As legalized marijuana becomes more commercially widespread in states like Colorado and Washington, the stoner culture is being turned on to a wealth of new cannabis products that not only provide pot enthusiasts with alternatives to dime bags and rolling papers, but also with some rather ingenious and tasty methods for catching a buzz.
Perhaps the latest example of this marijuana metamorphosis is a Washington-based company that hopes to reinvent the idea of the coffee pot. Mirth Provisions, a new beverage company owned and operated by Longview resident, Adam Stites, is preparing to launch a line of cannabis-infused coffee drinks called “Legal.”
These bud beverages come in five coffee flavors, including two cold brew variations, aimed at getting the stoner class ripped up at the seams. "The coffee drinks give you an uplifting head high. We call it the wake and bake drink," Stites told My Northwest. Stites says each bottle comes packed with enough THC to melt consumers into the back of their furniture -- 20 mgs per bottle -- but not enough to render an amateur catatonic and immobile.
"We want the experience to be more similar to that if you had a nice IPA or glass of wine,” he said. “We don't want to pack so much THC into every one of our drinks that it's unpleasant, especially for people that are just getting into marijuana.”
Perhaps what is most interesting about Legal beverages is that each drink is brewed using a different strain of marijuana to produce a fluctuation in effect. For example, the company’s Rainer Cherry drink aims to give consumers “an uplifting, euphoric head high and a gentle body buzz,” while its Lemon Ginger flavor offers “a powerful body buzz and a smooth, freeing head high.”
Once Stites receives final approval for his producer/processor license, which he expects will happen in the next few weeks, he will begin distributing his cannabis coffee to retailers across Washington.