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Cannabis Drinks are Dominating 2018 Beverages of Choice

Lydia K. RN

From apple cider to non-alcoholic wine and coffee inbetween, cannabis drinks are center stage these days, and for good reason.

Recent reports by Bloomberg indicate that cannabis drinks are on target to surpass soda sales, the world over, by 2030! Considering that soda has been the beverage of choice for countless decades, this could be a mammoth coup for the cannabis space.

But, why are people shifting their interest to cannabis? According to recent research, consumers are becoming increasingly unaccepting of the detrimental effects of unhealthy beverages and are looking for healthier alternatives. Cannabis is a great place to start!

Soda next to tsp of sugar concept unhealthy drink

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Soda is one beverage that has been demonized to the point of being labeled “worse than drinking detergent.” As this is happening, a lot of research around the health benefits of cannabis is being pushed into mainstream meda. As a result, beverage manufacturers are looking elsewhere to revamp their brand offerings, and cannabis has an enticing appeal.

During the BevNet Conference in June 2018, Erik Knutson (CEO of Keef Brands) remarked that beverages were the most exciting consumer good with a huge growth potential. Other beverage manufacturers are following suit to adapt to the needs of the time which is apparently non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused drinks. These are a few of our favorites:

Sprig Citrus soda cannabis infused

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Sprig Citrus Soda – Citrus Cannabis Beverage

This citrus soda is cannabis infused drink flavored with natural citrus. They blend cannabis with oil and citrus fruits where each sprig can contain 45mg of cannabis. This is a healthy substitute for carbonated drinks (for adults) and carries with it the great health benefits of cannabinoids. However, moderation is of the essence as THC is a psychoactive compound.

Chocowaska hemp milk in three flavors - chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry

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Chocowaska– Medicinal Cannabis Hemp Milk

Chocowaska is a brand specializing in non-dairy hemp beverages which are are smooth, creamy and lightly sweetened. They also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), derived from shelled hemp seed and infused with Mendocino-grown cannabis. This cannabis milk contains no dairy and is safe for lactose intolerant people.

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Canna Cola– Fizzy Cannabis Beverage

This is a fizzy cannabis drink, may be a good substitute for soda as it has medicinal properties of cannabinoids. This is a well known brand in the cannabis industry as it has been around for quite some time now. It comes in a variety of flavors; Sour Diesel, Grape Ape, Doc Weed and Orange Kush cannabis brews.

 

 

Brewbudz coffee packs

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Brew Budz – Cannabis Coffee

This is a coffee and tea based cannabis brew with great medicinal value. The coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans and is available in both caffeinated and decaf options. The tea is also available in regular and decaffeinated form. Brewbuddz also has a cocoa beverage that is infused with cannabis.

 

Cans of Kikoko cannabis tea in different flavors

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Kikoko Cannabis Tea

Kikoko is a brand that specializes in cannabis infused herbal teas with four different concentrations of THC: Sympa for pain and anxiety, Tranquili for relaxation and sleep, Sensuali for passion and play and Positivi for mood and joy. These teas are loaded with healing properties but need to be taken in moderation because of the psychoactive properties of THC.

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Happy Apple – Infused Apple Cider

Happy Apple is cannabis infused apple drink made from locally sourced apples. This beverage has been formulated to completely mask the weed taste so you will feel like you are just sipping your usual apple juice. But do not be deceived, this drink can actually get you high. It is intended as a social or recreational drink. Containing no artificial sugars, it is a good substitute for sweetened juice drinks. As far as cannabis drinks go, this one rises to the top. Delicious.

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HI-FI HOPS– Cannabis water

Hi-Fi Hops is a cannabis infused sparkling water beverage manufactured by Lagunitas, a brewery owned by Heineken International. It comes in two versions; the first is infused with THC while the second is infused with both THC and CBD. Both are considered medicinal drinks with the full entourage effects of cannabinoids. Considering that they both contain THC, they can both get you tipsy.

Rebel Coast cannabis infused wine

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Sauvignon Blanc Wine by Rebel Coast – Non Alcoholic Cannabis Wine

This is a non alcoholic cannabis wine that is manufactured by Rebel Coast Winery. The company claims that the drink “smells like weed and taste just like wine”. Each bottle contains 16 milligrams of THC, and taking a few glasses will get you relaxed, just as you would be with good quality wine. The available flavors include lemon grass, citrus and lavender.

Other cannabis drinks we have not mentioned include smoothies, cocktails and punches, which you can make for yourself at home. When infusing beverages or other edibles with cannabis, remember this two key points: cannabis is lipophillic so it’s better dissolved in an oily base, such as coconut oil. Secondly, cannabinoids evaporate beyond a certain temperature, so make sure to check what temperatures are safe and effective before you start “cooking.”

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Lydia Kariuki

RN, Expert medical writer who is passionate about cannabis!

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