Cannabis drinks are stealing the show lately. They are discreet, practical and give you fun effects, they are a win-win everywhere you look.
But what is 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.
Well, they are basically drinks infused with cannabis, which can be THC, CBD, or a mix of cannabinoids. Usually, these drinks can be water, seltzer, soda, or even liquor drinks.
Cannabis drinks start to work as soon as they touch the tongue. When you consume cannabis in the form of a water-soluble liquid, the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream through the tissue of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. In other words, the effects are not long in coming.
The first thing to keep in mind with THC drinks is that it is a form of edible, and like all good cannabis edibles, you need to be careful with the dosage.
In addition to considering the dosage, you need to know what cannabinoids make up the drink. If it is just THC you may get a more potent high than if it is combined with CBD, for a balanced experience.
It is also important to consider that weed drinks kick in faster and more consistently.
You can’t simply compare the two, as they have many differences that make them unique.
A cannabis drink is not the same as a cold beer and they won’t give you the same effects either. Cannabis edibles usually contain between 5 and 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive component of weed, this is quite a lot for some and they may end up having a not-so-pleasant experience.
A microdose of THC is equivalent to between 2 and 5 mg 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.
For example, a moderate dose of a cannabis drink is around 25 mg of THC and is best for experienced consumers only. According to experts, it’s about the same kind of high you get from drinking a bottle of wine. And from there the doses and potential effects of either alcohol or cannabis increase.
Both cannabis and alcohol can give you a high, 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 a variety of reasons.
Cannabis is a plant to which dozens of therapeutic, medicinal, and recreational properties are attributed. It is a plant full of cannabinoids and terpenes that produce its effects.
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When we drink alcohol, it enters the bloodstream very quickly and is distributed to our organs. 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.
All cannabinoids are processed and metabolized by the liver, although the time of onset of their effect varies depending on the form factor. When we ingest edibles, such as THC drinks, the effects are faster (but less long-lasting). Drinking allows for a milder high that builds slowly but 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.
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The main risk is that it is easy to accidentally consume 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.