For almost 80 years hemp was federally banned in the United States. Labeled as a violent and dangerous drug, Congress signed The Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, placing a tax on all cannabis sales (including hemp), heavily discouraging production.

Fast forward to today, and you’d be hard-pressed to go a day without hearing about the numerous benefits of the cannabis plant. One cannabis-derived ingredient making headlines is cannabidiol or CBD – a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. CBD is getting a boost with the recent signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removes hemp as a controlled substance and reclassifies it as an agricultural product.

Touted as a wonder drug that fights anxiety, stress, pain and other ailments, CBD oil is a popular ingredient lately and slated to become a $22 billion market by 2020. Traditionally, consumers could find CBD-oil infused edibles cookies, gummies, lattes, teas, ice cream, and even dog treats. Now companies, restaurants, and even Coca Cola are producing food products for people seeking alternatives to traditional CBD-infused snacks.

Here are some of the CBD food and drink trends in 2019:

Cooking Oils

From salad dressings to protein shakes, CBD oil is a popular ingredient used in restaurants and family kitchens. While many recipes using CBD oil tend to be on the sweet side because the sweetness masks the bitterness of the oil, savory dishes are not off the table. “CBD can be a bit of a fickle ingredient when it comes to temperatures. Warming the oil can increase CBD’s effectiveness, but higher temperatures can kill some of the active components,” says Hope Caroselli, executive director at Kannaway, the world’s leading producer of CBD Hemp Oil products. It’s recommended to avoid going over 375 degrees F when cooking with CBD oil.

Breakfast Cereal

It’s believed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – so what better way to kick off your day with a little CBD cereal. “Breakfast of Champions” has a whole new meaning at The Cereal Box in Denver, Colorado. The breakfast joint stocks 120 cereals from around the world and customers can add a taste-free $3 scoop of CBD power to their cereal. Earthshine Organics offers a line of breakfast cereals infused with 100mg, 200mg or 300mg of CBD per serving.

Coffee

CBD coffee is making huge inroads into the brew-at-home marketplace, with companies offering the drink in pods and even whole beans. Coffee can increase energy and alertness, but the side effects are also jitters and anxiety. Adding CBD can help reduce the jitters, helping regulate mood and taking the edge off caffeine without canceling the benefits.

Beer And Wine

Wine has long been known to contain antioxidants that help to reduce the chain reaction that damages cells, so why not add CBD to up the health benefits? Several emerging brands, such as the Texas-based CannaVines and international brand Cannawine, are combining CBD and wine to blend the perfect glass of mind and body health.

If a cold brew is more to your taste, now you can try CBD beer. Portland, Oregon has gained a reputation among beer lovers with a mammoth 68 microbreweries in operation, the most of any American city, so there’s no better place to develop the first commercially produced CBD infused beer.

Coalition Brewing says their mission to encompass a true collaboration of “kissing cousins”, hops and cannabis, produced Two Flowers. Not everyone can enjoy CBD infused libations – Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts have laws allowing the sale of CBD-based alcoholic drinks.

Milk

Milk has long been prescribed to promote sleep. That’s because milk contains tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps induce sleep. The proprietors of London-based Rawligion have gone a step further by introducing Mylk, a dairy free, almond hemp-based drink designed to help ‘relax’ the body and mind. The milk contains only hemp seeds, cashews, dates, coconut oil, vanilla, water, and CBD oil. So, it won’t get you high, but it will make you chill.

CBD goes beyond food and beverage – finding its way into beauty regimens. Countless lotions, cream and skincare products like Milk Makeup have launched within the several months, promising to nourish your skin. Pilot studies have found CBD oil helps to regulate cell growth, reduce inflammation, and stimulate important fats in the skin and sebaceous glands and could help inform treatments for other skin issues, such as dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.

If you are a brick and mortar business looking to add CBD products to your establishment, Talus Pay is ready for you! Contact a representative today.

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Lisa Weinberger

Lisa is the Content Marketing Manager at Talus Pay. She has led editorial teams since 2003 and has been published on Bankrate, The Altucher Report, LendIt, Fidelity, Credit Karma, Conductor and Yahoo Finance.

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