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Top chefs predict CBD will be the biggest culinary trend of 2019

By Sean McCaughan
Jan 11, 2019

An annual survey of chefs conducted for the National Restaurant Association found that CBD-infused drinks and food will be the number one and number two dining trends in 2019. They both trump zero-waste kitchens, the third biggest dining trend the chefs selected for 2019.

The chefs make a good point. Sometimes it can seem like CBD, the main non-psychotropic compound found in cannabis, is everywhere, and booming in popularity. Chefs are incorporating CBD into everything from donuts and milkshakes, to olive oil, cereal, and of course cocktails.

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"I'm telling you, 75 percent of my clientele is doctors, nurses, and lawyers," Josh Schwab of Glazed & Confused Donuts, in Aurora, Colorado told USA Today. "You get all the relaxation without the head high. It kinda just takes the edge off."

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Dazed & Confused sells a donut frosted with CBD, with a candied hemp leaf on top. They sell more than thirty each week.

"I was tired of living every day anxious. I wanted to be more present and calm. That’s what CBD does for me," said Jonathan Eppers in the same interview. He is the founder of CBD-infused Vybes drinks, which sold 1.1 million bottles last year.

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But will CBD be a booming fad, or will it fade into history? "Ultimately, what the consumer wants comes to fruition," Hudson Riehle, the restaurant associations senior research director told USA Today.

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