The Global CBD Beverages market was estimated to value $ 2.09 million in 2018. By 2025, it is expected to reach $ 11.38 million. No wonder the London public catering scene witnesses the emergence of restaurants, cafes, eateries, and pubs that offer CBD-infused food and drink. We’ve crisscrossed London in search of these gems and have collected them in this article.
But first things first — a crash course on CBD and its effects on your body.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. It is found in Cannabis sativa known for its relaxation effect on the brain and body. Primary sources of CBD are hemp and marijuana which are both members of Cannabis sativa plant species. CBD is widely used in edibles and oils. The latter is more effective when used for therapeutic purposes.
CBD exerts its effect due to its interaction with our ECS (Endocannabinoid System). The ECS is a neuromodulatory system that plays an important role in maintaining body’s homeostasis. It consists of three components: metabolic enzymes, endocannabinoids, and cannabinoid receptors, which regulate various nervous, cardiovascular, and immune system functions. Metabolic enzymes accelerate endocannabinoid synthesis and break them down once they’ve served their purpose. Endocannabinoids keep internal functions running smoothly and bind to cannabinoid receptors located throughout our bodies to signal that the ECS has to take some action to restore broken homeostasis.
When something goes wrong with the ECS, it triggers a range of illnesses and dysfunctions, such as migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. However, the situation can be fixed with the help of phytocannabinoids which restore homeostasis. Phytocannabinoids are traditionally extracted from Cannabis sativa and include around 100 items. Here are just a few:
- Cannabigerol (CBG).
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabichromenolic acid (CBCA)
- Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA)
- Cannabichromevarin (CBCV)
- Cannabichromevarinolic acid (CBCVA)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
- Cannabidivarinolic acid (CBDVA), and
- Cannabinol (CBN).
THC vs CBD
THC and CBD are the most well-well known and abundant phytocannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa. The two have similar chemical structures but cause different effects on the body. THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain, which produces a “high” or sense of euphoria, followed by adverse psychiatric effects like addiction and cravings.
CBD is considered to be safe even for animals as it doesn’t bind to CB1 receptors and can’t act on the brain. Several studies have shown anti-inflammatory, antiepileptic, and antipsychotic effects of CBD. What’s more, WHO has admitted that any side effects occurring as a result of CBD use are likely to be caused by drug-to-drug interactions between CBD and other medications a person or animal might be taking.
CBD food and drink in London
This modern restaurant in Covent Garden offers you a new reading of kebabs. Maison Bab’s kitchen is led by chef Angus Bell, former chef of 2 Michelin starred Le Gavroche and The Star at Harome. The mastery of the chef is reflected in the menu: 15-Hour Pork Shawarma, Dipped Lamb Adana, Maison Sabich, “Fried Chicken” Shish Kebab, and Iskender Lamb Kebab with different sides, starters and snacks.
What about CBD? You have a chance to taste a sharply named sweet and sour cocktail ‘Gin & Chronic’. Ingredients are bombastic: CBD oil, Bombay Sapphire and lemon.
This Bloomsbury-located oasis will give you the chance to dive into LA vibes. Check this out: “bleeding” burger, salads of all colours of the rainbow, a delightful butternut squash curry, and a plant-based variant of traditional fish and chips. Battered banana blossom, malt vinegar chips on a bed of mushy pea puree & tartar sauce are the dishes that will surprise your taste buds. Such a creative menu list can’t be complete without CBD-infused treats. There you go: CBD-Infused Sticky Toffee Pudding With Cream, CBD Latte, and an oil-infused chocolate smoothie.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals
This place welcomes you with a vast collection of exotic flora and promises to make your day if you try its Canapés, Blooming Tipsy Tea, Mr Fogg’s Sunday Roast, Botanical Brunch, or something from the signature drinks list. For example, a quirky CBD cocktail, which comes served in a vintage smoking vessel. It’s available from the leafy upstairs bar, and consists of washed Alipus San Juan mezcal, Chartreuse green herbal liqueur, Acqua di Cedro liqueur, lime, sugar, fresh tarragon, and CBD Oil.
Mortimer House Kitchen
Mortimer House Kitchen is the place to try a diverse Mediterranean cuisine with hints of Middle Eastern flavour. Mortimer House Kitchen serves delightful vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes any time of day: for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Besides, you can order your fav coffee and complete it with a few drops of CBD Turmeric oil.
Glow Bar is a wellness space for women who want to escape from the hustle of London life. Its holistic approach to stress management attracts visitors from the places far beyond London to wind down in one of the infrared sauna pods. They also have the opportunity to try a range of carefully selected wellness products. Among them is a great selection of CBD products, including CBD truffles, croissants, macaroons, and Golden Moon Milk.
