Enjoy a Buzz Without the Booze This St. Patrick’s Day

Break out the Lucky Charms, salute your shamrock and sing classic folk songs about the “aul country” while wiping away a tear—St. Patrick’s Day is here. If you’re not au fait with the meaning behind the March 17 holiday, here’s a quick Cliff’s Notes version. The day commemorates the famed patron Saint of Ireland, Patrick, who notably brought Christianity to Ireland and, according to legend, drove the snakes out of Ireland.

Even if you’re not from the Emerald Isle by birthright, you can still embrace the Irish spirit and celebrate all things Irish, which basically means drinking Guinness, green beer, or whiskey shooters. But if your vibe is more Emerald Triangle than Emerald Isle, you might want to skip the booze and try a cannabis-infused beverage instead.

The cannabis-infused beverages category is surging: according to Brightfield Group, the THC-infused beverages market will account for $1 billion in US sales by 2025. It’s easy to see why the relatively nascent vertical is experiencing such growth. Infused drinks offer a delicious replacement for alcohol and the associated adverse effects while still having access to the same social experience as popping a few cold ones—without the concern of over-consuming. They bridge the gap between the expected and the unexpected, offering precise doses to give consistent, predictable effects instead of surprise drunkenness. The best part? No hangover.

Whatever your tipple taste preference, be it flavored seltzers, mocktails, or tonics, why not swap for the sauce for these five deliciously effective, effervescent and better-for-you beverages this St Paddy’s Day.

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Pure Beauty: Little Strong Drink

First up, it’s a beverage that really packs a punch. Little in name only, the Little Strong Drink is made from live resin and squeezes 100mg of THC into only 2oz. The preserved terpene profile of the extracts and Concord grapes grown in the Yakima Valley make this deliciously aromatic drink perfect for sipping straight or mixing into other beverages like soda or mocktails. Other ingredients of note include sustainably grown Ashwagandha root, which helps to relieve stress and strengthen adrenal wellness. It’s also free from nasty artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and added sweeteners.

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Cann Social Tonics

With a slew of celebrity fans, including Kate Hudson, Rosario Dawson and Gwyneth Paltrow, Cann social tonics offer the perfect dose to get you in the mood for fun, without altering your mind. Cann has relaunched its delicious Ginger Lemongrass seasonal flavor just in time for St Patrick’s Day. With a microdose of 2mg of THC and 4mg of CBD to give you a relaxed-yet-sociable buzz plus only 35 calories, Cann’s lightly carbonated beverages are also available in Cranberry Sage, Lemon Lavender, Grapefruit Rosemary, and Blood Orange Cardamom flavors and are made with all-natural ingredients.

Flora Hemp Spirits
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Flora Hemp Spirits

The phrase “drink to good health” takes on a new meaning with Flora Hemp Spirits, the world’s first alcohol-free, cannabinoid-based spirits made using all-natural ingredients while containing zero sugar and zero calories. This innovative range provides a delicious alternative to booze while letting you unwind with a mild buzz. Perfect for the “sober curious,” Flora Spirits are available in three options: Essence (CBD), delta-8, and pre-mixed Passion Fruit “Margarita,” which contains 5MG of delta-8 THC and 10MG of CBD in each can. Simply swap out gin or vodka with Flora’s Essence or delta-8 spirits to create delicious mocktails. 

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Brought to you by the Stanley Brothers, the Colorado-based family known for their game-changing Charlotte’s Web CBD oil, ReCreate beverages are among the most advanced highs you can buy. The fast-acting formulations include full-spectrum extracts and efficacious botanical adaptogens like Yerba Mate to help uplift your energy levels. There are three flavor options available as a 2.5 mg CBD/2.5 mg THC microdose formula: Blueberry Mint Acai, Cucumber Mint, and Mango Hibiscus. For those wanting a heavier-hitting dose, Cucumber Mint and Mango Hibiscus are available in an extra-strength 10 mg CBD/10 mg THC option that will uplift you in a delicious, refreshing way.

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Psychedelic Water

Combining a stimulating buzz with a soothing calm to sharpen focus while reducing anxiety, Psychedelic Water is truly perfect for people engaged in creative or stressful work where energy and a positive mentality are essential. The non-alcoholic psychedelic beverage is made from kava, damiana leaf extract and green tea leaf extract, a trio of ingredients chosen to replicate the euphoria-inducing effects of psychedelics without the hallucinations. Available in for Blackberry + Yuzu, Hibiscus + Lime, Oolong + Orange Blossom and Prickly Pear, Psychedelic Water produces a clean and healthy buzz that’s Kosher, non-alcoholic, free of added sugars and low in calories.

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Maximize Dry January with Daytrip CBD Beverages

Do you feel like you overindulged over the holiday season?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. After all the festivities of the Christmas and
New Year’s period, some people decide to commit to a month of sobriety,
otherwise known as ‘Dry January.’

Researchers at the University of Sussex have been studying Dry January since 2014. They have discovered that participants
can expect to have better health – and a healthier bank balance.

But fear not! Dry January doesn’t mean forgoing all things
deliciously effervescent. In fact, why not use this opportunity to embark on a
new facet of your wellness journey by swapping out sugary sodas with sugar-free
CBD beverages.

