How Do THC Drinks Make You Feel?

Aug 22, 2023The nama Team

There has been a lot of buzz lately about our THC beverages. They provide a mildly euphoric high that’s just different (and better) than smoking or vaping. 

But how do these THC drinks really make you feel?

We’re not gonna lie: these phenomenal low-dose THC drinks give you the best cannabis experience out there. The great thing about them is that the THC in drinks hits you faster than gummies do

There are so many other perks and quirks about drinking THC, so dive right into the world of microdosing and explore the therapeutic benefits of THC beverages

How Do THC Drinks Make You Feel?

What Are THC-Infused Beverages?

THC drinks, or cannabis-infused beverages, are liquid products that contain THC in small amounts. These drinks are formulated to provide the therapeutic effects of THC in a liquid form, allowing for convenient consumption and precise dosing.

New to the cannabis world? Read more about Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC) and find out why we insist on making all our hemp-derived products with low-dose THC only. 

One of the greatest benefits of cannabis-infused drinks is the precise control of the cannabis compounds you consume. With cannabis drinks, you can always be sure of the exact dosage, which allows for a more predictable and tailored experience. Their discreet nature makes them particularly well-suited for microdosing cannabis

If you thought THC was the only potent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, you obviously haven’t heard about cannabidiol. Discover CBD and all its health benefits in our in-depth guide.

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The beauty of microdosing with nama is that you can choose from the most delightful collection of Delta 9 edibles or opt for our liquid THC drinks. Whichever method of microdosing cannabis you choose, small doses of THC are guaranteed. 

How Does Drinking Cannabis Make You Feel?

Delta 9 THC is often called the main psychoactive chemical extracted from the cannabis plant. A higher amount of THC may have mind-altering, psychoactive properties, but a low dose THC product is safe and beneficial for most users

THC drinks or edibles have similar effects: they produce a mild to moderate high, relaxation, pain relief, and so much more by interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

The Role of the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of signals and receptors. Its main role is to maintain our body’s internal balance and stability by regulating a wide range of physiological functions, such as:

  • Sleep
  • Mood 
  • Pain perception
  • Motor control
  • Stress response
  • Appetite 

According to cannabis research, the ECS “serves pivotal roles in a diverse range of physiological and pathophysiological states, including behavior, pain, schizophrenia, obesity, Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular disease.”

Our bodies produce endocannabinoids (“inner” cannabinoids), whereas the hemp plant produces phytocannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. THC binds to CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the ECS to produce its effects. These effects of THC are best described as “partial agonists” of cannabinoid receptors.

Δ9-THC, the main psychotropic constituent of cannabis, is a CB1 and CB2 receptor partial agonist and in line with classical pharmacology, the responses it elicits appear to be strongly influenced both by the expression level and signaling efficiency of cannabinoid receptors and by ongoing endogenous cannabinoid release. (Pertwee, et. al.)

When taken in sufficient amounts, Delta 9 interacts with CB1 receptors to generate euphoric feelings. Its interaction with the CB2 cannabinoid receptor produces anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. 

The best way to propel the function of our endocannabinoid system is to consume THC and CBD together. Studies reveal that the potential benefits of THC increase when taken together with CBD. Cannabidiol seems to have “synergistic contributions to cannabis pharmacology and analgesia.” 

This is called the entourage effect, a synergistic interaction between cannabinoids that together produce greater therapeutic effects. 

THC and CBD in the Entourage Effect

When taken together, CBD might help balance the possible psychoactive effects of Delta 9, providing a more mellow experience. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties, probably because it does not bind to cannabinoid receptors in the ECS directly. Instead, it regulates the activation and function of these receptors in the presence of THC. 

CBD has little binding affinity for either CB1 or CB2 receptors, but it is capable of antagonizing them in the presence of THC. In fact, CBD behaves as a non-competitive negative allosteric modulator of CB1 receptor, and it reduces the efficacy and potency of THC and AEA. CBD also regulates the perception of pain by affecting the activity of a significant number of other targets. (Vučković, et. al.)

We combined THC and CBD in full spectrum CBD to enhance the benefits and reduce the possible overwhelming sensations of THC. Full spectrum CBD gummies contain both major cannabinoids and other minor cannabis compounds to take your cannabis experience to a whole new level. 

Our Buzz Drops contain THC and CBD mixed at optimal synergistic levels to leverage the entourage effect and provide a balanced cannabis experience. Just add a few drops to your favorite beverage for fast-acting relief with a mild euphoric buzz.

