A Happy Weed Drink—If You Can Get Past The Taste
Like Adele once said, we could've had it all.
IN REVIEW: Cannabis drinks are notoriously bad-tasting and this Wild Side Summer Peach drink by Green Revolution is no exception. But, if you're open to mixing it with another, tastier beverage, the high can be totally rewarding. With 10mg THC and 1mg CBD per bottle, it's best reserved for a leisurely hike or picnic in the park.
Cannabis-infused drinks are always hit or miss for me, and that’s usually because of the taste. Green Revolution’s Summer Peach beverage proved to be no different, toeing the line between worthwhile high and nasty experience. While the effects were peachy keen, the too-sweet flavor got in the way of a fully enjoyable experience. The carbonation was nice, and when I pulled it out of the fridge on a hot, late summer day, I found drinking it was an overall pleasant experience—save for the taste.
“I actually unwound and then rewound after drinking it.”
Here are the important deets: a bottle of Green Revolution’s Summer Peach beverage contains a 10:1 THC:CBD ratio and the promise of a full terpene profile—along with antioxidants and electrolytes. One bottle contains 10mg of THC and 1mg of CBD. This is my preferred balance of cannabinoids as I find the effects of THC much more potent, plus I usually turn to cannabis for more head than body effects. Both days that I tested it, I drank it with lunch. It could be a good alternative to regular sodas or flavored waters if you’re looking for a little extra pep in your step because the effects were equal parts energizing and relaxing. I drank half of the bottle one day and the other half the next, so my high wasn’t super prominent, but it did give my body a soothing yet bright feeling that was perfect for relaxing.
I actually unwound and then rewound after drinking it. I work in the mornings and take a post-lunch power nap before moving into other parts of my day—be they exercise, creative writing, or socializing. The drink worked well with my varied activities. I slept peacefully after drinking it, and then when I woke up, I felt energized and ready to run. I find waking up high to be an interesting out-of-body experience, which is why I like to sometimes ingest weed before taking a nap.
I found the effects especially noticeable on the second day of rating the peach drink. I think my boyfriend noticed I was perkier than usual, and save for the sunshine, I can’t think of anything else that would have caused it. He and I ended up discussing happiness and well-being that day, and he seemed almost bemused by mine. I couldn’t think of what else to tell him other than that I believe cannabis helps me to feel more positive.
“With some slight tweaks, I think this beverage could reach magic potion status. ”
I don’t view it as a Band-Aid, however, or something that helps me cover up or repress my feelings of sadness or anxiety. I see cannabis as quite the opposite. It’s more like a magnifying glass through which I can see everything going on in my life—good or bad—and can more reasonably examine it. This beverage is no magic potion that solved all my problems when I drank it, but it did offer me a key ingredient that feeds my endocannabinoid system (an internal bodily system that we all have, like the respiratory or digestive systems) and brings my body back to homeostasis. Maybe this cannabis-infused beverage is an elixir, but only because it contains plant medicine and not magic.
Trail running and listening to music while enjoying the beverage’s creative uplift and energy boost felt great. Sometimes edibles hurt my stomach, and cramps while running prove especially annoying. This one had no such side effects. I think that it’s important to have trusted alternatives to smoking and vaping cannabis, so I like staying abreast of the ingestible options. This one almost got it right.
Too often, the struggle with ingestibles is striking the perfect balance of masking the weed taste with not making the flavor too extreme. If this product could lighten up on the syrupy sweet taste, I think the flavor profile would be more balanced. I also think clarity around what the product is would help. When I drank it, I assumed it was a cannabis-infused soda. Now that I see Green Revolution’s website and how they describe it, I’m not sure what kind of beverage it is. It could also be an infused seltzer or maybe a sports water. I’m really not sure, and that lack of clarity around the product identity itself seems intertwined with the muddled taste. That said, with some slight tweaks, I think this beverage could reach magic potion status.