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Anyone with an Instagram has gotten lost in the vortex that is #foodie or #foodporn a time or two. Our shareable food pics have made one of the human race’s favorite pastimes that much more enjoyable…eating! We all need food to survive. So, you might as well enjoy the food you consume. Thanks to CBD, this pleasure has gotten even more pleasurable!

Until recently, products derived from hemp plants were only allowed in certain states. In areas where CBD has been legal for a while, locals have already started brainstorming different ways to enjoy the benefits of the Cannabis sativa plant. One of these breakthroughs is by adding CBD to your food.

In late 2018, the federal government lifted its long-standing ban on hemp-based products. That means CBD may become a regularly featured item on menus across the nation. While the rest of America catches up, restaurateurs are already crushing it in the CBD realm. With cannabis-based dishes guaranteed to impress the most uppity of foodies, here are the 4 best CBD restaurants in the nation!

Why Eat CBD?

CBD is such a unique ingredient. Not only does it have a distinctive (and delicious) nutty flavor, but it comes with a load of benefits. Full spectrum hemp-based products are what we call complete proteins. That means CBD contains all of the essential amino acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks of life. There are 21 of these critical fatty acids known to humankind. The human body can naturally generate all but nine of them. These other amino acids are considered “essential,” and must be consumed through diet.

Foods that high in these essential amino acids are animal fats. This makes it harder for vegans to get all the nutrients that they need. With that being said, vegans may be onto something. After all, an average person should be consuming 50 grams to 60 grams of protein per day. According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, the average person eats between 75 grams and 100 grams. That’s a lot of animal fat!

Amino acids are great and all, but high levels of animal fat comes with an abundance of omega-6 fatty acids. In order to run optimally, our body should have an omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio of 3:1. Suffice to say, filling up on animal fats leaves little room for much else. As a result, we get much fewer plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.

Luckily, CBD is rich in omega-3s. It’s a plant-based complete protein that helps bring balanced nutrition to carnivores, omnivores, herbivores…and everyone in between!

On top of being a rich protein source, CBD is also the greatest wing-person in the history of food! Studies on CBD show that cannabinoids have an entourage effect on other phytochemicals. That means when plant-based minerals come into contact with CBD, cannabinoids heighten the effect of the phytochemicals. By adding CBD to any meal, it will increase the bioavailability of all the micronutrients in the dish. In a meat-heavy society, we need all the micronutrients we can get!

How CBD in Food Works

Ever hear of the word “edibles?” Yeah…the marriage of CBD and food is a natural union!

Now, what is the main purpose of eating? Sure, grubbin’ tastes great. However, humans eat for the nutrients in the food.

Our digestive system breaks down the solid food matter. When this happens, the micronutrients and macronutrients present in the cuisine are dispersed into the bloodstream. This is how we absorb CBD.

As the food particles become waste, CBD dissipates into the microbiome. Here, it travels through your bloodstream in search of receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are essential for so many everyday functions.

These little messengers control many things, including:

  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Hormone Production
  • Pain Sensations

The main goal of CBD is to bring balance to an upset system. Therefore, if the receptors are sending out SOS signals to the brain, cannabinoids will intercept the message. They will seek out the receptors and cause a sedative-like effect. As a result, your brain receives a brand new message. Depending on the ailment you were suffering from, with CBD in the system your brain may do anything from halting the production of stress hormones to cutting off your desire to binge eat.

Ways Restaurants Incorporate CBD into Their Menu

CBD is a unique ingredient — it must be handled with the utmost care. Anytime you heat a particle, it changes the structure’s composition. Every ingredient in this world has its own unique boiling point. This is a sweet spot where the potency of the ingredient will begin to dwindle. For CBD, cannabinoids begin to lose their punch around 320°F to 356°F.

With that being said, a majority of CBD-infused foods are done through the use of CBD tinctures. In this liquid state, CBD can be added to any dish. Typically, drops are used in beverages, frostings or on top of a garnish.

