There was a time when cannabis beverages were awful.
They tasted way too much like cannabis.
The texture of them was like oatmeal. Cannabis extracts don’t dissolve in water. Creating a decent beverage was difficult and the process took years to improve. Because of this, I was reluctant to try them. When a selection of cannabis-infused beverages showed up on the shelves of my local dispensary, I wasn’t interested. I am a fan of edibles but very picky about taste. While the gummies are available in all sorts of really amazing flavors, there is a hint of cannabis. I am OK with that slight flavor. I buy cannabis-infused chocolate bars, peanut butter cups, toffee, caramels, suckers and mints. I often purchase cannabis-infused cooking oils and add them to my recipes. I’ve managed to create quite a few dishes that completely conceal the taste of marijuana yet provide the effects and benefits of the cannabinoids. The beauty of edibles is their simplicity. There’s no need to have a lighter, ashtray, rolling papers, grinder or E-nail on hand. Consuming them doesn’t create odors, smoke or ash. Because the cannabinoids are processed through the digestive tract, it takes longer for the effects to set in. However, they are more intensive. My budtender talked me into sampling one of the beverages. I chose a root beer and was amazed by how good it tasted. There was none of the unpleasant texture. The effects of a beverage are felt more quickly than a conventional edible. They are also more mild. I now buy beverages on a regular basis. I’ve tried colas, lemonades, tonics and cannabeers. I prefer them to drinking alcohol, because I don’t wake up with a hangover in the morning.