This is real… now there’s a new ‘Green Wine’ called Canna Vine that is infused with cannabis.
Many cannabis enthusiasts are already used to enjoying the plant and drink together, and some wineries in California has successfully created and sold small batches. Canna Vine, however, is intended for the mass market. Made with high-end organically grown cannabis Indica and Sativa, the wine’s creators hopes it will create uplifting and relaxing sensations.
Canna Vine is a commercially produced cannabis wine made by Californian winemakers. Canna Vine is the brainchild of Lisa Molyneux, owner of a Santa Cruz dispensary during a 2010 trip to Yosemite. During the trip she was introduced its medical benefits by Louisa Sawyer Lindquist who owns Verdad Wines in Santa Maria. Molyneux is a cancer survivor who eventually grew her own cannabis and established a shop, called Greenway, with the purpose of helping other cancer survivors.
They wanted to find an equal balance of “uplifting and relaxing sensations” with this wine. Reports say the process used to make this weed-infused wine is:
“Around a pound of marijuana. The weed is then wrapped in cheese cloth and added to a barrel of wine, where it sits for nearly a year to ferment and repose.”
Once bottled and ready, the wine delivers a mellow “body high” without the “mental high” caused by THC, a potent cannabinoid. Canna Vine currently retails at 120-440$ for half a litter to Californian medical marijuana users. However, the wine producers hope to make it available in other states too, where it’s currently illegal to infuse cannabis in alcohol.
Until then, Lisa Molyneux and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, the company owners, will continue to refine their product and uphold their high standards.
“Cannabis wine has been so effective as a stress reliever, as a mood elevator, and as a medicine,” Lindquist told the LA Times “I have no idea what the market will be like for it, but whatever I make I want to be safe, made from pure ingredients and, hopefully, delicious.”
Marijuana enthusiast and dispensary owner Lisa Molyneux explained that drinking weed-infused wine, also known as green wine, gives you a mellow, more physical body high, rather than a mental high.
‘There’s a little flush after the first sip, but then the effect is really cheery, and at the end of the night you sleep really well. ‘It really is the best of both worlds; you get delicious wines with medicinal benefits.’
However, many doctors are concerned with the dangers of mixing marijuana and alcohol. Multiple studies are currently underway to find out if mixing the two is safe, and if so- in what quantities.