The craft beer renaissance and the legalization movement are a match made in heaven. A number of West Coast breweries, big and small, are releasing cannabinoid-infused beers, despite its legal grey area. Can’t bring yourself to choose between a joint or a pint? You don’t have to with these cannabis-infused beers and ciders.
Coalition Brewing Company
Kylie Hoyt and Elan Walsky of Oregon-based Coalition Brewing are leading the charge when it comes to weed-infused beer in Oregon. They’ve married CBD and hops—”kissing cousins,” as they put it—to create seasonal CBD beers. Currently, you can buy Two Flowers IPA and Herbs of a Feather, which Mr. Walsky described to High Times as a “lemon and basil sour CBD beer.”
Last winter, you could find Special Brownies, a chocolate milk stout with CBD. Coalition Brewing is planning the release of another CBD and terpene-infused beer that will be called Certified.
Elan Walsky has a background in science and a lifelong passion for beer and marijuana. He explained, “The original impetus for brewing the beer was to show the natural synergy that exists between hops and hemp. They’re both in the family Cannabaceae and, in fact, they’re two of the most closely related plants, genetically speaking, in that family.”
Long Trail Brewing
This Vermont brewery is experimenting with CBD-infusions, to great success. Specifically, they’ve partnered with local CBD-rich hemp producer, Luce Farm. Long Trail Brewing started off by selling the farm’s CBD-infused honey with their cheese plates.
Next, they took a different approach. Joe Pimentel, who runs Luce Farm, told High Times, “We got a call three days later saying ‘hey, why don’t we try brewing a beer with it?’ It sounded like a great idea.”
Since then, this Bridgewater Corners brewpub has released two batches of Long Trail’s Honey-Ginger IPA. Eventually, they began offering a straight-up IPA called the Medicator. Communications Manager Drew Vetere told High Times, “In its most recent iteration, Medicator featured hemp oil and terpenes which delivered the weed-like character to the beer.”
Unfortunately, Vetere reports that they’ve had to stop brewing infused-beer, at least for the time being. Long Trail Brewing remains hopeful that, one day soon, they’ll be able to offer it again.
This Colorado-based brewery has created quite the stir, even by Colorado standards. Last year, Keith Villa, the brewmaster who famously invented Blue Moon beer, left a 30-year career at MillerCoors to launch Ceria, with his wife Jodi as CEO, and brew THC-infused beer.
Not only will this non-alcoholic beer get you ‘high’, but you’ll be able to choose which kind of high you’d like to experience. Working with research company Ebbu, Villa explained to us that they use CBD, THC and other cannabinoids to achieve specific results.
CERIA will be releasing three beers sometime between Thanksgiving and New Years. The first will be a light American lager with a low level of THC. This beer will be aimed at drinkers who want to “have as many as those as they would a regular beer with alcohol,” Villa says.
The second type will be a Belgian style wheat ale with higher THC content, an estimated 6 to 10 mg of THC per serving. According to Villa, “That one will have the bliss sensation.”
An IPA will be Ceria’s third release. It will contain between 10 and 15 mg of THC per serving. All Ceria’s brews will be clearly labeled, from lower strength with a green marijuana leaf label to more potent options will a black one.
Oregon-based Xylem Cider offers a unique array of weekly changing terpene-brewed ciders. Check out the aptly-named INDICAtion, Hashtag, Joint Custody and Blunt Tool, all either on the menu right now or coming in the upcoming weeks.
Co-founder Nick Fillis loves cider and the brewing process. “You could just call us fermentation enthusiasts,” he related to High Times. “Pickles, salami, cheese, beer, cider, wine, meat—you name it. Fermentation has been a passion for us.”
Xylem Cider teamed up with True Terpenes, an FDA-approved company that sources the terpenes found in cannabis from other plants. “What we’re doing is we’re using terpenes to mimic that flavor and aroma of cannabis plants without the THC,” Fillis explained. Xylem Ciders has completely replaced hops with terpenes.
Though Xylem Cider has only been open for four months, they have big plans. In addition to selling their cider to 50 Oregon-based restaurants and bars, they’re going to start canning some of their seasonal ciders. And as of next month, you can sign up for their monthly subscription plan.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas has taprooms in Chicago, Seattle and their home base of Petaluma, California. In addition to their beer staples, the California brewery also ventured into the realm of infused-beer.
