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4.20.17

Celebrate 4/20 with Cannabidiol (CBD) Beers

Across the West Coast, many breweries are experimenting with the cannabis plant.

Written by Evan Malachosky

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Have you ever seen The Parent Trap? I’m talking about the 1998 version with Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid, where two girls meet each other at summer camp and discover that they’re long lost twin sisters.

Now let’s reimagine a more adult version with two of everyone’s favorite vices: hops and hemp, aka cannabis. Much like Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan, hops and hemp are long separated siblings of the same taxonomic classification. But instead of summer camp, they met at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, where Colorado-based Dad and Dude’s Breweria unveiled the world’s first CBD-infused beer: the Indica Double IPA.

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of the compounds found in cannabis. Unlike THC, the compound that gets you high, CBD is non-psychoactive. It does, however, offer anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, analgesic, and anti-oxidant properties — as well as an aromatic quality and smoothness to the beer. Some also believe the addition of CBD to beer proves to be the cure-all for hangovers.

The Taproom Dilemma

Only on Draft

Most CBD beers are only available at the taproom. Looking to get some home from the brewery? Try a uKeg pressurized growler.

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As this year’s “holiday” approaches, there are plenty of options for those looking to drink some brews with some buds. Coalition Brewing, based in Portland, OR, is releasing a CBD-infused beer called Two Flowers IPA. Their process begins with a base West Coast IPA, then adds hemp juice and CBD oil. The final product is equal parts bitter from the hemp juice and citrusy and aromatic from the CBD oil. For those in San Diego, Thorn Street Brewery makes makes a session IPA called OG HighPA.

Because they use CBD and not THC, none of these will make you fail a drug test or even get you stoned. (For those legally allowed, and want to, there’s the New Frontier Brewing Eureka!, a 24-ounce beer that boasts 25 mg of THC — enough to keep you high for quite a while — and no alcohol.)

While some beers use hemp in the brewing process, others are simply inspired by the plant via taste, packaging, or brewing process. Examples of hemp-inspired beers include: SØLE’s Kushy Clouds, Ale Industries’ Cherry Kush, and Oskar Blues’ Blue Dreams. And both Lagunitas and Dark Horse have had beers rejected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives because of their references toward hemp-culture.

Celebrate safely, legally, and — most importantly — with beer.

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