After the Department of Health’s announcement that CBD or Cannabidiol can now be legally purchased in South Africa, it was only a matter of time before restaurants jumped on the bandwagon – and first out the gate is Col’Cacchio. The restaurant has teamed up with africanpure, a producer of CBD oil, to offer diners two pizza options – Green Goddess (R125) and Not-so-Plain Mary Jane (R140) – that are drizzled with the CBD oil. Diners also have the option of adding a spritz of CBD oil to any other menu item, at a cost of R25.

CBD Oil doesn’t have any THC and is therefore non-hallucinogenic, and carries a host of wellness properties. Col’Cacchio has a history of giving diners healthy dining options – it was one of the first to introduce gluten free, low calorie, Banting/ carb-conscious and vegan alternatives – so its innovation with cannabis is certainly on brand.

“At Col’Cacchio, we have always aimed to be innovative with our menu offering and provide our loyal fan base with the latest health positive trends. We love to stay ahead of the curve and are extremely proud to be the first restaurant in SA to launch a Cannabis pizza and look forward to seeing old and new faces in our restaurants coming in to try this exciting new range “, explains Kinga Baranowska, Col’Cacchio co-founder.

“We are really thrilled to be at the forefront of the Cannabis story in South Africa and to be working with one of the country’s most innovative restaurant franchise groups. Col’Cacchio is a model example of what we as africanpure are striving to achieve, using only the very best ingredients and providing wholesome accessible products to all our customers. We are certain that the new Cannabis offering at Col’Cacchio will be a massive hit.”, says Mike Saunders, africanpure co-founder.

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