If you want to bake with CBD, the phytochemicals are extracted with a fat. Fat absorbs molecules. This is handy because the CBD won’t seep out into the atmosphere and disappear into the ether. Instead, the fat acts any other edible would. It shields the CBD on its way down the digestive system. Once the fats are broken up by your stomach acids, the CBD is free to make its rounds in your body.

Usually, CBD is infused into an oil (like extra virgin olive oil) or added into a butter. From there, you can bake and cook with CBD as you see fit. Just be sure not to go over the boiling point!

Is that too much to think about? Then forget about it! Let others do the worrying. Just visit one of the top 4 CBD restaurants. What are these culinary oases? Let’s take a look!

Monarch & The Milkweed

This is a very farm-to-table-esque name perfect for a Vermont-based eatery. The Burlington staple rolled out a bevy of CBD desserts that will have any foodie uploading to Insta quicker than you can double tap an Ariana Grande post.

While CBD products may be new to the Monarch & The Milkweed menu, they’re not new to their chef. Head Chef Andrew LeStourgeon worked in dispensaries for three years honing his craft. Waiting for the moment for CBD to legal, Chef LeStourgeon was ready to roll out some of the best CBD treats you will ever feast your buds on!

Their list is ever-changing. However, there are some staples that you must try when you’re in Burlington, Vermont. Be sure to stop by Monarch & the Milkweed and scope out these CBD options:

  • Strawberry Blondes
  • Bon Bons
  • White Chocolate Truffles

In Vermont, marijuana is legal. While not all of their products have it, some may contain THC. This is the psychoactive component that landed marijuana on the list of schedule 1 controlled substances. Therefore, be sure to ask their friendly staff for CBD-only goodies before consuming!

Grön Cafe

Want to get your sweet tooth on? Head to Oregon and swing by Grön Cafe for some tasty CBD treats. After all, CNN did name them the “Willy Wonka of Cannabidiol!”

The main two CBD ingredients at Grön Cafe are everyone’s two favorite vices — chocolate and caramel. These staples are then used to craft some of the most delicious beverages and sweets you will ever taste.

Need help on what to choose? You can’t go wrong with any of the following Grön Cafe delicacies:

  • Chocolate-Filled Crossaints
  • Hot Chocolate w/ Homemade Whipped Cream & Shortbread Cookie
  • Caramel Latte
  • Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Bar

At Grön Cafe, you will not only feel good when consuming CBD confections, but you will feel good about eating them as well. All of their chocolates are from fair-trade beans. In addition, many of their products are vegan-friendly, making these treats guilt-free!

Zenbarn

Being named Zenbarn, you’d almost expect CBD to be on the menu! This is another Vermont-based restaurant. CBD aside, the first thing that will captivate you about Zenbarn is its charm.

Zenbarn is a rustic barn that pushes the “farm-to-table” lifestyle. In fact, they want you to feel so at home, there is even an upstairs yoga studio that plays live music at night. Not to be outdone by the whole zen experience, you will be treated quite often to amazing Grateful Dead cover bands.

Now, from the ambiance to what we’re all here for — the food! Zenbarn makes every dish CBD friendly based on the dressing and marinades they infused with cannabinoids. You can add the following to any burger or salad:

  • CBD Aioli
  • CBD Butter Bun
  • CBD Honey Vinaigrette
  • CBD Caramel (For desserts, but we won’t judge if it ends up on your salad!)

On top of CBD-infused toppings, there’s also a line of CBD beverages. Popular cocktails include:

  • Gin and Chronic
  • Le Verde
  • Up in Smoke

PopCultivate

In the advent of social media, so many of our needs are changing. This continuous evolution has altered the way we do everything. These switch-ups include how we shop, what we eat and the ingredients we use. PopCultivate celebrates all three of these evolutionary habit-changes.

This California-based company takes on the growing trend of pop-up shops, renting out space all over Los Angeles. Organic chemist-turned-chef, Chris Yang, took this unique concept and used it to transform how he serves food. He completed this vision by offering a food source not many are familiar with — CBD.

What makes PopCultivate so exciting is that you feel like you are a part of something exclusive. To get invited, you must join their newsletter. From there, they will tip you off on their next event. It’s up to you to RSVP! By the time it’s said-and-done, you may find yourself feasting in a courtyard or chowing down at the back of a brewery.

