There are now 8 U.S. states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and more than half of the country has legalized the plant for medical use. With legalization on the rise, restaurant and bar operators are encouraged to learn how cannabis can enhance their menus.
Leafly, the largest cannabis website in the world, just released a list of ten beverages that can be enhanced by cannabis tinctures.
What are cannabis tinctures?
A tincture, in this case, is an alcoholic extract of plant material. To qualify as a tincture, a solution should have an ethanol percentage of at least 25-60%. A tincture of cannabis is an alcoholic extraction of cannabis, which is sometimes known as “green dragon.”
Once made into a solution, tinctures can be easily added to a number of beverages to induce a high not attained by alcoholic beverages.
Top beverages include coffees, hot chocolates, and teas, though beverages like smoothies and bubble tea also make the list. See below for a couple excerpts from Leafly.
“1. Coffee - Cannabis and coffee are old companions in the Pacific Northwest, with the combination often affectionately referred to as a “Seattle Speedball.” Caffeine can help counteract the somewhat drowsy effects of cannabis, but beware, as the jolt of energy from caffeine in conjunction with some strong sativa can be overstimulating for some."
“2. Tea - Tea is enjoyed and consumed for a variety of personal and medicinal reasons. By design, tea is comprised of an assortment of botanical ingredients that are dried and combined to create certain flavors and aromas. People also drink it for a variety of health reasons, such as ginger or mint tea for digestion, chamomile for sleep, black tea for energy and alertness, or green tea for antioxidants.
While THC is not water-soluble, a tincture will still swirl about in your hot, brewed concoction and add a little something special to your tea of choice.”
Read the full list here for more beverages on your menu that could benefit from a drop or two and let us know how you’re working cannabis into your operations.