Whether it's the Fourth of July, Labor Day Weekend, or a summer cookout, a backyard barbecue is even more fun when cannabis is involved.
So Weedmaps News has put together a list of products for elevating the experience. As always, when mixing THC and food — and especially alcohol — don't overconsume. It's better to underestimate than overestimate, since you can always have “one more bite” if you need to up the dosage.
So be safe, mow the lawn, and invite a few friends over. Any of the following products will add a fresh new high to your next summer gathering.
Flav — Lemonade
Is there a better summertime drink than lemonade? While it's always nice to give it a spike of vodka, you can now set the booze aside and let the effects of cannabis take over instead. Flav comes in individual packets, which are easy to take on the go. Just add water and you're all set with a tall, refreshing glass of lemonade. The THC transports into the system quickly. You'll likely feel the effects in 15 minutes or less.
Price: $12-$16 — Find it on Weedmaps
Ganja Juice Cannabis Infused BBQ Sauce
No summer cookout is complete without a little barbecue. This sweet-and-savory sauce is perfect for ribs, chicken, or pork chops straight off the grill. Each 200 milliliter bottle contains 500 milligrams of THC, or about 14 milligrams per serving. If you're the kind of person who loves to drown their meats in heavy amounts of BBQ sauce, it's probably best to mix this with a cannabis-free version or use it as a base for your own homemade recipe.
Availability: United States
Evergreen Organix — Cereal Treats
We know that whoever shows up with Rice Krispies treats is always the hit of any party. Feel free to put a cannabis-infused spin on it with a line of cereal treats by Evergreen Organix. They come in rice, fruit cereal, magic marshmallow, cookies and cream, cinnamon, and peanut butter versions — all designed to make you forget old morning favorites ever existed. The chunky squares are made with marshmallow and cannabis-infused butter with either 25 milligrams or 100 of THC.
Fairwinds — Sriracha THC Tincture
Bring the heat to any order of chicken wings with this spicy tincture, made with oils of jalapeño and ghost peppers. Each bottle has 100 milligrams of THC, which breaks down to 4 milligrams per serving. Use the product to spice up a BBQ sauce, bowl of chili, or your own Bloody Mary recipe. A little goes a long way. Consider yourself warned!
Beat the summer heat with grape and cherry-flavored ice pops. Each individual frozen treat contains 10 milligrams of THC sourced from an indica strain for a relaxing, reinvigorating high. Nectarbee is an in-house brand for the Green Solution, which has 17 dispensaries throughout Colorado.
Price: $2.45 each (Buy a pack of 10 for $10, July 1-3)
Binske — Yampa Valley Honey
Forget about ranch and honey mustard. Instead, add a gourmet touch to your fried chicken with a drizzle of THC-infused honey. The sweet-and-savory combination works best with Yampa Valley Honey by Binske, which has a light, natural floral flavor without any artificial additives. Binske honey is available in orange blossom, clover, and wildflower.
Availability: California, Colorado, Florida, and Nevada
When we were kids, there was nothing better than hanging around the backyard while eating a fruit snack. Now, that we're adults, we can get the same experience, but with THC in place of added refined sugars. Fruit Slabs — available in OG Mango, Mango Maui Wowie, and Tropical Haze — are a refreshing change of pace from the same old gummies. They're also a good option for anyone at your party who's vegan. Each square is made with real organic fruit and 10 milligrams of THC. 10 Fruit Slabs come in a package.
Price: $25 — Find them on Weedmaps
Two Roots Brewing Co. Cannabis-infused Beverage
A good way to make craft beer even better? Remove the alcohol and add some cannabis. Two Roots has mastered the formula and is available as a lager, blonde, wheat, IPA, or stout. Pick your favorite to wash down a heavy BBQ meal. Each can comes with a modest 5 milligrams of THC.
Availability: California and Nevada
Price: $8-$10 each — Find them on Weedmaps
BAM — Pretzels
For a salty, sweet flavor profile, BAM Pretzels come in packs of 10, each pretzel infused with 10 milligrams of THC. Infused caramel is sandwiched between two pretzels and dipped in chocolate. Look for the ones with red, white, and blue sprinkles and white chocolate for celebrating the Fourth of July or any other patriotic holiday.
Availability: Arkansas, California, Nevada, and Ohio
Price: $25 for a pack of 10
Mellows Gourmet Marshmallows
While it's fun to roast marshmallows yourself, Mellows does all the heavy lifting for you. The San Francisco cannabis bakery has its own line of gourmet marshmallows, including birthday cake, brown butter sage, cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake, and the award-winning black sesame among its signature flavors. Each marshmallow has 5 milligrams of THC, allowing you to microdose or go at your own pace.
Price: $5 for one marshmallow, $50 for a pack of 12
Lagunitas Hi-Fi Hops
California craft beer maker Lagunitas got into the cannabis game last year by partnering with AbsoluteXtracts for Hi-Fi Hops. The sparkling beverage combines a hoppy IPA-inspired flavor with either 10 milligrams of THC or a blend that includes 5 milligrams of both THC and CBD. Those who've tried both, say the former gives you a stoney buzz, while the latter provides a calming mellow. Both options are free of alcohol, calories, and carbs, allowing you to save more room for food during an afternoon cookout.
Enjoyable — Canna Butter
Still need more options for a 420-focused backyard bash? Keep things flexible with a serving of THC-infused butter — perfect for a potato salad recipe or adding an extra buzz to hot dog or hamburger buns. One of our favorites is Enjoyable Canna Butter from Los Angeles. If you prefer to experiment with a particular strain, try making your own cannabis butter at home.
CBD Living Water
When you're partying hard under the sun, it's important to stay hydrated. CBD Living Water will quench your thirst in no time. Each 16.9-ounce (500 milliliter) bottle of 9+pH alkaline water contains 10 million nanograms of absorbable cannabidiol (CBD) to balance out all of that THC you've been ingesting throughout the barbecue. Keep a few on ice in a cooler.
Availability: United States
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