Just as the venue is ever-changing, so is the menu. Chef Yang uses his complex palate to pair CBD as well as THC with seasonal and fresh ingredients. In the past, PopCultivate has created CBD infused dishes such as:

  • Oysters
  • Strawberry Crumble
  • Honey Pork
  • Sesame Tofu Triangles
  • Curry Cauliflower
  • BBQ Ribs

For those who don’t want THC, you can opt out in the invitation. You must let them know that you intend on eating from the non-infused menu.

When you show up for the event, just be aware that their events are BYOB and smokers-friendly. Therefore, you may be in the presence of those consuming recreational marijuana. That aside, you are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that only Los Angeles can provide!

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    DO YOU PROVIDE EXPRESS DELIVERY?
    Yes. Just select your desired shipping method during checkout. There is an extra charge for express shipping.

    HOW QUICKLY ARE WHOLESALE ORDERS SHIPPED?
    All orders received by 12 PM MST Monday-Friday are shipped same day. Orders placed after 12PM MST or on the weekend will ship on the next business day.

    CAN YOU SHIP TO P.O. BOXES?
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    CAN YOU SHIP OUTSIDE THE U.S.?
    No. We are currently only shipping within the US.

    I LIVE CLOSE TO YOUR STORE. CAN I PICK UP MY ORDER?
    We do not provide order fulfillment from our store, but if you are in a jam and need some products quickly, send an email to wholesale@joyorganics.com and we will do everything we can to help you.

    WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY ON WHOLESALE ORDERS?
    We offer a 30 day return period on all orders.

    WHAT IS ONE OF MY CUSTOMERS RETURNS ONE OF THE PRODUCTS?
    Please give your customer a full refund, then email us at wholesale@joyorganics.com and we will send you a replacement at no charge.

    HOW DO I BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE IN SELLING YOUR CBD PRODUCTS TO MY CUSTOMERS?
    Read our website and Ultimate CBD Guide. You can also check out product videos posted by Todd Smith (Joy’s husband) here.

    DO YOU HAVE BROCHURES?
    Yes. We will include one of our full-color tri-fold brochures for each product purchased. Order 50 products and you will get 50 brochures. Additional brochures are available for purchase.

    DO I NEED A SPECIAL LICENSE TO SELL HEMP OIL PRODUCTS?
    We are not aware of any city, county or state that requires a special license to sell our THC-free hemp oil products.

    WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE FROM THE RETAILERS WHO SELL YOUR PRODCUTS?
    You will need to sign our Wholesale Reseller Agreement.

    DO YOU OFFER TAX-EXEMPT ORDERS?
    Yes. Please provide us with a copy of your Tax Exempt Certificate for your state.

    WHAT WOULD CAUSE YOU TO TERMINATE A RELATIONSHIP WITH A WHOLESALE PARTNER?
    As long as you are operating with integrity, representing the Joy Organics brand with class and not making medical claims, we will have a great relationship.

    CAN YOU HELP ME SET UP MY WEBSITE?
    Yes. We have a third party team that can help you design and build your website.

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    We have a great photo file that is updated weekly with product visualizations, lifestyle photos, and many more!

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    You are free to use any material listed on our website. We recommend rewording content so that you do not get flagged by Google.

    DO YOU OFFER DROP SHIPPING?
    Yes. Ask our wholesale team about the details of our Drop Shipping program.

    WHAT IS YOUR SUGGESTED RETAIL VALUE?
    As a wholesale partner, you are required to offer our products at retail value as listed on our site. You may up prices if you would like.

    CAN I SELL YOUR PRODUCTS ON AMAZON, EBAY, ETSY, OR OTHER SALE SITES?
    No. We do not allow Joy Organics to be sold on any sales site. If you would like to sell our products online, your site must be approved by our team prior to purchasing.

    DO YOU OFFER ANY SAMPLES TO OFFER MY CUSTOMERS?
    Yes. Salve, softgels, and skin care samples that are available to purchase. We are currently working on samples for the rest of our products as well.

    CAN I CLAIM A TERRITORY?
    No. We do not promise territories to our partners.

