It might come as a surprise to see marijuana on the list of 2018 food trends. However, the drug and its ingredients have been slowly making their way onto the public market. Read on to find out why we might be seeing a lot more cannabis-infused foods on menus, in stores, and at food shows this year.
Cannabis foods ranked in the top 10 food trends of 2018
The Specialty Food Association (SPA), which is responsible for hosting seasonal “Fancy Food Shows” in various parts of the United States, ranked cannabis cuisine number 8 out of its top 2018 food trends. The SPA has a trend-spotter panel that picks the top food trends for that year. “As more states legalize recreational marijuana, the varieties of pot-enhanced food and beverage will increase,” the panel wrote in its reasoning.
Restaurants are also starting to embrace marijuana’s ingredients
Restaurants are also expected to begin incorporating cannabis ingredients into their menus. Nation’s Restaurant News predicts that the main ingredient in cannabis plants, cannabidiol, could start showing up in restaurant dishes this year. Right now, the use of marijuana in restaurants is still illegal. However, Denver residents have already vocalized that they want legislation passed that would allow restaurants to use the ingredient. Cannabidiol is different from THC (the ingredient that produces the high). Cannabidiol does not produce a high.