A Denver-based branch of the burger chain plans to be the first national fast-food brand to debut a CBD or cannabidiol-infused sandwich for one day only - on April 20, a day of celebration for many cannabis fans.
Each customer will be limited to purchasing two burgers, and it will only be available to customers 18 and older, The Post reported. The item will be offered while supplies last. Compared to its close cousin marijuana, hemp contains less THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis. However, chefs eager to cook with the ingredient have had to operate under the radar because the Food and Drug Administration prohibits adding CBD to food and beverages.
"We are a West Coast brand", said Patty Trevino, senior vice president of Carl's Jr. marketing.
CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabis extract that is credited with helping to treat a wide variety of medical issues.
CBD oil is used by a wide range of people for many different reasons from chronic illness to depression and even severe acne. The agency will hold its first public hearing next month to decide how it will regulate CBD.
The FDA still bans the use of CBD in food and beverages, but a year ago then-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper passed a law saying that hemp should be treated the same as any food ingredient, and in December, President Donald trump signed a federal farm bill that reclassified hemp as an agricultural product rather than a controlled substance, The Denver Post reported. But they are yet another sign that the CBD fad is overwhelming prohibitionist policies-at least in places where CBD is legal at the state level.