San Antonio's first cannabis juice shop, housed in a hemp farm coming soon

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Marijuana might not be legal in Texas, but cannabis is king

Located off Bulverde Road in Northwest San Antonio is the San-A-Canna hemp farm, a verdant enclave soon to host San Antonio's first cannabis juice shop. 

Amos Lozano ran Famous Juice Company for eight years before finding a permanent home for his raw hemp-infused juices, acai bowls, and smoothies — evidently, greener pastures awaited. The shop is currently scheduled to begin service in the next few weeks, followed by a grand opening party on Sunday, July 10. 

Cannabis in San Antonio

"Really our mission is to teach people that cannabis is more than just CBD and THC products, that it's also a leafy green vegetable that's very nutrient dense that you should be consuming raw in your juices and smoothies and salads," Lozano tells MySA.

"That's a cornerstone of our brand now is integrating raw hemp leafs into our recipes and teaching people about the benefits of raw cannabis." 

The company and Lozano's devotion to alternative healing began after he found success in abating unexplained fibromyalgia-like symptoms through juice fasting. Lozano first started operating out of his parents' kitchen, and gradually moved around to different spaces, from a rock climbing gym on Broadway to various co-ops. 

Famous Juice Company will open in San Antonio next month. 

Famous Juice Company will open on the grounds of the San-A-Canna Hemp farm next month. 

What is hempcrete?

Finally able to execute a cohesive vision, Lozano, who has grown to be a loyal hemp disciple, contracted the 250-square-feet shop to be constructed using "hempcrete," a concrete alternative made of dried woody hemp stalks and lime-based binder. While weaker than its cement-based cousin, the substance is known for its superior insulation and biodegradability. The hemp theme doesn't end there — in one corner of the shop's exterior, you can even spot on-the-nose impressions of raw hemp leaves. 

 
Famous Juice Company will open in San Antonio next month. 
Famous Juice Company will open on the grounds of the San-A-Canna Hemp farm next month. 

The shop will offer juice, smoothie, and acai options, as well as various grab-and-go vegan eats and on occasion, offerings from vegan food vendors. It will also be completely plastic free, with all juices sold in returnable glass bottles. 

Notably, Famous Juice Company will only sell hemp products, and their neighbors on the San-A-Canna farm only sell CBD-based goods. Though it is subject to change in the future, recreational THC products are still illegal in Texas. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp and allowed states to begin administering hemp programs. In June of 2019, House Bill 1325 was signed into law, which authorizes the production, manufacturing, retail, and inspection of industrial hemp crops and products in the state of Texas. 

Renderings of the completed hempcrete cannabis juice shop. 

Over the phone, Lozano expressed intentions to build upon the community he has helped develop through monthly "Cannabis and Coffee" meet-ups at Shotgun House Coffee Roasters. 

Once fully open, Famous Juice Company and the folks at San-A-Canna farms are planning on collaborating on hemp-themed events in the future, from comedy showcases, cannabis and painting nights, to live music sets. 

With luck, Lozano says he hopes to expand the company and the future, with more shops operating across Texas.

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