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Vegetarian cannabis restaurant ‘to redress outdated stereotypes’

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The team behind an eatery dubbed Britain’s first vegan and vegetarian cannabis restaurant say their aim is to “redress outdated stereotypes” about the drug.

The menu features food and drinks infused with legal and non-psychoactive organic cannabinoid products containing the compounds CBD, CBG and CBN.

The team describes cannabis as a “versatile and powerful herb, packed full of flavour and fragrance, with a whole range of natural therapeutic benefits”.

They were inspired by research claiming the plant can boost appetite, tackle pain, and help with digestive problems and reproduction issues as well as stress and memory loss.

Founder Sam Evolution wants Canna Kitchen in Brighton to “educate society” and said it will open customers’ eyes so they experience the plant in new forms and don’t just see it as a recreational drug.

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The menu includes dishes infused with organic cannabinoid products

The restaurant, which opens to the public on Saturday, will focus on healthy food made from organic local produce.

Mr Evolution said: “Our mission is to spark a larger conversation around cannabis, to assist in educating and re-informing society’s perceptions of the plant.

“The Canna Kitchen aims to achieve this by offering people an opportunity to experience the plant in a form that may be new to them.”

Sam Evolution and Charlotte Kjaer
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Founder Sam Evolution and head chef Charlotte Kjaer

Head chef Charlotte Kjaer is experimenting with dishes including Zaa’tar roasted cauliflower, hemp heart tabbouleh, smoked aubergine, sesame Cavolo Nero and buckwheat and beetroot pancakes served with refreshments like non-alcoholic hash beer.

She said: “I enjoy to cook with the seasons and in harmony with nature, a diet rich in seasonal plant-based food is not only nutritious for the body, but also beneficial for the planet.

“I aim to create honest, balanced and vibrant food.”

Mr Evolution said there has been overwhelming support with many people “keen to see the plant receive the acknowledgement it truly deserves”.

But there had also been criticism from some who “seem to struggle with separating outdated definitions of the plant”, he said.

He is confident his restaurant is the first of its kind, adding: “I researched heavily into any other legal restaurant establishments in the UK, and aside from a pop up in 2015, I could find no other projects of this nature.”

Other venues experimenting in this area include a coffee shop in Swansea which opened earlier this year, reportedly offering customers the chance to add shots of cannabis oil to drinks.

Purezza – which brands itself the first vegan pizzeria in the UK with restaurants in Brighton and London – offers a hemp flour pizza base.

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