07 Aug What is Cannabis Wine?
There are so many CBD products on the market that you can take your pick. From CBD edibles to vape juice, to cannabis wine, the possibilities are literally endless. For those who prefer to get their CBD in food or beverages, there are so many choices available. Products that seem to go exceptionally well together are cannabis and chocolate, and cannabis and wine. Both chocolate and wine contain resveratrol, an antioxidant that can help lower high blood pressure, relieve oxidative stress, and a host of other benefits.
Cannabis wine is not really a new idea, people have been doing this for centuries. Not necessarily with cannabis specifically but mulled wine, as it was called, is wine that has been heated and infused with herbs, spices, citrus peels, and other flavorful ingredients to create a delicious flavorful beverage. Cannabis has been around for a long time as well and was probably called something else but no doubt went into this wine concoction as well. This was a popular practice in Europe during the Middle Ages. Since cannabis is becoming legal in more states, it’s not surprising that a number of celebrities and media stars are coming out with their own cannabis products. Melissa Etheridge has her own cannabis wine, “Know Label” wine. Enjoying your cannabis and wine together is a great way to relax at the end of a long day and most of the alcohol has been removed during the infusion process so you just get a nice relaxing feeling instead of a double whammy.
What are the Benefits of Cannabis Wine?
Cannabis and grapes both contain terpenes, which is the substance that gives it flavor and aroma. These two flavors together make an interesting combination. The alcohol in the wine boosts the potency of the cannabis to make a nice little “nightcap” before crawling into bed. Cannabis wine and other CBD edibles make a nice alternative for people who don’t like to smoke. They consider it to be too messy, or they simply don’t like the lingering smell of cannabis after smoking. They would rather get their CBD in brownies, cookies, gummies, chocolate drops, ice cream, and soda. Why cannabis wine? Because it has been long held as a beverage used for celebrations and special events. It’s often the beverage of choice at social gatherings along with beer and cocktails. And the health benefits of wine are well-known. These two ingredients together offer benefits to the body and mind all in one product.
If you wanted to begin using cannabis, a glass of wine every night before bed would be a good way to get started. CBD edibles can take 2 hours to feel the effects because it has to travel through the stomach where it is metabolized by the liver. Cannabis wine, however, is absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth and then travels to the stomach so you feel the effects much sooner, in as little as 15 minutes after drinking. Drinking cannabis-infused beverages and vaping CBD are two of the fastest methods of absorption, as well as smoking cannabis directly.
How are Cannabis-Infused Beverages Made?
When it comes to making infused drinks, the liquid itself may go through several changes. Depending on the company making the wine, it may contain more or less alcohol to THC ratio. If the wine is heated at all, some of the alcohol will evaporate leaving a stronger flavor but less potency. The grapes or wine is often sourced from Napa Valley, California which is the origin of many great wines. The cannabis is sourced from quality farms in Colorado, Oregon, and California. These ingredients are then blended with other flavors to improve the taste of the final product such as citrus, spices like cardamom and cloves, and vanilla.
Where Can You Find Cannabis Wine?
If you want to try some cannabis wine there are some good places to get some. Melissa Etheridge “Know Label” wine, and many others are available online at local establishments in states where it is legal.
Some other cannabis brands include Canna Vines, Mary Jane Wines, Rebel Coast Winery, Saka are a few names that produce good products. Rebel Coast and Saka wines have low alcohol levels which is a requirement in certain states. These products can all be purchased from their websites. In ancient times the combination of wine and cannabis were unregulated but modern-day versions have to comply with state and federal mandates. Current regulations prohibit the mixing of cannabis and alcohol, which is why many cannabis beverages have been dealcoholized through heat and evaporation. Some state regulations won’t allow it to be labeled as “wine” on the packaging or in marketing campaigns. The cannabis industry still has a long way to go until it is legal everywhere and manufacturers of products like these have to jump through hoops to bring their products to market. One day this process will be a lot easier.