are more complex. At the time of this writing, including CBD in food and beverage products varied by state.
For example, some places don’t allow the sale of CBD but you can buy it from out of state for use in food. In other states, CBD can be sold as dietary supplements but not from restaurants. It’s important to check with local and state laws before cooking it up.
Chefs Are Still Exploring Recipe Possibilities
As more infused food products and tinctures appear on the market, club chefs can cook and combine CBD into their meals. Experts recommend starting with low-heat recipes since the effects of CBD can cook off over time. This is why you’re more likely to see CBD in items like:
- Coffee and tea (CBD is added at the end)
- Salad dressings
- Olive oils
- Dips and spreads
- Icings and dessert toppings
CBD also combines well with other healthy fats, meaning that avocado dishes, salads, and items with coconut oil mix-ins present other options for a new recipe.
As regulations shake out and chefs push the limits of how this calming oil can enhance a meal, members may begin seeing it more and more on the list of club specials.