Portobello Juice Cafe
Portobello Juice Cafe is the place to grab smoothies, fresh juices, protein shakes, raw cakes, and enjoy healthy breakfasts, brunches, and lunches. What’s more, you can add organic CBD oil to any of your freshly-made juice.
This Notting Hill-based restaurant adheres to the philosophy of the healing power provided by plant-based diet and organic ingredients. No wonder CBD has also found its place in the restaurant’s ethos and menu from “O.M.G Syringe Shot” with flaxseed oil and grapefruit juice to high tea.
The British tradition of drinking tea at a table full of plates with rich and usually not the healthiest food has a new reading. Farmacy’s high tea offers the freshest, seasonal ingredients to delight food connoisseurs.
Farmacy menu includes open sandwiches served on gluten-free charcoal bread, a mushroom and spinach quiche, prosecco jelly, rose water, berry pavlova, as well as CBD-infused truffles with lucuma chocolate and pecans, and homemade beetroot & ginger syrup with CBD oil.
Yogland is the wonderland of froyos and guilt-free pleasures because all the dishes are high in protein and low in sugar. Your body will say thank you for such a healthy treat. Hemp Matcha is last year’s arrival to the Yogland’s froyo assortment. The dessert has a vegan-friendly matcha base which is infused with 40% CBD oil. Keep an eye for its availability.
Muriel’s Kitchen is worth visiting at least for their Afternoon Tea served on a miniature picnic bench laden with tea-time delights. Glossy freshly-baked cakes, crustless finger sandwiches, and jam-filled delicacies are served with a wholesome pot of tea and a Berrylicious smoothie.
Try one of the signature coffees — Organic Matcha Latte, Activated Charcoal Latte or Tumeric Golden Latte and add a healthy note with a drop of the finest CBD oil.
Matcha and Beyond
Opt for healthier matcha options in this Chelsea-based premium matcha bar. The restaurant’s matcha is sourced directly from Japan and is the primary ingredient in signature matcha treats and drinks. Matcha Chia Pudding, Green Velvet Cake, Spelt Coconut and Matcha Bread, Rose Matcha Latte, Matcha White Chocolate, etc. What’s more, you can find a CBD-infused drink as well — Unwind Matcha Latte. This delicious CBD latte contains organic, ethically sourced and sustainable CBD with a 10% concentration, compared to the 5% in most of the products on the high street.
Indibeer is finalists for best “Independent Newcomer” at the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards and 2018 Most Loved Shop in Holloway according to Time Out magazine. CBD concoction from Green Times Brewing called High Flyer is one of the many stellar brews popular among frequent visitors. The name is there for a reason. The drink is brewed in the UK with high quality organic new world malts, hops, and Cannabis sativa oil extract. The brew won’t get you “high” as it contains less than 0.2% THC. Instead, all the terpenes, cannabinoids, and exotic flavours will do their job and provide new gastronomic experience.
Canna Club is located in Shoreditch and shares the vibrancy of this trendy area. The club offers you an extensive range of CBD and other products with cannabis extracts available both online and in-store. Pop into the club for CBD infused edibles, oils, concentrates, topicals, hemp products, vape juices, or get a cup of freshly-ground coffee paired with a few drops of CBD oil.
TT Liquor is a Shoreditch shrine for those who consider themselves to be beverage connoisseurs. This is the place to come for an array of experiences related to high-quality alcoholic beverages. Check this out: you can participate in cocktail making classes, including gin, rum, and molecular cocktail classes, as well as attend tastings and cinema nights. TT Liquor store has transformed its cellar into an intimate subterranean cocktail bar, where you can taste the afore-mentioned High Flier by Green Times Brewing.
f you are looking for a hub of everything organic and gluten-free, Plant Hub is the place to go. The team advocates the importance of culinary creativity that brings joy to visitors. That’s why they also give live classes where you can explore all the delights of organic food and provide consultancy on plant-based menus.
The restaurant has recently embraced the CBD trend and has livened up its menu with CBD-soaked granola energy bars, peanuts, and a dessert slice with a CBD coconut biscuit base, hemp caramel, chocolate ganache, and banana bread. That’s what you call a vegan paradise.
Behind This Wall
Behind This Wall is an intimate basement bar with a speakeasy Hackney spirit that offers you a triptych of CBD syrups: ginger & honey, banana, and pine. All three are great additions to cocktails, hot drinks and can be used as a food supplement. One tablespoon of one of the syrups (15ml) contains about 15mg of CBD. They also work as a core ingredient in the Ginger Gear and ‘Fo’ Sizzle Dizzle Swizzle combining spiced rum with sake, lime, bitters and kenaf leaf.
