I bet you didn’t know that adding cannabis into wine didn’t start recently; it has been in practice for almost a thousand of years now. From early records obtained from the Han Dynasty in China, it was seen that a mixture of ganja and grape was used as a sedative for patients who wanted to undergo surgery.
As far back as the 80s, cannabis-infused wine was discreetly produced in the United States. Wine makers in California left “pot wine” to ferment and then served it to their friends in private. It was produced using with rosé wines, it was then packed in unlabeled bottles and sold at a very expensive rate. It was a dangerous business at that time because a war had been declared on drugs.
In recent times, the laws against the use of marijuana have become less strict and the drug is becoming easily available to people. It has become quite easy in some states, California for example, for people to drink their cannabis-infused wine, other cannabis included foods and medical marijuana.
Rock singer, activist, guitarist, and songwriter, Melissa Etheridge was a casual user of marijuana before she had breast cancer in 2004. After undergoing chemotherapy, she started to preach about medicinal cannabis. She partnered with Greenway Compassionate Relief and produced her own brand of cannabis confused wine tinctures and named it “No Label”. Shiraz and a Grenache are examples of her product range.
How it’s made
Winemakers often add cannabis into Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, Viogniers, Syrahs, and Grenaches. There are different strains of Cannabis, and each has its own unique flavor and effect. The hybrid strains are mostly used because alcohol reacts quite differently with pure Sativa and indicas – it makes drinkers feel very groggy and increases their anxiety. Winemakers infuse into a wine cask a pound of cannabis and leave it to ferment. During fermentation, THC is drawn out from the cannabis and mixes with the wine forming a combo which gives a quite different kind of “high.”
Making it is not as easy as it sounds in case you are thinking of making it at home. Infusing fresh cannabis into a glass of Chardonnay won’t work because it has to undergo fermentation first before the THC can be drawn out to mix with the wine.
It may take a while for the ganja-grape combo to be easily accessible around the country. However, if you find yourself in a state of Colorado, you can make a stop at the local liquor store to get some.
Source: Expand Your Consciousness