There are many ways to consume cannabis, the most popular legal variants in Canada being smokable products and edibles.
However, there might be people whose restrictive diets forbid the consumption of edibles, while others might not enjoy smoking.
Fortunately, there are other ways to consume weed without smoking it. Just as you can find pre made marijuana edibles for online purchase or make them yourself, you can buy cannabis drinks from a licensed seller or get creative with an at home DIY.
Why Are Weed Drinks Difficult to Produce?
Two key chemical constituents contribute to the potency of marijuana products, Cannabidiol or CBD and Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
The CBD to THC ratio largely determines the effects a particular weed product will have on your body.
These effects can be calming, invigorating, or anything in between.
Both THC and CBD are lipophilic, or fat soluble, and as a result, hydrophobic.
This makes it especially difficult for weed to be infused into water based beverages without additional processing.
Infused cannabis drinks are expensive to produce as well as challenging to distribute.
They tend to have a short shelf life and are often inconsistent in taste.
How Manufacturers Found a Solution?
Making THC and CBD water soluble was a significant hurdle for the cannabis industry.
Scientists found an interesting solution in a process called nano emulsification, which tricks your body into making THC and CBD appear as water soluble compounds allowing assimilation into your bloodstream.
In the nano emulsification process, CBD and THC are first broken down into microscopically small particles, from 20 to 600 nanometers in diameter, and then suspended in an emulsion, either an oil to water combo or a water to oil dispersion.
This breakdown makes these compounds seemingly water soluble, and your body will readily absorb them directly into the bloodstream.
The pharmaceutical industry has been using nano emulsification as a drug delivery system for a long time.
In the weed industry, the process grants cannabis beverages certain advantages over regular edibles.
1. Increased bioavailability.
Bioavailability measures the amount of THC or CBD that is assimilated into the bloodstream and gives an idea of a weed product’s potency.
Traditional marijuana edibles can have a bioavailability as low as 10 percent, meaning that you would only feel the effect of 1 milligram out of 10 milligrams of THC present in the given product.
In contrast, studies have shown that weed infused drinks can have a bioavailability as high as 90 percent, making them substantially more potent than their traditional edible counterparts.
2. Easier absorption.
Nano emulsified cannabinoids are absorbed by your body directly into the bloodstream, thus bypassing the liver completely.
They are similar to drug injections in that the effects are felt instantaneously rather than the 30 minute plus delay when consuming marijuana edibles.
3. Consistent taste.
Nano emulsification makes use of micronization and encapsulation techniques, which strengthen CBD and THC absorption.
It can mostly be controlled by instrumentation and making the products much more consistent in their taste.
How To Make Your Own Natural Beverages?
Since it is highly unlikely you have the pieces of equipment necessary to perform the nano emulsification process at home, you’ll have to settle for alternative extraction methods.
Marijuana tinctures, or cannabis infused in a solvent like alcohol or glycerine, is a much easier way to make weed infused beverages at home. Apart from tinctures, here are some other weed beverage recipes you can try.
Cannabis Infused Iced Tea.
Easy to make but slightly bitter tasting.
Here’s how to make it:
Step 1. Add a half cup of water and a half cup of honey to a pan set on medium heat. Adding the honey is essential because it will ease bitterness.
Step 2. Add your preferred tincture and wait until the mixture reaches 140 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and the honey dissolves completely in the water.
Step 3. Keep the weed infused honey in the refrigerator until it solidifies to some extent.
Step 4. Make your favorite flavored tea. Add the honey directly to the brewed tea to infuse, then put the honey back into the refrigerator.
Step 5. Serve the tea cold.
Cannabis Infused Lemonade.
You can make this refreshing weed drink by adding some THC or CBD tincture to a freshly prepared glass of homemade or bought lemonade.
With the advancement of technology cannabis infused drinks are increasingly becoming a viable product on the market.
Keep in mind that we do not advise or promote the usage of CBD or THC in any type or form. We are just sharing information that some readers might find helpful. This article is for educational purposes that some readers might find insightful.