UK – A café which will have food and drinks infused with cannabis on the menu is opening in Bristol this week.
Mary Jane’s, a name commonly used as a slang term for marijuana, will take over the site in Whiteladies Road formerly occupied by tapas restaurant Pintxo, which closed after less than a year.
It will differ from every other café in Bristol in that customers will have the option of ordering a selection of food and drinks, including coffees, smoothies and milkshakes, containing CBD if they wish.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally non-psychoactive substance which has seen an explosion of users in the last year.
It is extracted together with more than 100 other nutrients from hemp plants and can help with a variety of conditions from depression and anxiety to fibromyalgia and arthritis, according to many.
To accompany the range of coffees and other hot drinks on offer, Mary-Jane’s will be serving up a range of locally-made cakes and treats with a focus on catering for vegans, people with other dietary restrictions and the health-conscious.
Mary Jane’s founder Jon Antoniou said: “Having tried various CBD products on the market I felt that there must be a better way to take it daily than on its own.
“CBD tends to have a really earthy taste which frankly isn’t very appetising but infused with a Mary-Jane’s coffee it tastes amazing.
“Bristol is a real hub for healthy living and we want our products to reflect that so whether you’re gluten, lactose or nut intolerant or just believe that veganism isn’t just for January, we have options for you.”
It’s believed an estimated 300,000 people in the UK are already regularly taking CBD supplements, the majority of which are purchased online.
According to Jon, it can be difficult for people to have confidence in what they are buying as ‘some CBD products on the market have been tested and found to contain THC’, which is the other major compound found in the cannabis plant responsible for causing the ‘high’ feeling.
Products at Mary-Jane’s have been tested in laboratories and found to contain no THC.