What is a Cannabis Beverage?
Cannabis beverages and the technology around them are evolving, and that’s making them more popular than ever. In this guide, we’ll discuss:
- What is a Cannabis Beverage?
- How Do Cannabis Beverages Work?
- Why Can’t You Get Them with Alcohol?
- Are Cannabis Beverages Right for You?
What is a Cannabis Beverage?
A cannabis beverage is a type THC and/or CBD-infused product, and they’re growing more popular every month. They come in a variety of types, including coffee, kombucha, soft drinks, non-alcoholic beer and wine, and more. They’re typically enjoyed by cannabis users because they’re easier to enjoy in a social setting.
So what’s in them? Most cannabis drinks include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in different ratios. While THC will give you the psychoactive effects you expect from cannabis products, the CBD is a less-intoxicating ingredient that helps create a more balanced experience than you might get from a product with only THC. There are also some beverages on the market that are strictly CBD-focused, but for the purposes of this guide, we’ll focus on those that contain both.
Learn more about the basics of marijuana, THC, and CBD in our guide titled What is Marijuana?.
How do Cannabis Beverages Work?
Cannabis beverages used to be frowned upon by many marijuana users because of the taste, texture, and inconsistency with dosing. This is because of the challenge of combining cannabis oil (the most important ingredient in cannabis beverages) and water. Water repels oil, so getting the two to play nice together in a beverage was difficult. As technology has evolved, cannabis beverages have evolved with them.
This change has led to a process many cannabis beverage creators are calling nanoemulsion. Nanoemulsion breaks the cannabis oil down into nanoparticles that are then blended with a liquid, be it juice, coffee, seltzer, or water. This process ensures a better blend, so consumers can trust they’re getting a more even dose of THC with every sip.
That being said, the total dosages fluctuate depending on the cannabis drink and manufacturer. There are some products produced with a microdosing model in mind. Certain cannabis beverage manufacturers believe that when people drink a glass of wine or a beer, they are looking for a light effect they can enjoy without being overwhelmed. So, these manufacturers follow this same model with THC and CBD—each drink has enough cannabinoids to ensure you can feel the psychoactive effects of the beverage without feeling too intoxicated. While Cann dosages vary between 2 mg of THC (with 4 mg of CBD) and 5 mg of THC (with no CBD), other companies offer dosages that can go up to 100 mg of THC per beverage.
Learn how THC and CBD work in the body with our article about The Entourage Effect.
Why Can’t You Get Them with Alcohol?
As of August 2021, you cannot get a cannabis beverage with alcohol. This is due to the marijuana laws in place that label marijuana extract as a Schedule I controlled substance. This classification ensures that alcoholic beverages and cannabis beverages cannot mix. That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t see familiar alcohol brands getting into cannabis beverages. Many companies are recognizing consumer interest in low-dose THC and CBD that can be enjoyed in social settings.
One thing to note: it can be a little confusing when reading about cannabis beverages online. Many companies market their products as spritzers, seltzers, wines, and beers. Though the name may look familiar, there is no alcohol in these products.
Are Cannabis Beverages Right for You?
Many cannabis users are turning to cannabis drinks for their fun flavors, unique effects, and social friendliness. In addition, most cannabis drinks are low in calories, making them a strong competitor to certain popular hard seltzer beverage brands. As with any cannabis product, however, only you can know if a THC-infused drink is right for you.
Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.