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The Factors That Influence the Effects of THC Drinks

When it comes to cannabis drinks, many different factors influence the timing, intensity, and overall experience of the high you’ll feel. Remember that these effects vary from person-to-person and that everyone’s cannabis experience is unique. 

Dosage Matters

The cardinal rule is “start low, go slow.” When first using THC drinks, begin with very small doses of 2–5mg THC. At this microdose, you’ll feel mild euphoria and a mood lift without intense psychoactive effects. 

Moderate doses of 5–10 mg of THC will provide more pronounced effects, while 25 mg of THC or more is generally considered a high dose. Our rule of thumb is to start low and gradually increase your dose until you find the right amount for you.

Your Metabolism Influences Duration

THC drinks typically kick in faster than edibles, but their effects tend to wear off quicker. Cannabis-infused beverages can last anywhere from two to six hours, depending on other factors. 

People with faster metabolisms may find THC drinks wearing off sooner than expected. Slower metabolizers will feel longer effects. This is due to how quickly your body processes the THC and CBD compounds after ingestion. 

Stay hydrated to help flush your system.

Eat Before or After?

Consuming THC drinks alongside a meal can increase bioavailability since dietary fats help absorption. However, eating delays the onset of the effects. For the fastest effects, take THC drinks 30-60 minutes before eating or on an empty stomach.

Can THC Beverages Get Me High?

Beverages infused with THC may produce euphoric effects if consumed in sufficient amounts. Delta 9 is often referred to as the “primary psychoactive compound” in the cannabis plant, so consuming it in sufficient amounts may lead to effects like:

  • Increased euphoria
  • Increased anxiety, sometimes paranoia
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in appetite
  • Heart palpitations

The intensity of the high from THC drinks varies depending on the dosage. THC beverages infused with our liquid cannabis contain microdoses of 2 mg of THC per serving. At this level, users report mild euphoria, relaxation, and a mood lift without significant impairment or anxiety. 

THC Drinks and Pain Relief

Microdosing THC is a great way to relieve pain. According to research, the combination of THC and CBD might effectively relieve neuropathic pain, arthritic pain, and cancer pain. 

A 2019 study suggests that cannabis may be an effective and safe option for treating fibromyalgia-related pain

We found a significant improvement in pain intensity and significant improvement in patients’ overall quality of life and fibromyalgia-related symptoms after six months of medical cannabis therapy. 

By binding to CB1 receptors, THC can produce pain relief, while its interaction with CB2 receptors can effectively reduce inflammation

Inflammation is our body's natural way of protecting us from harm and starting the healing process. The problem comes when inflammation sticks around long after the threat is gone. This chronic inflammation can lead to ongoing pain, stiffness, and damage. Research suggests that the source of all pain may be an underlying chronic inflammatory reaction. 

Irrespective of the characteristic of the pain, whether it is sharp, dull, aching, burning, stabbing, numbing or tingling, all pain arises from inflammation and the inflammatory response. (Omoigui)

If you're dealing with chronic inflammatory pain, cannabis could be a safer, non-addictive alternative to prescription meds. Specifically, products containing both CBD and THC seem to work best thanks to something called the entourage effect. 

Read more about the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis and how low doses can mitigate the side effects of chronic inflammatory diseases. 

THC Drinks and Stress Relief

Many people rely on Delta 9 THC to alleviate anxiety and make them feel less stressed. Microdosing cannabis edibles is one way to relieve stress, but drinking THC may be a faster yet equally delicious option. 

THC and CBD interact with the ECS to help regulate our response to stress. Researchers at the University of Washington explain the significant role of the endocannabinoid system in reducing anxiety. 

Both for anxiety and fear memory processing, the endocannabinoid system is thought to ensure an appropriate reaction to stressful events and to serve as a regulatory buffer system for emotional responses.

Delta 9 THC activates CB1 receptors, which helps reduce anxiety levels and promote mental health. According to researchers, low doses of THC can successfully decrease anxiety without psychoactive effects. At the same time, higher THC doses may increase feelings of anxiety, stress, and paranoia, which is exactly why we stick to therapeutic low doses. 

You can try our collection of THC gummies that contain low amounts of THC, CBD, and other beneficial cannabis compounds that elevate mood and lower stress. We recommend our favorite Relax Plus gummies, with only 5 milligrams of THC balanced perfectly by 25 milligrams of CBD. 

For a more fun social experience, add our Buzz Drops to your favorite mocktail and relax with your weed-infused drink delight. 

Drinking THC to Sleep Better

Got insomnia? We feel you. Staring at the ceiling all night is straight up torture. But before you resort to popping sleeping pills, try unwinding with a tasty THC drink instead.

