Like edibles, drinking your cannabis is much more stealth than smoking and doesn’t require any extra equipment like a bong or dab rig. This form of consumption is still ramping up as companies explore different ways to infuse beverages while providing consistent dosing and delicious flavors. However, cannabis drinks are a trending market with big players like Molson Coors and Anheuser-Busch getting into the game to bring you a refreshing brew that replaces booze with THC.
For now, there are quite a few options available, typically in the form of sodas, fruit drinks, tea packets, bottled coffee, even kombucha. Many people gravitate to drinks over other edibles because they tend to deliver full effects in around 15 minutes. Any cannabinoids they contain, whether THC or CBD, are somewhat sublingually absorbed while drinking, then digested faster versus a dense chocolate truffle.
Of course, the end result is being able to quickly and more accurately gauge your high so you don’t end up pushing your limits to the point that you’re not having fun.
The Magic in Cannabis Beverages
Like other forms of consuming cannabis, drinks are made using concentrated amounts of cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the euphoric high people are typically seeking and cannabidiol (CBD) which has more therapeutic effects and can even offset the intensity of THC.
So, before chugging an entire cannabis drink, first check how much THC it contains and dose accordingly based on the serving size. For new consumers, start with 2.5 mg up to 5 mg to determine how your body reacts before taking any further swigs. Many beverage containers come with delineation lines or dosing caps, so you can easily pace yourself. Like all edibles, take it slow and see how things go.
Another key element of cannabis beverages are the organic compounds called terpenes (or terpenoids) that give various cannabis strains their own unique scent. Found in the trichomes of the plant, terpenes are the sticky crystal-like structures you see on the leaves and buds.
Along with producing different aromas, terpenes can also affect the flavor of a cannabis drink. This is why many manufacturers continue experimenting with their drink formulas to find the perfect flavor profile. After all, it’s not just about consuming cannabis but enjoying a refreshing beverage.
Mixing Alcohol with Cannabis?
At Magic City Med Shop, we do not recommend mixing cannabis with alcohol, particularly edibles and drinks with significant amounts of THC. Things can quickly go from bad to worse. There are too many variables and each person will react differently when mixing. If you do wish to explore canna-cocktails, stick with CBD fusions only.
Take a look on our menu for THC and CBD infused drinks in a variety of flavors.
These products have been tested by the Magic City Med Shop team and are trusted resources for quality and taste.
You’re also welcome to stop by our store in Millinocket, Maine to speak with a knowledgeable budtender about exploring cannabis drinks.
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