October of 2019 is expected to usher in a ‘second wave’ of marijuana legalization in Canada. This wave is expected to result in the legalization of edibles, topicals, concentrates, and infused beverages. Beverage producers have been meticulously preparing their cannabis-infused concoctions over the past year, and many expect to make it to market in 2019. For Canadians, this should mean a great deal of variety and choice when it comes to infused products and brands.
What Are Cannabis-Infused Beverages?
Cannabis infused beverages are simply regular beverages infused with the cannabinoids THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). As the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC is responsible for the ‘high’ induced by marijuana. Conversely, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that has been clinically proven to treat a wide array of medical conditions.
Cannabis-infused drinks are expected to appeal to both the recreational and medical marijuana markets. Falling under the same regulations and limitations as edibles, cannabis-infused drinks will contain no more than 10 mg/mL of THC per unit. This means that, for most people, several beverages will have to be consumed in order to achieve a moderate buzz.
CBD beverages are expected to appeal to medical patients looking for an alternative dosing method. Infused beverages and edibles will keep medical patients from having to consume marijuana the old fashioned way, by inhaling smoke. CBD infused beverages are expected to immediately act as a substitute for other, less convenient methods of consuming cannabidiol.
Cannabis-infused drinks will take all kinds of forms. Most beverages will be fruit or soda flavored. However, some specialty beverages are also expected to be available. Beverages like non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beer, infused wine, and calorie-free infused diet beverages are expected to hit the shelves sooner rather than later.
Why Should You Try Cannabis-Infused Beverages?
The main appeal of infused beverages is that they are a smokeless method of consuming cannabis. Health-conscious cannabis users should consider switching to this safer, more convenient, and more flavorful way of getting high. Moreover, infused beverages and edibles are a great way for entry-level cannabis consumers to experience marijuana without having to smoke anything.
CBD and THC infused beverages are also easy and convenient to consume. Unlike plant material, they do not require any paraphernalia or equipment in order to ingest them. Moreover, many infused liquids are odorless, making them more discreet and private to consume, especially if placed into another container.
All things considered, CBD and THC infused beverages should be well received by Canadians. You can expect to find them on the shelves of your local dispensary by the end of 2019.