Are you looking for alternatives to alcoholic beverages to crack open for a buzzing summer? THC drinks may be what you need.
With the rising prominence of medical and recreational marijuana across the US, these refreshments are becoming popular. Often they taste better than alcohol and don’t leave you with a hangover the following day. It’s like having a glass of wine without the repercussions.
While trying out new strains here, why not add these drinks to the mix? Exploring the different products is fun, and the right one can work wonders as a nightcap or day-starter.
Join us to explore some of the best marijuana drinks available in 2022.
Cannabis edibles have been around for decades, but THC-infused drinks have taken the world by storm in recent years. They haven’t been easy to make, though, as cannabinoids aren’t soluble in water.
Luckily, the discovery of nano-emulsions and other emulsifiers has made it possible to infuse cannabis into beverages. These thirst-quenchers generally contain 2–10mg of THC per serving (10mg is the legal limit for cannabis liquids).
Most of these drinks have equal amounts of CBD and THC, with the former sometimes being higher. Remember, like when smoking a joint, start with a lower THC content. Try 2mg, then slowly increase by milligram, depending on your tolerance.
Get your drinks from a trusted retailer. Look for reputable, certified sellers and be wary of illicit providers. If THC is illegal in your area, but medical variants are legal, try CBD gummies for an alternative, healthy sweet treat.
Below are five of the most popular brands of THC-infused beverages on the market.
Taking seltzers to the next level, Wynk started making soda water with THC and CBD. Choose between three flavors: Juicy Mango, Lime Twist, and Black Cherry Fizz. The 8.4 oz. cans have an equal balance of 2.5mg THC and CBD.
After 10–15 minutes, you feel the effects, and the buzz lasts about an hour and a half. The bliss-inducing Wynk seltzers are currently available in 10 states.
“Cann” isn’t just a clever name. It’s a company synonymous with one of the most popular marijuana refreshments in America. Even singer Tove Lo collaborated with Cann and the cannabis dispensary Sweet Flower to bring us Passion Peach Maté.
This product is a deliciously refreshing Peach-flavored caffeinated THC beverage. Each can contains 5.2mg THC.
Other Cann flavors include:
Blood Orange Cardamom
Cann Lite is also available, with no added sugar and less than ten calories. For even fewer additives, they’ve got their “UnSpiked” range.
Cann offers a variety of other fun flavors on its website. The standard 8 oz. cans come with 2mg THC and 4mg CBD. Other products like its “Hi Boy” range contain 5mg THC, and there are party packs and fun bundles on their site.
S*Shots is for serious party-goers or those who want to enjoy a few shots with friends. Non-alcoholic ones, that is.
S*Shots stays true to its name by only selling 8 oz. bottles packed with 100mg of THC. Each bottle contains ten servings so you can dose your shots with 10mg of THC. It claims it’ll take 30 minutes for the effects to kick in and recommends starting with 5mg.
These drinkable THC bottles are perfect for parties, and the S*Shots website has a dedicated page for fun “mocktail” recipes. It currently has four flavors: Lemon Crush, Berry Blast, Watermelon Punch, and Tropical Thunder.
Probably the most sophisticated canna drink brand on this list, Artet offers you an authentic taste of the high life. Its unique flavors are a must-try, boasting a delicious blend of cannabis and eight different botanicals.
It currently offers the following products:
8 oz. spritz cans with 5mg THC and CBD: Strawberry Basil or Mango Ginger flavored
8 oz. mixed drink cans with 5mg THC and CBD: Tet & Tonic or Rosemary Jane flavored
25.4 oz. Cannabis Aperitif bottle with 2.5mg THC per serving
Enjoy the complex notes of fruity and floral spirits as you unwind with a THC-infused drink from Artet.
Keef Brands take pride in bringing us a variety of fun cannabis drinkables. It not only offers beverages but oils and vapes as well.
Its beverage options include:
Classic Soda (Recreational 10mg THC or Medical 25mg/100mg versions available): Flavors come in Original Cola, Blue Razz, Bubba Kush Root Beer, Orange Kush, Mr. Puffer, and Purple Passion.
Energy Drinks (10–100mg THC depending on the state laws, with about 90mg of caffeine): Available in two options, Flo tropical fruits or High Octane citrus.
Sparkling h20 (Sparkling water drinks with THC and citrus hints): Available in 10mg THC flavored Blood Orange and Raspberry; or 10mg:10mg CBD and THC flavored Mango and Blackberry Coconut.
Life h20 (low calorie, low sugar sparkling water): Comes in 12 oz. bottles with 100mg THC for 10mg servings in either Blueberry Lemon, Cranberry Lime, or Strawberry Kiwi flavor.
Mocktails: Available in 12 oz. bottles with 100mg THC or 500mg Xtreme for those with a higher tolerance. Their current flavors are Pineapple or Fruit Punch.
What better way to unwind in the summer than with a refreshing cold beverage?
Add cannabis to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect companion for those lazy heatwaves. THC drinks are generally fast-acting, taking about 10–30 minutes to kick in. The duration of the effects varies from person to person but averages about 2–4 hours.
There are many phenomenal cannabis beverage brands out there. Why not try each and discover which one you enjoy the most? As long as you get yours from a reputable source in a state where it’s legal, you’re bound to have a good time.
Say goodbye to hangovers and hello to the new revolution of social drinking.
Kyle Kushman is an American writer, educator, activist and award-winning cannabis cultivator and breeder specializing in veganic cultivation. He is a representative of Homegrown Cannabis CO company, has been a contributor for over 20 years, and has taught courses in advanced horticulture at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California and across the United States. Kushman also hosts a cannabis podcast called “The Grow Show with Kyle Kushman”.