Do THC Drinks Get You High?

Aug 23, 2023The nama Team

Gone are the days of having to smoke or vape to enjoy THC. One of the best (and safest) ways to ingest small amounts of Delta 9 THC is with our THC-infused drinks.

The rising popularity of cannabis beverages has raised the question for many curious souls: do THC drinks actually get you high? 

Explore the science behind the milder yet more sustained high THC drinks have to offer. Beat the heat this summer with chilled mocktails, teas, and lemonades infused with a refreshing dose of our Buzz drops liquid THC.

Do THC Drinks Get You High?

What Is a THC Drink?

THC drinks, also called cannabis-infused beverages, weed drinks, or liquid edibles, are beverages that have been infused with Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC). Sometimes these cannabis drinks contain cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabis compounds. 

Cannabis drinks allow people to consume cannabis orally rather than by smoking or vaping. They are a safer and more convenient way of taking small amounts of Delta 9 and enjoying your cannabis experience to the fullest. 

Can THC Drinks Get You High or Just Mildly Buzzed?

The main compound in THC drinks is Delta 9 THC, which is often referred to as the “primary psychoactive compound” in the cannabis plant. A sufficient amount of THC can lead to strong effects like:

  • Increased euphoria
  • Altered perception of time and space
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in appetite
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased anxiety
  • Paranoia 
  • Hallucinations 

Our THC beverages contain low doses of Delta 9 and cannabidiol (CBD), below the psychoactive threshold. Unless you consume excessive amounts of our weed drinks, the strongest effect you’ll probably experience is complete relaxation and utter bliss. 

That’s why all our cannabis-infused beverages are perfect for microdosing. You get a small amount of THC and a bit of CBD for a balanced kick and a whole lot of flavor to tantalize your taste buds. 

CBD is another primary cannabis compound that does not have any psychoactive properties. It does have a wide range of potential therapeutic benefits, making it an appealing option for many users. Read more about cannabidiol, its uses, and its benefits. 

How Much Delta 9 THC Does It Take to Get High? 

People react differently to Delta 9 THC. Some need small THC dosages to experience psychoactive effects and feel high, while others may require higher doses to achieve the same result. 

Taking a smaller dosage, somewhere between 1 and 5 milligrams of THC, can get you high if you don’t have much experience with cannabis. Others with a higher tolerance to Delta 9 could take a higher dose, between 10 and 20 milligrams, before feeling high.

One thing is certain: our low-dose liquid THC can get you mildly euphoric, relaxed, and at ease without any unwanted side effects. All of our edibles contain low doses of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. 

Check out our article on how the Delta 9 THC “high” works

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How Do Cannabis-Infused Drinks Work?

Cannabis-infused drinks lead to a more mellow, relaxed high that doesn’t overwhelm the senses. The benefits of microdosing cannabis with THC drinks are unlikely to induce the same intense “stoned” feeling as smoking or vaping cannabis. That’s great for those whose goal isn’t to achieve a super intense high.

Similarly to smoking, THC drinks are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the soft tissues in the mouth and throat. From the bloodstream, the THC reaches our brain’s receptors, where the interaction between THC and our brain produces more sustained and longer-lasting effects. 

You can start feeling the effects of THC beverages within 10–20 minutes of consumption, whereas smoking or vaping typically have near-instant effects. Sure, quicker sounds better, but unlike inhaling, the effects of THC drinks can last up to 6 hours, depending on the dose and individual factors. 

But what exactly happens when THC reaches the receptors in the brain? 

THC in the Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis drinks are infused with cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. THC and CBD interact with our body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex network of receptors, enzymes, and neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) that our bodies naturally produce. It plays a crucial role in maintaining balance and homeostasis within the body. 

When you drink THC, the infused beverage passes through the digestive system into the bloodstream and, from there, to the brain. THC binds to two main endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. 

CBD, in turn modifies the way that the receptors respond to other cannabinoids, primarily THC. 

