Weed and Beer: A fusion of holistic and ale. Everyone of us loves a good beer. Now, consider returning home from a long day. You pop open a cold beer. You sit down in front of your TV and take a sip of that beer, but that first sip transports you to a euphoric mood concluding the day in a calm, soothing state of being.. That’s a weed infused beer you got there!

What are marijuana infused beers?

Hemp Infused Beer

Hemp beer is a beer that utilizes hemp plant parts in the flavoring process. It’s not brewed with hemp, but it does use natural oils from the plant to add complexity to the flavor. Terpenes are natural oils found in various plants, including citrus fruits and pine trees. Terpenes are responsible for cannabis’s “dank” aroma and flavor.

Because hemp terpenes are non-psychoactive, there’s no need to be concerned about catching a cross fade while sipping. It still contains alcohol, which is psychoactive, and many brands of hemp beer are strong IPAs, so keep that in mind when drinking.

CBD Infused Beer

CBD-infused beer is a non-alcoholic beer brewed with cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-psychoactive component found in marijuana. To put it another way, it does not get someone high but rather it gives the opposite effect— making the drinker feel more relaxed. A slight buzz may be felt upon drinking it, but there will be no effect on your cognitive function from the CBD.

THC Infused Beer

As we all know, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes “the high”. Because of that, it is currently illegal to add THC to any alcoholic beverage under current federal law.

Weed and Beer: Are they legal?

Because the DEA still considers CBD to be a schedule 1 drug, brewing beer or other alcoholic beverages with CBD can be difficult. As a result, breweries have had to cancel CBD-infused beers in the past.

However, this simply means that breweries have adapted. In the United States, many CBD-infused beers contain little to no alcohol.

In this still-emerging market, enterprising companies have developed other high-quality non-alcoholic beverages containing CBD, such as seltzers, still waters, and even sparkling tea and juice.

Does it get you high?

The ingredients for commercially available brands are typically derived from the hemp plant, which has low THC and CBD levels, so the ‘cannabis’ in the brew influences little more than the consumer’s preference. Verdict: This will not get you stoned, but it will get you drunk if you drink enough of it! Some hemp beers are alcohol free for those that don’t want to take a chance.

Weed and Beer: What does weed infused beer taste like?

Cannabis beers, like all beers, vary in flavor from brewery to brewery, but most have an almost savory, dry flavor that is less sweet than traditional beers. Some people describe hemp beers as smelling like “bong water” but tasting sweet and hoppy.

Everything is dependent on the recipe. Hemp can be used to flavor wheat ales, brown ales, IPAs, and other beers. It also depends on the concentration of terpenes used and the plant strain. In general, hemp seed terpenes impart a “dank” and piney flavor or aroma to beer.

As with many other things, different people will have different reactions to hemp brews.

Can you get weed infused beer in the West?

Since the legalization of marijuana in the west coast, there have been a few places where you can buy weed-infused beer. Brewers under  the Big Sky use Montana-grown barley and Canadian-grown industrial hemp, resulting in a smooth, slightly nutty light ale. 

If you are planning a trip to the west coast for some cannabis adventure, here are some of the places you can check for an ice cold hemp beer.

KettleHouse Brewing Co

KettleHouse Brewing Co, based in Missoula, Montana, provides a hemp beer option. Fresh Bongwater Hemp Pale Ale is made with industrial hemp grown in Canada and caramel malts for sweetness.

Hemperor beer

Colorado is an ideal location for a hemp beer, home of New Belgium’s Hemperor. The brewery spent two years perfecting the recipe for a good cannabis aroma by using terpenes from hemp seed hearts. It’s available in beer specialty shops as well as some stores like Target across the country.

Humboldt Brewing Co

A cannabis adventure would be incomplete without a visit to the West Coast. Humboldt Brewing Company in California’s Hemp Ale entices hemp enthusiasts.

To give the ale a familiar herby flavor, they use toasted hemp seeds in their recipe. In 2014, it also won an award at the Great International Beer & Cider Competition.

Craft Beer and Craft Cannabis: A power couple!

What is Craft Beer?

Craft beer is made with premium ingredients. Craft brewers go to great lengths to find the best hops, malt, and yeast for their beers. This produces a more flavorful and complex beer than a regular, mass-produced beer. Craft brewers create one-of-a-kind and delicious beers using century-old techniques. Most regular beers, on the other hand, are made using modern brewing methods, which often results in a more bland and uniform taste.

What is Craft Cannabis?

Craft cannabis is a type of marijuana that uses superior cultivation techniques and nutrients to produce a fresh product, similar to craft coffee, premium wine, and organic food. Also, craft cannabis emphasis on quality over quantity. Furthermore, craft operations prioritize reducing environmental harm and maintaining natural and organic practices.

Why put them together?

So why not? Hemp-infused beers are sweeping the market, and this is an excellent opportunity to promote a holistic and organic product to the community. Craft beer and cannabis are both high-quality products. They both produce a distinct aroma and flavor that sends you up and down. And combining them will result in the best high-quality beer we could ever imagine.

Weed and Beer: Is it the future for beers?

The fact that most cannabis-infused beers are alcohol-free is a big plus. That could mean a clearer head with no hangover effects associated with regular beers the next day! They are also lower in calories than traditional beers. 

As a result, hemp beer is more popular in states where marijuana is already legal, such as Montana and states on the West Coast. Cannabis legislation that allows for product growth appears to be the general trend, and we can expect to see more breweries introduce hemp beers in the future.

While cannabis-infused beers may not yet pose a threat to traditional beers, there may be some health and social advantages to choosing “weed beer” over an alcoholic beverage. It will be interesting to see what happens in the industry over the next few months.

Live well, live holistic!