Cannabis beverages haven’t reached the mainstream heights of the beauty products, but they’re getting more exposure, as evidenced by a recent article about CBD cocktails in Goop. Cocktails infused with cannabis are still in their infancy, relegated mostly to a few bars in Los Angeles, but should recreational marijuana use continue to get legalized in more states, it’s a trend that could expand quickly.
Drinks infused with marijuana have been relegated to states where the drug is either totally legalized or decriminalized, acting almost as test markets for future states. In Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, some dispensaries – like Medicine Man, which has multiple locations – sell cannabis cola and fruit punch. And multiple coffee shops in New York sell cannabis-infused coffees, perfect for calming down anyone who gets the jitters from a strong cup.
But the one drink that is most often given CBD experiments, it’s beer. This is because in addition to all the aforementioned effects of cannabinoids, the terpenes in cannabis offer different aromas and tastes. There have been some roadblocks along the way, particularly due to federal rulings around what is and is not a Schedule 1 drug. There have been workarounds though, especially for brewers and breweries that remain in states with legal weed. Keith Villa, creator of Blue Moon, is working on cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beers in Colorado, while breweries like Coalition Brewing have CBD beer available at select locations in both Oregon and Washington.