Epic Munchies in South Africa: CBD Pizza

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Epic Munchies in South Africa: CBD Pizza

Usually, when you think of pizza, you imagine one of two places: either Italy or New York (sorry Chicago). But a chain of pizza restaurants from a country that you wouldn’t expect is introducing a game-changing ingredient to its pies: CBD.

CBD Pizza

South African pizza chain Col’Cacchio is taking advantage of a new law in South Africa that legalized CBD last month. They’re making a splash with delicious new food: CBD-infused pizza. The family-friendly pizza restaurant is introducing two new pizzas to its menu that include CBD as one of its ingredients.

The Green Goddess features grilled zucchini, feta, fresh basil, and 20 milligrams of CBD oil manufactured by African CBD company Africanpure. The second pizza, the Not-So-Plain Mary Jane, includes chicken, peppadews, roast mushrooms, avocado dressing, and 20 milligrams of CBD. 20 milligrams is the maximum amount of daily CBD allowed in a serving per person per day in South Africa.

Col’Cacchio was founded in 1992 in South Africa by Polish entrepreneur Kinga Baranowska. Since then, it’s expanded to include 37 stores, including one in Namibia, according to its website.

CBD Now Legal in South Africa

South Africa changed its laws last month to make CBD legal for one year. The country’s Health Minister, Dr. Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, announced the law change in South Africa’s government-run newspaper, according to a source. The rule allows anyone to sell CBD without needing a prescription. However, the new rule caps daily dosages of CBD at 20 milligrams per person.

Under the new law, companies cannot recommend using CBD to treat any specific illnesses or disorders. Instead, they can only say that CBD has a positive effect on general health and wellness.

The law classifies CBD as a commercial commodity that you don’t need a prescription. Therefore, some are predicting that it may be a booming new industry for South Africa in the coming years.

The new law marks the first time that CBD has been legal in South Africa since 1965 when the country made all cannabinoids illegal. South Africa has been growing more lenient on cannabis laws in recent years. In 2017 it drafted a law to allow the cultivation of cannabis as an ingredient for prescription drugs. Since then, however, the process has stalled. Of 21 cannabis cultivation licenses that companies have applied for in South Africa, only three have been approved.

The law is set to expire in May of 2020 unless it’s renewed.

What is CBD?

So what is CBD? CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a compound derived from hemp plants. It’s from a family of more than 100 chemicals called cannabinoids, all of which are derived from cannabis plants. THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets you high, is also a cannabinoid. However, CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects as THC does.

Proponents of CBD claim that the compound may have certain therapeutic effects. These may include pain relief, calming anxiety, promoting appetite, and sleep aid. Some studies have even shown that CBD may be effective in preventing the spread of certain cancers, like breast cancer. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a drug called Epidiolex to treat some forms of seizures.

CBD Background

The U.S. has a long history with hemp plants and CBD. This dates back to the 1600s when King James of England asked farmers living in the colony of Virginia to grow him 100 hemp plants. The U.S. began regulating the sale of cannabinoids in the 1930s. That included regulating CBD. The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified CBD as an agricultural product rather than a drug. As a result, farming hemp and selling CBD legal again in the U.S. CBD is a booming new business opportunity in the U.S. Forbes reports that the CBD market could reach $16 billion by 2025.

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