Whether you are into CBD, Delta-8, or THC, this is a prime list of cannabis infused beverages (and even liquid cannabis!) to get you amped for picnics, backyard BBQ’s, or just hanging around the house after a long day of hustle. For those that are looking to go beyond flower and edibles and get creative with their cannabis consumption, this guide is the perfect round-up.
This is an exciting time for cannabis infused beverages, as beer companies and the mainstream beverage market tries to tap into a fast evolving niche. Each product in this category has some cannabinoid quality to it, whether it is THC, CBD, or Delta-8. Most products have a mix of THC and CBD, which creates more of a relaxed setting rather than a high that you would achieve through vapes or gummies. Each product varies in size and dosage, but almost all cannabis drinks are comfortable and ideal for social settings.
To really analyze each THC drink rigorously, we tested for effectiveness, feeling, onset and duration of effects, flavor, extract quality, packaging and labeling, and the overall look. It is important to take note of the dosage of each product if you are new to the cannabis sphere. Luckily, every product is vegan friendly, made from natural flavors, and low-calorie, so there are really no losers here!
Good for: Social activities, day or night use, alternatives to an alcoholic cocktail
Whether you are new to cannabis beverages or sipping on them as a nightly ritual, Wunder is the perfect segway into this alternative high experience with their 25 calorie drinks that have a combination of Delta 8, THC, and CBD. The Lemon Ginger and Blood Orange Bitters are on the lower dosage end with 2mg of THC, 2mg of Delta-8, and 4mg of CBD. There is also Watermelon Basil and Grapefruit Hibiscus that has 10mg THC instead of 5mg.
Grabbing a pack of these and hitting up the beach, the park, or chilling at home with friends is a relaxing summer activity that will leave you feeling refreshed and “Wundering” why you haven’t had these on your bar cart all along. A four-pack of Wunder is $18 and the single cans cost $8, which is a reasonable purchase given the unique flavors and positive effects it offers.
Women-owned Mad Lilly is bringing individual beverages to the market with a line of THC-infused spritzers that include Passion Fruit Mango, Ginger Pear, and Raspberry Hibiscus. What I love about this lineup is that they are all-natural, low calorie, and have a proportional amount of THC and CBD in them. I felt zen within 10 minutes of my Mad Lilly experience and was already anticipating the next time I could try a new flavor and sit by the lake with the adorable glass bottle in my hand. They retail for $8 each and are an ideal non-alcoholic alternative if you want something sparkly and fruity to drink.
Effects felt: Full body relaxation, euphoric mood, calmness
Good for: Everyday activities
ALT is changing the landscape of cannabis with their liquid cannabis vials that come in 5mg, 10mg, and much higher dosage packs. Given that the calming, yet focused effects last 2-3 hours, it is best to mix the vials slowly into your morning coffee or afternoon tea and see how you feel with such a unique product.
Being that it is flavorless, you can get really creative with how you utilize ALT and its efficient method to track cannabis consumption with each vial having a measurement cap on the side of the container. ALT is incorporating nanotechnology so that your body absorbs the cannabis particles faster, so there is really no wasting time with the ALT experience. For the 5mg vials, it is $25 for a five-pack and will surely be a breath of fresh air as the vape is put to the side and any ordinary smoothie can get an upgrade.
CANN’s limited edition flavor Cranberry Sage, amongst other savory ones like lemongrass, grapefruit rosemary, and blood orange cardamom, is bound to be a hit this summer. With 5 all-natural ingredients, a low dose of THC/CBD proportionality, and being only 35 calories, I can see why the 100-party-pack is offered on their site. CANN infused drinks kick in fast and just like the other beverages on the list, the zen vibes are an automatic guarantee. CANN is queer-owned, so cheers to not only supporting in the month of June, but all year round!
Rebel Coast started as a traditional winery and transitioned into cannabis just a little over four years ago. With their sparkling Sauvage having 10mg of THC, it is fast-acting and bubbly, eliminating the need to celebrate with champagne for all future occasions. Enjoying this THC drink chilled and in any social environment will give you all the brownie points for looking sleek and dodging a hangover simultaneously. Clocking in at just under 50 calories, I could see this cannabis drink being a big hit for concerts in the park or packing a cooler for a lazy beach afternoon.
Whereas Mad Lilly, Wunder, and ALT all have more of a single serving concept implemented, S*Shots packs a punch with a 100mg tonic bottle that comes in two flavors: Watermelon Punch or Lemon Crush. Since each bottle is ten servings and is bound to be euphoric even with a couple of safe sips, the website efficiently has a recipe list where you can mix S*Shots with different non-alcoholic drinks to make it last. S*Shots is $19 a bottle and could easily be more of a communal product, sharing with friends or even spacing out the dosages throughout the week.
Here are some other stellar brands that are bringing innovation and flavor to the forefront of cannabis beverages. Our picks for the best cannabis drinks will be updated as we continue to test these popular brands.
Keef Cola is a fun, nostalgic alternative to your classic soft drink with multiple different flavor options, including root beer, blood orange, fruit punch, and many more alternatives with a splash of THC.
Oh Hi diversifies their marijuana drink lineup with the opportunity to choose between CBD and THC sparkling seltzers, with flavors such as pomegranate, lemon lime, grapefruit, and ginger basil limeade.
Kikoko offers an organic tea line for sleep, relaxation, and even uplifting energy levels with beverages that place a focus on higher CBD levels rather than loading up on THC. See our Kikoko review.
