The pink menus at Coffee Dose, a Costa Mesa coffee shop, list lattes infused with trendy ingredients such as tumeric powder and grass-fed butter.
The menus also have several ingredients carefully hidden by lines of Wite-Out. But look closely enough and you can make out two words: “CBD oil.”
Cannabidiol, known as CBD, is one of more than 100 compounds found in cannabis. The chemical doesn’t make consumers high, but international demand for CBD is growing as word spreads about its potential medical benefits, including claims that CBD can ease seizures, calm anxiety and reduce inflammation.
Jeni and Oscar Castro, owners of Coffee Dose, are among many entrepreneurs who’d been treating CBD derived from marijuana’s mellow cousin, hemp, as a dietary supplement. They listed CBD oil as an ingredient in “The Mary Jane” latte and as an optional add-on to other drinks, along with collagen and house-made nut milk. And business was booming, with a diverse range of customers regularly stopping by for CBD boosts.
But two months ago, Orange County health officials impounded all CBD products at Coffee Dose. [Read more at The Cannifornian]