After a long, stressful day, many turn to their favourite beverage to help them relax. There really is nothing quite like coming home and relaxing with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or even a nice, cold beer.
Whatever your beverage of choice, you likely chose it because it tastes good while also helping you relax after your trying day.
Now, imagine drinking your favourite beverage after work and getting the benefits of smoking or ingesting marijuana at the same time. Not only are you enjoying your favourite beverage, you can get the high feeling of marijuana while also helping yourself relax.
Now, you can, with a THC-infused beverage.
What Are THC Drinks?
THC drinks, also known as canna-drinks, liquid edibles, or drinkables, are beverages that have been infused with THC. CBD-infused drinks are available on the market, as well as drinks that contain both THC and CBD.
These drinks are available in many varieties, making it easy to find one that matches your preferences. THC drinks are available as:
- Non-alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer
- Sparkling water
- Flavoured waters
- Soda pop
- Seltzers, and more
What Exactly Is THC?
Before you purchase your first THC drink, it is important to know what THC is and its effect on you.
THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the chemical compounds that make up the marijuana plant. THC is responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. In short, it is what gives users the “high” feeling associated with marijuana.
When looking at marijuana beverages, users may see both THC and CBD listed. CBD is often used to counterbalance the effects of THC. CBD helps users feel relaxed, without the “high” feeling or preventing people from feeling too high than they like.
Every person will have their preference on which type of weed beverage they prefer. Some people don’t mind just drinking THC-infused beverages, while others may prefer the CBD version to just help them relax.
How to Make THC Drinks
When it comes to making THC drinks, many may wonder if they can make it themselves at home. Can they just purchase some marijuana flowers and mix them into their favourite drink?
While this can be tempting to try, it is best to leave making marijuana drinks to the professionals. While some people could make these drinks at home, it is difficult. Makers must follow set standards to protect people and keep them informed of what they are drinking.
Cannabis as a whole is rather tricky to infuse into beverages. Early versions of weed beverages contained chunks of weed that were unappetizing to many people. Not to mention, these early drinks had an unappealing taste.
As makers worked to create more appealing weed beverages, they had a lot of issues to contend with, including:
- The fact that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD do not easily mix with water
- That it is illegal in most places to mix alcohol with cannabis, even though THC is more soluble in alcohol than water
- The issue of cannabis elements separating in the drink
Thankfully, science continues to evolve. Many different types of weed drinks can now be created without including large chunks of marijuana.
Over the last few years, marijuana drink makers have found a way to infuse THC and CBD into beverages through a process known as nano-emulsification. This process involves breaking down cannabis oil into microscopic particles. These particles are then mixed with an emulsifier, which helps dissolve oil in water.
This process has made all the difference in making weed drinks. As science keeps evolving, it can only be predicted that cana-drinks will continue to improve and grow in popularity.
Benefits of THC Drinks
There are many reasons THC drinks are growing in demand and popularity. One of the biggest benefits of these beverages is their effects.
Because the THC in marijuana beverages is absorbed through the small intestine and stomach, people feel the effects faster. Keep in mind that although the effects set in more quickly than, say, taking THC via an edible, they also have a shorter duration. Many people see this as a benefit, though. They likely have more to do after enjoying their drink, whether that be driving home or doing some projects around the house.
Another benefit of THC drinks is that they allow people to manage their dosage easier. Bottles of THC and CBD infused drinks should be clearly labelled with how much THC and CBD are inside. This allows people to manage their high and know what effects they can expect.
On average, most cannabis beverages contain 10 milligrams or less of THC per container.
The Future for THC Drinks
2021 may be the year for THC drinks. As demand continues to grow with the legalization of marijuana, makers are continuing to use science to improve the product offerings on the market.
Some projections show that the cannabis drink market has more than doubled in the last two years (2018 and 2019), making beverages the fastest-growing sector of the cannabis industry. Be sure to keep an eye out for new offerings that come on the market.
Is 2021 the year of THC infused drinks? Likely. It seems every year will just continue to get better for this sector of the marijuana industry.
With many different flavours and types of drinks available, there is sure to be something on the market for everybody.
But, before you start sipping your new favourite beverage, be sure to know what you are getting. Check the label to see exactly what is in there, THC, CBD, or both, and how much of each. Keep in mind, many THC drinks will include a small amount of CBD to help counteract the effects of THC.
Cheers to a year of THC drinks!