First ever beer brewed from cannabis is non-alcoholic and gluten free

July 24, 2018
Jane Wharton

The world’s first beer to be brewed from cannabis is being developed. The tipple is actually alcohol and gluten-free and is marketed as a ‘safer and healthier alternative to alcohol.’ The beverage is being made in Toronto ahead of Canada legalising cannabis for recreational use. The beer is produced from stalks, stems and roots of the cannabis plant (Picture: Getty) The firm behind it have invented an entirely new brewing process whereby the stalks, stems and roots of the cannabis plant – which are normally waste material – are mashed to create a sugar. The company admit that the first product tasted like rotten broccoli and was abandoned. But they then teamed up with chemists and have now come up with what they claim is the winning formula. Dooma Wendschuh, CEO and co-founder of Province Brands of Canada, who are creating the drink said: ‘The flavour is dry, savoury, less sweet than a typical beer flavour. ‘The beer hits you very quickly, which is not common for a marijuana edible.’ The Toronto-based firm are experimenting with cannabis beer (Picture: Splash News) Most cannabis beers on the market are brewed from barley and infused with marijuana oil, according to Mr Wendschuh. Theirs is unique because they actually use the plant. ‘Our beer is brewed from the stalks, stem and roots of the cannabis plant’, Mr Wendschuh said. ‘We take them off the grower’s hands, saving them the cost of hiring a licensed disposal company to dispose of them.’ Entrepreneurs across Canada are racing to develop a host of products to capitalise on the legalisation, which comes into effect on 17th October. Entrepreneurs have headed to Canada to make the most of the change in the law (Picture: Splash) Cannabis is expected to be added to a host of foods from brownies to honey in a market tipped to be worth up to £13billion per year. Mr Wendschuh moved from Miami to Canada to make the most of the expected new trade. ‘The idea came from thinking, can we create something that can serve the role that alcohol serves in our society, and can we do that using this monumental sea change that is happening in our world right now?’ he said. ‘I don’t think there was anywhere else in the world where we could do this business.’ The initial results were not promising. Mr Wendschuh said: ‘The things that we would come up with just tasted horrible. ‘They tasted like rotten broccoli.’ The beer will be alcohol and gluten-free (Picture: Splash) However with the help of a chemist he hit the right combination of hops, water, yeast and cannabis. Any alcohol produced during the processing is removed, resulting in a non-alcoholic, gluten-free beer that offers a high. So far the product averages about 6.5mg THC a beer. But the bad news is, it’s not ready just yet. The beer is likely to come onto the market in October next year so just hold off booking those flights to Canada for now.