Since the Texas government legalized hemp in 2019, CBD shops have been sprouting up all over Houston. Unlike marijuana, which contains high amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, hemp contains low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD, or cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is not psychoactive, and is widely used to treat ailments like muscle pain, anxiety, insomnia and even epilepsy.
CBD oil is easily administered orally, and recently a number of Houston eateries have concocted deserts, beverages, and even cocktails using the oil. Though there is still a lot doctors don’t know about the compound, users report feeling relaxed, calm, and sometimes even sleepy after ingesting CBD.
Looking for a lemon-basil shake or a boozy cocktail with a little something extra? Check out these five spots serving up CBD-infused treats.
The Chris Shepherd-helmed restaurant at 1609 Westheimer Rd offers a CBD Galaxy Brownie with 130mg of CBD oil from Ms Nice Girl Treats. Ms Nice Girl’s other CBD edibles include M&M cookies (containing only green M&Ms, naturally), and caramel popcorn. Get the brownie at UB Preserv by ordering online.
In Lake Jackson there’s a tropical-style bar that goes beyond the vibe of the basic beach shack. Poly Pop, at 104 This Way A, serves up juicy cocktails alongside Viet-Cajun crawfish, ramen bowls, and spam and cheese sandwiches. The spirits-focused cocktail menu includes a whole section of CBD-enhanced drinks, from the classic coconut-and-lime Pain Killer to the Oaxacan High, made with Oaxacan rum, dragon fruit, lime and CBD oil. Order for pickup by calling (979) 292-8340.
Toot Suite, the EaDo breakfast spot at 2001 Commerce Street that boasts more than 15 styles of coffee, also serves the perfect side to a cup of joe. Get a CBD chocolate shortbread cookie, and either dunk it in your drink, or savor bites between sips. Each cookie contains about 100mg of CBD. Order online or pick up from the counter for takeout.
This Montrose bar, at 1318 Westheimer Road, mixes up colorful cocktails just as Insta-worthy as the building’s neon-drenched facade. The Under The SeaBD includes pineapple rum, kiwi syrup, lime juice and lemon CBD, all topped with Topo Chico, for $11. Patrons can add an extra shot of CBD for $3. Order curbside by calling (281) 974-4752.
Earthy Goodness Vegan Ice Cream
Typically parked just outside Vegan Soul Food at 2901 Emancipation Avenue, this ice cream truck specializes in creative combinations of non-dairy ice cream, all made with coconut milk. There are the basics — vanilla, strawberry and chocolate — plus flavors like lemon basil and purple yam cheesecake. Turn any flavor of ice cream into a CBD shake — $13 for 5 mg, and $16 for 10mg.