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CBD's A Big Deal: Cannabis Finds Its Way into Bars and Coffee Shops

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With marijuana going mainstream, it is only a matter of time before the THC-heavy portions of the cannabis plant become nationally legalized.

But what many don’t realize is that certain compound from within the cannabis plant are already perfectly legal to imbibe, and have been shown to possess a great many uses…all without the mind-altering effects of THC.

One of the most potent and promising of these compounds are CBD oils, or Cannabidiol, which is popping up in some of the strangest places.

Eric Cahan and his business partners opened an art-filled cafe in Manhattan’s East Village on April 10, 2018. Ten days later, Mamacha created a CBD-laced drink to celebrate the marijuana holiday, 420.

Suddenly there was a line out the door.

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Cahan and Mamacha’s other owners sensed an opportunity. They learned as much as they could about CBD, reformulated their menu and curated oils, tinctures and other products to sell in the store.

About half of Mamacha’s sales come from CBD drinks and products, with the other half coming from virgin matcha and coffee drinks. The company now plans to introduce in March a line of “functional elixirs” targeted for specific purposes like sleep, focus and anti-inflammation.

The list of CBD-infused products is staggering.

Coffee. Cocktails. Lotion. Dog treats. You name it, CBD is probably in it.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It promises to deliver the calming benefits of marijuana without the high that comes from THC. Companies are adding CBD to just about everything — a trend set to accelerate as regulations ease and consumer interest grows.

The chemical is even showing up in coffee drinks, such as High Cotton Brew based locally here in Georgia.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.