Cannabis research has revealed that THC and CBD can help you sleep better when taken at lower doses. Here’s what we know so far: 

  • THC can increase your time spent in deep sleep, the so-called non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage. REM sleep helps you feel refreshed and well-rested in the morning.
  • THC helps increase sleep latency (the time you need to fall asleep) and decrease REM sleep. 
  • At high doses, THC may lower the amount of time spent in deep sleep, whereas at moderate concentrations, it can promote REM sleep. 

Unlike old-fashioned weed edibles, THC beverages kick in fast, so you can get your chill on quickly. We're talking about calming your mind, melting muscle tension, and easing into dreamland more efficiently. 

But don’t worry—THC drinks won't knock you out. Instead, they pave the way for better Zzz's by lowering anxiety and promoting bodily calm. Keep reading to find out how THC and CBD from our cannabis beverages team up to promote relaxation and elevate the mood. 

Drinking Cannabis to Improve the Mood

It is a known fact that Delta 9 THC can make you euphoric and improve your mood. With low-dose THC beverages, we’re talking mild euphoria and just enough buzz to lift your spirits and make you feel less stressed or anxious. 

Through the bloodstream, THC reaches our brain, where it interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the ECS. CB1 receptors are mainly found in two important brain regions: the emotion-regulating amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, which controls our pleasure and reward systems. THC’s interaction with CB1 receptors can trigger the release of important brain chemicals in these two brain regions that influence our mood and emotions. 

One such brain chemical is the neurotransmitter dopamine (DA), which regulates our mood, reward-based behavior, and enjoyable behaviors. Balanced levels of dopamine in the brain are important for our day-to-day happiness, motivation, focus, and overall well-being. 

Luckily for all cannabis enthusiasts out there, low doses of THC can stimulate the release of dopamine, creating a sense of euphoria and improving mood

Our liquid Buzz Drops contain only 2 mg of THC derived from premium hemp. This small amount is enough to provide a lift without overwhelming your senses.

Do THC Drinks Affect Appetite?

THC’s appetite-stimulating effects may be beneficial for people struggling with appetite loss due to medical conditions or treatments. In other words, consuming cannabis typically gives you the munchies.

“Munchies” refers to the increased appetite and food cravings that many people experience after smoking, vaping, or eating THC. There are a few reasons why this happens: 

  • THC activates our endocannabinoid system, which also plays a role in regulating appetite. It mimics the action of anandamide, one of the body's natural endocannabinoids that stimulates appetite.
  • THC interacts with receptors in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls hunger signals. This can override signals of fullness and cause food cravings.
  • THC may temporarily increase ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger. At the same time, it also decreases levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite. One study demonstrated “significant alterations of the appetite hormones ghrelin, [peptide YY] and leptin in blood after smoking cannabis at doses that yielded substantial blood THC levels.”
  • Remember dopamine? We kind of forgot to mention that by regulating our brain’s reward centers, dopamine can make food seem more appetizing. THC enhances the sensory appeal and palatability of food by helping your brain release more sweet dopamine. 

If you want to stimulate your appetite in a fun, controlled way, try our Buzz Drops with low-dose THC. Just a few drops added to your favorite drink will provide a mild buzz that activates hunger signals and makes your meal that much more delicious and satisfying. 

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THC-Infused Drinks Side Effects

Consuming Delta 9 THC at higher doses can cause some side effects, whether you’re drinking it or eating THC-infused gummies. Some potential side effects that consuming cannabis at high doses can cause are:

  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Slower response times

Since our liquid Delta 9 doesn’t contain more than 2.2 mg of THC, you should be safe from experiencing any negative side effects. We see no reason why you shouldn’t microdose Delta 9 with drinks or edibles on a daily basis. 

People who use medical cannabis every day say it's a safe and effective way to reduce stress, relieve pain, improve sleep, and reap other benefits. 

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Safety Tips for Drinking THC Responsibly

Drinking cannabis can be super fun, but safety comes first. Don't worry, we've got you covered with the need-to-know tips for getting your THC drink on deliciously and responsibly.

  • If you’re a beginner at microdosing, start low and slow. Our liquid THC drops contain only 2 milligrams of THC, making them perfect for easing you into the process until you become more experienced. 
  • Wait at least an hour before sipping more. The effects of THC drinks can take 10–20 minutes to kick in, so chill and let the cannabis work its magic.
  • Combining weed drinks with alcohol, medications, or extra edibles can make for a not-so-stellar time, so avoid that. 
  • THC may cause dry mouth for some, so drink plenty of water and don't overdo the dose.
  • Use quality, lab-tested cannabis from reputable brands so you know exactly what you’re getting. Choose an organic, non-GMO cannabis product whenever possible to avoid pesticides or funky additives. Our drinks only use the good stuff: American hemp with no artificial junk. If you don’t want to buy cannabis products that contain a bunch of chemicals and pesticides, shop at nama
  • And of course, double check your state's cannabis laws before indulging.