Daytrip craft natural, premium 100% water-soluble CBD drinks
that absorb quickly into the body to maximize the cannabinoid’s
bioavailability. CBD is an
oil-based product, so when the technology doesn’t create a fully water-soluble
CBD, the end product can’t effectively absorb into the body.

For this reason, Daytrip is different from other CBD drink
options. The company has developed proprietary Foliole Nexus Technology,
leveraging high-frequency energy to minimize the hemp-derived CBD’s particle
size, enabling the cannabinoid to provide a near-instant effect and deliver
consistent results.

Then, they infuse CBD into sparkling water and a botanical terpene profile to create four delicious flavors — cherry, coconut pineapple, lemon lime and tangerine — that can be used to create CBD cocktails that promote a happy effervescent feeling.

The Daytripper

  • 3/4 cup lemon lime Daytrip CBD sparkling water
  • Ginger – muddled
  • ¼ cup peach nectar
  • 1 lemon wedge

Combine all ingredients in a glass and garnish with lemon and a ginger shaving.

The Daytripper

The Bubbly Brunch

  • 1/2 cup Tangerine Daytrip CBD Sparkling Water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 TBSP elderflower syrup
  • 1 lime wedge squeezed into glass

Combine all ingredients in a glass.

The Fiesta

  • 2 oz Cherry Daytrip CBD Sparkling Water
  • 1.5 oz tequila 
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice

Combine all ingredients in a glass and garnish with cherries and orange slices.

The Fiesta

Endless Summer

  • ½ can Coconut Pineapple Daytrip CBD Sparkling
  • 1 shot clear rum
  • 2 slices of fresh pineapple Ice

Muddle one slice of pineapple and pour in Daytrip Coconut
Pineapple, rum and ice. Garnish with the second pineapple slice

Firmly rooted in California culture, Daytrip embraces all
that the Golden State represents; getting away from the grind and sharing good

Whether you’re at the beach, on the slopes, or simply in your own back yard, Daytrip wants to help you maximize your enjoyment. Use code DRYJAN to save 20% off your purchase.

Daytrip CBD beverages are also available at the Cannabis Now retail store in Los Angeles.

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What’s the Deal with CBD Water?

The list of CBD products on the market today is seemingly endless. There are CBD oil tinctures in a range of flavors, CBD vape juices, CBD gummy bears and even CBD for pets. But what about CBD water? Now there’s an idea.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound in cannabis and hemp that’s getting a lot of attention lately. The attention is generally very positive; whether it be from the media or medical professionals, and user feedback is also pretty good. CBD could treat a range of ailments and issues like insomnia, anxiety, and depression, and pain, to name a few. 

Cannabidiol, unlike THC, is a cannabinoid inside hemp that makes people feel relaxed, calm, and healthy but without the high or disorienting sensations that cannabis is known for. Having been discovered and isolated relatively recently, CBD is the latest wonder supplement in the alternative medicine world. It’s legal in many states and also in some countries in Europe and is sold online and at health stores and other retail outlets.

While many people like to take CBD in oil form, under the tongue or in food, others prefer to smoke or vape CBD flowers or CBD vape juice. This is due to it entering the bloodstream immediately via the lungs. Ideal for those needing rapid relief from their symptoms. Many people who don’t suffer from anything specific also use CBD, simply by incorporating it into their everyday lives in one way or another. That’s why CBD water is the latest thing (in places where CBD’s legal), and there are those out there who swear by it.

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CBD Living Water is one of the best known brands on the market

While the jury is still out on the real medicinal benefits of CBD, at least officially, there are clinical studies and research papers which conclude that CBD is an excellent thing for pain, anxiety and other conditions. CBD can also be infused into water, with manufacturers claiming it offers a bunch of health and well-being benefits.

To avoid confusion, it’s worth noting that CBD water does not contain high concentrations of CBD like many other products on the market. It’s more of a gimmick than a real health solution, although it could be beneficial as part of an ongoing wellness regimen. With only around a few milligrams of CBD in each bottle of water, most people will feel no effects at all from CBD water.

CBD water manufacturers claim that due to unique nanotechnology, less CBD equates to the same as a potent tincture of CBD oil. They claim that their proprietary nanotechnology decreases the size of the CBD particles, giving your body the ability to absorb it faster and more effectively. The medical research is thin on the ground for now though, and there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that nanoparticles are more effective.

The other issue is that CBD is unstable when exposed to things like light and air. That fact makes CBD water also questionable for several reasons, especially if it sits a store fridge or shelf for long periods. Furthermore, as soon as a bottle of CBD water is opened and exposed to the elements, the cannabinoid content immediately starts to degrade.

The only viable way to sell CBD water, in reality, is to market it in opaque bottles. This is an issue for the industry as water almost always comes in transparent glass or plastic bottles. In a clear bottle, CBD will break down from the get-go, and if it’s purchased weeks or months later, there could be almost zero left CBD inside. Furthermore, to date, CBD water is oppressively expensive for most people. Coming in at around $6 for a small bottle, CBD water is way more pricey than other forms of CBD; if it’s just the CBD you’re after.

If you’re into CBD and money is no object, it’s a great way to get that little extra and to hydrate at the same time. Always read the label and ensure that the CBD you purchase comes from a safe a reputable source and is backed by third-party lab tests for peace of mind.

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