Cannabis Infused Beverages
Cannabis 2.0 & Ontario
Cannabis beverages were introduced into the Ontario recreational cannabis market October 17th, 2019. Cannabis beverages come in many flavours and varieties including sparkling and flat waters, ready made teas, tea bags and dissolvable crystals.
Cannabis infused beverages are available in a variety of strengths, currently up to 10mg of THC and 20mg of CBD. There are varying combinations of THC:CBD available to consumers as well.
Beverages make it convenient to consume a cannabis product and allow the consumer to avoid the negative effects of smoking their product of choice. Beverages can be chilled and kept on hand for future use. Licensed producers can explore different flavour infusions through the addition of both cannabis and botanical terpenes, offering a greater variety of legal recreational cannabis beverages to the consumer.
Nano Emulsification & Bioavailability
Because cannabis extract is an oil, it is not water soluble. Because of this, there must be an emulsifier added to the beverage in order to yield a smooth consistent product. This process breaks up the distillate oil into tiny spheres that uniformly blend into liquid. These spheres also offer a higher bioavailability, meaning that when ingested, the onset of any effects will likely be felt faster than with most other edibles.
Historically, cannabis infused beverages were not consistently flavoured, and the cannabis oil would sometimes separate from the beverage itself. A by-product of nano emulsification is that the beverages remain consistent for a significantly longer period – making them easier to store and keep on hand for future use.
With the introduction of nano emulsification, cannabis producers are now able to produce a wider variety of infused beverage products that were once difficult to master due to their unstable nature. Not producers are able to infuse their beverages with not only cannabis terpenes, but also complementary botanical terpenes such as hops, thyme, and orange peel.
Infusible teas are a new take on a familiar beverage. Much like herbal teas that many consumers are familiar with, simply add an infusible teas bag to warm water to prepare your beverage. Cannabis infused teas are another smoke-free alternative to inhaling dried flower.
Dissolvable cannabis powders provide the consumer with the ability to infuse any food or beverage with THC or CBD (or a mixture of both). Sold in individually sealed packets, current offerings are flavorless and odorless making them convenient and easy to mix.
Why Deal With Us
At Sparq Retail we understand that just like many other beverages, it is nice to have the option to enjoy one pre-chilled. That is why we offer our customers a fully stocked refrigerator that houses a variety of infused cannabis beverages. Check out our online store for current inventory!
Cannabis infused beverages have very few preparation requirements prior to usage. They are an accessible option for consumers who are looking for an alternative method to ingest their cannabis edibles. There are no additional accessories required for consumption – simply purchase and enjoy.
For customers who are unsure of which cannabis infused beverage may best fit their requirements, a member of our team would be delighted to review all current offerings to find the right product for you.
With the arrival of Cannabis 2.0 to the Ontario recreational cannabis market, many consumers are now finding that there are a variety of ways to consume cannabis products without the need to smoke dried flower. Specifically, beverages provide an accessible, easy to use method for consumers who may have never tired cannabis infused products before or for consumers who are searching
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is The Best Way To Store My Cannabis Infused Beverage Products?
Whether you enjoy your beverages at room temperature or out of the fridge, we recommend keeping your cannabis infused beverages out of direct sunlight (and of course out of reach of minors).
2. What Is The Dried Flower Equivalency Of Infused Beverages?
In Ontario, the dried flower equivalency is determined by Health Canada. Health Canada states that 70g of liquid product is the same as 1g of dried cannabis flower. This can get very confusing for the consumer, so that is why both our online ordering system and in store point of sale systems automatically calculate dried flower equivalencies.
Health Canada’s online calculator for public possession limits of cannabis can be found here
3. Is It Safe To Drive After Consuming An Infused Beverage?
The simple answer is no. It is illegal to consume cannabis and operate a motor vehicle. Cannabis can affect your judgement, coordination and reaction time. For further information, please visit the Government of Ontario’s page on Cannabis and Driving here.