To mark the occasion of the second anniversary of legalization in Canada, we’ve searched high (and low) and picked the brains of some notables in the industry to offer up street-level advice on their fave—and greenest—producers of strains, edibles, and beverages.
Here are their picks for drinks.
Grapefruit flavoured sparkling water by Houseplant
Celebrity cannabis brands have been all the rage since legalization. But the rush to cash in on star power was more about buzz than quality product. B.C.-born Seth Rogen is an exception. Most potheads know Rogen as the star of the 2008 stoner film Pineapple Express. But he has the bud bona fides.
He was active in anti-prohibition and get-out-the-vote efforts among young people in the U.S. before marijuana was mainstream. He’s also got some marketing smarts. His Houseplant strain, launched with Canopy Growth, played to mostly positive reviews.
Rogen is getting his feet wet again, this time with cannabis-infused beverages. His grapefruit sparkling water is a refreshing addition to an otherwise still pretty bland (it must be said) field. It tastes pretty good, too.
Everie sparkling CBD water and green teas by High Park Farms
Cannabis teas are one of the best ways to enjoy your bud. It’s been a familiar—and easy—way to imbibe for those looking for more of a body stone. But they’ve mostly gotten lost in the Cannabis 2.0 marketing drive. Still, there are some notable players. Toronto-based Everie is the biggest—it’s cornered the market with more than half the Ontario Cannabis Store’s sales in beverages.
Green Tea and Rise Tea by Haven St. (TerrAscend)
Haven St. is known for its premium cannabis. But it’s also a big player in the beverages sector. It’s No. 150 Peace Tea and No. 550 Rise Tea have found their niche. (Both are currently on sale at the Ontario Cannabis Store.) TerrAscend, its Mississauga-based partner in the venture, recently announced a major expansion of company grow facilities in California.
Ripple dissolvable THC powder by Green Organic Dutchman
Taste—and smell—are complaints you often hear when it comes to cannabis-infused drinks. It’s not so bad if you think about them as energy drinks as opposed to something you knock down when you’re thirsty or want to relax. But Green Organic Dutchman has the solution—mix your own. Our friends at the Friendly Stranger tell us the company’s dissolvable THC powder is “hands down the best”.
BRZY cannabis-infused sparkling spring water by Ontarieau and Level Up Infusions
It’s coming soon—that’s all we can tell you right now, and that it’s going to be good. It comes in glass bottles, has no sugar and the companies have partnered with Tree Canada to be carbon neutral.