July 23, 2018
t's barely been a month since the Canadians passed legislation to legalise the recreational use of Cannabis, and it's not actually legal yet. You can't spark up legally until October. Nonetheless, a team of scientists in Ontario already set to work making beer out of it. Trust.
From the outset, this is not strictly the world's first beer to feature Cannabis. There are plenty of hoppy brews out there that include Cannabis Oil to induce a high through drinking it, just like any other edible. However, a team of Ontario-based scientists, who presumably have nothing else to do, have taken to breaking down the different components of the cannabis plant, from the stalks to the seeds and the roots, in the hope of brewing an actual beer out of it.
The effect it has? “The flavour is dry, savoury, less sweet than a typical beer flavour,” Dooma Wendschuh of Province Brands, the Toronto startup behind the product, told The Guardian. “The beer hits you very quickly, which is not common for a marijuana edible.”
Interestingly, the Beer is made out of marijuana by-product. The seeds, stems and roots of cannabis plants are, as Afroman taught us all, routinely disposed of before smoking. So the project is also helping to reduce waste.
The beer itself probably won't become legal for at least another year, when THC-based edibles are expected to be legalised in Canada. At the risk of indulging too far in some appalling national stereotyping, we can only imagine weed-infused maple syrup is soon to follow.
Wendschuh, who actually moved from Miami to Toronto to capitalise on the profit that's inevitably there to be made once Canada's weed economy takes off, said, “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?"
“I don’t think there was anywhere else in the world where we could do this business. Canada is already leading the world in creating an industry around medical cannabis and we expect them to continue to lead the world in trading and industry around adult-use cannabis.