America’s first cannabis restaurant will open in West Hollywood next month, featuring the weed equivalent of a sommelier – a “ganjier”.
Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café will specialise in farm-to-table food and terroir-driven marijuana. It will be the first venue in the US where customers can legally enjoy a joint with their meal in public.
Lowell told Green Entrepreneur: “A premium option for guests will be our Tableside Flower Service. Akin to a sommelier, Lowell Cafe will offer its guests a unique experience of cannabis consumption.
“A Lowell Farms’ Flower Host will guide guests through our menu and discuss the featured variety of strains and their effects and origins while rolling the perfect smoke for enjoyment. We’ll also have other premium experience options for enjoying cannabis from specialised bongs to dabs.”
Chef Andrea Drummer (above) started cooking with cannabis in 2011. However, at the cannabis restaurant she will prepare dishes without a single drop of the psychoactive THC, or non-psychoactive CBD.
While she is keen to serve dishes that incorporate the plant, such as cannabis butters and oils, Drmmer’s plans for a cannabis-infused menu are on hold because all weed-based products have to be pre-packaged and tested under state law.
Instead the food menu has been designed to complement the cannabis that will be consumed on-site.
Drummer told The Cannabis Radar that kush is slightly bit more pungent, so it tastes better with a stew or a meal like meat or beef product. Blue Dream, tastes really good with bread puddings and ice cream.
“I’m excited to be part of the movement towards the normalisation of cannabis use,” Drummer said. “I’m humbled at the opportunity to make this service accessible on a broader scale, and cook for those whose senses will be heightened from cannabis. I’m part of an incredible team to creating a first of its kind restaurant experience and hope customers walk away with a new appreciation for both cannabis and cuisine.”
The cannabis restaurant is not permitted to serve alcohol, so all of the drinks on offer are soft, while last orders for any cannabis consumed on site will need to be taken before 10pm, despite the venue being open until 2am.
Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café opens in September, and you must be over 21 to enter.