With summer comes a string of barbecues, pool parties and cookouts. You may be deciding on the perfect dish to share that’ll leave your friends raving. But forget about the usual potato salad or slaw. Instead, be the maverick who offers up a fresh and thirst-quenching cannabis-infused cooler made with sparkling water.
If you’re looking to cut down on alcohol, a cannabis-infused beverage makes for a healthy alternative. Not only will it keep your guests feeling festive, but a sparkling cooler will be lighter and contain fewer calories than the usual party beverages like beer, wine or sugary cocktails.
And in the summer heat, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated—something alcohol isn’t great at, but a cannabis cooler is.
So, consider trying out one of these easy and refreshing recipes for your next get-together or hang-out session at home.
An important thing to keep in mind as you prepare and serve cannabis edibles is keeping people informed. A canna-beverage for a happy, steady buzz sounds great, but you’ll want to prep your guests, particularly marijuana newbies, on the experience.
In addition to making sure you tell your guests about the infused drinks, be sure to place a label or sign in front of the bowl or pitcher that contains cannabis. You could also label each cup or use different-colored cups specifically for your cannabis beverages to prevent someone from accidentally drinking another guest’s infused drink.
Most importantly, keep cannabis beverages away from any youngsters at the party.
We recommending using marijuana tinctures in your coolers. If you’re worried about guests not wanting to feel high, try a tincture rich in CBD. Tinctures with a greater cannabidiol (CBD) to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ratio like 18:1 or 30:1 will typically not get folks high, but will rather help relax them and promote a good vibe.
That said, everyone reacts differently to cannabis, so you may have to do some experimenting to find the cannabis tincture and dose that works best with the theme of your party.
For many, watermelon is the official flavor of summer. But watermelon doesn’t just taste sweet and refreshing, it has a lot of health advantages, too. For example:
The basil in this beverage gives it a nice herbal kick, and adds magnesium and vitamin A to the drink, too.
Hibiscus may make you think of Hawaii or a tropical island, but consider enjoying the flower closer to home to reap its benefits. The hibiscus plant:
Plus, the strong, tart taste of hibiscus is not only delicious, but is also effective at masking any marijuana taste.
This recipe’s a bit of a twist. Cookout all winded down but the summer heat making it too hot to enjoy warm tea? Problems with sleep? Try a cold sparkling water mixture using a cannabis tincture targeted for insomnia. The chamomile is good for relaxation and helps promote better sleep.
Meanwhile, the honey also has health benefits of its own, including:
If you have a little more time to spend on this recipe, you can always use our cannabis-infused honey recipe as the base.
These offerings of light and cool beverages with a cannabis kicker (and some medicinal benefits) will have you soaring through the festivities in no time.
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