Why Cannabis-Infused Drinks are Gaining in Popularity
Enjoying cannabis-infused drinks is a popular new trend in ways to enjoy cannabis. Any drink that contains cannabis is considered a cannabis-infused drink including juice, teas, sodas, and even alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine.
According to a report published by MJBiz Daily, sales of cannabis-infused beverages were up by 40% in 2020.
Alcohol drinks infused with cannabis are an increasingly popular way for people to relax. These drinks are made with THC, an active ingredient of cannabis. Cannabis-infused drinks are generally fast-acting, will give you an instant kick, and can elevate your nightlife.
Cannabis-infused beverages are usually made with around 10mg of THC while CBD infused beverages contain around 25mg per serving. Cannabis drinks are legal in all regions cannabis has been legalized and can be bought online or at dispensaries that sell cannabis products.
While you can get THC-infused drinks that create psychoactive effects, CBD-infused beverages are mainly consumed for health benefits and to treat certain medical conditions or ease recovery from physical activity. 1.
All cannabis-infused drinks give you an alternative way to enjoy cannabis, and are a great segue into the world of Mary Jane, especially for those who want to avoid the ‘smoking’ part. People who consume cannabis-infused drinks recreationally enjoy them as an alternative to drinking alcohol because they offer a hangover-free way to heighten socializing and nightlife.
4 Types of Cannabis-Infused Drinks on the Market
There are a growing number of cannabis-infused drinks available on the market. Cannabis can be infused in water-based, milk-based, and tea-based style drinks.
When choosing a cannabis-infused drink, consider what effect or type of cannabis experience you are looking to have. If you want a good time and a high, choose a THC-infused cannabis drink or an alcoholic beverage infused with cannabis. If the effect you want is to relax and unwind before bed, consider a cannabis-infused tea.
Whatever the effect you want is, there is more than one option or style of cannabis drink designed to deliver it. Consider carefully the dosage of cannabis that is infused into the drink before consuming it. By law, the amount of THC or CBD content will be clearly labeled on each package.
The effect of the amount of cannabis in the drink will depend a lot on your body type, tolerance and other common indications used to guage dosage. While we are not giving medical advice, use common sense and know the effects of cannabis.
As a general rule with most cannabis edibles, go slow! Over-consuming cannabis isn’t dangerous, but it can make for an uncomfortable experience when you get a little too high and take some time for the effects to wear off.
Even though many different kinds of cannabis drinks are available, the products tend to fall into a few broad categories: milk-based, water-based, and tea-based beverages.
Choosing a Cannabis-Infused Drink That’s Right for You
Ready to grab your beverage of choice and enjoy? Here are some cannabis-infused drinks on the market that are the top picks of the budtenders at Vibe:
- Cannabis-infused soft drinks
Inspired by memories of growing up in Hawaii, Olala cannabis infused beverages bring the island vibes. Olala, pronounced OH-lah-lah means “sun-kissed” – and every sip of these bubbly beverages tastes like a kiss from the sun.
Olala has simple values shaped by the islands: love your life, love what you do, and love the people you serve. and they hope their products inspire you to lead with love in all that you do – because we’re “ohana” (family) now.
Ohana claims that it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for you to feel the effects of their cannabis-infused drinks and the effects can last up to 12 hours. There is a possibility that for some, the effects may last as long as 24 hours, so they recommend the “low and go slow” approach.
- Cannabis-infused carbonated water
These are carbonated soft-drinks that contain cannabis. Cann, a social tonic started by two young entrepreneurs Jake Bullock and Luke Anderson is one of the world’s first low-dose cannabis-infused beverages.
Each Cann drink contains only 5 natural ingredients; carbonated water, agave, juice, essential oils, and Californian cannabis extract. The product line of Cann offers six different flavors and each can includes 2 mg of THC, 4 mg CBD, and 30-35 calories.
The beverage is reported to give a light buzz, and is light and less “high” impactful. The low-dose per can provides a more controlled approach to cannabis consumption, and leaves no hangover.
- Cannabis-infused tea
Teas infused with cannabis are by far the most common type of cannabis-infused drink. Uncle Arnies Sweet Peach Iced Tea is the #1 selling cannabis-infused beverage in California. Uncle Arnies Sweet Peach Iced Tea is very much like a Southern “sweet tea”, refreshing and reported to taste like a peach pie! The THC effects are infused with nano-technology and have an onset time of 20-40 minutes.
- Cannabis-infused elixirs
These are non-alcoholic, flavored and potent elixirs that can be sipped on their own or used to create delicious mocktails containing cannabis. Sip elixirs keep things simple and focus on making cannabis drinks that are mood elevating.
Each Sip elixir flavor is infused with the highest quality distillate and organically derived terpenes. The elixirs are perfect to sip on their own or enjoy in a cannabis-infused mocktail. Using nano-technology to infuse the THC, the onset time of a Sip elixir is 20-40 minutes.
Cannabis-infused drinks are a great way to unwind and relax or enjoy socially. They provide you with the feeling of being high and energized without the need to smoke or vape cannabis, which can sometimes put you in the fray in social circles where smoking of any kind is prohibited.
There are many benefits associated with consuming cannabis-infused drinks. Now you know a little more about the types of cannabis-infused drinks out there and what to expect.
Looking to add a lift to a social gathering with friends? Choose drinks infused with THC, and enjoy psychoactive, uplifting mood effects. Looking to soothe and calm the physical effects of the day or medical conditions such as pain, anxiety or insomnia? CBD-infused beverages would make a great choice.
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