According to Vučković, et. al., “CBD has little binding affinity for either CB1 or CB2 receptors, but it is capable of antagonizing them in the presence of THC.” When THC and CBD are taken together, CBD improves the tolerability of Delta 9 THC and downregulates its possible psychoactive effects.

Cannabinoids in THC-infused drinks interact with the endocannabinoid system beyond the CB1 and CB2 receptors. THC and CBD also affect other receptor systems, such as serotonin receptors (5-HT1A) and the dopaminergic system, which help regulate mood, anxiety, and stress. THC’s interaction with CB1 receptors boosts the release of dopamine in the brain, which is “responsible” for euphoria and the “high” typically associated with cannabis use.

Starting with a low dose of THC is always a good idea. Try our Energy gummies with only 2.5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD for a balanced combination and a subtle boost of energy. 

All of our products are made with 100% organic, American-grown hemp and contain microdoses of THC. If you’re new to microdosing cannabis, you really should check out all the benefits of taking low doses of Delta 9

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THC and CBD in the Entourage Effect

The best way to have the most enjoyable cannabis experience is to combine CBD and THC. The synergy between their effects and benefits produces even greater therapeutic benefits, which is popularly called the entourage effect. 

The entourage effect is a concept that suggests cannabinoids like THC and CBD, along with other compounds found in the cannabis plant, have more significant health benefits when they work together synergistically rather than when taken individually.

You’ll find these powerful synergistic effects in our very own full spectrum CBD gummies. These gummies contain not only THC and CBD but a rich array of cannabinoids and terpenes from the whole hemp plant. Our full spectrum products unlock the potential of the entourage effect, providing you with an enhanced cannabis experience. 

Try our Sleep Plus gummies with a balanced ratio of cannabinoids and melatonin for restful and rejuvenating sleep. The 2 mg of THC gently lulls you into a state of calm, while the 25 mg of CBD works in harmony to ease stress and anxiety, setting the stage for a peaceful slumber. 

The good news is that our liquid Buzz drops contain both THC and CBD, making them oh so perfect for experiencing the entourage effect and bringing us more benefits. 

Read all about this cannabis synergy and why it’s better to infuse cannabis drinks with both THC and CBD. 

What Influences the THC Drink's High?

THC-infused drinks deliver mellow, euphoric effects when dosed correctly. The key is understanding what impacts the high.

  • THC dosage. The amount of THC contained in the drink determines its potency. Typical doses are between 2.5 and 10 milligrams of THC per serving. Higher doses lead to stronger effects. That’s why microdosing is a safe and reliable choice. 
  • Individual tolerance and metabolism. Regular cannabis users may need higher doses to feel the effects compared to beginners since they have built up their tolerances.
  • Drinking on an empty stomach. Drinking THC beverages on an empty stomach results in faster absorption and a more intense high. Try eating before sipping on your favorite THC drink. It might delay and weaken the effects.
  • Consuming other substances with weed drinks. Alcohol or medications can interact with cannabis beverages to amplify certain effects. 

You can’t make a mistake with our low-THC Buzz drops. They contain an ultra low dose of THC: only 2.2 mg THC per full dropper. Whether you’re a seasoned microdosing enthusiast or brand new to the world of THC consumption, our precisely measured formula ensures a controlled and enjoyable experience every time. 

Are Liquid Edibles Stronger Than Gummies?

Liquid edibles and traditional edibles can have similar potencies, depending on the concentration of THC in the product. Our cannabis beverages and gummies are perfect for microdosing because they all contain low amounts of THC

Even cannabis lightweights can handle our Buzz drops pack only 2.2 mg of THC per serving (that’s one full dropper). For newbies, start with a few drops and work your way up. These mild doses let you control your high until you find your sweet spot.

While our THC-infused drinks are ultra low-dose, our Delta 9 gummies are microdosed with a spectrum of THC levels to suit your needs, from a mellow mood lift to a more buzzy high. But don't worry, even our highest concentration caps out at a very manageable 10 mg THC per gummy. With these fruit-filled, refreshing chews, uplifting effects are always within reach.

