The cannabis industry has gotten more crafty over the years, and no, we’re not talking about creating unique strains with larger-than-life flavor profiles and terpenes. Nowadays, the craftiness is demonstrated through the products companies are using to deliver the actual cannabis.
Long gone are the days of simply smoking weed or eating a cannabis-infused brownie. There are so many marijuana delivery systems that it can be difficult to choose between smoking, vaping, eating, or drinking it. But the good news is that you don’t have to choose – why not try them all?
As we move from 2020 into 2021, cannabis users are definitely in for some treats as well as some surprises. Check out the 6 most surprising products that contain cannabis extracts to try this year.
Lotions, Balms, and Salves
People have actually been slathering on their cannabis for a few years now, but this trend just started to take off recently. Cannabis-infused topicals are gaining popularity for a few reasons, like the fact that they’re easy to use and effective for treating surface-level pain and soreness.
The category of cannabis topicals includes everything from lotions and salves to balms and oils. You use them just as you’d use any other topical – by rubbing the product into an area that needs treating. Once applied, the cannabinoids and terpenes within the product work to alleviate localized issues like pain and soreness that tend to be caused by inflammation.
Some cannabis topicals are even being used for common skin issues like acne, wrinkles, eczema, dermatitis, and wrinkles. No matter what you’re using a topical for, it works by binding to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body.
One of the main attractions of cannabis topicals is that it provides relief without creating a high, even if the product you’re using contains THC. That’s because the ingredients in the topical aren’t able to enter the bloodstream, so there’s no intoxicating relief, just normal relief. There’s still some debate on the effectiveness of topicals, but overall, the research is positive.
Cannabis bath bombs serve a similar purpose to topical products, but bath bombs are usually more focused on providing relaxation rather than relief from pain or soreness. Taking a bubble bath and throwing in a weed bath bomb is actually a great way to relax after a long day, and similar to topicals, it won’t get you high.
The thought process behind bath bombs is that your skin is the largest organ of the human body that’s constantly working to protect and support. The cannabinoids in a bath bomb can help take care of our skin, especially since the hot water opens pores and encourages the body to absorb.
In addition to bath bombs, there are also other bath products like soaking salts, bathing minerals, and cannabis-infused bath oils. All you have to do to use any of these is directly add them to hot bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Beer and Wine
The alcohol industry has taken major steps forward to become allies with big cannabis companies, all in the hope of creating hoppy weed beers and flavorful marijuana wines. These beverages don’t actually contain any alcohol because research has deemed it unsafe to mix alcohol with cannabis, but they do still offer the same flavors you’d get from an IPA or merlot.
The concept behind cannabis-fused beer and wine is to simply swap out the alcohol for cannabis extracts. So instead of making you feel tipsy or drunk, they’ll make you feel relaxed, chilled, or creative depending on the strain and cannabinoids contained within the drink.
Seltzers and Teas
Sticking to the topic of cannabis-infused drinks, these next products are still ones you can guzzle down. Beverages like weed seltzers and teas are refreshing in more ways than one. Sip on a chilled seltzer on a hot day, enjoy a hot tea on a winter’s evening, and enjoy the relaxing effects of cannabis while you do it.
Even the Arizona Iced Tea company is throwing around the idea of adding cannabis extracts to its products. Arizona has officially partnered up with Dixie Brands, a Denver-based cannabis company, in the hopes of creating some spectacular tea-weed fusions.
Edibles have been around for a very long time, but there have been some major steps forward in the past few years when it comes to edible forms of cannabis. Instead of just eating your weed in the form of gummies, brownies, and lollies, it’s now possible to heat up a frozen pizza or pasta and chow down on cannabis for dinner.
Cannabis-infused frozen meals, often referred to as “medical meals”, are the epitome of convenience (not to mention deliciousness). Just pull your meal of choice out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave, and sit down for a nice meal. There’s a meal for pretty much everyone, even if you’re craving a spicy Tikka Masala.
Some people are even crafting their own frozen meals, especially medical growers in North America. The easiest way to do this is by using a rosin press in Canada or the US, infusing the rosin into a butter or oil, using that oil to cook up delicious creations, and individually freezing the meals to eat later on.
Cannabis-infused chewing gum is one of the newest products to hit the market, but it’s gaining popularity faster than you can say “tetrahydrocannabinol”. Chewing gum products like PlusGum and CanChew contain less than 5 calories and promise a high as long as 4 hours.
There’s still a lot in store for cannabis extracts, so definitely keep your eyes open for more cannabis-related surprises to come.