By: Lisa Bowman
The world’s first cannabis-infused, alcohol-free wine is about to go on sale and yes, it gets you high. The world has seen an influx of cannabis products over the years. Edibles-wise, we’ve had weed-infused coffee pods, hemp milk containing actual CBD oil, cannabis candy floss, pot-infused pumpkin spice chocolate and frozen pizzas you can buy ready-sprinkled with with your favourite, er, herb. Cannabis alcohol isn’t a new thing – the world has already been blessed with weed-infused beer and wine, but they either didn’t actually get you high, or made for a confusing time, thanks to the mix of alcohol. That’s all set to change though, thanks to the introduction of the world’s first, weed-infused, alcohol-removed wine. California’s Rebel Coast Winery will begin selling the cannabis sauvignon blanc in January 2018 when the state’s new cannabis industry regulations go into effect, meaning all adults can legally use the drug recreationally.
This is quite the dreamy scene (Picture: Rebel Coast Winery)
Each bottle contains 16 milligrams of THC (the psychoactive part of cannabis) per bottle, which works out at four milligrams per serving. California state laws allow up to 10 milligrams per serving. ‘Our goal is not to kill you after you’ve had a few glasses,’ Rebel Coast says on their website. ‘The goal is to get giggly and naked with someone. We set out to mimic the experience you’d find with traditional wine; a couple glasses will put most people in a great place. ‘Similar concept with booze–if you want to get wasted– rip some shots, if you want to get really stoned– take some dabs.’ The wine makers say your glass of sauv blanc will take about 15 minutes to get you high, and as the alcohol is removed, you won’t get that horrible hangover the next day. Result. MORE: FOOD A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK Red, white and rose: 14 vegan wines you can enjoy this Christmas 9 vegan champagne, prosecco, cava and sparkling wines to enjoy this Christmas So, how’s it made? Rebel Coast takes grapes from California’s Sonoma County and ferments them as you would when making normal wine. After removing the alcohol, they infuse each bottle with organic THC as well as terpenes (the fragrant oils which give cannabis its distinctive smell), to ensure your wine has that comforting aroma you know and love. However, thanks to the fact there’ll be no smoke involved, you’ll leave the experience not smelling like a stoner, which will be music to the ears of those who like to get high on the sly. Importantly, what does it taste like? According to the winery, it will have bright citrus flavours and the crisp taste of a traditional glass of wine, without tasting strongly of weed. Delish.
The bottles are pretty too (Picture: Rebel Coast Winery)
Each bottle will set you back $59.99 (£44.70) so don’t go knocking your glass over. Californian residents aged 21 and older are now able to pre-order a bottle on the Rebel Coast Winery website, where orders will be fulfilled in Januay when the laws change. The winery are also planning on being stocked in over 500 dispensaries across California. They’re also keen on being sold in other states across the US that allow recreational cannabis use, in the future. The company plan on introducing a cannabis-infused rosé and a sparkling wine later in 2018. There will also be a line of CBD-infused wines which will have all the medicinal effects, without getting you high. Topically, despite being labelled a ‘gateway drug’ (gateway to what? A nice time and a nap?) by terrified mums the world over, weed has actually been found to be 114 less deadly than the world’s most consumed drug, alcohol. We’ll raise a glass of alcohol-free weed wine to that!