Imagine settling in to your hotel room and being able to order a cannabidiol (CBD) laced cocktail or snack off the room service menu? Or how about a special CBD lotion to help melt away the stress of the day? According to a report by Moneyish, CBD-infused products are beginning to make an appearance in several restaurants, bars, and hotel rooms in cities across the United States.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a derivative compound from cannabis that doesn’t cause a high like its psychoactive cousin, THC. It does, however, offer a plethora of health and wellness benefits, including anti-anxiety, anti-stress, and gentle sedative effects.
From beverages and edibles to lotions and tinctures, non-psychoactive CBD infused products have already taken the marketplace by storm. But now, numerous high-end hotels, particularly in New York City, are offering hotel guests a selection of CBD-infused comfort foods, beverages, and edibles to add an extra dimension of rest, relaxation, and wellness to their experience.
For example, at New York City’s James Nomad Hotel, guests are given a special CBD tasting menu. “We’re always researching new ways to help our guests relax,” says James La Russo, a manager at the hotel. “CBD extract is proven to have calming effects, easing anxiety and stress. With it being legal in all 50 states, we knew we wanted to get involved.”
And so, the James Nomad hired Andrea Drummer, a Los Angeles-based chef and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, who has a passion for cooking with cannabis. She crafted the hotel’s cannabis tasting menu, which features a delicious smorgasbord of CBD-laced light bites and snacks. Guests can also order from a list of CBD-infused beauty products such as lotions, lip balms, and body scrubs.
The Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood stages pop-up CBD infused dinners hosted by Chef Christotel Tan. These exclusive affairs go for $120 per head and feature a seven-course CBD menu with dishes such as asparagus with monkfish cheek and CBD puree, duck confit made with eight ounces of CBD oil, and salami charcuterie cured with CBD oil.
“Everyone seems to have a good time with it,” Chef Tan commented on these CBD dinner events.
Similarly, the Standard Hotel, which has boutique locations in New York City and Miami, has stocked its hotel room mini-bars with CBD-infused candy. There are also coffee shops offering CBD coffees popping up and countless online retailers and brick-and-mortar dispensaries and homeopathic stores selling CBD extracts, products, foods, and beverages.
As more and more people experience the benefits of CBD through these hotel, restaurant, and retail experiences, the reputation of cannabis as an exclusive means of getting high slowly becomes dismantled. Hopefully, acceptance of the entire cannabis plant will follow.