One of the coolest things going on in Illinois cannabis is the edibles scene. We’ve got craft, delicious edibles created by local producers, and we’ve got an emerging dining club scene. All of that adds to more creative, comfortable ways of consuming cannabis, in ways that are more fun and inclusive. In addition, there’s an emerging drinks scene happening. Did you know that? Some of it is even happening here, a bit quietly, but still happening. If you want to learn more, here’s the best cannabis infused drinks in Illinois:
What are cannabis infused drinks, exactly?
Cannabis infused drinks include a number of different beverages and liquids. We’ve covered some of them, such as cannabis beer, which you can find in other states. But there’s more than just that. Cannabis infused beverages include liquids such as tonics and syrups. Not to be confused with concentrates, these liquids can be consumed on their own, or mixed with other beverages.
How do cannabis infused beverages work, what’s a good dosage?
Many cannabis drinks begin to absorb in your mouth, rather than in your liver, as food does. As a result, you’ll feel the effects of a cannabis beverage within 5-30 minutes, which is a much shorter onset than that of food edibles. In addition, your high will only last between 2-4 hours. So consuming cannabis drinks will result in a more intense high with a faster onset and fade than that of food, which is something you need to know before partaking. That said, many of these beverages are meant to be consumed in small amounts, in order to be safe. Typically, the recommended dose of THC for beginners is 1 to 5 milligrams of THC. You should always abide by the “go low and go slow” rule of thumb, until you know what you can tolerate and what works for you.
Best Cannabis Infused Drinks in Illinois
So what are the best cannabis infused drinks in Illinois? Where can you find them?
Surp is a line of cannabis infused beverage mixers. The line is produced by Spring Lake Craft Infusions, a division of Revolution Global, out of Chicago. Surp Drink is a mixer that can be added to sparkling water, or consumed straight from the bottle. Flavors include Wild Blueberry, Orange Pineapple Guava, Mango Strawberry, Cherry Limeade, and Clementine Cooler. Surp Cafe is a mixer ideal for pairing with coffee, tea, or even your favorite dessert. Flavors include French Vanilla, Chocolate, and Caramel. You can find Surp products at most dispensaries in Illinois.
2. Tonic by PTS
Progressive Treatment Solutions, or PTS, is a women-owned Illinois company that produces a number of tonics and tonic powders for the cannabis industry. Simply called Tonic by PTS, the tasty, high quality beverages that come in a variety of flavors. You can choose from Green Delight, Pink Passion, Red Envy, Fruit Punch, Grape, Lemon Lime, and Orange. Consume it on its own, or mix with your favorite beverage. You can find Tonic by PTS at dispensaries in the above linked list, as well as here and here throughout the state.
Wellness Group Pharms, or WGP, is an Illinois cannabis company that partners with MarQaha out of Colorado to make tintures, sprays, and drinks. WGP produces marQaha drinks for Illinois cannabis consumers, in the Flasq brand. These drinkables come in flavors such as Black Tea Lemonade, Blueberry Chamomile, Pomegranate, and Sweet Peach Tea. You can find these offerings at our above linked locations throughout the state.
So these cannabis drinks are just the beginning of what we’re going to see evolve in Illinois, and throughout the country overall. Flavors and creations will get more exciting and innovative, such as THC in PBR, for example. Big companies will get more involved in producing their own lines. You have more choices in strengths, applications, and varieties. Just remember, go low and go slow, and enjoy the process safely.