The first bar and restaurant in Tennessee to serve THC opened today in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville. The restaurant gets away with it because the THC in the products is derived from hemp, which makes it federally legal, according to the company.
Buds & Brews is the state’s first THC-friendly bar and restaurant located at 1246 3rd Avenue in Nashville. “Buds and Brews offers a menu of premium bar fare paired with our own line of delicious cannabis-infused sauces,” the website says.
In other words, the restaurant and bar will serve all-American style food, but also provide over 25 THC-infused condiments for common dressings like ketchup, honey mustard, ranch dressing, steak sauce , but infused with hemp-derived THC in 1- 5 mg servings.
The restaurant will also feature recently launched cannabis-infused drink coolers and sauces containing hemp-derived THC. WKRN reports that you can choose things like “Smokey Margarita” or “Bloody Maryjane.”
While the cannabis will be at the bar for consumption, the products are divided into individual sachets and jars.
The coolers come in pouches in the following flavors: GrapeApe, LemonHaze, and Sweet Tea OG Kush. The sauces, on the other hand, are made with THC derived from locally grown and extracted hemp. Each sauce contains 5mg of THC in each jar.
Restaurant patrons can choose from 28 sauces containing THC derived from locally grown and extracted hemp. The line of culinary sauces includes ingredients such as olive oil or the company’s specialty barbecue sauce.
Mike Solomon is co-owner of Buds & Brews, along with co-owner Dalton Crow, and has discussed what guests can expect with local media.
“You can get chicken fillets and then you can order THC ranch,” Solomon told WKRN. “What is infused are the condiments. We have the 25 most commonly used condiments among ketchup, honey mustard, ranch dressing, steak sauce.
Additionally, all products are made in Tennessee by Craft Cannabis Products.
“Everything is 1 to 5 milligrams per serving, which is very small so you can try a bunch of things,” Solomon said. “A beginner, novice, or someone experienced with cannabis can have fun here with portion-controlled microdosing.”
“I’m excited to make my mark and have teamed up with some great guys to do it,” Dalton Crow said. “We want to please everyone. We want everyone to try and come give us a chance and try us out.
Currently in Tennessee, only hemp-derived THC can be served at establishments like Buds & Brews. An adult use bill in the state has recently failed to gain traction. The bill, called the “Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act,” effectively died after its sponsor, state House of Representatives Rep. Bob Freeman, pulled the legislation from the ground.
The Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act would have permitted the possession of cannabis and concentrates for adults 21 years of age or older and “the transfer of marijuana or marijuana concentrate between adults, in permitted amounts, without compensation” and the “cultivation of up to 12 adult marijuana plants.
It would also have opened up medical cannabis options for minors under the age of 18 by allowing “a parent, guardian or guardian to administer a marijuana product, excluding any combustible product, to a minor, over which the parent, guardian or guardian has legal authority.
Until then, fun establishments like Buds & Brews have figured out how to operate within the bounds of the law.
Buds & Brews will hold an official grand opening on August 20.