Illegal Burger is the pioneer and only fast food joint that offers CBD-infused foods in the United States. The company has opened 6 joints in Colorado and is in the process of opening the 6th joint in Texas. As most of the American consumers are looking for ways of enhancing their diet with plant-based supplements, Illegal Burger offers an easy way of legally offering CBD alongside its fries and burgers.
However, it is important to note that due to federal restrictions that outlaw the infusion of CBD into edible, the company is not infusing CBD directly into its food. Illegal Burger has 6 joints in Colorado, Illegal Pizza in Florida, and will soon open joints in Texas and other states that have legalized CBD.
Colorado’s state laws allow adding CBD to food, but the company has chosen to play safe by not adding it directly into their foods. The CBD is offered in packed Emulsified CBD Powders packets. Customers can add the CBD powder to their fries, sauces, burgers, or drinks. The CBD powder is made by a sister company to Illegal Burger. The company has only one CBD-infused product, unflavored bottled water, and is not treated as food under the FDA rules.
According to the founders of the franchise, most of their customers go to them for the CBD supplement. However, the quality of the food is treated as importantly as the cannabis powder. “Apart from the CBD thing that sets us apart, we also want our customers to feel welcome and wanting to eat here,” said Jim Nixon, one of Illegal Burger’s founders. “We are going above and beyond with all our products from as basic as the choice of buns and toppings. That is what makes us feel we have created a special brand that offers you the best food,” Nixon continues.
Infusing CBD into foods is not a new thing in the marijuana industry as on April 20, 2019, Carl’s Jr. joint in Denver offered CBD burger in celebration of the world weed users’ holiday 4/20. Shake and smoothie shops in other states also offer CBD spiked drinks for wellness and health purposes, even with the federal ban. You will also come across CBD gummies in your local convenience stores.
Illegal Burger is run and managed by Nixon, and his family, who jointly came up with the idea to combine sliders and stackers with CBD after Nixon and his son discovered that CBD worked wonders in the treatment of their sclerosis. The FDA has only approved one marijuana compound, CBD, for the treatment of seizure disorders. Medical research on the long-term and short-term effects of these cannabis compounds on the human body is ongoing.
The company wants to keep it simple by not adding new CBD products to its menu. You will, therefore, not find any CBD lip balm or lotions at any Illegal Pizza or Illegal Burger joint. “We are a restaurant, and we do not want to look too crazy,” said Nixon.