Step aside, New Amsterdam: the United States has officially opened its first ever cannabis cafe.
Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe opened its doors on the first of October to help satisfy a bad case of the munchies. While these cafes are common in places where marijuana is legal, like New Amsterdam and Canada, this is the first time Americans have been able to indulge in a restaurant that also serves cannabis.
While you can smoke in the establishment, the state of California prohibits the cafe from selling any marijuana-infused meals. However, you can partake in edibles that they have pre-packaged for consumption.
As a whole, the true nuances of the shop rests in its variety of marijuana products to choose from, but don’t worry about the smoke; the cafe has included a number of air filters and compressors to help keep the establishment well-ventilated. While it’s recommended that you change your HVAC filter every three months, it’s likely that Lowell’s will have to change it a little more frequently as its popularity grows.
When you sit down, their “budtenders” will offer pre-rolled joints or pot smoking accessories to anyone over the age of 21. The customers can order from a menu featuring different strains of cannabis depending on the experience you want to have. While none of the food is infused with bud as per California state law, the chef on-site will guarantee you have a good time.
“Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe was created because we believed there needed to be a destination for everyone to openly enjoy cannabis in the community,” a cafe spokesperson explains. “Lowell Cafe is a welcoming space for those who are cannabis connoisseurs and those who are canna-curious and looking to experience cannabis in a welcoming atmosphere.”
Veteran cannabis chef Andrea Drummer has more than seven years of experience making marijuana-friendly meals in the Los Angeles area alone. When you visit Lowell’s, you can expect a variety of munchy-friendly foods, including chicken sandwiches, nachos, and more. And since we’ve learned that the average meal has increased by a whopping 60 kilocalories since the ’80s, you can expect plenty of health-conscious options to satisfy the largest appetites.
Unfortunately, diners are only allowed to partake in one vice at a time: the restaurant cannot sell any alcohol on the premises. But just like 71% of Millennials have tried alcohol, over 120 million people have tried marijuana across the United States. Instead of alcohol, diners can opt for an array of juices, milkshakes, coffees, teas, and sodas to complement their preferred strain of marijuana.
Just like a bar, you cannot drink to the point of becoming incapacitated. Your budtender will check on you periodically to ensure you’re having a good time and staying safe as you enjoy your smoke and your meal. You cannot take any leftover product home with you, but you can definitely take home leftover food.
It’s estimated that California will bring in about $5.6 billion from recreational and medicinal pot sales alone. Even though the pot taxes and income taxes will take out a chunk from the cafe’s earnings, the first-ever cannabis cafe is slated to serve the masses. In fact, you can reserve a table as early as 30 days out to ensure you’re able to indulge.
Don’t worry if you’re not able to snag a table just yet; according to CNN, Lowell’s is simply the first cannabis cafe in the Hollywood and Los Angeles areas. There were more than 300 other applicants who are vying for California’s new cannabis consumption licensure.
As Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe opens its doors to new customers, it’s also opening the doors for countless other marijuana-friendly businesses in its wake.