While I’ve always been a big fan of cannabis edibles, I was reluctant to try beverages.
Over the last two years, my local dispensary has started stocking more varieties of cannabis-infused beverages. They offer everything from drink mixes to colas, root beer, tonics and cannabeer. I worried about the texture. I had heard the cannabis-infused beverages are grainy, thick and a lot like drinking oatmeal. The taste can be strong and unpleasant. When the dispensary included a lemonade in their daily deal, I finally gave in. Because of the special, the product was especially affordable. I was sure I was wasting my money. I didn’t realize that the process of infusing cannabis into a liquid form has significantly improved over the years. The texture was perfectly smooth and the taste just wonderful. After that, I was eager to try all of the different options. I’ve found that cannabis mocktails are a great alternative to alcohol. They are typically quite low in THC levels, providing very mild psychoactive effects, and I don’t suffer from a hangover the following day. With a plant-based drink, there are none of the health concerns of alcohol. The sealed packaging is especially convenient. Beverages are tightly sealed and easily portable. There’s no confusion over dosing. I know exactly how much THC I am consuming. There are varieties that are high in CBD and helpful for the treatment of headaches, pain, inflammation, stress and insomnia. Cannabis-infused beverages are classified as an edible but are quite different. The cannabinoids are largely absorbed by the tongue, creating a much quicker onset of effects.