Cannabis Coffee Is Now a Thing
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Cannabis Coffee Is Now a Thing


This gives all-new meaning to the term “wake and bake.” According to the Huffington Post, there’s a new coffee drink about to go on the market in Washington state—and it doesn’t just give you that classic and beloved caffeine buzz. No, it also gets you high—like, marijuana high—due to its happy little concentration of THC in every bottle. Yes, that’s THC. Yes, that kind of THC.

Bottled Inspiration

Adam Stites, the creator of the unique cold-brewed beverage that is creatively called Legal, says the stuff gives “an alert, creative high.” Each bottle has about 20 milligrams of THC—an amount Stites claims is similar in effect to having “a nice IPA or glass of wine. We don’t want to pack so much THC into every one of our drinks that it’s unpleasant, especially for people that are just getting into marijuana.”

FYI, according to The Washington Post, recreational weed use was legalized in Washington state in 2012, but retail sales have experienced regulatory issues. Stites previously said his operations would be ready for business by early July. Time’s ticking, dude, potheads may be saying. Give us our weed coffee and give it now! Oh, the 11.5-ounce bottles are expected to sell for between $9 and $11, by the way. Sorry, but that’s way more than a latte, guys.

A Caffeinated Stoning

Will anyone buy this coffee? That remains to be seen, but I’d take a gander on yes. Though to me it seems like the effect of the two drugs combined (THC and caffeine, duh) would cancel each other out, I’m betting recreational weed-lovers will appreciate both the novelty and getting-slightly-stoned factor. But before you go fantasizing about your Mary Jane Macchiato, remember that—as cannabis advocates like to point out—caffeine on its own isn’t without its dangers. About this, they are right: an 18-year-old in Ohio died of a caffeine overdose just this week. Combining that with a drug that can also, in some cases, also be lethal is something to weigh.

Stites’ company, Mirth Provisions, also manufactures sparkling beverages that have nothing to do with coffee but everything to do with Mary Jane. As HuffPo notes, the company’s Web copy gets a little…funky in its descriptions of the drink’s effects: “Drinking this coffee is like riding a cool avalanche of pure deliciousness down a tall mountain and landing in an ocean of good feelings. You’ll swim off into a day of work or play filled to the brim with pure joy.”

Sparkling Lingo

And there’s more! About the company’s sparkling Rainier Cherry pot-laced drink, the site says, “Behold, the gods of chilling have smiled upon you! Kick off your shoes, maybe even your pants, and float toward the heavens with this elixir of fresh cherry juice and pure cannabis extract. Pairs well with music festivals, house parties, and riding through the clouds on the back of a mythological beast.”

Hey, you can’t claim potheads aren’t effusive. Writing advertising copy may not be their thing but then again most of us are better at everything when we’re not high.

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About Author

Laura Barcella is a documentary researcher, author, freelance writer and ghostwriter from Washington, DC. Her writing has also appeared in TIME, Marie Claire, Salon, Esquire, Elle, Refinery29, AlterNet, The Village Voice, Cosmopolitan, The Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out New York, BUST, ELLE Girl, NYLON and Her book credits include Know Your Rights: A Modern Kid's Guide to the American Constitution, Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World, Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City, Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop and The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…Before It’s Too Late.