CBD — or cannabidiol, the cannabis derivative that advocates say helps you feel better without actually getting you high — is starting to show up everywhere, even on days that aren't the stoner-designated holiday of 4/20.
Plenty of Austin spots are toasting to the day this weekend with related events and products (North by Northwest, for instance, will have a CBD-infused IPA tapping at 4:20 p.m. tomorrow), although locals can find CBD on a more regular basis, too. Shops now carry CBD oils and balms for you to take home. But if you want to ease into its herbaceous flavor via infusions in drinks and food, some local cafes and restaurants have begun to incorporate CBD into their offerings.
Here's a handful of places to go this weekend and beyond to try the cure-all that people are calling CBD.
Blenders and Bowls, multiple locations. The local purveyors of healthy smoothies and açaí bowls introduced a spring menu this month that includes the apparently already popular Restart CBD green smoothie bowl, which uses CBD oil made by an Austin company, Restart CBD, owned by sisters Shayda and Sydney Torabi.
Cosmic Coffee & Craft Beer, 121 Pickle Rd. Caffeine to perk you up and CBD to keep you calm? It's a combination that seems to work like magic. Cosmic's cold-brew cans containing CBD oil ran out quickly, just a few days before 4/20, but the South Austin hangout has promised that another batch of the strong and creamy liquid is in production.
Cuvee Coffee, 2000 E. Sixth St. One of Austin's most well-known coffee brands has long been canning cold-brew on nitro, but last year, it introduced a version with 10 mg. of hemp oil after founder Mike McKim discovered its benefits. The oil is odorless and water-soluble and has no flavor when combined with coffee, according to Cuvee.
Flamingo Hemp, 515 E. Sixth St. One of your best bets to try CBD in a range of food items is via this new store within music venue Flamingo Cantina. Flamingo Hemp opened in March with a variety of CBD-infused baked goods, as well as coffee that can have optional CBD drops added to it. Here, you can find everything from muffins to gingerbread lollipops that have between 10 to 25 mg of CBD per serving.
Prohibition Creamery, 1407 E. Seventh St. The combination cocktail bar and ice cream parlor has a CBD-infused ice cream — red velvet swirled with cream cheese frosting — on the menu that's turning into an extra big treat on 4/20. Tomorrow, you can order the Dazed and Confused cone for $8 featuring the CBD ice cream, whipped cream and Valrhona chocolate sauce in a red velvet waffle cone. Yes, CBD's herbaceous flavor comes through in the dessert, but it's miraculously tasty.
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Wild Chix & Waffles, 7714 Burnet Rd. The gluten-free restaurant goes all out for 4/20 tomorrow with a full range of CBD cocktails — such as Martha's Stewart Key Lime Pie with tequila, Paula's Texas Orange, fresh-squeezed lime and coconut cream — and depending upon how they're received, some or all of them just might become permanent fixtures on the menu. Wild Chix will also have sparkling CBD water from NoCo Chico always on draft.