We’ll Canna-Drink to That!
Cannabis enthusiasts may be buying more infused beverages year over year, but drinkables are not new to the world of cannabis. Written by Lucas Indrikovs.
Cannabis drinks, drinkables, or canna-drinks, have been rapidly gaining popularity for the past few years. Since 2019, we’ve seen a 40% increase in infused beverage sales, and all signs point to the trend continuing in 2022.
Cannabis enthusiasts may be buying more infused beverages year over year, but drinkables are not new to the world of cannabis. Historians have discovered that as far back as 600 BCE, people have been using cannabis-infused drinks for religious rites and rituals. Members of the Greek cult of Dionysus, the God of wine and ecstasy, reportedly infused their potent wines with cannabis in order to reach a state of “divine possession.”
While some of us may want to try cannabis drinkables to reach the Dionysus-levels of divine possession, other enthusiasts are turning to drinking their cannabis for many reasons.
Whether you’re looking for a healthier alternative to alcohol, a more publicly-accepted method of consumption (no smoke), or you enjoy edibles but want a more rapid onset of effects from cannabis (10-15 min. Vs. 1-2 hrs), there are a bevy of cannabis beverages to meet your needs and personal tastes.
Lagunitas Hifi Hops
The founder of Lagunitas said, “It takes a lot of good weed to make good beer...” so you know they’re not going to put out any weak sauce canna-drinks. Lagunitas has been crafting hop-forward, award-winning beers for almost 30 years, and the Hifi Hops may just be the jewel in their cannabis crown.
Cannabis and hops are from the same plant family, and though they both display a wide variety of flavors and aromas, they complement each other beautifully. If you’re bbq’n some brats, baking a homemade pizza, or watching a good movie, Lagunitas Hifi Hops is the perfect pairing.
Whether you’re a newbie, an oldie, or just looking for something different, Lagunitas has something to offer for every tier of cannabis enthusiast. Their 18:1 Unplugged CBD beverage will mellow you out and put you into bubble bath bliss. The Hifi Hops Reverb packs a 10 mg punch of THC, thanks to ABX full-spectrum concentrates and has enough raw power to make your old-head grandpa think he’s seeing The Beatles for the first time again.
If that sounds a little too intense for your next Bingo night, try their Tuner 1:1 CBD:THC beverage containing a balanced 5mg of each. With zero calories and a mellow, buzzy burst of energy, Tuner will park you right on the corner of Munchie Town and Spa-Dayville. Perfect for a day at the beach or a hike through the park.
With summer rapidly approaching, the need for a refreshingly light canna-drink is increasing by the day. Flav stands out in the infused beverage market by offering powdered cannabis drinks that are fun, taste great, and give the user total dosing control.
If you’re sick of the frigid cold and can’t wait for the next hazy summer day, Flav’s Strawberry, Horchata, and Lemonade powdered drink packets will be your ticket to sunshine. With 10mg of THC in each packet, you can make your own delicious, thirst-quenching beverages infused with premium cannabis.
Mix some Strawberry powder with your favorite seltzer water for a bubbly, fruity cannabis-infused drink. Flav’s Horchata powder is based on an authentic Mexican recipe and goes great in a milkshake or your favorite iced coffee. The flavors of cinnamon and vanilla will transport you to agua fresca heaven, where euphoric bliss is the norm.
If you’re jonesing for tart, sweet ‘n sour goodness, and all you have on-hand is a bottle of water, Flav’s Lemonade powder is bound to be your cotton-mouth hero. Just like all of Flav’s powdered drink pouches, each packet of Lemonade powder has 10mg THC, so you know exactly what you’re getting into when you pour yourself a double or triple.
Just remember, you can’t start your own adult lemonade or horchata stand with these drinks, and your neighbors might not be cool enough to appreciate the subtle flavors and strong effects. Keep these to yourself or share the love with your friends and family that are of age.
Cannabis tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine for ailments like rheumatism, cystitis, and various other conditions. Kikoko is not simply carrying the torch for ancient cannabis healings, they’re bringing cannabis teas to the next level. And March and Ash is where to buy Kikoko tea as well as their other fantastic products.
Kikoko has made it their mission to offer women scientifically proven, cannabis-based alternatives to pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Inspired by this mission, Kikoko has created a multitude of products, including organic canna-teas like their Sympa-tea, which is formulated to aid with pain and anxiety thanks to its 20mg:3mg ratio of CBD and THC.
