Cannabis beverages are a new and exciting take on infused cannabis. Instead of ingesting cannabis in the form of edibles, infused beverages let you enjoy everything that cannabis has to offer, in liquid form. But if it’s your first time sipping on a cannabis soda, there are a few things you should know.
Here are a few tips for consuming cannabis beverages.
Don’t Expect Too Much, Too Quickly
Infused beverages offer a great smoke-free alternative for enjoying cannabis. But like solid edibles, cannabis-infused beverages are absorbed through the digestive tract.
This means that cannabis beverages won’t hit you right away. In fact, similarly to edibles, the effects of a cannabis beverage can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to really kick in.
Instead, you should treat it like you would ingesting an edible. Know that the effects can be long-lasting and make sure to set apart a significant chunk of time to enjoy them without the worry of responsibility.
It’s Not Like Drinking Alcohol
Because cannabis can be intoxicating, some people make the mistake of expecting an experience similar to drinking alcohol. But in reality, drinking cannabis is much different. Remember that due to the long onset time and duration of effects, drinking a cannabis beverage is nothing like drinking a beer or a glass of wine.
There Are Many Liquid Options
Thankfully, there are many different kinds of cannabis beverages for you to enjoy. Here are a few different kinds of infused beverages:
- Infused Coffee And Tea: Infused coffee and tea are now even available in k-cup format!
- Infused Syrup And Elixir: Convenient dosing and application that allows you to infuse your liquid of choice, similarly to infusing with a tincture or oil.
- Infused Lemonades And Diet Sodas: If you’re keeping an eye on your calories or sugar intake, know that there are some low-sugar options out there as well.
Dosing a Cannabis Beverage
Before downing your beverage, take a moment to check out the dosing information on the label. Cannabis beverages will contain a set amount of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Think about your personal tolerance and how you might react to that amount of THC or CBD before diving in.
As with edibles, it’s recommended that newcomers to cannabis beverages start with a low dose and move up slowly if they need to. Many beverages can contain over 100 mg of THC per bottle. If your beverage contains a large dose of THC, it’s important that you divide it up carefully before ingesting any of it.
Additionally, it’s also important to wait for the effects of a cannabis beverage to kick in before ingesting another one. Drinking too much too quickly can lead to overconsumption and may have you feeling some of THC’s unwanted side effects like anxiety and paranoia.
Substituting for Cannabis Beverages
Don’t have any cannabis beverages on hand right now? No problem! Tinctures and other infused oils can act as a simple substitute. While tinctures are typically applied sublingually, they can also be swallowed to produce similar effects as cannabis beverages and edibles.
How can you substitute oil or tincture for an infused beverage? Easy. Just add some tincture or oil to your beverage of choice. When you drink the mixture, it will be processed in the same way that any other cannabis beverage or edible would. Many people find that adding some cannabis tincture to their morning tea or coffee can be a great way to start the day.
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