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Pot Shots: ‘High Tea,’ Bud-Infused Brews and Stoner Sodas Fly Off Shelves at Local Dispensaries

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More and more companies are offering products that let marijuana enthusiasts to have their weed and drink it, too.  Photo by PopFoto, via Shutterstock

More and more companies are offering products that let marijuana enthusiasts to have their weed and drink it, too. Photo by PopFoto, via Shutterstock

With many parts of the state reaching 100-and-fuck degrees this summer, chilling out next to the AC with some ice-cold suds is a no-brainer. Several companies have come to the rescue this summer with THC, CBD and terpene-infused beverages so that overheated marijuana enthusiasts can have their weed and drink it, too.

Cannabis bevvies originally took the form of sugary sodas until more health-conscious products started popping up in dispensaries over the past few years. The latest wave of reefer refreshments includes San Diego-based Cannibiniers, which this summer launched Two Roots Brewing Co., “the world’s first line of CannaCrafted non-alcoholic THC and CBD infused craft beer.”

The lineup features a lager, stout, IPA, sonder and wheat ale, all of which the company states “emulates the rapid onset of alcohol” but without the hangover and humiliation of that one vomit-involved Lyft ride home from Cinnabar that your friends promised to never mention again. Molson Coors Brewing is developing a similar product with Canadian weed producer The Hydropothecary Corp. north of the border, and local brewer Lagunitas sells Hi-Fi Hops, an IPA-inspired “hoppy sparkling water” beverage, at Airfield Supply Company and both Harborside locations.

Only Province Brands is actually brewing with bud, though; most cannabis beers just have THC or CBD oils added to them, but Province uses all parts of the plant to create a unique product with 6.5mg THC in each bottle. Two Rivers also sells infused cold-brew iced coffees from their Just Society label for those who love a little cuppa canna in the morning.

Their blood orange, chamomile and peppermint teas will also have you throwing a Mad Hatter-style tea party in no time. Herbal tea blends from women-owned Bay Area company Kikoko have made headlines lately for their effects on alleviating anxiety and giving people a boost of desire in the bedroom.

All of the beautifully packaged products are available for your next high teatime at Caliva, Airfield and Buddy’s Cannabis. “Microdosing is becoming a big thing,”  Buddy’s Cannabis owner Matt Lucero said. “Kikoko is one of our best-selling new items.”

Marijuana isn’t poised to take over happy hour just yet. Edibles are still less than 10 percent of Buddy’s store sales, with drinks comprising just 1 percent of that demographic. But even the alcohol industry doesn’t seem threatened by legalization.

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