Understanding the differences between THC drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Cannabis drinks are all the rage right now. They are discreet, delicious, and provide the psychoactive effects cannabis users know and love. At today’s parties, nearly half the crowd has a THC beverage in their hand.
But what’s the reason for this growing popularity? It has a lot to do with the fact that cannabis drinks offer an alternative – and a break – from alcohol. But are THC beverages safer than alcohol?
Keep reading to learn more about THC beverages and why alcohol drinkers are putting down the booze and opting for this natural alternative.
THC seltzers are drinks infused with cannabis, which can be THC, CBD, or a mix of cannabinoids. These drinks can be water, seltzers, sodas, or even powder blends to mix into any beverage of your choice.
Cannabis drinks produce effects almost instantly. When you consume cannabis in the form of a water-soluble liquid, the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes, esophagus, and stomach. In other words, the effects kick in much faster than edibles like brownies and gummies.
The first thing to remember with THC drinks is that these beverages are edibles, and like all cannabis edibles, you must be careful with the dosage.
In addition to considering the dosage, you must know what cannabinoids are present in the beverage. If it’s just THC, you may get a more potent high than if combined with CBD, which promotes a more balanced and relaxed experience.
Comparing alcohol to THC seltzers is difficult, as they have a long list of differences.
A cannabis drink is not the same as a cold beer, and it won’t give you the same effects either. Cannabis edibles usually contain between 5mg and 10mg of THC, the psychoactive component of weed. This is quite a lot for some users, and they may have a not-so-pleasant experience if their tolerance can’t handle it.
Beverages like Cycling Frog’s Wild Cherry THC Seltzer contain 5mg THC and 10mg CBD per can. This helps balance the effects and reduce the possible negative side effects of THC, like paranoia and anxiety. It’s a delicious hard seltzer that pairs perfectly with any social gathering or kicking it solo.
On the other hand, a microdose of THC ranges between 1mg and 5mg per serving. This is roughly equivalent to drinking a light beer containing 3-5% alcohol. Typically, the average consumer can enjoy a few of these THC beverages and find their sweet spot.
These beverages are great for the casual cannabis user or a beginner who desires a change from alcohol. Drinks like Cycling Frog’s Lemon THC Light Seltzer contain 2mg THC and 4mg CBD per can. This 2:1 CBD:THC ratio is a great choice for beginner THC users who desire relaxation without encountering THC-induced paranoia and anxiety. They provide a different kind of liquid courage that’s far safer than alcohol and, albeit, more enjoyable.
Both cannabis and alcohol produce a buzz, but they behave very differently in our bodies.
Alcohol is a flammable liquid produced by the fermentation of sugars. It is an intoxicant found in beer, wine, liquors, and other spirits and is used for various reasons. When we drink alcohol, it enters the bloodstream quickly. It is water-soluble and fat-soluble, so it can easily penetrate all tissues and organs of the body.
The liver is responsible for processing and eliminating alcohol from the body and can only metabolize about one drink per hour. Drinking more than that amount is what leads to getting drunk, but also fatal alcohol poisoning.
On the other hand, cannabis is a plant to which dozens of therapeutic, medicinal, and recreational properties are attributed. It’s full of cannabinoids and terpenes that produce its effects. All cannabinoids are processed and metabolized by the liver, although the onset of effects varies depending on how it’s consumed.
When we ingest edibles, like brownies and gummies, they take longer to kick in because they are fat-soluble, meaning they have to travel through several regions of the body before meeting the bloodstream.
THC drinks are water-soluble, meaning the effects kick in much faster, but they don’t last as long as fat-soluble edibles. Drinking THC allows for a milder high that dissipates quickly. Unlike alcohol, THC remains in the body for up to 30 days after consumption because the metabolites remain in the body’s fat cells.
The beautiful thing about cannabis, in general, is that there are no recorded deaths due to THC. Also, overdosing on THC is incredibly rare, but it can happen.
The main risk of consuming cannabis-infused beverages is accidentally consuming too much THC. While most alcohol drinkers can anticipate how they will feel after a few drinks, drinks containing cannabis create a less predictable high.
The best way to avoid getting too high for your liking is to start low and slow. Pick up a beverage that’s 2-5mg of THC and sip slowly, examining how you feel within the hour.
It’s safe to say that accidentally consuming too much THC is the only thing to worry about regarding THC beverages. On the other hand, alcohol can be fatal, especially in high doses. With any intoxicating substance, be sure to consume it responsibly.
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