Cannabis or marijuana drinks are beverages that have been infused with cannabinoids, most commonly CBD or THC. Cannabis drinks, like other marijuana edible alternatives, have become more popular as more states legalize marijuana usage. They are also a great alternative to alcoholic beverages, but what’s the difference between those infused with CBD vs. those infused with THC? Here’s the breakdown:


Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants that affect your body in different ways. THC is the main psychoactive compound that produces that “high” sensation typically associated with cannabis. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that can help you feel relaxed without experiencing that “high”.

Because cannabinoids are not water soluble, water droplets are infused with cannabinoids at a microscopic level through a process called liposomal encapsulation. This process is crucial to accurate dosage and the overall flavor of cannabis drinks.

Cannabis Drinks Are Digested Differently from Other Marijuana Edibles

Cannabis drinks are a great alternative to alcoholic beverages, and they differ from other marijuana edibles. When consuming edibles, it takes time for your body to digest and break down cannabinoids for them to enter the bloodstream. Based on your metabolism, it could take 30 minutes to an hour for you to experience any effects from CBD or THC. 

Solid foods like cannabis-infused chocolates or gummies take longer to digest than liquids. The cannabinoids in infused beverages can be absorbed more quickly through the mouth and the stomach. Like any cannabis edible, it’s important to moderate your intake while you wait to see how it impacts your body. 

The average amount of THC in a marijuana drink is around 10 mg, but they can range from 2.5 mg to higher. Cannabis drinks infused with THC provide the same benefits as other forms of THC-infused edibles. Some of the positive effects include improved mood, better sleep, pain relief, a reduction of inflammation and increased feelings of calm.

Types of Cannabis-Infused Drinks

There are a wide variety of options if you’re looking to try cannabis-infused drinks. Seltzers, sodas, and cannabis-infused teas are available, as well as tablets that can be dissolved and mixed in water. There are also 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!