Weed-Infused Wine: The New Frontier in Edibles?
Posted by Glenn Beierle on 02/17/2017 in Consumption
Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Innovation in the marijuana consumption market continues to grow as more and more states are beginning to legalize cannabis. The introduction of marijuana-infused wine is one of the latest examples of companies taking advantage of this. It joins the ranks of everyday food and drinks infused with cannabis, including:
- Gummy bears
- Syrups and sauces
Cannabis wine is actually not a new concept — the combination has roots all the way back to ancient China, when it was used for pain relief. With many states prohibiting the mixing of alcohol and marijuana, however, the trend probably will not take off just yet. It’s currently only legal to make and buy in California. You also need to have a medical marijuana card to get your hands on a bottle.
The Benefits of “Green Wine”
It’s generally accepted that people who drink red wine in moderation — meaning between one and two glasses each day — tend to live longer, healthier lives than their counterparts who do not. Additionally, an ever-growing body of scientific evidence suggests that medical marijuana can tremendously help patients with certain diseases better manage their symptoms.
Therefore, it only makes sense that the two products belong together in the same bottle.
The product is made from a combination of organically grown cannabis and biodynamically harvested grapes. Although half a bottle costs between $120 and $140, people swear by marijuana-infused wine, which has a green tint to it. If you don’t believe us, just ask Melissa Etheridge, who said of the product, “There’s a little flush after the first sip, but then the effect is really cheery, and at the end of the night you sleep really well.”
On its own, wine has health benefits:
- In responsible quantities, wine has sedative properties, which can help you to unwind, relax and even sleep after a particularly stressful day. Drinking more than a glass or two can actually have the opposite effect on your body’s ability to relax.
- Research has linked responsible wine consumption to increased cardiovascular and immune health, with some studies even pointing toward a potential for cancer prevention.
- Wine has antioxidant properties.
Meanwhile, the health benefits of marijuana has also been well-documented:
- Patients with cancer treatment-related symptoms, like nausea, could relieve their discomfort with medical marijuana.
- Patients suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia or a related mental health issue can use cannabis as a means to relax, calm down and maintain perspective.
- People with chronic pain, headaches, joint pain and even muscle spasms all benefit from using medical marijuana.
- To help relieve chronic pain, you should try Afghani #1, which comes in either pure indica or indica/sativa form, or Big Bud, which is indica/sativa.
The Benefits of Alternative Marijuana Consumption Methods
While smoking medical marijuana is certainly a viable option for consumption, some people prefer to ingest their cannabis in a different way. The introduction of marijuana-infused wine reignites the conversation about the benefits of eating or drinking cannabis over smoking it.
Some of these benefits include the following:
- By eating marijuana, you’re able to eliminate the carcinogens that inevitably accompany smoke. This is beneficial for people dealing with any sort of lung condition or breathing difficulties.
- Unlike smoking, which can produce an immediate effect, feeling the effects of ingested marijuana can take up to two hours. This is because the digestive system is slow to absorb molecules released during ingestion, including THC. Many people say the slow onset of effects actually creates a calming effect.
- Ingesting cannabis is associated with a different experience than smoking it, and some people claim to like the feeling of ingesting better. Eating edibles tends to lead to a longer-lasting, more concentrated and physical effect than smoking marijuana.
- Eating cannabis is inherently more private than smoking it. The people around you do not necessarily need to know what you are doing if you don’t want them to.
Need More Information About Marijuana Edibles?
Before deciding to go the edibles route, you should consider a couple of things:
- As mentioned, oral cannabis is associated with a much more pronounced effect than smoking it. The liver destroys some of the THC during processing, which leaves behind a potent THC metabolite.
- You have to be careful not to ingest more than you need or planned on ingesting. The dosage of cannabis in an edible can vary widely, especially if it’s homemade. To avoid accidentally overmedicating, try to find a cannabis edible product with a clearly defined marijuana content. You should also wait until you feel the full effects of the product before ingesting any more.
Medical marijuana in any form is a cost-effective and safe alternative to most prescription medications, which can be expensive, ineffective or even addictive. Contact us today for any other questions you may have about the benefits of edible or drinkable marijuana products. Once you’ve secured a prequalification, you can schedule an appointment with a qualified physician near you easily and quickly with our fully functional online booking and calendar system.
Also, be sure to check out our marijuana edibles recipes for fun ways to prepare your cannabis, including Ganja Grilled Cheese, High Hummus, Salted Caramel Cannabis Apples, Cannabis Hot Pumpkin Spiced Latte and Ganja Gravy!