There are some weed and alcohol companies that really want us to drink weed, and for some, we are here for it — if they are delicious, well-crafted and potent enough to write home about. And while smoking and vaping are not going anywhere, people may be considering swapping beer for bud at the bar.
The cannabis-infused beverage market is on a steady rise. This 2019 report by global food and drink firm Zenith Global predicts it to reach $1.4 billion by 2024. While the market has a long way to go to reach that coveted “B” word in sales, these cannabis-infused drinks, responsible for $89 million worth of sales in 2018, may make an impact.
Here are eight CBD and THC-infused beverages worth throwing back.
Lagunitas Hi-Fi Hops
Zero calories, zero carbs, zero alcohol: All huge draws for anyone looking to try a weed-infused drink. This cannabis “brew” (read: sparkling water) from Lagunitas, a beloved Northern California brewery founded in 1993, is as delicious as it is innovative, receiving a wave of press as the first cannabis “beer” of its kind on the market.
You can find the 10mg bottles or cans in dispensaries in California and Colorado, and the 5:5 CBD:THC bottles in California only. Lagunitas very recently created an 18:2 CBD:THC brew found only in California as well, but the company says it hopes to enter more markets soon. Its THC and CBD extracts are grown by AbsoluteXtracts.
The company made waves as one of the cannabis purveyors at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco in Grass Lands, the first “Hi-Fi-Dration Station” where the company was able to pour it's cannabis drinks legally to adults at the festival. Lagunitas, always making drinkable weed history.
These potent tonics are well-liked weed beverages in Oregon, Washington and California. A nod to the end of cannabis prohibition, Legal offers brooding and elegant packaging in dark glass bottles. They are filled with unique and flavorful beverages, including an eye-opening Espresso Mocha. With 80 milligrams of THC, it is a fan favorite.
Legal Beverages' Sparkling Cranberry has 40 milligrams of CBD with cranberries from a local farm on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. Other desirable flavors to drink? Sparkling Lemon Ginger, Rainer Cherry and Pomegranate.
This Colorado-born company is a staple in the well-established Rocky Mountains market. Since its founding in 2010, it has grown to serve California, Nevada, Maryland, Michigan Oklahoma and now Canada. Dixie products use cannabis from quality growers, including Choice Labs among others. Dixie Elixirs is even partnering with Arizona Iced Tea in the U.S. and Canada to infuse various edibles and versions of its teas for the cannasseur.
Favorites in the Elixir lineup include the Half & Half, a tangy and sweet Arnie Palmer available in both 100 milligram and 200 milligram servings of THC; a sweet, slightly warm and spicy Root Beer that contains 100 milligrams per bottle; and the Berry Lemonade, a super-sweet purple lemonade, all of which are best served cold.
The cap of the drink itself makes for easy dosing, with a recommended 6 milligrams per serving to start. Dixie's lineup of beverages is gluten-free and vegan.
The colorful, delicious, most hip CBD drink company VYBES offers a lineup of CBD-infused concoctions that will make your taste buds and endocannabinoid system (ECS) sing. Plus, VYBES always lists its most recent lab results for complete transparency.
Based in Los Angeles, VYBES offers six wild flavors in its current lineup: Blueberry Mint, Blackberry Hibiscus, Peach Ginger, Strawberry Lavender, Honey Crisp Apple Basil and Burning Mandarin. Each bottle contains 25 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD and 12 grams of sugar for 45 calories per 14 fluid ounce (414 milliliter) bottle. The Honeycrisp Apple flavor shows minimalist ingredients like unfiltered Honeycrisp apple juice, lemon juice, agave, basil, green teal, hemp extract and “100% LA Vibes”.
GPharmaLabs G Drinks
Founded in 2013, the original mom-and-pop operation has grown into a multi-state drinkable weed staple with its line of THC-infused edibles. G Drinks come in tart, exciting flavors such as Pink Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cool Blue Lemonade and Original Lemonade. The highest THC potency is 250 milligrams, ideal for a medical-strength cannabis lover who wants a strong edible that tastes like a summer day.
This company claims to have “canned a feeling” with its sleek, strongly-flavored CBD drinks. It's a sparkling water infused with hemp-derived CBD and adaptogens, a term used in herbal medicine for substances believed to protect the body against stressors. Recess' cans of CBD seltzer pack a punch. Flavors include Blackberry Chai, Peach Ginger and Pomegranate Hibiscus, and each can contains 10 milligrams of CBD with broad-spectrum hemp oil, along with adaptogens Schisandra, a berry, L-Theanine, green tea amino acid, and American ginseng. Recess is dripping with chic aesthetics, featured in a New York Times article this year called, “How to Make a Millennial Feel Cozy in Just One Beverage.”
Like the La Croix of CBD-infused drinks, Sprig is a sippable, bubbly CBD beverage you will love. With 20 milligrams of CBD in each can, Sprig's four flavors — Melon, Lemon Tea, Citrus and Citrus Zero — echo tastes of a mellow, citrusy, CBD-fueled Fresca. It's also among the most widely distributed CBD beverages in the U.S. today, thanks to a distribution partnership with Anheuser-Busch. Sprig is found on shelves in 17 states among 4,000 different vendors, as well as available online to ship in all 50 states.
Makers of cannabis-infused elixirs, Tinley bottles look right at home on any modern “weed cart” (the stoner's version of a bar cart). Its tonics come in High Horse, made with spicy ginger and lime and Stone Daisy with blue agave and lime. Each flavor is infused with a Pineapple Jack sativa strain to the tune of 10 milligrams of THC per bottle.
These little beauties are only 30 calories and contain just 6 grams of sugar per bottle. Best of all? They may remind you of your favorite alcoholic elixirs, without the hangover.
The company also offers “casks” of cannabis elixir that are ideal for making mixed drinks, including a Coconut Cask, Almond Cask and Cinnamon Cask, containing 85 milligrams of THC per bottle, with about 8 1/2 servings of 10 milligrams each.
Feature Image: Los Angeles-based Vybes makes fruit-flavored drinks with 25 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD in each bottle. (Photo by Jeremy Sachs-Michaels/Courtesy of Vybes)