Carl’s Jr. announced that they plan to offer a special burger for one day only, at just a single location that will be topped with a sauce that is infused with five milligrams of a hemp-based CBD oil. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that will not get you high, but some claim that it can help people relax and promotes feelings of well-being.
The national burger chain announced that they will be selling the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight (CBD) at a Carl’s Jr. located in downtown Denver, Colorado, on Saturday (April 20) for $4.20. The burger will be made with two 100% charbroiled beef patties paired with Carl’s Jr. signature Santa Fe Sauce infused with hemp-based CBD oil, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and Crisscut fries.
While the recently passed farm bill has paved the way for chefs and restaurants to experiment with CBD-infused foods, selling the products is still banned by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA plans to hold hearings about allowing the sale of food and drinks that contain CBD oil, but that process could take years to finalize. In the meantime, local health officials around the country are taking action and cracking down on businesses that sell food and drinks that contain CBD.
In Maine, where marijuana is legal, officials ordered businesses to cease selling CBD-infused products. New York City and Los Angles have also been pro-active in going after restaurants, warning chefs that cooking with CBD oil could result in a fine or having points docked on their health inspection reports.
Even though the legality of using CBD in food is murky, it hasn’t stopped chefs from experimenting with it. A survey of 650 chefs conducted by the National Restaurant Association and the American Culinary Federation found that 75% of them say that CBD-infused foods will be the hottest cooking trend of 2019.
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