THC infused drinks are any drink that has had consumable THC added to it. This has been an increasingly growing part of the cannabis market over the last few years and for good reason. Infusing THC into drinks had been extremely difficult in prior decades as THC is a fat-soluble substance. Fat and water don’t mix well and left the consistency and flavor of early drink options lackluster. However, weed science is a beautiful thing and within the last few years the community created a process to make THC water soluble. Consistency and flavor improved, and the market started to boom. More and more cannacurious people are starting to drink THC more than ever before. Drinking THC eliminates the social stigma of smoking while still providing the desired effect and is an inconspicuous way of intaking THC in social settings where you might not want that fact to be advertised.
So, why are THC drinks gaining popularity so rapidly?
1. Everyone drinks something throughout their day and with water-soluble THC, any drink can be infused. That makes it quite possibly the most convenient way to intake THC.
2. Drinking is more socially accepted than smoking. That is just a fact. You are far more likely to be judged for lighting up a joint than you are takin a sip of tea. Even if you are not an alcohol drinker you can sit back and have a cocktail with friends instead of having to go outside every so often to puff.
3. It’s easier to control your dosage while drinking THC than it is while smoking THC. Which is why it’s so easy to go from cannacurious to cannaconsumer!
In summation, THC-infused drinks are easy to fit in to your daily schedule, they are less stigmatized, and they are easier to dose.
What you need to know about water-soluble THC.
Water-soluble THC is relatively new to the cannabis market and is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Before its invention, THC edibles were made with oil-soluble THC which left onset time unpredictable and dosage sometimes harder to control for the novice user. Without going all science geek, here are the things you need to know about water-soluble THC vs oil-soluble THC.
Absorption Rate is Higher. The bodies absorption rate of oil-soluble THC is 30%. Whereas the body’s absorption rate is 80% with water-soluble THC. Rather than being broken down by the stomach to be processed by the liver, water-soluble THC more efficiently soaks into your stomach lining when broken down.
Reduced Onset Times. As water-soluble THC is more efficiently absorbed, the onset time is naturally reduced. No more sitting around waiting for something to happen. Water soluble THC onset time is 10-15 minutes.
Potency Increase. With an 80% absorption rate, potency is also increased to around slightly over double, so tread lightly. If you normally take 10mg, start at 5mg.
Shorter Duration. As the body processes water-soluble THC very quickly, it also shortens the duration. In most cases, this is a wonderful thing. It makes it easy to zone in on what dosage is right for you and how often you can take those doses.
But Edible THC Doesn’t Affect me. This is the real game changer. Most people who want to enjoy edible THC but can’t, now can! Enzyme factors in the liver are the primary cause that some have never experienced edible THC. Since water-soluble THC isn’t processed by the liver, they can now take the ride they’ve always wanted.
How to figure out the right dosage for you
Water soluble THC should be approached with care until you find the correct dosage for you. The standard beginner’s dosage is 5mg. More seasoned consumers are still cautioned to start smaller than their general dosage due to the quicker absorption rate of water soluble THC. Make sure to review your specific cannadrink as each is made differently!
Try for yourself!
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