Are Cannabis-Infused Drinks a Thing? | 9Lives
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Is anyone else as keen for a dagga-beer as I am? With the recent legalisation of cannabis in South Africa, people are certainly running with the idea of putting cannabis in anything and everything. Even companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Heineken have proposed adding the unique flavours of cannabis to their beverages. Which begs the question, are cannabis-infused drinks a thing?

First things first

Let’s talk legalisation. Cannabis has been officially “decriminalised” in South Africa since September 2018, and while there are no limits or restrictions on how much an adult individual is allowed to use, the selling and dealing, as well as smoking of cannabis outside the privacy of your own home is still an illegal act. That being said, the use of non-psychoactive ingredients from cannabis plants are definitely on the rise. Anyone else for a dagga-beer?

Can I get high from Dagga Beer?

Mixing alcohol and marijuana sounds risky, so I bet you’d like to know whether dagga beer has any active components. Yes, this beer uses a mix of hemp oil and Cannabis sativa for flavouring. No, it does not have any psychoactive ingredients. Read: it will not get you high. The beer itself doesn’t have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis that gets you a little giggly, which means that there’s no risk.

What about cannabis-infused soft drinks?

With companies like Coca-Cola experiencing a decline in the sales of sugar beverages due to health concerns, they too are investigating the use of cannabis in beverages. For these companies, however, it’s more about the allure of the wellness industry. These companies are more interested in non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) and the benefits thereof for conditions like epilepsy. Drinking these beverage will therefore not get you high on anything other than sugar.

Sounds cool, where can I get it?

While companies like Coca-Cola and Heineken are still in the process of establishing and testing their products, a little company right here in South Africa has released their own Cannabis IPA and Cannabis Lager. The company, Durban Poison, aptly named after the marijuana strain developed in Durban, launched its first beers in September and can be found in a few Spar liquor stores, TOPS, across the country.

And the taste?

I guess the most important question is “how does it taste?” If you’re expecting a mouthful of cannabis with every sip, you may be disappointed. Although I find that it does have a “greener” smell to it than other beers, all in all it tastes pretty much as you’d expect a beer to taste. I must say that I actually really enjoyed the lager, though. Crisp and refreshing, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Plus, it has a blend of malt and hemp, so what’s not to love?

So, there you have it. Looks like cannabis-infused drinks are definitely on the rise. Would you ever give cannabis-infused drinks a try? Let us know in the comments below.


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