foodbeast.com – As California celebrates its 6-month legalized cannabis anniversary, a new industry of THC and CBD-infused drinks, along with an abundance of other cannabis-infused products are finding their way into mainstream society.
Aside from getting high, canna-connoisseurs have discovered that CBD — the acronym for a non-psychoactive molecule found in cannabis, cannabidiol — has a special place in the health and wellness scene, and could potentially be on the forefront of being recognized as a legitimate medicine.
Thanks to anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, CBD-infused drinks can provide a relaxing, subliminal buzz, and are also becoming the go-to alternatives for cannabis users looking to experiment, without dealing with the mind-altering effects that come with THC.
Although legal gray areas exist pretty much everywhere cannabis does, if you are of age or someone you know that is older than 21, has been curious about trying a CBD-infused drink, but want to avoid any awkwardness or confusion at a marijuana collective — here are some you can buy right now, without setting foot in a dispensary.
Kickback Cold Brew Coffee
A few bottles of Kickback Cold brew Coffee ended up at the FOODBEAST offices a few months back. Made with CBD and hemp oil, this cold brew is a tasty way to take off the edge. Some cold brew mixtures can be an easy way to jump-start your mornings or afternoon routine, but most likely end in a jittery crash. Adding CBD to this tasty mixture helped ease after-coffee anxiety and prevented a harsh crash.
Check out the Matcha-cha flavor, made with almond milk and monk fruit for an earthy, yet sweet aftertaste.
Where to buy: Use the store locator feature on Kickback’s website to find some near you.
‘Sour T-iesel’ Cocktail
Thanks to these CBD-infused drinks, like the, “Stony Negroni” and “Rolled Fashion,” this plant-based Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles is becoming a landmark for Instagram worthy cocktails.
Gracias Madre, located on the ever-hip Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, also serves up the “Sour T-iesel,” a drink named after the Sour Diesel cannabis strain. Crowned with a green cannabis leaf shape outlined in matcha powder, this mixture of tequila blanco, lime, agave, mint, aquafaba, and cannabinoids will cost you about $20.
Vybes Mind + Body Function
A few FOODBEAST staffers came up with a CBD-infused drink recipe that became an impromptu mixer at a networking event for Om Nom Organics in Downtown Los Angeles.
The bottled CBD-infused drink was Vybes Mind + Body Function, a smooth, organic tea-like beverage made with 15mg of hemp CBD. The Blueberry Mint flavor was refreshing with vodka and soda water.