Why trust us
I have tried dozens of new cannabis products in the last few years, including vapes, pre-rolls, beverages, and a wide assortment of edibles. I usually look for sativa dominant or hybrid strains for relaxation and a reliable euphoria after a long day of work. Where I am primarily a photographer that has been published with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and several other national publications, my journalism background has given me the toolkit needed to do proper, consistent research on every product I try out. I spent close to 15 hours testing, rating, researching, and writing about the seven THC drinks featured in this round-up.
Who this is for
This beverage guide is ideal for those looking for a healthy, non-alcoholic alternative that will produce ultimate relaxation above all effects. Every cannabis drink I tested truly satisfies taste buds and leaves you most likely wanting a second or third round. It is great to consider cannabis beverages over vapes and flower if you want to give your lungs a break and if you have tried your fair share of gummies and chocolates.
Almost all cannabis drinks are made from natural ingredients, are low calorie, and have a low dosage of THC/CBD, so it is not an overwhelming or distracting high that you might get from your usual routine pre-roll. I like that the drinks are refreshing, whereas cannabis products can often leave you with a dry mouth and severe munchies. Whereas most of the marijuana drinks are single use, it might be more cost effective to purchase flower or vapes if you are on a tight cannabis budget.
How we picked and tested the best THC drinks
We hand selected each cannabis drink through Eaze and I tested them out from early afternoon to late night, trying most beverages on a full stomach. I enjoyed sharing some of the drinks with friends to gauge their reactions and I was most diligent during testing to see how my mind and body adjusted to the cannabis infusions and how it altered from the feeling of vaping or smoking a joint.
When going through the criteria of quality, finish, feeling, function, and flavor, I asked myself if I would recommend the product to someone new to the cannabis beverage environment and would the flavor be enjoyable enough to consume on a routine basis. I have enjoyed cannabis for years, normally frequenting a hybrid strain for a more balanced high, but this was my first time experimenting with cannabis-infused drinks! I absolutely loved my experience trying products at different times of day and recognizing that each product created a mellow happiness for my overall wellbeing, which can often be more unpredictable with alcoholic cocktails.
As I tested seven different THC drinks from a range of up and coming as well as more popular cannabis brands, this is what I considered crucial to each review:
Every flavor was unique and refreshing and reaches across the board for taste palettes that want to sip on something more savory or more sweet.
All beverages were fast acting due to advances in nanotechnology, meaning the body can absorb the THC particles faster.
The price of cannabis infused beverages is a little bit of a higher price point than other cannabis products that could last you a few weeks. To put things in perspective, it would most likely be more affordable to drink a cannabis beverage than to go to a local bar and get a cocktail.
It’s amazing that almost every product tested has such a low level of CBD/THC to make it accessible to everyone.
How much do cannabis drinks cost on average?
It depends on if you are getting an individual product or a pack. On average, THC drinks cost $5-$10 (before tax) per drink if bought individually, or $12-$25 if bought as a pack.
How much THC or CBD is in each beverage?
Usually, THC drinks come in doses of 2mg to 10mg per drink, and some beverages only have CBD so that there is no high associated with consuming the drink. The most popular proportion is having an even amount of THC and CBD or a couple more mg’s of CBD to tone down the THC levels.
What’s the difference between hemp drinks and cannabis drinks?
Hemp drinks (or CBD drinks) are derived from the hemp oil of a hemp plant, which is useful for relaxation, lowering inflammation, and more of a calming mood stabilizer that is similar to the effects of CBD. CBD drinks lack the psychoactive compound found in THC, so the zen, “yoga breath” sigh of relief one might feel from CBD is sought after by many that do not want to feel high when sipping on a beverage.
THC drinks often have CBD infused with it to balance out the cannabinoids and if not, there are THC infused drinks with much higher dosages to achieve a more intense, body reactive experience.
Hemp CBD drinks don’t get you high and are legal to buy online in most states since they contain less than 0.3% THC. Cannabis drinks have higher levels of THC and are legal to buy in dispensaries where cannabis has been legalized. Prices vary for hemp and cannabis drinks, but overall, it seems more cost effective to buy the drinks by the pack rather than individual sale.
What are the different types of cannabis drinks on the market?
There is such an array of cannabis-infused drinks on the market right now that you don’t want to miss out on! Almost all of them are low calorie, low sugar, vegan, and made from natural ingredients!
These include infused seltzers, which are great for mixing with fruit or mint. Infused sparkling water and tonics are incredibly popular, especially as a mocktail when in social settings. The infused teas are ideal for sleep or pain relief and infused soda is a nostalgic twist on old classics that are an American staple. My personal favorite includes infused cannabis wines for a classy, communal touch as well as infused cannabis beer that replicates the flavors of your favorite IPA or blondie. If you really want to stick with your normal routine, liquid cannabis can be thrown into practically any drink so you can have the effects of THC or CBD regardless of consumption.
This is a groundbreaking moment in cannabis history, where we are seeing beer brands, wineries, and newly minted entrepreneurs come together to offer a healthy and natural alternative to alcohol. For those that are tired of smoking and want to give their lungs a break, cannabis-infused beverages are an easy outlet that is enjoyable, easy, and rapidly effective. I hope to see this line of products become the norm at a California liquor store in the coming years or will be offered on tap at your favorite neighborhood bar!
Disclaimer: Oracle’s testing and recommendations of the best cannabis-infused THC drinks were done independently by Morgan Lieberman. In order to test the products for this list, Morgan purchased all cannabis drinks through Eaze weed delivery service. Morgan is not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned on this list and her views remain completely unbiased. Oracle is affiliated with Eaze and we may receive a small commission for purchases made through Eaze.com.