Sydney Rocks Artisan Coffee
Hey, Southgate locals and visitors! You have the opportunity to taste CBD marshmallows and wash it down with a cup of freshly-ground craft coffee in a vibrant Artisan Coffee shop. What’s more, the place also offers a variety of freshly-made sandwiches and salads, all filled with seasonal and organic produce.
Feel Good Café
In 2015, the Feel Good Cafe became the first fully vegan café in Waltham Forest. Nowadays, the cafe boasts over 700 five-star reviews across various platforms for its always fresh and delicious plant-based food. You will be spoiled for choice: salads, stews, vegan burgers, pancakes and a never-ending range of mouth-watering desserts. Each of these items on the menu can be brightened with a few CBD oil drops.
Chain bars, cafes and restaurants across London
Brickwood Coffee & Bread
This Aussie inspired neighbourhood cafe welcomes locals and tourists for a nice cup of coffee and a full table service.
If you are a CBD enthusiast, ask for a few drops of the oil in your coffee of choice to soothe coffee jitters. Brickwood Coffee & Bread goes beyond CBD-infused drinks offering CBD infused espresso butter served alongside the signature banana bread. If you are interested in more substantial nourishment to fuel you for the day ahead, opt for the signature CBD scrambled eggs.
Can fast food be vegan? Of course! If it’s served in by CHLOE. restaurant. It also has a spectrum of CBD-infused treats to offer, including colour-blast desserts and a range of cannabis-infused puddings. Here are the stars of the show:
- An A-TO-CBDEY Cookey, decorated with pretzels, pecans, potato chips and marshmallows.
- A Chocolatey Leafy Browney topped with a weed-leaf fondant
- A Rainbowey Cookey Sammie with frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
- A Rice Krispie Pinkie Treat, a combo of brown puffed rice and marshmallows with “Fruity Pebbles cereal”.
If your dog is also a CBD enthusiast, treat it with a CBD-infused peanut butter bone. Yum.
For now, CBD menu is still an experiment, hence why it was launched only in two by CHLOE.’s locations for a limited season: Covent Garden and Tower Bridge. New launches are yet to come.
Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars
Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars is a healthy food & juice chain that pioneered CBD infused drinks on the British high street.
For £1.50, you have the opportunity to boost your coffee, juice or smoothie with CBD and spend the rest of the day stress-free.
Farm Girl is located in four lovely London spots: Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, Chelsea, and Soho. This cafe has bridged the gap between speciality coffee and restaurants. Pop into one of the spots if you want to have a meal or a drink with style. If you feel like adding something extra to your drink of choice, ask for a few CBD oil drops in your cup. We recommend a matcha hot chocolate with almond or hazelnut milk, matcha, peppermint, chocolate powder and CBD oil.
Planet Organic is a one-stop-shop for the connoisseurs organic foods, drinks and other goodies. What’s more, PO visitors have the opportunity to enjoy their coffee with extra something — 10% CBD Oil.
Planet Organic’s new coffee is a seriously upgraded version of its signature coconut oil coffee combining espresso, butter, coconut oil and 5 drops of CBD oil.
CBD food and drinks A-Z
Behind This Wall: Kingsland
Canna Club: Shoreditch
Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars: Bevis Marks, Bryanston St, Cornhill, New St Square, Holborn, Farringdon St, Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia, Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, Curzon St, Mayfair, Canada Square, Canary Wharf, Millbank, Westminster, Broadwick St, Soho, Salisbury House, Eccleston St, Belgravia, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Rd, Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, Crown Passage, St. James’s, Strand, Charing Cross, Blackfriars Rd, Billingsgate, Bankside House, Sumner St.
Farmacy: Notting Hill
Feel Good Café: Chingford
Glow bar: Marylebone
Kalifornia Kitchen: Bloomsbury
Maison Bab: Covent Garden
Matcha and Beyond: Chelsea
Mortimer House Kitchen: Fitzrovia
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals: Fitzrovia
Muriel’s Kitchen: South Kensington
Plant Hub: Hackney
Portobello Juice Cafe: Portobello Rd
Sydney Rocks Artisan Coffee: Southgate
TT Liquor: Hackney
Yogland: Westbourne Grove
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Anastasiia Myronenko is a Medical Physicist actively practicing in one of the leading cancer centers in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her master’s degree in Medical Physics at Karazin Kharkiv National University and completed Biological Physics internship at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Germany. Anastasiia Myronenko specializes in radiation therapy and is a fellow of Ukrainian Association of Medical Physicists.
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