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Everything You Need To Know About Cannabis Beverages

From science fiction to reality, cannabis beverages are here—cheers to the future of cannabis.

 

WHAT IS A CANNABIS BEVERAGE?

Cannabis-infused beverages are just what they sound like: drinks that have cannabis-infused into them. Sounds simple, right? Ok, perhaps it’s not as simple as just adding it in. Traditionally, cannabis beverages have needed fatty ingredients in order to dissolve properly, meaning that combos were limited to a few recipes using milky liquids.

 

HOW DO CANNABIS BEVERAGES WORK?

First things first, cannabis distillate is made. “Distillate” is a substance made from distillation, a process that purifies liquid by separating (or removing) selected components. The term “distillate” comes from the extraction method used to make it, known as “short-path distillation”.

 

Some distilled cannabis distillate is an almost clear, amber-coloured, thick, sticky liquid that can contain up to 96% cannabinoids. As with most extracts, THC and/or CBD levels in distillate depend on the quality of the starting materials used to make it.

 

WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH THAT? WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEVERAGES?

Oh, the possibilities. Drinks can be made with CBD isolate, or from cannabis distillate (which can have CBD and THC) that is mixed with other liquids. Some drinks can get you high, but beverages are limited to no more than 10 mg of THC per package. The carry limit is still the same (30g of dried cannabis), so an equivalency will be listed on your beverage package.