Londoner's Hemp Pizza Delivers Healthy High

Londoner's Hemp Pizza Delivers Healthy High
Posted by FoM on March 16, 2000 at 07:31:51 PT
By Brodie Fenlon - London Free Press
Source: Canoe
Londoners are buzzing over a new pizza that features an ingredient that's a close cousin of marijuana. The "Cheech and Chong," a hemp-inspired pie developed by London's World Famous East Town Pizza, debuts tomorrow. 
Created by East Town owner and expert pizza designer Dino Ciccone, the Mexican-flavoured pizza is sprinkled with crunchy hemp seeds, then drizzled with the plant's thick oil. That's hemp, as in a variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. -- a close cousin of marijuana. But before reefer madness sweeps the Forest City, Ciccone stresses the only buzz pizza lovers will get from his new gourmet pie is a healthy high. Hemp, legalized in Canada in 1998 after a 60-year-ban, has little or no THC -- the chemical that produces the hallucinogenic effect of marijuana. Seeds and oil from the hemp plant, which is used to make everything from rope to hand lotion, are high in fatty acids and protein. But with a street value of about $12 for a 250-millilitre bottle of the oil, the stuff is pricey, Ciccone says. A large pizza, topped with chicken, beef, sour cream, olives and onion, will sell for $19.99. The seeds have a nutty flavour, and the pea-green oil tastes like crushed sunflower seeds. Ciccone, who's designed several pies for his four-restaurant chain, says he always carries a pen and paper in case the pizza muse gives him an idea for a new flavour. "I'll be driving down the road and I'll think about combinations," he says. "I can visualize flavours in 3-D." And yes, he adds, he remembers the 1960s. London, Ont.Published: Thursday, March 16, 2000Copyright  2000, Canoe Limited Partnership. CannabisNews Hemp Related Articles & Archives:
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Comment #2 posted by Haley on April 10, 2000 at 14:10:02 PT
Hemp Pizza- mmmmm!!!
That's so cool that a pizza place has a hemp pizza. Maybe now people will realize hemp isn't marijuana. However I don't think nameing the pizza "Cheech and Chong" will help much though. At least it's a step in the right direction. So do they deliver to California?
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Comment #1 posted by ... on March 16, 2000 at 11:52:22 PT
Next: With or without THC
Wonderful news. At least people will know that hemp isn't EVIL. The next step: They'll be asking if you want your pizza with or without THC. Of course, I'll chose WITH,but hold the anchovies please. 
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