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Delta-8 in Chicago: West Loop restaurant Canna Cafe, which infuses food with ‘diet weed,’ attracts long lines, prompting alderman to intervene after complaints

A new West Loop restaurant that infuses its offerings with a trendy, unregulated drug commonly described as “diet weed” quickly grew so popular that the local alderman had to intervene after neighbors complained about its long lines.

The early success of Canna Cafe, 1301 W. Washington, comes as lawmakers and players in the legal cannabis industry call for a clampdown on Delta-8-THC, a hemp-derived compound similar to the component in weed that gets users high. The restaurant, which opened March 13 to great fanfare, uses the psychoactive substance in various menu items, including burgers, pizzas and drinks.

Tiffani Piearson, a

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