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Is CBD the Hot New Ingredient On the Vermont Culinary Scene?

Vermont, the state that brought the world Ben & Jerry's, and Maple Syrup, and Bernie Sanders, is embracing CBD as an intriguing new ingredient in food and drink. In August, Long Trail Brewing Company introduced a CBD-infused IPA, while at about the same time two restaurants, in Burlington and Stowe, announced the addition of CBD dishes to their menus. Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice, reported about both restaurants.

On July 20th, Monarch and the Milkweed, in Burlington, started selling CBD-infused truffles (although Seven Days doesn't specifically say, it's more likely these are chocolate truffles and not the mushroom kind that pigs dig up in a forest in France). A day later, in August, Green Goddess Cafe in Stowe announced it would start selling CBD-infused smoothies, baked goods, juices, and lattes.

Although at first glance this may look like a case of one-upmanship, and good old-fashioned American commercial enterprise at its best, Green Goddess added CBD to its menu after its husband and wife co-owners, and their autistic son, all saw significant health improvements in themselves after trying CBD at home:

Co-owner Athena Scheidet said she and her husband and Green Goddess co-owner, Tim Callahan, decided to bring cannabidiol to their kitchen after observing the compound's dramatic effects on their nonverbal autistic son.

After the oil relieved Scheidet's menstrual cramps and anxiety, and Callahan's chronic pain and inflammation, the couple "decided that we had to just pull the trigger [and offer this to our café customers]," Scheidet said.