What Is Cannabis Beer?
It’s a thing some crafty brewers are working on. Here’s what you need to know about the latest craze to hit the brewing industry since marijuana became legal in Canada
By Clara Jaide on Oct. 22, 2018
Cannabis beer, weed beer, pot beer… whatever you want to call it. But what is it?
So, you wanna know about drinking weed? Now that marijuana is legal in Canada, cannabis companies are looking into different ways to get a smoke-free high. Starting with cannabis beer. Is Cannabis beer actually beer? Well, that depends on your definition of a beer.
There are two types of weed beers: Cannabis Beer and Cannabis-Infused Beer.
What is Cannabis Beer?
Cannabis beer is a non-alcoholic beer, brewed with the marijuana plant. It’s gluten-free and low-calorie.
How is Cannabis Beer Made?
Cannabis beer is brewed with crushed stocks, stem and roots of the marijuana plant itself as opposed to being infused with Cannabis oils. The marijuana replaces the use of barley in the brewing of Cannabis beer. Companies such as Province Brands are preparing to hit the market with the first weed beer available in Canada as edibles are expected to become legal in 2019.
What is Cannabis-Infused Beer?
Cannabis-Infused Beer is beer infused with Cannabidiol (CBD) or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis-Infused beer is also non-alcoholic and often contains little to no calories. Currently, CBD-infused weed beer is available in select states where marijuana is legal, however, Canada will not expect to see cannabis-infused beverages hit the shelves until 2019.
How does a Brewer Make Cannabis-Infused Beer?
Cannabis-Infused beer is brewed with barley, much like traditional beer, and infused with Cannabis oil or THC & CBD oils.
Does Cannabis Beer actually get you high?
Yes and no. Cannabis Beer has the potential to get you high if it contains THC. Cannabis Beers brewed with the marijuana plant will contain THC and will provide the effects of a “very quick” high. However, Cannabis-Infused beers currently on the market can legally only contain CBD which is an ingredient in marijuana that won’t get you high, but will provide calming effects. So, we’ll have to wait before we can get high off a Cannabeer. (Pun most definitely intended.)
What does Cannabis Beer taste like?
According to Dooma Wendschuh, the CEO and co-founder of Province Brands, perfecting the taste of Cannabis Beer was not easy. “The things that we would come up with just tasted horrible,” said Wendschuh. “They tasted like rotten broccoli.”
However, with time and chemistry, Wendschuh was able to describe the tase of Cannabis Beer as “dry, savoury, less sweet than a typical beer flavour.”
Now that you’ve completed your crash course in Cannabis Beer…
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