7 Tips for Trying Cannabis Beverages at Home

Discover advice for responsible consumption during the holiday season.

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This year’s festivities will look pretty different from last year—but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you’re curious about cannabis as an alternative but don’t know where to start, take these responsible consumption and hosting tips into consideration – whether you’ll be dropping into virtual meet-ups or planning mini gatherings with your bubble.

1. Find the right information.

You might be surprised to learn that cannabis beverages aren’t sold at your neighbourhood liquor store. Find cannabis experts—a.k.a. budtenders—who provide the information needed to make the right choices at your local cannabis retailer. Visit trussbeverages.com for more information.

2. Purchase a variety of potencies.

It’s important to understand the difference between the alternatives that are available. Truss Beverage Co. has several options and each has a different flavour profile and potency. Keep a sharp eye out for the THC level, since THC is the compound with psychoactive properties.

  • Little Victory: available in Dry Lemon and Dry Grapefruit with a slight tannic mouthfeel, or flavour forward Dark Cherry and Blood Orange.
    • Potency: Low (2.5mg THC and 2.5mg CBD)
  • Veryvell: Sparkling waters subtly flavoured with Strawberry Hibiscus or Sicilian Lemon flavours, as well as a Lemon Black Iced Tea.
    • Potency: Low, CBD dominant (0.5mg THC and 15mg CBD in the sparkling water) or low (2.5mg THC and 2.5mg CBD in the iced tea)
  • Mollo: Lightly-hopped with a crisp and easy-drinking taste, Mollo is available in 2 potencies and best served chilled.
    • Potency: Low (2.5mg THC and 2.5mg CBD) or medium (5mg THC and 5mg CBD)
  • House of Terpenes: Sparkling tonics made with botanically sourced terpene flavours, available in Limonene and Myrcene.
    • Potency: Medium (5mg THC and 5mg CBD)

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3. Store your beverages safely.

Make sure you keep unopened cannabis drinks in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to sip. If you have children or pets, store the bottles or cans out of reach—either up high or under lock and key.

4. Have juice or pop available, too.

Even if you’re a huge cannabis fan, it’s always a good idea to have non-cannabis and non-alcoholic drinks available for you and your guests. Whether that’s hot chocolate, virgin punch, soda or sparkling water, have a few options on hand for anyone that doesn’t want to partake in cannabis, is underage or needs a break during the evening.

5. Start with a low potency and go slow.

If you’re new to trying cannabis beverages, start with a lower dose and adjust as you go. When having a cannabis beverage, you can pick from low potency options (such as Little Victory or Mollo 2.5) or even share a serving with a friend or family member.

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6. Don’t mix alcohol and cannabis.

If you want to try cannabis beverages at home, make sure everyone involved knows not to mix cannabis and alcohol. If you start with a cannabis beverage, we suggest you stick with cannabis and non-alcoholic drinks for the rest of the evening.

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7. Watch out for your loved ones.

Keep an eye on everyone in your group—whether you’re attending an online celebration with your partner or hanging out at home with a bubble of immediate family or close friends. Remember, those new to cannabis beverages should start low and sip slow. Also make sure that everyone involved has a safe ride home. Cannabis and driving never mix.

 “Sip into something different” this season with Truss Beverage Co. Visit trussbeverages.com for more info.

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