I was trying to cut back on my alcohol consumption when I started drinking THC-infused beverages. To my surprise, it worked.
My favorite these days is Oh Hi, a THC-infused seltzer made in Durango. It comes in four flavors: Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Lemon Lime, which each have 10 milligrams per serving, and Ginger Basil Limeade, with 5 milligrams.
“Oh Hi is the beginning of something really big,” says John Lynch, the company’s head of operations and compliance. “Before COVID, a lot of people were drinking less, especially millennials. There were a lot of mocktail bars. We feel like this is a natural fit for people who don’t want the adverse effects of drinking alcohol. It’s a way of consuming cannabis in a lower dose in a social setting.”
Since one serving isn’t enough for many people, Lynch explains, the company created a new line called Budtender’s Reserve for experienced cannabis users. Each bottle in this line has 100 milligrams of THC, so that people who know the type of effect they want can curate their own experience.
Budtender’s Reserve comes in Tropical Thunder, a Budtender’s Reserve energy drink that has electrolytes and caffeine to fuel an active lifestyle, and High Tea, iced tea with a twist of lemon. Oh Hi is coming out with three more Budtender’s Reserve flavors in the next few months; Grateful Grape will debut in March.
Lynch recommends filling a shot glass, which would be about 10 milligrams, and then pouring your Budtender’s Reserve of choice over ice. Budtender’s Reserve also can be mixed with other beverages, such as club soda, coffee or iced tea to enhance the flavor.
“We’re really trying to hit everyone’s palate,” he explains. “We went really heavy on citrus with the seltzers, so we’re trying to expand and make sure we cover all palates.”
When Oh Hi was in its infancy, it formed a partnership with Stillwater Brands, the maker of the Ripple line of products, which includes gummies and powders that can be mixed into beverages.
I keep a couple of packets of Ripple in my purse for when I go out, to add to club soda in place of a cocktail. There are three versions of Ripple dissolvables: Pure, which has 10 milligrams of THC per packet; Balanced, which has 5 milligrams of THC and 5 milligrams of CBD; and Relief, which has 20 milligrams of CBD and 0.5 milligrams of THC.
“When we first launched Ripple, we launched it as a beverage enhancer, because you could put it into anything, but it was too wide of an application,” recalls Missy Bradley, Stillwater’s director of brand and marketing. “It’s still considered a beverage in many dispensaries because they don’t have a dissolvables category.”