Cannabis is becoming a culinary ingredient as more states focus on making the drug available for recreational use. Cannabis infused wine is growing in popularity, allowing people to drink their favorite beverage with the addition of pot inside of it. Is it really wine? Will it get you high? What are the benefits? We have all of the answers that you’re probably asking right about now.
What is cannabis infused wine?
Cannabis infused wine is an innovative product that quite a few companies have created now that it’s becoming legal to consume cannabis across the United States.
Rather than choosing red or white wine, you can now choose green wine.
There are a few things that you need to know about this kind of wine. First of all, it’s alcohol-free. It provides an alternative to alcohol, providing you with the various benefits of cannabis without having to worry about a hangover like you would with traditional wine.
Various pairings exist, and California is where most of them are being created. It’s all about pairing the right strain of cannabis with the right grape. Headbead, for example, can be infused with a red blend as a way to alleviate stress. Meanwhile, Sour Diesel can be paired with Chardonnay for a euphoric feeling. Even rose is being paired with different strains to suit a particular mood.
Throughout the United States, you’re only going to find non-alcoholic wines that are infused with cannabis. As the laws change regarding cannabis, California has laws that state that it’s illegal to mix cannabis and alcohol. Alcohol and cannabis cannot be sold within the same product or at the same event or venue. This means that places have to decide what they’re going to sell: alcohol or cannabis. Since the combination can be quite powerful, leaving a person feeling sedated, disoriented, or even numb, it’s no surprise that the US has laws to prevent them from being mixed.
Cannabis is relatively safe, so it’s not capable of the same level of overdose as alcohol. As such, people have chosen to create a nonalcoholic wine that creates the incredible flavor of wine grapes, such as Merlot and Chardonnay. Then, they mix in the cannabis in order to create the “weed and wine” culture that is growing tremendously. There are even supper clubs opening that serve cannabis wine with its meals, offering an extensive cannabis wine menu as opposed to traditional alcoholic wine.
If you head over to the European Union, things will change. There are plenty of reds and whites that are alcoholic and infused with CBD. This means that you can enjoy all of the benefits of wine along with the benefits of cannabis, though it can result in a hangover just as you would expect from drinking a regular bottle of vino.
You have to check the labels to know what you’re getting. You might be getting cannabis, CBD, or THC. Knowing what the wine is infused with will tell you a bit more about what you can expect from drinking it. And as always, your budtender should be able to provide you with some insight as well.
The Benefits of Cannabis Infused Wine
You’re going to find quite a few benefits from drinking cannabis-infused wine. This includes the recreational aspects as well as the physical aspects.
Pairing. You can enjoy some fun pairings with cannabis-infused wines. Just as you might pair wine with cheese, chocolate, or other foods, you can do the same with cannabis strains. Both grapes and cannabis have aromatic compounds known as terpenes. When they’re combined in the same bottle, it can offer you a distinct flavor bouquet and taste profile.
The Effect. If you’re drinking cannabis wine with alcohol, it makes the THC in the cannabis a bit stronger. It can add a cheerful effect to the wine while also ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep.
Another consumption method. It also provides you with another way to consume cannabis, especially if you’re not a fan of smoking it. If you like edibles, you can shake things up periodically by giving the hash brownies a break and reaching for a glass of cannabis wine.
How to Take the DIY Approach to Cannabis Infused Wine
If you can’t find the cannabis-infused wine that you want to drink or you want to have an alcoholic version that you can’t buy in the US, you can choose to take the DIY approach.
The first way is using a “tea bag” method. You can take 20 to 25 grams of your favorite strain of cannabis and create a pouch made from cheesecloth. Before you start wrapping the cannabis, however, you have to decarb the weed. Crumble the weed in tin foil, wrap it up, and place on a baking sheet in a 230-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Then, grind up the buds. Create the “tea bag” and let it soak into a bottle of wine for at least 24 hours in the fridge.
The second way is to make it in a similar way to mulled wine. In a large saucepan, you’ll pour a bottle of wine, grind up your weed and add it to the wine, and mix in some spices. This includes about a quarter teaspoon each of ground cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Also, add in a full peeled orange. This will help to enhance the flavor of the wine and the cannabis. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and allow it to simmer for two hours. Then, strain the wine with cheesecloth to ensure that there’s no spice or bud residue. Enjoy while it’s warm.
Either way, you’re going to have some potent cannabis wine. Be responsible as you sip your drink!
As cannabis becomes more mainstream, it’s going to get incorporated into more things. Now that it has made its way into wine, you can say that you know more about it.
Learn more about the different ways to enjoy cannabis by contacting Euphoria Wellness of Las Vegas today.