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THC Drinks FAQ

The best way to consume THC depends on your preferences and desired effects. If you're looking for a quicker onset, smoking or vaping might be more suitable. These methods are highly unhealthy and can ruin your respiratory health. 

If you're interested in a longer-lasting, more gradual high, THC drinks or edibles could be a great choice. 

You can also try cannabis oil, tinctures, or sublinguals, but our favorite way to consume THC is with edibles, either drinkable or chewable. 

Edible highs are known for being intense and long-lasting. After consuming a THC edible, you'll likely start feeling the effects within an hour or two. The high often begins with a sense of relaxation, followed by euphoria and altered sensory perception. 

The edible high can be stronger than other consumption methods, so aim to start with a low dose to avoid overwhelming effects.

The duration of a traditional edible high depends on many factors, but it typically lasts around six to eight hours. Keep in mind that factors like your metabolism, tolerance, and the THC dose in the gummy can influence how long the effects will linger.

Any form of cannabis consumption may lead to red eyes. The reason behind this is that THC can cause blood vessels in the eyes to dilate, leading to redness. It's a common side effect and can happen regardless of the consumption method.

However, because smoking and vaping involve actual smoke, these methods may additionally irritate the eyes. The solution to this is to completely avoid smoking or vaping in favor of low-dose THC edibles or drinks, which have far less chance of making your eyes red.

If you're new to edibles, it’s always a good idea to start low, even if it means you don’t experience the “high.” Begin with half of a standard dose (around 5 mg of THC) and wait for a couple of hours. If you're not feeling the desired effects, you can gradually increase the dose in subsequent sessions. Remember, it's easier to take more if needed than to reverse an uncomfortable high.

The legal status of Delta 9 THC drinks in the US varies by state. Several states have legalized recreational, medical, or both uses of cannabis. This means that in those states, individuals of legal age can possess and consume cannabis products containing Delta 9 THC within the boundaries defined by state law. 

However, cannabis laws are subject to change and may differ between states. Read more about the legality of THC edibles

A 10 mg traditional edible can be quite potent, especially for beginners. While some individuals may handle 10 mg well, others could experience strong effects or discomfort. If you're new to edibles, consider halving the dose and assessing your reaction before trying a higher amount. Safety and comfort should always be priorities.

The potency of Delta 9 THC gummies varies based on the product and dosage. Delta 9 THC gummies can last for several hours.

Factors that can influence the potency of Delta 9 gummies are:

  1. THC concentration
  2. Dosage 
  3. The amount of THC habitually or recently consumed by an individual
  4. Quality of the cannabis product
  5. The individual’s tolerance level

The effects of Delta 9 THC vary from person to person, and what feels strong to one person may not have the same effect on another.

THC-infused drinks are legal at the federal level if the THC in them is derived from hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill made a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana and removed hemp from the list of controlled substances. Hemp is defined as cannabis that contains no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. 

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. 

Cannabis beverages are often considered safer than alcoholic beverages for several reasons. 

  • Cannabis has a lower risk of physical and psychological dependence and addiction compared to drinking alcohol. 
  • Weed-infused drinks—especially at low doses—lead to far less motor skill impairment than alcohol does.
  • Cannabis drinks don’t lead to aggressive or risky behavior as frequently as alcoholic beverages do.
  • Cannabis has a lower risk of overdose compared to alcohol, which can have severe health consequences. 

All these reasons make low-dose cannabis beverages much healthier alternatives to alcohol.

The effects of THC or weed drinks are different for everyone, and they depend on factors like the THC concentration, forms of cannabis use, 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, use weed drinks responsibly. Start low and slowly increase the dosage. 

THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, is not specifically indica or sativa. Rather, it's present in both types of cannabis. 

Indica strains tend to have higher THC levels and dominant terpenes like myrcene that produce relaxing, sedative effects. The THC experience from indica strains typically includes strong full-body relaxation, improved sleep, pain relief, and an increased appetite. 

Sativa strains often have lower THC content and energizing terpenes like limonene. The THC from sativas may cause an uplifting, creativity-enhancing high, increased focus and concentration, and a more energetic euphoria. 

No matter the source strain, proper microdosing is key. THC drinks allow quicker uptake for faster relief. 

Keep products safely out of the reach of children, and enjoy the recreational or medical effects responsibly in legal states only.

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