After the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, cannabidiol’s (CBD) evolution in American culture was accelerated. Experts predict that this industry of $390 million will grow to the billions in a few years.
This new market is a lucrative opportunity for other industries, including the coffee industry. The possibilities for CBD additions to coffee are endless, from CBD-infused lattes to whole bean drinks. The legality of this new ingredient is still a question.
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Here are some things you should know about CBD and serving it in your coffee shop.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound found within the cannabis plant. Because it is derived from cannabis Sativa, it has a THC content of less than 0.3%, CBD differs from THC (the compound that makes marijuana users feel high).
Although not proven, CBD is believed to cause relaxation and calmness. CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is yet to collect enough data to determine the substance’s true impact on humans.
Many specialty coffee shops offer a wide range of add-ons such as flavor syrups or alternative milk. These add-ons not only diversify a menu but also make a beverage more profitable. This additive, in the case of CBD, can double a beverage’s profitability.
CBD oil, sometimes known as hemp extract oil, can also be a great way to attract customers to your shop. They will love the familiarity of a familiar product, such as their morning cup of coffee. You can differentiate your coffee shop by offering CBD-infused beverages, depending on where you are located.
How can you serve CBD with coffee?
CBD oil is the most popular way to add CBD to coffee drinks. CBD oil blends well with coffee and other liquids. Combining CBD oil with coconut oil, for example, can mask some of the oil’s earthy taste. A CBD oil that has been flavored with or mixed with a popular type of syrup such as chocolate is another option.
What price should you charge?
The typical cost of adding CBD to coffee beverages is between $4 and $5. This doubles the price of most beverages in most regions. Pricing your CBD products as add-ons should be done by multiplying the price paid for them by 2.5.
The 2018 Farm Bill passed legalizing CBD (or hemp extract oil) in the United States. It also differentiated it from cannabis. The rules regarding how to describe and serve this product have remained in flux since then. This is due largely to the regulation by the FDA of the substance, which continues to collect data and research about the benefits and hazards of CBD.
The FDA has declared that CBD cannot be added to food products until it can prove the benefits and harms of the substance. All states do not enforce this position. Your local law enforcement agency should be contacted before you sell or serve CBD products to your business. If you choose to sell CBD, they can provide you with information specific to your local area and help you navigate the process.
CBD laws and their enforcement may vary depending on where you are located. These are just a few examples of regulations that are specific to each state.
- While some states allow CBD to be added to food products, Oregon and Colorado permit it. New York, Maine and California, however, continue to enforce the FDA’s prohibition on CBD additives in food.
- California’s local health departments may lower a business’s health score if they serve CBD products in their food.
- Some states, like Ohio, consider hemp products to be the same as marijuana. They, therefore, restrict the sale of these products to those with the permission of a doctor. This bans local businesses from selling CBD-infused drinks or food.
Marketing and Labeling Restrictions
The FDA lacks data about CBD’s health benefits and risks, so it is illegal to claim any CBD benefits. You can find more information on labeling CBD products. These are the best practices for selling CBD products to your coffee shop.
- A CBD add-on should not be marketed as a medicine or as a replacement for medication.
- Although no law prohibits the sale of CBD products to minors in law, it’s a good idea to check with your local police agency to make sure your shop is compliant with all local regulations.
- Your state might allow the sale of CBD. However, there may be restrictions regarding its inclusion in food. Before you market CBD as an ingredient in any of your recipes, make sure to check with the local law enforcement agency.
- CBD products must be purchased from a licensed producer. The label must clearly state that the CBD product was derived from hemp plants and not cannabis.
CBD oil can be used in coffee shops to provide a unique experience for customers and increase profits. To ensure that you are serving your community responsibly, make sure to consult your local law enforcement agency.