Europe’s First Mass-produced Cannabis Bread

Cannabread produced by Lowy’s bakery will be available for purchase in Carrefour supermarkets in Brussels and two other Belgian cities later in November. The bread is on sale in at least one of five Lowy’s bakery shops in Brussels.

Lowy’s owner Charly Lowy said about 15% of the dough in Cannabread is made from cannabis seeds, but eating the bread does not have the effects of a drug. The level of THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, is low, which is also why it can be sold without restrictions in Belgium, where marijuana laws are more restrictive. Cannabread is also certified organic and, according to Lowy, full of minerals, vitamin E, Omega 3 and 6, fibers, carotene and magnesium, according to a report of Vice Belgium.

“The bread is intended first and foremost for people who just love bread, and different kinds of it. But it’s true that cannabis products are in right now,” Lowy told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Boutique bakers in the Netherlands and beyond have occasionally offered cannabis bread in the past, but Lowy is the first to mass-produce it, according to media reports.

While not intoxicating, the bread does taste and smell like cannabis, the Vice report said. This may be why Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain raided the bakery in 2018 and destroyed Lowy’s entire stock of Cannabread, citing the absence of certificates proving it does not get people high.
Photo source: jta.org 

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