Colorado’s favourite THC and CBD drinks


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I was trying to reduce my alcohol consumption when I started drinking THC infused beverages. To my surprise, it worked.

My favorite these days is Oh Hi, a THC-infused seltzer from Durango. There are four flavors: pomegranate, grapefruit and lemon lime with 10 milligrams per serving and Ginger Basil Limeade with 5 milligrams.

“Oh hi, this is the beginning of something really big,” said John Lynch, director of operations and compliance for the company. “Before COVID, many people drank less, especially millennials. There were many cocktail bars. We believe this is a natural supplement for people who don’t want the ill effects of alcohol consumption. It’s a way to use cannabis at a lower dose in a social setting. “

Since one serving is not enough for many people, the company created a new line called Budtender’s Reserve for seasoned cannabis users. Each bottle in this line contains 100 milligrams of THC, so people who know the type of effect they want can have their own experience.

Budtender’s Reserve is available in Tropical Thunder, an energy drink from Budtender’s Reserve that contains electrolytes and caffeine to encourage an active lifestyle, as well as high tea, iced tea with a hint of lemon. Oh hi, coming out with three more Budtender’s Reserve flavors in the next few months. Grateful Grape will debut in March.

Lynch recommends filling a shot glass equivalent to about 10 milligrams and then pouring the Budteder’s Reserve of your choice over ice. Budtender’s Reserve can also be mixed with other beverages such as club soda, coffee or iced tea to improve the taste.

“We really try to hit everyone’s palate,” he explains. “We ate a lot of citrus fruits with the seltzer so we’re trying to expand and make sure we cover all of our palates.”

When Oh Hi was still in its infancy, the company partnered with Stillwater Brands, the maker of the Ripple line of products, which includes gums and powders that can be mixed into beverages.

I have a few packets of Ripple in my purse when I go out to add to the club soda instead of a cocktail. There are three versions of Ripple Dissolvables: Pure with 10 milligrams of THC per packet; Balanced, which contains 5 milligrams of THC and 5 milligrams of CBD; and Relief, which contains 20 milligrams of CBD and 0.5 milligrams of THC.

“When we first launched Ripple, we launched it as a beverage booster because it could be built into anything, but it was too broad,” recalls Missy Bradley, Stillwater’s director of brand and marketing . “In many pharmacies it is still considered a drink because there is no category for soluble substances.”

I haven’t tried it, but Bradley says Ripple goes well with citrus beverages. She especially likes adding it to horchata. “It’s like dessert and it’s fun and tastes so good,” she says.

For ready-to-drink THC-infused beverages, there is Phyx, a mineral water made by Spherex from Denver. The THC in the calorie-free drink takes about ten minutes and lasts for about an hour. The drink is available in four flavors: grapefruit, dragon fruit, lime and all natural.

Phyx, which is packaged in glass bottles similar to those of Voss Water, was launched with a drink containing 2.5 milligrams of THC and 2.5 milligrams of CBD so that the consumer would not be overwhelmed. The company has since increased the THC concentration to 10 milligrams for some of the beverages in its line.

Oh Hi's sparkling drinks have caused quite a stir in Colorado.

Oh Hi’s sparkling drinks have caused quite a stir in Colorado.

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“Phyx is aimed at women who are employed, married and have families,” said Katie Bajcar, Spherex’s director of marketing. “They want a product without their children knowing what they are drinking. You’re looking for something more private and discreet that doesn’t require accessories like a lighter or flashlight. “

To keep customers away who might otherwise be put off by a freezing cold, some breweries are offering their own cannabidiol-infused beverage lines – including Molson Coors Beverage Co. Molson Coors recently launched its line of Veryvell non-alcoholic, sparkling CBD beverages under Truss CBD USA, a joint venture with Ottawa, Ontario-based cannabis consumer goods company Hexo Corp.

Quicksilver Scientific offers patent-pending nanoemulsion delivery technology for Veryvell. The droplets that coat the tiny CBD particles are so small that they pass between cells and go straight into the bloodstream, resulting in faster absorption and higher bioavailability in the body.

“Molson Coors saw an opportunity to bring the right brand to the US and launch it in a CBD-friendly market like Colorado,” said David Durkee, vice president of new ventures at Quicksilver Scientific in Louisville. “CBD had been widely used in Colorado for more than eight years when it was legalized in Canada.”

Prior to joining Quicksilver Scientific, Durkee held a variety of roles at Molson Coors for nearly a decade, including global product development.

Veryvell has no calories, no sugar and is available in three flavors: Focus (Grapefruit Tarragon), Mind & Body (Strawberry Hibiscus) and Unwind (Blueberry Lavender). Each 12-ounce can contains 20 milligrams of CBD; The suggested retail price is $ 3.99 for a can or $ 14.99 for a four-pack. Veryvell is available from 150+ retailers including Argonaut, Applejack, Bubbles, Davidson, Tipsy, and Total Beverage.

“It’s too early to speculate on sales,” said Jane Armstrong Hockman, general manager of Truss CBD USA. “However, CBD beverages are a growing segment in the non-alcoholic beverage category, and we believe it could become a significant category in Colorado.”

Even companies that don’t infuse their beverages with CBD or THC are appealing to cannabis customers. Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Co. launched its line in Colorado in January. The company’s flagship is 420 Extra Pale Ale, a pale west coast style ale with big hops and a crispy finish that was first brewed in 1997.

In November SweetWater was acquired by Canadian cannabis company Aphria, which recently merged with Tilray to become the largest cannabis company in the world. Unsurprisingly, SweetWater plans to infuse some of its beverages with THC and CBD in the future, according to Brian Miesieski, director of marketing and innovation.

“We see ourselves as the cannabis lifestyle brand in the world of beer,” says Miesieski. “Aphria will eventually settle in the US and bring its brands to the US. We have done this to find our way around these waters.”

I will drink to it.

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