On Monday, member of the U.S. Congress from the state of Oregon were in attendance at Blue Star Donuts in Portland for the debut of the shop’s chocolate hazelnut donut. The occasion is special because the donut features CBD derived from hemp, which might not have been possible without the legalization of industrial hemp, which was included in the 2018 farm bill.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, both big supporters of hemp production, joined others in celebrating Blue Star Donuts’ newest item. It contains a small dose of CBD, the non-hallucinogenic extract that is trending in food and beverages due to its supposed therapeutic qualities.
Wyden and Bluemenauer were prominently involved in the Hemp Farming Act of 2018’s inclusion in the farm bill, which defines hemp as an agricultural commodity and removes it from the list of controlled substances. They believe it will be a substantial boost to their home state. “This is a sweet day for Oregon agriculture,” says Senator Wyden.
Many were in attendance for the new donut, which is now available at all of Blue Star’s locations. It joins the shop’s other signature brioche-style donuts that come in a variety of delectable flavors, including the famed Cointreau Crème Brulee Donut and the Blueberry Bourbon Basil Donut.