You don’t have to be a news junkie to know this year has brought some stressful moments. But we have good news for you as 2018 winds down: The latest culinary craze is sure to mellow you out and help you see the good in the world.
Food-trend aficionados tend to develop monomaniacal obsessions for certain items. (Remember cupcakes, macarons, and poké?) And even for singular ingredients—lest we forget when kale and matcha products invaded supermarkets like the Beatles invaded America. The latest ingredient to make the crowds go wild is cannabidiol (CBD), the earthy, nonintoxicating marijuana extract that, when digested, purportedly helps treat anxiety, pain, sleeplessness, and more. While most evidence is empirical and not corroborated by substantial studies,“CBD oil can be an effective compound to reduce anxiety and insomnia,” reported a 2016 study from researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
New York City now boasts so many eating and drinking destinations with CBD-loaded menus that you could have cannabidiol with every meal, snack, and beverage. Not that we recommend that; more is not always better when it comes to CBD and you should obviously never consumer more than a safe amount. But clearly, you have options. Whether you want to try out its benefits in the morning or evening, with coffee or with cocktails, we’ve got you covered.
Start your morning with caffeinated CBD.
Need a morning wake-up but don’t want the jitters? Flatiron’s Patent Coffee sells cold brew infused with a 30 mg dose of CBD oil for $9; it leaves you alert but not wired. If there’s too much of a nip in the air for iced coffee, Patent can also add a 15 mg CBD oil shot to any drink for an extra $2. It surely pairs well with seasonal offerings such as its take on the PSL, made with spiced yam and s’mores latte with espresso, cinnamon-chocolate ganache, and a garnish of toasted marshmallows and graham crackers.
In Brooklyn, Bushwick’s Caffeine Underground, whose owner, Ian Ford, has a keen focus on spirituality and healing practices, integrates CBD oil into kava and yerba mate lattes.
Ride the CBD-bliss wave with Instagrammable treats.
Need a pick-me-up for that midafternoon slump—or meltdown? The superzen Chill House offers three CBD-laced drinks: the Toasted Palmer, made with Genmaicha tea and lemon juice; the distinctively hued Purple Haze, containing chamomile, orange blossom, and butterfly pea protein; and the hibiscus milkshake, which is blended with coconut milk and Peychaud’s bitters. If you need a quick bite, CH’s whipped toast comes with ricotta cheese and CBD honey. Because honey is a highly digestible carbohydrate, you can feel CBD’s calming effects after a few nibbles.
Equally Instagrammable is Flower Power Coffee House in Glendale, Queens, which looks like a secret garden that, aesthetic-wise, is equal parts “witchy” Brooklyn and 19th-century British fantasy. Officially labeled as a flower shop—after all, it started out as one— it sells CBD-infused coffee, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies.
Infuse your cocktails with a different kind of shot.
Named after the first explorer who navigated the tidal strait connecting the East River to Long Island Sound, the Astoria-based Adriaen Block offers a full cocktail menu centered around CBD tinctures. Its Stoney Negroni is a forward-thinking take on the Italian vermouth drink; Rolled Fashioned has Aperol and Angostura; while the munchies-worthy Bakin’ and Eggs contains egg whites and crispy bacon floating on top of distilled Pineau and aromatic blood orange bitters. Adriaen doesn’t just limit its CBD usage to its drinks; enjoy the steak tartare with a side of infused sauce, or CBD-tinged whipped cream dolloped on luscious molten chocolate cake.
Wrap up your day with a CBD-focused room-service menu.
NoMad’s James Hotel offers in-room dining with a selection of dishes containing varying quantities of CBD, including comfort-food favorites such as tater tots with CBD-infused sriracha mayo and sundaes with CBD-infused caramel sauce. James’s CBD dinner menu is the brainchild of chef Andrea Drummer, who has been cooking cannabis-centric dinners for cancer patients and veterans suffering from PTSD since she graduated from the Culinary Institute in 2010. The hotel also offers treats such as Grön chocolate bars and CBD “living water,” which adds nano-size CBD molecules to H2O compounds for greater bioavailability.