The Hemp Dog Cafe debuted at the Richmond Bacon Festival last week with hot dog buns made from hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp flour. And yes, it’s legal.
“When people come up and they see hemp, they typically get worried at first,” said Hemp Dog Cafe chef Sean Murphy. “It’s associated with the marijuana plant a lot.”
Researchers say eating hemp has health benefits. “Hemp has the omegas: omega 6, omega 3 and omega 9. Hemp meets the body’s daily requirement of both essential fatty acids and protein,” said Sheaffer. Hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant, but hemp only has trace amounts of THC, the chemical that can make you high.
These entrepreneurs hope to turn the Hemp Cog Cafe cart into a full restaurant at 202 West Broad Street in Richmond this fall, and eventually open more cafes near college campuses.
“We will have a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Things like hemp waffles, hemp pancakes, of course we’ll have the hemp dog, pot pies,” Sheaffer told us.
There have been other hemp restaurants, like the Galaxy in Manhattan, and others in Japan, Australia, and Bangkok.
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