With everything from weed-infused beer to the legal marijuana shop on your corner (in some places), the weed business continues to bloom as a growing number of states have legalized. Now, a California Distillery has created what's perhaps an inevitable addition to the budding cannabis economy: weed-infused vodka. There's just one slight catch.
Humboldt Distillery, a micro-distillery in northern California, announced the new vodka -- fittingly titled Humboldt's Finest -- late last week, saying it's "one of the first spirits of its kind available to the public," according to a press release. While Humboldt claims the vodka is infused with legally sourced cannabis sativa, drinking it is not going to get you high. But at 40% ABV, you'll almost certainly end up feeling it. Specifically, the vodka is made with hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3%.
Abe Stevens, the distillery's owner, said the low level of THC was his way of meeting consumer demand for the so-called "local flavor" without breaking the law. It's currently available in California and Colorado, according to the company's website.
“Humboldt’s Finest doesn’t have the THC that you’d find in marijuana, so it’s not going to get anyone in trouble with the law,” he said. “It does, however, retain an herbal and aromatic quality reminiscent of fresh cannabis, and we’ve found it works very well in place of gin, giving classic cocktails a fresh new spin.”
But let's be honest, if a high is what you're looking for, there are plenty of other edible options out there.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and would love to taste this in a cocktail. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.