By this point, you've probably at least heard about CBD, also known as cannabidiol, one of two of the most common molecules found in the cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) plant. Unlike THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD, the other molecule that's responsible for producing the classic marijuana high, does not produce the same sensation. Instead, CBD interacts with your body chemistry in different ways to provide a slew of feel-good benefits such as relaxation, reduced pain and nausea, and more. "CBD has shown great promise in relieving anxiety and reducing inflammation so much so that last year, the FDA approved it for treating severe seizures in children," says Mel McGraw, founder of MONK Provisions. "Additionally, it's being investigated by researchers who are optimistic about its application in other cases."
With expanding expectations in terms of wedding food, it's no surprise that the latest demand is for CBD to be infused into a couple's menu selections. Kathleen Tremblay, co-founder of Sonder Grace, believes that CBD infused food and/or beverages at weddings aren't just for fun, but also provides an added benefit. "The addition of CBD is a gift from the couple, adding a therapeutic element to their guests' experience which, at the very least, serves as an interesting talking point!" she says. "Further, couples can make their celebrations even more memorable by providing CBD oil and recipe cards detailing to guests how the food or drink was made as wedding favors."
As an alternative to alcohol, the infusion of CBD into a signature "cocktail" can provide guests with a feel-good sensation that isn't considered dangerous. "A CBD-infused adult beverage is a fantastic way to say, 'We catered for you and it's something other than soda!'' says McGraw. Tremblay sees adding CBD to food or drink as an easy way to supplement, since it has little-to-no side effects and no drug interactions when taken in small doses. "Even at higher doses and in rare cases, the side effects reported are as benign as lethargy," she says. "But it's safe to say that CBD is safe."
There is one gentle caveat, however, and that is the fact that the interaction between CBD and alcohol is not well-studied, which means you should provide some sort of disclaimer for guests who intend on drinking alcoholic beverages infused with CBD. "Though we can't say for sure that there are definite risks involved, guests who choose to mix the two should be aware that they are treading on less-researched grounds," adds McGraw.