The popularity of pot and wine has been growing recently, as people are having a great time combining these two psychoactive substances—alcohol and cannabis—in one formulation.
In California, cold-pressed weed wine is now a thing. It doesn’t have a psychotropic effect akin to smoking weed, but the marijuana acts like an herb that adds depth of flavor and structure to the wine.
For Lisa Molyneux, founder of marijuana dispensary Greenway in California, there’s no rule against making cannabis consumption delicious and sophisticated. “Many years ago, I tried cannabis-infused wine that a winemaking friend of mine made for his own personal consumption and I loved it. I got the recipe from him and I started working on my own batch seven years ago,” she said.
She first developed cannabis wine for personal consumption, but it soon became a secret cult favorite among California’s in-the-know cannabis users. But it is also beneficial to those who are looking to take advantage of the medical benefits of marijuana.
“I truly believe that a glass of wine a day can be medicinal, too,” explained Molyneux. “Once I got clearance from my legal team and was able to sell wine tincture at Greenway, I heard from a lot of wine-loving customers that two ounces of the tincture was all they needed to get the relaxing effects of wine. Ironically, my wine tincture is probably helping people drink and smoke less!”
Since Greenway caters to both medicinal and recreational marijuana users, Molyneux’s cannabis products also come in different forms, including edibles, concentrates, balms, and capsules.
Getting high even way back when
But combining marijuana with wine is hardly a new thing.
Records show that marijuana was being used for its medicinal purposes way back 28th century BC. But the very first evidence of weed wine came from second century China, when Hua T’o, the founder of Chinese surgery used wine fortified with cannabis resin to make surgery a bit less painful.
Marijuana wine is also part of various religious practices, like early Christians and participants in the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Just a decade ago, archaeologists discovered a personal wine cellar in a palace in northern Israel that dates back to 1700 BC. It had a personal stash of more than 500 gallons of wine infused with honey, cinnamon, mint, and cannabis.
“Cannabis would be one of the less dangerous additives,” said Carl Ruck, a professor of classical studies at Boston University. “One with salamander venom is marketed in the Balkans. Modern Greek retsina is fortified with toxic terpenes.”
Care for some weed beer?
After re-introducing pot wine to the marijuana industry, Molyneux is now working on a new pet project: cannabis beer.
“So far, I’ve made an IPA and a Kolsh, both were incredible,” she said. “Of course, I am only making them in 40-bottle batches and everyone’s mad at me for not making a larger sampling. As soon as it goes through corporate, I should have some on the shelf.”
Many recipes on how to make pot wine or beer is available online for those who love to DIY. Molyneux thinks that this could be a start in making marijuana a regular herb that enhances drink flavors. She said, “It really is just a matter of time I think before other makers around the country will be finding ways to get wine and beer tinctures on the market. It will be good for everybody.”
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