“CBD tends to have a really earthy taste which frankly isn’t very appetizing but infused with a Mary-Jane’s coffee it tastes amazing”
EMMA SPEARS – The London press
Not to be outdone by Swansea, Leeds and Norfolk, Bristol is getting its very own CBD café. The not-so-creatively named Mary Jane’s is set to open on May 31 in a space formerly occupied by a short-lived tapas restaurant.
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Diners will be able to order food and beverages such as coffee, tea, milkshakes, and smoothies, with the option of adding an infusion of current trendy ingredient cannabidiol (CBD), a psychoactive but non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant.
The menu will accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions, providing vegan options and serving a wide range of tastes and requirements in the name of accessibility.
“Having tried various CBD products on the market I felt that there must be a better way to take it daily than on its own,” founder Jon Antoniou told the Bristol Post. “CBD tends to have a really earthy taste which frankly isn’t very appetizing but infused with a Mary-Jane’s coffee it tastes amazing.”
The media reactions to the café’s opening, ranging from the benign “CBD coffee shop Mary Jane’s comes to Whiteladies Road” to the sensational “Cannabis café selling food and drink laced with drugs comes to UK–but there’s a catch” are reflective of the current public perception of cannabis and cannabis products in the UK–and their accompanying controversy.
Medical cannabis is legal in Britain, but the country has been plagued with accusations of inadequate National Health Service (NHS) prescribers, financially inaccessible private clinics and a lack of physician understanding of the drug.
Adult-use, recreational cannabis remains illegal in the UK.