If you're not sure how to navigate the brand new world of weedy beverages, start here.
Sure, there are a ton of ways to consume weed these days, but beverages are arguably the most universally appealing of the bunch. Why? They’re low-profile and easy to consume, opening up the market to folks who appreciate the effects of cannabis more than they appreciate the herb’s earthy flavor profile. And while eating and drinking cannabis are by no means modern concepts, extraction tech has changed the way the body absorbs and activates imbibed cannabinoids. Let me explain.
Cannabis oil has been around for all of recorded history. Mentions of it being used in food and drink date back to ancient Egypt, China, and India, and many products on dispensary shelves still utilize oil-based, old-school infusion methods. Other products utilize water-soluble cannabis oil. This is cannabis oil that's been emulsified and diluted several hundred times in a sugar/acid solution to achieve water solubility. This process changes the bioavailability of the cannabis extract—AKA how your body is able to absorb cannabinoids. As you swallow a beverage infused with water-soluble THC, you absorb some of that THC via the mucous membranes in your mouth, resulting in a quick onset of effects. You then absorb the rest of the cannabinoids through your gastrointestinal system, resulting in a buzz similar to that of a traditional edible.
Now that we’ve got the technology straight, let’s look at the different categories of weedy beverages and figure out which might suit your lifestyle.
Low-Dose, CBD Sodas for Cannabis Newbies
For those who are brand new to the cannabis game, Sprig’s CBD-infused soft drinks are the way to go. They won't get you high and Sprig uses an extraction process meticulous enough to remove the mere suggestion of grassy plant matter. Sprig’s product line includes four carbonated sodas containing 20mg of CBD each. Lisi Willner, VP of Marketing at Sprig says, "When people drink Sprig, they tell us that it helps them with their anxiety, their pain, inflammatory issues, and their sleep. There have been numerous fly-by-night CBD beverage companies that have entered the space, but the most important thing I want people to understand about Sprig is the legitimacy behind the brand."
If you're willing to experiment with a little THC in your soda, you can't go wrong with Cann. Each of their low-dose sparkling waters contains 2mg of THC and 4mg of CBD for a high that's uplifting without being overwhelming. Cann's Lemon Lavendar and Grapefruit Rosemary social tonics are Proper fan favorites. As one rater who tested the lemon lavender social tonic put it, "I floated above the day in the most pleasant way possible, from the beach, out to lunch, and then to sleep." As opposed to eating an edible and feeling the effects peak all at once, the beauty with these is you can sip on them at a party and let the effects gradually put you at ease.