  • Our Sleep Plus edibles combine the perfect trifecta of relaxation and sleep support with 2 mg of THC, 25 mg of CBD, and an extra helping hand of melatonin. 
  • Bliss Delta 9 gummies contain low amounts of CBD and THC in a lower ratio. Only 5 milligrams of each cannabinoid produces a more subtle effect.
  • Euphoria gummies infused with sour berries are more likely to elevate the mood and bring out that sweet euphoria with 10 mg of THC and CBD. 

Another difference between traditional gummies and liquid edibles is the onset time. THC beverages act quicker than edibles. They are more rapidly absorbed and enter the bloodstream more quickly. 

On the other hand, THC gummies require a longer digestion process before the cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in a slower onset time. You can start feeling the effects of gummies anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours after consumption

Find more information about this in our in-depth comparison of THC beverages and edibles.

What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Beverages?

Low-THC cannabis products like edibles and drinks offer more health benefits than higher doses. Here are some benefits of microdosing with THC and CBD-infused drinks. 

  1. Low doses of THC and CBD can reduce stress and anxiety. CBD and THC seem to stimulate serotonin and dopamine production at low doses. Many people have good results from microdosing cannabis for depression as well. Research found that cannabis users experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms after consuming cannabis in small amounts.
  2. Microdosing THC can reduce inflammation and treat autoimmune diseases caused by chronic inflammatory conditions. A 2021 study revealed the therapeutic synergy of CBD and THC on inflammation in human and animal models. According to the study results, “CBD, CBG, and CBD+THC combination exert a predominantly anti-inflammatory effect in vivo.” This means that low doses of THC may be able to help with multiple sclerosis through its anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties.
  3. Delta 9 can slow the progression of glaucoma and treat symptoms of increased eye pressure like nausea, chronic pain, and discomfort. One study found that low doses of THC can lower intraocular pressure by up to 40%.
  4. Cancer patients microdose Delta 9 to suppress feelings of nausea and vomiting and treat other chemotherapy-related symptoms. Due to its potent anti-cancer properties—medical cannabis may even prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading to other cells—Delta 9 may slow the spread of cancer, induce cancer cell death (apoptosis), and improve the efficiency of cancer treatment. Research on cannabis and cancer revealed that “cannabinoid compounds exert tumour growth inhibitory and antimetastatic effects, cannabinoid compounds may represent a useful additional therapeutic option to currently used cytostatic drugs.”
  5. At low doses, Delta 9 can help you sleep. A 2022 study showed that 71% of the participants in the study “reported a subjective improvement in their sleep or related condition” after consuming small amounts of cannabis. 

Whether you drink THC or chew on a more traditional edible, the outcomes are pretty much the same: a well-balanced experience that maximizes the potential health benefits of both cannabinoids. The synergy between these compounds unlocks the entourage effect, which enhances the overall therapeutic effects and promotes a more holistic sense of well-being. 

From relaxation and stress relief to potential pain management and improved sleep, the combination of THC and CBD in the form of cannabis edibles or delightful low-THC cannabis seltzers ensures that you reap the full spectrum of benefits. 

For a sense of relaxation and pain relief, try our Relax Plus gummies. A balanced ratio of only 5 mg THC and 25 mg CBD provides the perfect synergy for a soothing and calming experience.

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Is It Legal to Consume Cannabis Beverages?

Delta 9 THC is legal on a federal level, provided the products containing it are compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill. For Farm Bill compliance, a product must meet the following criteria:

1. The Delta 9 THC must be derived from the hemp plant, not marijuana. (Find out what the difference between hemp and marijuana is.)

2. The THC product cannot contain more than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC by dry weight.

Great news: our cannabis-infused drinks are also legal at the federal level in the US

However, while most states have adopted these criteria, Kansas and Idaho have prohibited all forms of Delta 9. This means our THC products are fully legal for purchase in 48 US states

All our Delta 9 gummies are legal at the federal level. You can choose from our collection of hemp-derived edibles with the most exotic flavors and the best organic ingredients. We pride ourselves on using only the highest quality ingredients, sourced from trusted suppliers, to create gummies that deliver unparalleled taste and consistency.

