This drink offers yet another way to get high.
Now that recreational weed is legal in some states, there are so many more ways to get your weed fix other than smoking a joint. Companies are infusing all kinds of things you'd never think to with cannabis, from lube to menstruation products to coffee pods. One cannabis product that's sure to appeal to all the La Croix-guzzling millennials out there: Mountjoy Sparkling's cannabis-infused sparkling water.
The zero-calorie drink comes in orange, peach, or natural, and is now sold in dispensaries in California and online. And if you're grossed out by the taste of THC, you may be in luck. The drinks don't have as strong of a taste as most cannabis drinks, says Alex Mountjoy, the company's founder.
They're also more fast-acting than edible options (which can take an hour to work), with a high that kicks in within 15 minutes of drinking and lasts three to four hours after drinking it, he says. Overall, the beverage is being marketed as a way to "mellow out" in daily life, without getting overly stoned (of course, that all depends on how much you drink). To read up on any potential downsides, check out The Health Benefits and Risks of Smoking Pot, According to Science.
Interestingly, in addition to 'refresh' and 'de-stress', the bottles also feature the word 'motivate,' and the drink is described on the Mountjoy website as a 'lifestyle solution for active, productive people,' basically turning all assumptions you'd have about stoners being lazy on their head.
This new approach to cannabis certainly isn't as surprising as it would have been a few years ago. While marijuana was once considered an unhealthy vice worse than alcohol, the drug is now looked at through a more nuanced lens. As a result, it's made its way into various aspects of the health and wellness sphere: Californians can attend yoga classes that incorporate marijuana or work out at a gym that caters to pot-lovers.
Mountjoy considers the cannabis-infused sparkling water to be a more favorable alternative to alcohol for someone who looking to unwind (no hangover here!). So, if you're a sparkling water and weed lover, it may be worth combining the two and giving the drink a shot—just maybe just not at the office before that important meeting and definitely in moderation.