Yes, you read this right
There’s been a lot of buzz about pot and wine recently. With the rush to legalize cannabis sweeping through much of the United States, new possibilities have opened up for the plant of 50,000 uses.
Anyone who has visited a weed shop in the US would have seen the myriad of possibilities – weed caramel, weed brownie, weed lollies, weed condoms – but legalization has led to a brand new product: Weed wine.
Weed wine is not wine made exclusively from weed – grapes are still involved – but rather is regular wine that has been infused with weed.
California producing it?
From what we understand, winemakers in California are now making marijuana-infused wine and have been making it for decades on the sly, but only now – with legalization – can it be widely enjoyed.
We learned that singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is a fan, and has appointed herself to the role of spokesperson for the weed-wine industry.
She’s even endorsing a personal vintage, putting her name on the label – although it’s “only available to California residents with a valid cannabis id”.
Melissa Etheridge stated that their process starts with buying juice from a well-known biodynamic vineyard in central California immediately after the grapes are crushed, then transporting it directly back to Molyneux’s home—where she’s got French oak aging barrels waiting, along with pounds of her own homegrown, outdoor, organic cannabis buds that are all harvested, dried, cured, and weighed out in advance, so as to greet the grape juice the moment it arrives.
Be the first to get her Private Reserve Cannabis Infused Wine Tincture Personally Signed by Melissa Etheridge! Click on this link to place your order. Currently only Available to California Residents with a Valid Cannabis ID.
Marijuana wine isn’t new
According to Carl Ruck, professor of classics at Boston University, humans have indeed been putting marijuana and other psychoactive substances into their wine since they began making it thousands of years ago:
Ancient wines were always fortified, like the ‘strong wine’ of the Old Testament, with herbal additives: opium, datura, belladonna, mandrake and henbane.
Common incenses, such as myrrh, ambergris and frankincense are psychotropic; the easy availability and long tradition of cannabis use would have seen it included in the mixtures.
Is in-fusing marijuana and alcohol safe?
However, the one question that most people are asking is if fusing marijuana and alcohol is safe. CBS News tackled this question, reporting that marijuana is a hallucinogen and alcohol is a stimulant initially a potent depressant.
The combination of both of them together may be dangerous because the additive marijuana will likely allow people to consume more alcohol than they normally would, potentially leading to breathing difficulties and low blood pressure. Also, marijuana is a schedule-1 controlled substance with a high potential of abuse in which the Drug Enforcement Administration has not accepted any medical value for treatment in the United States.
Drunk And High
Using alcohol and marijuana at the same time is often referred to as “cross fading.” Some people will mix the two because they enjoy the unique high it gives them. For others, they are already so intoxicated with alcohol that they are no longer making rational decisions. To them, taking a toke of a joint seems like a good idea at the time, although some may regret it later.
The separate effects of alcohol and marijuana use on the body are pretty much fully documented. Not as much is known about the combined effects. According to data fromNortheastern University, these can vary from person to person. Some people can get sick and pass out, and others will say they had the time of their life and can’t wait to do it again next weekend. When used together, the likelihood of having a bad reaction increases significantly, according to the NCPIC. Mixing alcohol with any substance, legal or not, can intensify the side effects and create negative interactions.
Still, weed-infused wine sounds like an interesting concept especially for those who love to drink and love to toke up. With the information provided in the article above, what do you think about California vineyard’s new product? Would you try out the new infusion of two different drugs out of curiosity?
Let us know your thoughts on this topic.
By: Uncorked Monthly