One of our top products that customers are completely gaga over is the strawberry-infused Euphoria gummies. Pop one of these fruit-flavored edibles for a mild and tasty buzz, and let them infuse your day with good vibes.

THC Drinks FAQ

THC drinks can make you high if you consume them in sufficient amounts. THC is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis and is responsible for producing the "high" or intoxicating effects. When you consume a THC-infused drink, the THC passes through the digestive system and enters the bloodstream. From there, it travels to the brain, where it binds to cannabinoid receptors, resulting in the euphoric and psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis use.

As long as you stick to the recommended doses, you should be able to avoid getting high. Even better, stick to microdosing, and the problem of psychoactive or any other unwanted effects is solved.

The effects of THC drinks are different for different people. They also depend on factors such as the THC concentration, method of cannabis consumption, and dosage. 

Common effects include euphoria, relaxation, altered perception of time and space, heightened sensory experiences, increased appetite, and changes in mood. Some individuals may also experience temporary impairments in cognitive function and motor skills. 

To avoid any negative effects, consume THC drinks responsibly. Start low and slowly increase the dosage. Moderation is key.

Generally, the effects of THC from cannabis beverages can be felt within 10 to 20 minutes after consumption. The onset time may be influenced by the person’s metabolism and tolerance to cannabis, whether they’re drinking cannabis on an empty stomach or after a meal, and the potency of the cannabis drink. 

The strength of a THC drink is determined by the concentration of THC in the product, typically measured in milligrams (mg) per serving. THC drink products can have varying strengths, ranging from low doses (e.g., 2.5 mg THC per serving) to higher doses (e.g., 10 mg THC per serving or more). If you’re a beginner in THC consumption, check the product label for the THC content and start with a low dose.

Drinkable edibles can expire. Like any other food or beverage product, cannabis-infused drinks have a shelf life and can become less effective or lose potency over time. The expiration date is typically indicated on the product packaging. Try to consume the drink before that date to ensure the best experience and effect.

A 10 mg edible can be too much for some beginners, especially those with little or no experience with THC. Cannabis affects individuals differently, and each person has their own tolerance. 

For some people, 10 mg of THC may be a moderate dose, while for others, it could lead to psychoactive effects and potential discomfort. If you’re just starting with THC beverages,  start with a lower dose, such as 2.5 mg or 5 mg, and gradually increase if needed. The "start low and go slow" approach is best used to find your ideal dosage and avoid overconsumption.

CBD-infused drinks offer a convenient and enjoyable way to consume cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis extracts. CBD drinks are designed to potentially promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and alleviate certain types of pain and inflammation. 

CBD-infused drinks are typically made with CBD oil or CBD isolate, which is extracted from hemp plants and infused into the beverage. Some users report improved focus and a sense of overall well-being with regular CBD consumption. 

While full spectrum CBD products contain two or more cannabinoids and produce a synergy of benefits, CBD isolate contains only pure, hemp-derived cannabidiol. Look into the differences between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD right here

CBD drinks can have many therapeutic and medicinal effects on people. CBD's potential effects may include relaxation, reduced anxiety, improved mood, and relief from certain types of pain and inflammation. 

In many ways, the therapeutic effects and benefits of THC and CBD are similar. Some of the major distinctions between the two are their chemical composition and psychoactivity. With THC and CBD infused together, the best cannabis experience is achieved.

The best thing to infuse THC with depends on personal preference and desired effects. Some may prefer infusing THC with fruity or herbal flavors to create a refreshing and flavorful beverage. 

Others may opt for classic combinations like CBD and THC-infused drinks for a balanced and nuanced effect. Ultimately, it's essential to choose high-quality cannabis oil or extracts to ensure a safe and enjoyable THC-infused beverage.

Non-alcoholic beverages like cannabis-infused mocktails and cannabis seltzers are always a good choice. They offer a safer and more approachable way to enjoy THC. These drinks can be formulated to contain a precise dosage of THC or THC and CBD in balanced ratios, providing consumers with a controlled and measured experience.

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