One of the UK’s first cannabis-infused vegetarian and vegan restaurants is opened on 1 December in Brighton. Located in the city’s historic quarter, the Lanes, the Canna Kitchen “is on a mission to change the way people view the cannabis plant.” The Canna Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that aims to champion the versatile cannabis plant as a cooking ingredient in its own right. The focus here is on high quality, healthy artisan cuisine made from organic local produce that speaks to the season. Most of the food and drink on the menu can be infused with cannabis, although it’s optional. The team will focus solely on the infusion of UK legal and non-psychoactive organic cannabinoids such as CBD (cannabidiol – commonly used for medicinal purposes), CBG (cannabigerol) and CBN (cannabinol), as well as naturally occurring flavours and fragrances from the plant itself. Examples of items on the menu include zaa’tar roast cauliflower; hemp heart tabbouleh; smoked aubergine, sesame cavolo nero; CBD tahini cream; buckwheat and beetroot pancakes and CBD cashew cheese. Head Chef Charlotte Kjaer said: “I aim to create honest, balanced and vibrant food. CBD has become something of a buzzword in recent months, but CBD isn’t the only property that makes cannabis a wonder plant. Cannabis produces a variety of compounds known as cannabinoids, many of which have not been detected in any other plant.”
In addition to the restaurant, the Canna Kitchen will be operating a CBD café and dispensary upstairs with infused cakes, drinks and beverages and an array of organic cannabis-based products through the Hemp Earth Dispensary. On the roof terrace, guests can chill out, vape or smoke and enjoy a CBD Turkish coffee or Tunisian mint tea. In the basement, freshly prepared, organic non-alcoholic cocktails will be available to enjoy in the log cabin-style chill-out lounge.
Sam Evolution, director of the Canna Kitchen, said his mission is to spark a larger conversation around cannabis. The restaurant’s aim is also to create an opportunity for people to experience the plant in a way that may be new to them. “It is one of the most versatile crops in nature, with potential applications in almost every area of our modern life,” said Sam, who believes cannabis is the next evolution in plant-based dining.