New York Hotel Aims For CBD Infused Menu

There’s nothing better after a long day of sightseeing around New York City and times square  than unwinding on a fluffy bed in a luxurious hotel room and ordering room service. The James Hotel Nomad aims to provide a peaceful oasis for otherwise busy New York travelers. Since the hotel’s inception, they’ve been doing just that with amenities like meditation sessions, sound baths and in-room massages.

According to an article by Urban Daddy, the boutique manhattan hotel has decided to take relaxation to the next level by offering guests a CBD-infused room and suites service menu. The project was initiated by manager James La Russo who enlisted renowned cannabis chef, Andrea Drummer, author of the best-selling cookbook, “Cannabis Cuisine: Bud Pairings of a Born-Again Chef.” Drummer has created a gourmet, CBD tasting menu which includes such comfort foods as:

Spicy meatballs- This upscaled version of an Italian home-cooking staple contains 15 milligrams of CBD. It’s not quite like mom used to make.
House Tots- Gourmet tater tots served with chipotle ketchup and sriracha mayo, each containing 10 mg of CBD, add another dimension to the late-night munchies.
Ice Cream Sundae- Folks with a sweet tooth can gorge on a sundae topped with caramel sauce containing 20 mg of CBD.

The James also offers CBD-infused beauty products and dog treats.

CBD for the Uninitiated

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 80 different compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds, called cannabinoids, interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to help regulate and balance several important bodily functions. Unlike its sister cannabinoid, THC, CBD does not produce psychoactive effects. Instead, CBD has been shown to have many of the same medicinal effects of THC, but without the high that is normally associated with marijuana.

Studies show that CBD has enormous potential to provide relief from the symptoms of many common ailments and conditions such as:

Arthritis pain
Alzheimer’s Disease

This list is by no means exhaustive. The potential benefits of taking CBD supplements seem almost infinite.

Trouble in CBD Land

In 2018, the Federal Farm Bill legalized hemp and, by extension, CBD. Restaurants and bars soon began serving CBD-laden cuisine, cocktails and coffee. Unfortunately for establishments like the James Hotel Nomad, the profusion of CBD offerings has provoked a legal backlash. Several governing agencies, including the New York State Health Department, have prohibited restaurants and bars from continuing to serve menu items that contain CBD, pending more information about the supplement. This doesn’t bode well for the folks at the James Hotel who have been forced to suspend their CBD menu, at least temporarily.

Critics of the health department’s actions suggest that pressure from the liquor industry may be at the root of the shutdown. This begs the question: Why should establishments that sell alcoholic beverages, known contributing factors in numerous fatal diseases, be restricted from serving items that contain CBD?

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