    DO YOU HAVE A MERCHANT PROCESSOR I CAN USE?
    Yes. We can introduce you to a great team that will help you set up your merchant processor.

    WHO SHOULD I OPEN A BANKING ACCOUNT WITH?
    Speak with one of our team members today to discuss which bank would be best for you.

    DO I NEED TO OFFER A LIABILITY INSURANCE BY SELLING YOUR PRODUCTS?
    We recommend keeping insurance in case of theft or an accident, but as long as you do not tamper with any of the products, you do not need to carry liability insurance.

    DO YOU OFFER A NON-COMPETE CLAUSE?
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    CAN I OFFER MY OWN PROMOTIONS?
    You are able to offer set promotions as outlined in the Wholesale Reseller Agreement if you have a store location. E-Commerce sites cannot offer promotions.

    I FEEL AS THOUGH I WILL BE COMPETING WITH YOUR ONLINE STORE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THIS?
    We have found that 90% of customers will not switch to a different retailer just because of the brand name. We recommend building a solid relationship with your customers. If you own a store where customers can come in the learn about Joy Organics, we will add you to our City Pages. This is a great way Joy Organics can help with your marketing efforts and send business your way!

    DCAN I ALSO SIGN UP FOR THE AFFILIATE PROGRAM?
    Yes! In fact, we recommend it. All active wholesale partners are automatically approved to become affiliates.

    WHAT IS THE STORAGE LIFE OF YOUR PRODUCTS?
    We guarantee potent products for up to 18 months.

    DO YOU SELL BULK CBD?
    Yes. Please reach out to our team to connect to our bulk department.

    WHAT ARE YOUR BEST SELLERS?
    Contact one of our team members to find out which products are selling best right now!

  • OUR UNIQUE PROCESS

    Joy’s processes ensure that her products provide an effective solution while remaining at an affordable price point.

    Each of our hemp oil droplets is between 4 to 200 times smaller than the industry standard. This means that they’re more easily absorbed into the blood whether consumed orally or applied to the skin.

    Our solution was to create a water-soluble nanoemulsion technology. This patent-pending technology transforms active compounds into nano-sized emulsions.

    Our highly bioavailable products are not only extremely effective, they’re also extremely economical. You’ll get the same results from a much smaller amount of what we create than you would from our competitors. This is better for you and your wallet.

  • JOY’S STORY

    Joy is a wife, mom and grandmother. As a self-proclaimed “health nut”, her story begins in a place that many of us know very well – persistent pain and trouble sleeping.

    While researching natural solutions, Joy learned of the benefits of CBD and began trying the top brands.

    What she found was distressing: only one of the seven biggest CBD oil brands gave her the relief she desired.

    After more research, the answer became obvious. Today’s CBD oil industry is a mess. There is minimal government oversight. No enforcement of false label claims and a huge variety of ineffective extraction and delivery methods.

    As Joy’s frustration grew, so did her passion for creating a product people could trust. She then put together her team to create the most pure, organic, and bioavailable THC-free full spectrum hemp oil on the market.

  • 12 BENEFITS OF JOY

    Zero THC – THC is the psychoactive compound in Marijuana
    Free Shipping – Complimentary shipping anywhere in the US.
    No Risk – All products come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
    High Absorption – Our softgels are 4x more absorbable than a standard tincture oil.
    World-Class Customer Support – Here for you to make sure your questions are answered!
    USA Proud – All products are organically grown, processed and manufactured in the USA.
    Full Spectrum – All products include all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant.
    Pharmaceutical Grade – Our products considered pharmaceutical grade because they are manufactured in a GMP certified facility by the FDA.
    Consistency – All our hemp oil comes from the exact same extraction process in the same facility, which ensures consistency.
    Every Batch is Tested – Each batch is tested to ensure the highest quality hemp oil available without any metals, pesticides or THC.
    Chromatography Process – Only company in the world with the chromatography process which removes THC, waxes and chlorophyll and leaves all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids
    Family Owned & Operated – Our company owned and managed by Joy’s family.
    Veteran Friendly – All three of Joy’s brother’s served in the US military.

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