US burger chain Carl’s Jr has announced it will sell a CBD burger at one store in Denver, Colorado, on 20 April.

Carl’s Jr. is the first quick-service restaurant in the US to test a menu item containing cannabidiol. The Rocky Mountain High: Cheeseburger Delight will feature two beef patties, pickled jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, waffle fries and Santa Fe sauce containing 5 milligrams of CBD.

“The new Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight ties back to our core strategy of being the first to bring bold and unexpected flavors that are at the forefront of hot restaurant trends to a quick service menu,” said Patty Trevino, senior vice president, brand marketing at Carl’s Jr.

Cannabidiol is defined as a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp.

The US 2018 Farm Act was passed in December last year, effectively legalising hemp production of cannabis plants containing less than .3 per cent THC.

CBD is currently prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but a number of food and beverage operators have begun testing food and drink products containing CBD.

The FDA will hold a public hearing on 31 May 2019, which will address unanswered questions about CBD and cannabis-derived products to help inform the FDA’s regulatory oversight.

In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb M.D. said the agency “will consider where it is appropriate to exercise its authority to allow the use of CBD in dietary supplements and other foods if the agency were able to determine that all other requirements in the FD&C Act are met”.

Image credit: Carl’s Jr.





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