Cannabis Beer: The Coveted Combination Sweeping the Nation
Cannabis enthusiasts and beer lovers unite!
The marriage of our two favorite substances is coming faster than you can say ‘weed burps’!
That’s right folks, cannabis beer might be a thing sooner than we expected.
In our cannabis beer fantasy, we’ll have our shelves stocked with craft cannabis beers from all over. We’d have an extensive selection of marijuana-infused alcohol alternatives.
Okay, okay, let’s not get our head in the clouds.
First, a trip up north.
Canada’s got it goin’ on.
Ever since Canada legalized cannabis federally, local Canadian brewers were able to put a plan into action that they had only dreamed of in the past. Province Brands of Canada is developing a first-of-its-kind cannabis beer by actually brewing with the cannabis plant. Yep, that’s right; that means stalks, stems, and all.
Dooma Wendschuh of Province Brands of Canada shared, “The idea came from thinking, can we create something that can serve the role that alcohol serves in our society, and can we do that using this monumental sea change that is happening in our world right now?”
Wendschuh moved to Toronto in 2016 with plans to capitalize on Canada’s pending intention for legalization and was inspired to create an alternative to alcohol.
“The flavor is dry, savoury, less sweet than a typical beer flavor,” he reveals about his cannabis beer product. “The beer hits you very quickly, which is not common for a marijuana edible.”
The cannabis beer will contain approximately 6.5 mg of THC, and will have the alcohol removed, which will leave consumers with only one substance to worry about controlling. Another unique trait of this edible is that the cannabis beer will hit you very quickly. As you may know, that’s a very uncommon detail when it comes to cannabis-infused edibles and ingestables.
The States are getting in on it too.
Right here in California, Lagunitas Brewing Co. partnered with Santa Rosa-based cannabis brand AbsoluteXtracts to release SuperCritical, the groundbreaking IPA brewed with THC-free cannabis terpenes for a familiar aroma.
Lagunitas and AbsoluteXtracts is also doing it big with another cannabis beer collaboration called Hi-Fi Hops. “This IPA-inspired sparkling beverage is made using everything Lagunitas knows about hops,” reads their colorful and informative website, “but with zero alcohol, zero calories, and zero carbs. Infused with THC from the finest, sun-grown cannabis at AbsoluteXtracts…It’s good to have friends!”
Colorado is also making moves with Keith Villa, you know, the guy who invented Blue Moon, who’s making full THC, non-alcoholic beers. “CBD is not the component that most consumers look for,” comments Villa about his cannabis beer, “It certainly has its merits…But the THC is what gives people the buzz, which is similar to the alcohol buzz that people get from beer, spirits, and wine. A lot of consumers of cannabis look for that buzz.”
He’s not wrong.
Companies all over the nation, and in Canada, are making serious cannabis beer moves.
People everywhere are getting excited about the buzz you can achieve with a cannabis beer, but there are even more reasons to get excited.
Cannabis beer could be saving drinkers from cirrhosis of the liver.
Despite alcohol’s popularity in our country as a culture, alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances available. Deaths from alcohol-related liver disease, or cirrhosis, are on the rise. According to a study published in the Lancet Medical Journal found that liver disease is destined to becoming the leading cause of premature death by the year 2020.
And if you’re biting your nails reading this because you love beer but hate liver disease, you’re not alone.
But that’s exactly where cannabis beer comes in.
As marijuana is legalized in more and more states, it’s expected that more and more alcohol and brewing companies will want to get in on the fun.
With non-alcohol beer that still has all the hops and goodness in a traditional beer, plus the added THC buzz, that could significantly eliminate liver disease for anyone who decides to start drinking cannabis beer as a healthy alternative.
Cannabis not only doesn’t harm the liver or any other major organ at all, but some evidence exists saying that marijuana might even act as a buffer against liver disease.