Though they haven’t worked with CBD, Lagunitas released SuperCritical, an ale brewed with terpene oil from absoluteXtracts in Sonoma, California. In tandem, absoluteXtracts sells cannabis and hops vape cartridges. One is IPA style, while the other is more citrusy.
A spokesperson for absoluteXtracts explained to us, “The beer was a limited-edition release from Lagunitas and is no longer available. But we have more planned with Lagunitas in the future!”
You can find SuperCritical vape cartridges at a number of Cali-based dispensaries. Unlike the beer, these contain a lot of THC.
Happy Apple Cider
Washington State-based Happy Apple Cider combines home-grown apples with the best quality Northwest weed. They also emphasize using all natural ingredients and forsake all artificial coloring and flavors.
They offer three different types: 5mg, 10mg and 100 mg of THC per 12 ounces, none of which contain alcohol.
And for those who aren’t a fan of the flavor of weed, rest assured that you won’t taste it at all. Happy Apple Cider uses Sōrse, a company that creates cannabis emulsion without its taste or scent.
You can find Happy Apple Cider at dozens of dispensaries across Washington.
In case you hadn’t heard, Run the Jewels has been brewing beer. Partnering with Interboro Brewing out of Brooklyn, Run the Jewels released “Stay Gold” IPA last year. Next, they released The Panther Like a Panther Stout and Legend Has It, a pilsner. Later this year, Double Down IPA will hit stores.
Until then, beer lovers can lust after Legend Has It, to which they added CBD. This drink was only available in Europe on 4/20. Though this was a limited time run, Run the Jewels is expanding their beer line. To date, they’ve worked with six breweries across the U.S. and Europe.
They might run out of songs to name their beers after.
Dads and Dudes Breweria
“I decided to team up with my father who always wanted to do restaurants,” said Co-Founder Mason Hembree to High Times. Together, Mason and his father Thomas built a brewery slash pizza joint in Aurora, Colorado. “We were the first brewery to produce a high CBD hemp infused beer back in 2015,” he explained.
A year later, Dads and Dudes Breweria made history when they received formula approval for a beer that infuses cannabinoids. This beer was named General Washington’s Secret Stash, paying homage to the first president’s hemp farming habit. Dads and Dudes also brewed their beer from industrial hemp.
Today, they offer a medley of classic bar food, pizza and pasta that cater to the lit. Pineapple Express 420 pizza and the Munchies are only three of Dads and Dudes 420-friendly menu options. “We’re the trademark owners of the 420 pizza,” Hembree said. Despite their prohibition-inspired names, these menu options do not contain marijuana.
This father-son duo places an emphasis on teaching their customers in suburban Colorado about weed and hemp. Hembree remarked, “We’re slowly normalizing it by bringing in those names and explaining what they are.”
New Belgium is going back to its Colorado roots with the Hemperor IPA (which they’ve dubbed an HPA). This light IPA combines hemp hearts with dry hops. Technically, it does not contain terpenes from hemp. Rather, brewers use other components of the plant that mimic the flavors of hemp terpenes. There is neither CBD or THC in the Hemperor IPA.
Getting this beer to market wasn’t an easy road for New Belgium. A press release quotes Research and Development Brewer, Ross Koenigs, who says, “This beer has been over two years in the making, most of the time spent learning and reacting to laws that really suppress this crop’s usage.”
Due to restrictions on industrial hemp, you can’t find The Hemperor in Kansas.
Nowadays, The Hemperor had led New Belgium to advocate for hemp legalization. For each barrel of The Hemperor sold, New Belgium donates to the federal hemp legalization effort.
Brewmaster Koenig looks forward to the day when hemp brewing is federally legal. “One day we can brew The Hemperor HPA with hemp flowers and leaves as we originally envisioned,” he hopes.
There has been a lot of talk about marijuana antagonizing the liquor industry. But these CBD, THC and terpene infusions show us that you don’t have to pick a side. For health nuts, beer nerds and potheads alike, infused beer is a dream come true. Sláinte!
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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.
2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?
The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.
5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?
We feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.
6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?
Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.
7. What is the best method of use?
For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.
8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?
There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.
9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?
Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative side effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.
10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?
As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.
When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.
The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.
For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.
THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?
Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.
13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?
No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.
We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor there, Cannawell.
14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?
Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†
Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.
15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?
We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. We also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.
16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?
CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.
Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.