Cannabis infused drinks date back to 1000 BC with a drink known as Bhang, infused with cannabis and combined with milk. Bhang was used as an anesthetic and to treat a variety of human illnesses. Cannabis drinks have since grown in popularity over the years, and can often be more effective than edible cannabis products. Bioactive compounds like terpenoids, flavonoids, and cannabinoids make cannabis beverages extremely bioavailable, ranging from 50-75%. Bioavailability is the amount of a substance that enters circulation when introduced to the body, allowing it to make cognitive or physiological changes. The high bioavailability of cannabis infused drinks means that its effects are more consistent than other methods of cannabis consumption- like eating edibles and smoking. Edibles have a much lower bioavailability at 10-20% because of their journey through the body. Edibles are processed through the gastrointestinal tract where THC is absorbed into the bloodstream and passes through the liver. Liver enzymes hydroxylate THC, forming 11-OH-THC, a psychoactive metabolite that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Not all of the substance transmits to the brain every time. This complex process and inconsistent dosage can result in symptoms of anxiety and overall unpredictable effects. Smoking cannabis can be 2-56% bioavailable, based on dependent variables- like smoking mechanics and duration.
Flavonoids: aromatic molecules that contribute to the taste and smell of plants- flavonoids enhance the natural flavors present in cannabis infused drinks like CannaBucha.
Terpenoids: Terpenoid compounds or terpenes are essential oil components found in nature, and form
the largest group of chemical constituents found in plants. Terpenoids can affect mood, memory, stress, and the ability to concentrate.
Cannabinoids: Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that communicate with receptors that make us feel the effects of cannabis. Most receptors are located in the brain which is why cognitive changes occur when consuming cannabis products.
Cannabis infused drinks are often times a much healthier option than other cannabis products available on the market. Many edible products are associated with more indulgent foods that use carbohydrates, sugars, and fats as carriers for cannabinoids. Cannabis infused beverages like Kombucha and Coffee are a much better option for health-conscious cannabis consumers.
Cannabis Infused Drinks
As cannabis infused drinks have become increasingly popular, there are more options on the market combining your favorite drinks with cannabis!
Kombucha + Cannabis = CannaBucha
Kombucha has been around for over 2000 years and is referenced in Ancient Chinese culture as the “immortal elixir.” Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is rich in probiotics that aid digestion, promotes gut health, and prevents cancer. It also has positive psychoactive effects- including mood stabilization, mental clarity, and improved concentration.
CannaBucha combines the bioavailable compounds extracted from trichromes and combines them with the popular GTs Kombucha recipe, creating undeniably delicious flavor- available in three varieties. Together, Kombucha and Cannabis encourage an uplifting, mellow high that sets about 15 minutes after your first sips. CannaBucha is a great way to bring clarity throughout your day, and make your body feel great too! Available in “The Grapes,” “Strawberry Forever,” and “Homemade Lemonade” these refreshing drinks will surely quench your thirst!
Coffee + Tea + Cannabis = Therapy Tonics
For you coffee and tea lovers out there, Therapy Tonics takes some of our favorite drinks and makes them better! Available in Vanilla Caramel, Indian Spice Chai, Coconut Matcha, and Mexican Mocha, these drinks are infused with high-quality sativa strains for a mellow, uplifting high. We love Vanilla Caramel Coffee to get our day going- it’s a focused, uplifting, and productive high. Indian Spiced Chai is a clear and enlightening drink with warm, spiced flavors, originating from a traditional Indian Spiced Chai recipe. Coconut Matcha is a vegan drink using coconut milk that makes for a smooth, energetic feeling. Who doesn’t love Mexican Mocha? The rich chocolate with a hint of spice- we love the vitalizing effects and delicious flavor of this Therapy Tonics drink.
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