Smoking With Style’s Guide to Drinking Cannabis
Friday, September 1st, 2017
For those who identify as “green-friendly,” it seems like the preferred methods for ingesting Cannabis are smoking and consuming edibles. According to recent studies, by far the most popular method for consuming Cannabis is join-rolling, followed by smoking bongs and bowls. No doubt, these are reliable ways to get your fill of Cannabis, but it’s important not to lose touch with the evolving technology behind cannabis ingestion. Such as drinking cannabis. It’s one thing to have a preference, but to doggedly stick to your joint-smoking is to run the risk of becoming the Amish of the 4/20 world – and trust me, high life is better with an Xbox.
There’s good reason to believe that drinking Cannabis is a method of ingestion that’s only going to grow in popularity. It makes sense on a number of levels. On a legal level, now that Cannabis mostly decriminalized, new products can sprout up with real business investment. Stacking your high school friends in a Honda Civic to smoke makes sense when Cannabis is illegal. With legalization, you’re not constrained to basic, DIY ways of ingestion, or tight legroom.
Another advantage of Cannabis “drinkables” is that they are great for inexperienced users. Drinkables are a great entryway method because of their fast-acting nature and shorter lifespan. This is because many drinkables tend to be “sublingual” (get absorbed in your mouth) rather than edibles which are digested in your liver. Absorption in your liver can take as long as 1-2 hours to begin to take effect and last anywhere from 4-8 hours. With sublingual absorption, onset can take place as early as 5-30 minutes and last between 2 and 4 hours. With drinkables, you also avoid the sticky smell of Cannabis after smoking.
If you’ve gotten this far in the article and you’re open to the idea of drinking Cannabis, the question might be on the tip of your tongue, “What products or mixers should I be using to drink Cannabis?” Stuff your rolling paper back in your drawer – Smoking w/Style has your answer.
Putting the Drink in Drinkables
Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber’s infamous escapades with “Lean” – a mixture of cough medicine, soda, and fruit candy – have at once popularized the drink and given it a bad name. Instead, Cannabis-infused syrups are a good substitute and can provide therapeutic benefits that cough syrups cannot. Most commonly, Cannabis syrups, or “lean,” are mixed with Sprite, but it’s possible to mix syrups with other drinks like teas or sports drinks. If you are looking to create a health-smart version of “lean,” we recommend Hemp Bombs CBD Syrup.
Soda and Lemonade
Thanks to developments in infusion technology, companies are able to produce carbonated beverages enriched with Cannabis. Sprig soda out of Southern California is perhaps the best exponent of THC-infused sodas, with up to 45mg of THC per can.
GFarmaLabs offers thirst-quenching THC Lemonades with up to 210mg of THC per bottle.That’s a stand worth stopping for.
Coffee & Tea
Hot beverages like tea and coffee have a high THC solubility and are great hosts for Cannabis derivatives like THC. Jane’s Brew is a good resource for teas, coffees, and cappuccinos if you’re of the hot beverage persuasion. WIth Cannabis coffee, it’s possible to actually enjoy reading the morning paper. j
On this one, be careful. Readers will know more than most people the sometimes disorienting effects of mixing alcohol and Cannabis. But, there is a movement to integrate Cannabis and mixology with companies like Craft Elixirs. They are producing cannabis-infused simple syrups, which are used to sweeten a number of cocktails. Soon, it will be possible to be a budtender/bartender all at once.
While old hot-boxing stories and near run-ins with cops may make great fodder for reminiscing, in today’s weed world they represent the Cannabis Stone Age. Laws are moving forward and so are the ways we are ingesting our legal Cannabis. Smoking w/Style wants to remind you that it’s occasionally okay to set your joint down for a drinkable syrup, lemonade, or coffee. Just make sure you use an ash tray – you remember what your girlfriend said last time.
Published at Fri, 01 Sep 2017 02:41:46 +0000