It’s not just Moon Juice offering CBD to sip on. Within just a few miles of the Silver Lake location are numerous smoothie stores and organic outposts hawking the cannabinoid. Most shops charge at least $3 a shot and promote the trendy extract’s anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties.
While many of the LA stores serving CBD have ridden the wave of cannabis legalization, the hemp products they’re selling likely haven’t changed in legal status since the passage of Proposition 64. And the laws around industrial hemp are a “bit of a tangle,” said Hilary Bricken, an attorney who specializes in cannabis law.
Meanwhile, the DEA has maintained that CBD oil, as an extract of the cannabis plant, is included as a Schedule I controlled substance. That designation, however, is being challenged in a lawsuit argued earlier this year in San Francisco.
CBD’s Moon Juice’s Silver Lake location, one of three in the city, began offering CBD about a year ago, said Jackson, but since adult-use cannabis sales began in the state in January, the shop has seen an uptick in the number of people requesting it. “A lot of people come here because they specifically know we’ve carried it for a long time,” Jackson said.
Moon Juice’s CBD comes in the form of infused olive oil, which is dribbled into beverages with a dropper. (Hayley Fox for Leafly)
Nothing screams summer like pineapple and coconut — until you add Moon Juice’s Power Dust, coconut milk, CW’s mint chocolate-flavored hemp extract oil, gingered lemon, turmeric and frozen bananas to the mix. If you’re feeling a little sluggish and out of it, this smoothie can help boost those energy levels in a snap. Bring on all the tropical vibes!
It’s time to take your summer smoothie game to the next level.
This smoothie blends Moon Juice’s chocolate plant-based protein and Brain Dust, mint chocolate-flavored hemp extract oil from Charlotte’s Web, espresso, frozen avocado and raspberry quinoa sprinkles. Talk about feeling all sorts of indulgent without any of the guilt. Fuel up with this bad boy post-workout and you’ll easily be productive (and happy about it) for the rest of the day.
Feel like the truest version of you with this powerful blend of Moon Juice’s Sex Dust, CW’s mint chocolate-flavored hemp extract oil, almond milk, cacao nibs, blue spirulina, mint and frozen avocado. Fight stress and fatigue while upping your energy and boosting your well-being all at the same time.
Most of us know that the key to a killer liquid breakfast is the perfect blend of fruit (and veggies), your milk of choice and your fave nut butter. But when you add some adaptogen power and hemp extract oil to the mix, magic happens. As the food you incorporate into your smoothies nourishes your body from the inside out, adaptogens and hemp help to streamline the body’s natural stress response, leaving you feeling calm, centered and ready to tackle the day.
Many folks out in Los Angeles and Venice Beach are already aware of wellness cult favorite Moon Juice, the plant-sourced alchemy shop that’s behind the mystical Moon Dust creation, a blend of adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms that help combat the effects of stress. And now, Moon Juice is partnering with Boulder, Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web to create adaptogen-packed, hemp-infused smoothies in-house. Check out their collaborative elixirs below.
The best part? If you’re not a Cali native, you can order your own Moon Dust and hemp extract oil online to recreate these smoothies at home all summer long. Who knows — you might even be inspired to make some recipes of your own that you can enjoy no matter the season. When it comes to fueling your body well, the sky’s the limit.
I decided “what the heck” and ordered a CBD-infused iced matcha, hoping the flavor of the tea would conceal the olive oil taste. And it did! Not only was the drink tasty as always (I love Moon Juice and am not being paid to say this) but it made this warm feeling spread through my body like a non-sleepy calm, and this was only a single dose. But I wondered if it might just be a placebo effect. Was I just imagining this? Or had something changed?
The first time I ever heard about CBD oil was on a podcast. Then I saw it on a drink menu. Soon it showed up on my favorite website, and as an add-on at my favorite matcha place. It reached the hands of my favorite Instagram influencers, and appeared as a new ingredient in my beauty products. So what is CBD, exactly?
Also, I didn’t feel like it was doing anything to me! I had read that consistency is key, but I wanted to be consistent with something that didn’t make me gag when I smelled it — which honestly made me feel more anxious! Apparently, this product has worked for a lot of people. Great news for them! But it’s not for me.
Soon after, I was able to try a CBD oil tincture from another brand. Our editor-in-chief suggested I try Hawaiian Choice CBD oil, which she’d heard about through a former colleague in Hawaii whose husband launched the company. Their products come in a spray bottle. Each spray delivers 10 milligrams, and the company advises users take one to three sprays and hold it under their tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. The bottle is expensive — $99, but it’s also flavored with passionfruit, pineapple, noni (a Polynesian fruit), and Big Island honey. Plus, it has a higher dosage than the first Charlotte’s Web product that I tried.
One of our editors tried a bunch of non-psychoactive CBD products to help control her anxiety levels.
Lastly, I don’t burn, bro. I don’t 420 blaze it. I’m high on life, baby! No judgement to anyone at all, I just don’t smoke weed. So I would like to reiterate, although CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, it is non-psychoactive and cannot get you high. I repeat, it is not THC. It will not get you high. Dad, are you listening?
It’s advertised as a miracle oil derived from hemp. When applied topically it’s meant to relieve pain. When you vape it, eat it, drink it, or droplet it into your mouth, it reportedly can help treat epileptic seizures, manage anxiety, chill you out or aid in going to sleep. Unlike marijuana, CBD doesn’t get you high. Some swear by its effects, but recently, there has been pushback against it. Some people have even called it “snake oil.” So does it actually work? I had to try.