Marijuana

Illegal Burger Owner Partners on New Cannabis-Infused Food Company

This veggie burger at Illegal Burger could soon be cannabis-infused.
This veggie burger at Illegal Burger could soon be cannabis-infused. Illegal Burger
A Denver burger company is about to help you get a dose of cannabis with your lunch.

West Coast Ventures Group Corp., the parent company of Illegal Burger, which has two Denver locations (as well as outposts in Evergreen, Glendale and Arvada), has teamed up with a California company named Biolog, Inc., to test out a method of infusing cannabinoids directly into food.

The product they'll be using is called CannaStix, a solid spice pack containing cannabis extracts that can be inserted into food — ground beef, for example — before cooking. The CannaStix pack liquefies and spreads its goodness into the food being cooked, giving it what the company describes as "a very accurate dose of fast onset, highly bioavailable cannabinoids."

click to enlarge Illegal Burger was founded by Jim Nixon in 2013. - SCOTT LENTZ
Illegal Burger was founded by Jim Nixon in 2013.
Scott Lentz
Right now, CannaStix are only being made with CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive extract of cannabis. But the product has potential to also deliver THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active component of marijuana that gets you high. That's not currently legal, so for now, you can just look forward to the health benefits claimed by advocates of CBD.


Illegal Burger won't be selling CDB-infused burgers; instead the joint venture is launching AmeriCanna Cafe, which will initially take the form of a food truck that will hit the streets of Denver this spring (an exact date has not been announced) selling CannaStix-infused dishes at pop-up events near existing recreational dispensaries. After the initial food-truck debut, we could soon see brick-and-mortar locations of AmeriCanna Cafe, either in Colorado or elsewhere in the U.S.

West Coast Ventures Group, founded by Jim Nixon in 2013, also operates six locations of El Señor Sol in metro Denver, so a cannabis-infused taco or burrito isn't out of the question.

And someday, CannaStix could be the cause of — and the solution to — your pot munchies.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation