With THC becoming legal in more states throughout the country, people are discovering and enjoying more ways to use it, including cannabis drinks–another form of marijuana edible. Cannabis or marijuana drinks are beverages that have been infused with cannabinoids, like CBD or THC. While drinks infused with CBD do not provide a psychoactive or “high” effect, cannabis drinks made with THC do. Cannabis or THC infused beverages provide a buzz without the booze, and many consumers are turning to these types of drinks to replace alcoholic beverages. Here are a few reasons why.

Level of THC in cannabis drinks vs. alcohol percentage in booze

If you are new to trying marijuana, a cannabis beverage like one of these from UpTop’s West Roxbury location might be just the right thing. New consumers often express feeling anxious or nervous about getting too high–they’re worried about what it will feel like or that they might be out of control. Most cannabis drinks contain lower doses of THC than alcoholic drinks contain alcohol. For example, the average amount of THC in a marijuana drink is around 10 mg (they can range from 2.5 mg to higher), whereas alcoholic drinks tend to have more alcohol in them. Beer averages about 5% alcohol. Wine ranges from about 12% to 13% alcohol. And distilled spirits come in around 40% alcohol. 

Cannabis drinks don’t come with as many negative short and long-term effects. 

Cannabis drinks also provide the same benefits that using other forms of THC does. For example, THC has been known to help improve moods, promote better sleep, provide feelings of calm, and helps improve pain and inflammation just to name a few. Alcohol, on the other hand, can be bad for your health, especially when abused. Alcohol can have negative effects, like causing headaches, nausea, dizziness, and more. And, those are just short term. Longer term alcohol use may cause serious health problems, like high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, loss of bone density, and memory loss to name a few. 

Hangovers can be avoided with marijuana drinks. 

Another, and perhaps the biggest, reason consumers are switching from alcoholic beverages to cannabis drinks is that drinks formulated with THC don’t cause the negative next-day aftermath that cocktails, wine, and beer do. While alcoholic beverages have a relaxing and sometimes uplifting effect, those wear off quickly and often leave you feeling depleted and hungover the next day. Cannabis drinks do not cause a hangover.

If you are interested in replacing alcoholic beverages with cannabis drinks with THC, there are several types of cannabis drinks to look for. At UpTop we recommend cannabis-infused seltzers, sodas, and tablets that you can mix into water. You may find other types of THC beverages, as well, however. There are also cannabis-infused teas available and non-alcoholic versions of beer and wine that are formulated with THC.

We would love to help you find a cannabis drink to try. At UpTop we have very knowledgeable Budtenders that are always willing to help you learn more about cannabis and cannabis drinks. Visit us online or at one of our Massachusetts dispensary locations. We’re happy to help you!