If you’re having trouble sleeping after a night of joint-powered tv binging, Kikoko’s Tranquili-Tea may shuttle you to the land of nod as a result of the 5mg CBN and 3mg THC in each pouch. Did you have a tough day at the office and are in desperate need of a brain-melting mood-booster? Kikoko’s Positivi-Tea’s 10mg THC and 5mg CBD is purported to banish grumpiness and remind you how good it is to be alive.
Last but not least, Kikoko is also your guardian angel in the bedroom if you ever need to boost that drive. Their Sensuali-Tea, infused with rose petals, lavender, orange peel, and 7mg THC, may have you enjoying passionate heavy-petting in 90 minutes or less as long as you’re hanging out with the right company.
After meeting in 2013, founders Luke and Jake endeavored to create a line of non-alcoholic cannabis products that would appeal to all generations and offer a new alternative to social drinking. CANN is the fruit of their labor. After just two years, CANN weed drinks are the No. 1-selling cannabis beverage in California with 24% of market share and is nearing its ten-millionth can sold.
Using carefully selected ingredients, CANN formulated over 20 unique combinations of flavors utilizing the entourage effect of 2mg THC and 4mg CBD. With so many options to choose from, Jake and Luke ultimately chose their favorites to hit the marketplace.
CANN’s Ginger Lemongrass Tonic will fling you into Spring and help you shake off the winter cobwebs. It might even motivate you to do some Spring cleaning, but we won’t blame you if you choose to smell the roses instead. If you’re looking to spice up a night of social frivolity (without the ensuing hangover that most of us experience from alcohol), their Blood Orange Cardamom is a tasty concoction that will leave you feeling grand.
The Lemon Lavender Tonic is a crowd-pleaser that will calm you down while pumping liquid confidence into your brain. And if you’re on the prowl for something a little more substantial, CANN’s hi boy tonics contain a higher dosage of 5mg THC and come in all of their different flavor varieties.
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR, is widely known in the beer space, but they’ve been trying their hand at high seltzers thanks to increased demand for alcoholic beverages that don’t require a nap after two cans. PBR shouldn't be crossed off your list if you’re trying to be “California Sober” in 2022.
PBR’s cannabis high seltzers offer a different kind of buzz. They’re light, refreshing, and made with real juice as well as locally-sourced California cannabis. Each can has either 5mg or 10mg THC, which serves the need for all levels of cannabis enthusiasts. And just like all the drinkables on this list, the effects set in rapidly within 10-15 minutes, so timing your dosage is much easier than traditional edibles.
Agua De Flor
Latin flavors are nothing new if you live in Southern California and Agua de Flor showcases some of the most revered flavor combinations in the Latin culinary world. Each of their cannabis-infused Aguas Frescas contains 100mg THC and boasts a uniquely flavor-forward charm that will make even your tastebuds smile.
Take their Piña Drink, for example, with natural, exotic pineapple flavors that will give you poolside cabana vibes even if you’re traversing a mountain range. The Sandia Drink pledges to make watermelons perpetually in season with this juicy, pink cannabis nectar.
Agua de Flor comes in even more flavors like sweet and tangy Mango, Horchata with earthy nuttiness, and Fresa (or strawberry) that will bring you back to Abuela's house with its sweetened berry finish. Not least of all, if you’re loco for the flavors of a virgin mojito, Agua de Flor’s Limonada Pepino (lime and cucumber) will add a refreshingly stoney zing to your day at the beach.
Inspired by the drive of combining social drinking with the mysticism and joyfulness of cannabis, Keef has set their minds on concocting new ways to enjoy the pleasures of drinkable cannabis. Sometimes, on a hot sunny day, an ice-cold cola is the only thing your mind can focus on. Adding cannabis to the mix is not just delightful, but it’s downright essential for “those” days.
From Blue Razz to Purple Passion to Orange Kush and BK Root Beer, Keef has a cannabis cola for every discerning palette. Use them as mixers or just drink them straight from the bottle. Either way, the 10mg THC and natural flavors will bestow any cannabis connoisseur an uplifting, bubbly escapade.
For a more concentrated canna-drink, Keef’s Mocktail beverages are delicious libations waiting to happen. With 100mg THC in each bottle, Keef’s Lemonade Mocktail would pair beautifully with plain sparkling water or simply fortify your existing lemonade with some brain-melting THC.
The Fruit Punch Mocktail's blend of tropical fruit flavors like grapes, pineapples, pears, and apples will smack you in the kisser. Keef’s Fruit Punch Mocktail is a drink that punches back.
When you're in the mood for a sweet canna-drink, Keef has something for you.
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