Food truck's special sauce
Would you like a little CBD with your coffee?
“Yes,” say many Medford-area residents who stop by this city’s newest food cart, CBD Joe’s Coffee and Que, next to Weedbucks at 437 S. Central Ave.
Along with your homemade biscuits, loaded with bacon bits and drenched with gravy, you can get a dollop of CBD, or cannabidiol, the nonintoxicating extract from hemp.
“It’s the first food establishment in Jackson County licensed to serve CBD in its food,” said Jason Osborne, who owns the food truck with his business partner, Matthew DeFusco.
They started operations two weeks ago, and they held their grand opening Tuesday, attracting clients who work at neighboring businesses.
Kaylie Loptien, who works at Weedbucks, ordered biscuits and gravy with CBD.
“I’ve never heard of a CBD food truck before,” she said.
Loptien said the food exceeded her expectations, and the CBD dose will help her keep calm.
“It helps with my anxiety,” she said.
CBD Joe’s adds 10 milligrams of CBD for 50 cents to food offerings — at the request of the customers only. Many credit CBD as helping with everything from inflammation to sleeplessness or even epileptic seizures.
Chad Peterson, environmental public health manager for Jackson County, said he’s received requests from other businesses who want to offer CBD, but none have received a license so far, except CBD Joe’s.
“I would guess he’s one of the first, if not the first,” Peterson said. “We’ve had a couple of bars ask about CBD in mixed drinks.”
The CBD sold with the food products can contain only a maximum 0.3% THC, a requirement for hemp products in Oregon. Also, the CBD product must be pesticide free.
Peterson said CBD is regulated by the state.
“This is all new to us, as well,” he said. “It’s going to be something that’s going to become more popular.”
The idea for CBD Joe’s was hatched last year, but the type of food on the menu was an easy one.
“It was either barbecue or pizza,” Osborne said.
Originally from Texas, Osborne said barbecue won out, particularly because he spent 23 years in the restaurant business (the “que” in the name stands for “barbecue”).
Osborne gained some notoriety in 2016, when code enforcement officers issued him citations for exceeding the four-plant marijuana limit in the city. Medford no longer allows plants to be grown outdoors.
On Tuesday, Osborne had a steady stream of customers, all of whom wanted that extra dollop of CBD.
He’s also got interest from other businesses, which want to hold events with his green food truck.
“I got a real estate agent who wants me to do an open house,” he said.
CBD Joe’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The mouth-watering smells of pulled pork, smoked chicken thighs and German sausage wafted through the neighborhood Tuesday. Side orders include bourbon baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad. Vegetarian options include portabello burgers and spinach salad. Prices for a meal range from $6 to $8.
CBD Joe’s is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Orders can be called in at 541-237-7151.
Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or email@example.com Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.