It’s common to light a joint and sip a beer afterward. Some people like the feeling of being high on both cannabis and alcohol. But, what if the two were combined? What if you could lay hands on beer that was brewed along with cannabis? Yep, it’s called weed beer, and you might just like it.
What Exactly Is Weed Beer?
Weed beer or cannabis beer is nothing but beer infused with cannabis. Simple:
The only difference is that weed beer doesn’t contain any alcohol. And that’s good because it’s not advised to mix alcohol and cannabis. Think of it as a crossover between two products that have been the favorites of many for generations. While regular beer contains 6-carbon sugar, weed beer contains 5- and 6- sugars.
Cannabis smokers usually smoke only the bud and the remaining plant is wasted. Cannabis is a medicinal plant that contains many benefits and it’s a shame that the remainder of the plant goes to waste. However, weed beer solves this problem because it consists of other parts of the plant such as the stems, stalks, and roots that are mashed during the brewing process. This way, you get to enjoy all the medical benefits of the herb. Some manufacturers are even trying new recipes by brewing beer with barley and then mixing it with cannabis oil. Although the beer is out in the market already, it’s not yet available for tasting. But, scientists reveal that it tastes savory and sweet, albeit less sweet than regular beer.
Big Players In The Market
Weed beer may not be popular where you live, but it’s all set to become a sensation. And that’s because big players like Heineken, Constellation Brands Inc and Molson Coors are seizing the opportunity to produce beverages that tingle the taste buds of both alcohol and cannabis lovers. Lagunitas, a company owned by Heineken seems to be ahead in this race. They have already launched a product known as Hi-Fi Hops. Hi-Fi Hops comes in two versions.
While one version contains 5mg of THC and 5mg CBD, the other contains 10mg of THC. The beverage is a product of collaboration between two companies – Lagunitas and AbsoluteXtracts that manufactures cannabis-based products. Hi-Fi Hops has no calories and the CEO of Lagunitas, Maria Stipp, stated that the combination of THC and beer felt like a marriage of the past with the future. Lagunitas also wanted a non-alcoholic alternative to beer and Hi-Fi Hops seemed like the perfect choice.
Ever since Heineken acquired a whopping 50% stake of Lagunitas in 2015, it has expanded globally and has also created a new presence in countries like Spain, Italy, Mexico, and France. Since cannabis has many benefits, it’s no surprise that people are slowly leaning towards marijuana now. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do so because cannabis is definitely safer than alcohol.
It tastes better, gets rid of illnesses, and is Mother Nature’s very own medicine! What’s not to love about it?
Hi-Fi Hops, on the other hand, is definitely a better alternative to beer lovers. It’s aromatic, bubbly, and tastes a little bitter like beer. It also contains no gluten, carbohydrates or other substances that can make you lose control over yourself. The concept of cannabis beer hasn’t yet become popular, but it makes sense for these companies to introduce sub products because the alcohol industry is already on a decline. Beer sales have been dropping in the US, and it’s no secret. Cannabis has always been a competitor to beer and I’m surprised nobody thought of this before.
Is Weed Beer Better Than Regular Beer?
Honestly, I don’t know. But one can imagine that it must be better. Not regarding the taste, really, because beer tastes really good when brewed right. However, from a medical standpoint, weed beer is definitely better than traditional alcohol. Firstly, the herb can help you reduce your alcohol intake. In some cases, people have quit alcohol entirely. Secondly, cannabis tastes better and works to relieve your stress, unlike alcohol that adds more stress.
You do know that alcohol is a depressant, don’t you?
Well, cannabis works as an antidepressant. Thirdly, you have no hangover with cannabis. No headaches in the morning accompanied with vomiting that makes your life miserable. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about your liver. Teenagers are prone to binge drinking and even if it’s not hard alcohol, it’s a big problem. So, if cannabis helps you reduce alcohol, naturally the sales will suffer. And now that cannabis is becoming legal even recreationally in many countries, it’s a worrying time for the alcohol industry. They are forced to find alternatives that appeal to customers that have shifted away from alcohol.