Five Places in Boston to Chill Out with CBD Snacks and Drinks
Chocolate truffles, vegan-friendly lattes, and more fun treats make it easy to try this trendy wellness product.
The cannabis-derived compound cannabidiol (CBD) won’t get you high, but a growing body of research suggests CBD will make you feel good. You know what else can make you feel good? Snacks and drinks like cookies, chocolates, and lattes—especially when infused with this game-changing ingredient. While official FDA approval of CBD remains elusive, a growing body of preliminary clinical research shows its anti-anxiety and pain-relieving properties, and it’s legal to sell in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Beauty products and multi-course cannabis dinners are some ways to try CBD for yourself, and these five restaurants, cafés, and bars around Boston are making it even easier to check out the latest way to chill.
Pair a CBD-infused tequila cocktail with guacamole spiked with the calming oil at this TD Garden-area taqueria. Up in Smoke, created by beverage director Mike Wyatt, is comprised of blanco tequila, fresh lime, orange liqueur, agave syrup, absinthe, and a jolt of CBD; it’s presented “smoking” thanks to dry ice, and can also be ordered by the pitcher ($60). Culinary director Eric Buonagurio’s CBD-infused guacamole is also Instagram-worthy. Both drink and dish are $15 each.
57 Canal St., Boston, 617-833-4885, bodegacanal.com.
All three local locations of the technicolor, plant-based wonderland that is By Chloe have CBD-infused Coconutty Cacao chocolate bars on the menu beginning February 1. Made by Brooklyn-based small-batch chocolatier Fine & Raw, each $10, one-ounce “chunkette” contains 20 milligrams of all-natural, full-spectrum hemp extract with CBD from Colorado company, Toast.
100 Van Ness St., Fenway, 617-936-5936; 107 Seaport Blvd., Seaport, 617-845-1055; 399 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-336-7566, eatbychloe.com.
Add a CBD boost to any drink at this Jamaica Plain juice shop. The 17-milligram shot comes from leading CBD producer Green Roads, a brand selected by the discerning Carrot Flower staff “for its purity and potency and the fact that it contains zero percent THC.” No high, just good vibes. Add CBD to any hot or cold coffee, juice, or smoothie for $3.50. The Centre Street shop also stocks 250-milligram bottles of CBD oil ($39.99); and CBD-infused vegan, gluten-free cookies made by Arlington-based upstart, Off Our Rocker ($5.99/20 mg).
703 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-942-8923, carrotflowerjp.com.
Two seasonal drinks introduce a new “wellness” menu at this Cambridge café and ice cream shop. The Golden CBD latte features coconut milk steeped in turmeric, ginger, and black pepper; while the Calming drink has chamomile-lavender oat milk. Both are steamed to order with five milligrams of CBD oil for $10 each. Feeling a different flavor of the day? The wellness menu will expand as research and development continues, and in the meantime, customers can add a five-milligram boost to any NOCA beverage for $5.
156 Rindge Ave., Cambridge, 617-902-0764, nocaprovisions.com.
The next time you need to chill from winter’s chill and even the best mug of hot chocolate won’t quite cut it, check out the new, CBD-infused cocoa at the Alewife location of this Camberville-based café. Each cup has five milligrams of the stuff, and costs $5.75. Revival owner Liza Shirazi and chef Steve “Nookie” Postal also offer house-made, CBD-infused, chocolate-mint truffles for $3.50 each, or $35 by the dozen.
125 Cambridgepark Dr., Cambridge, 617-665-5899, revivalcafeandkitchen.com.