The cannabis drink game is tricky. While cannabis drinks are marketed as alternatives to alcohol, the reality is that THC alone is not a social lubricant.
Drinking alcohol kicks you out. You become social, silly and careless to the point of regret. Cannabis, especially isolated THC, tends to turn you inward. You become introspective, vibrant, and more hungry for snacks than conversation. The inherent disruption of the social effect of these drinks hampered what was billed as his meteoric rise to the top of the industry. But if you ask me, they mix them badly.
That’s why I love Wunder, a cannabis drink that combines THC and Delta-8. I particularly like its new Higher Vibes line, which contains 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of Delta-8 per can.
This review is specifically about the new Higher Vibes Ripe Lemon flavor, which slams for a number of reasons.
I love that Higher Vibes doesn’t just contain THC. For a weed drink to make you want to party, it needs to contain something other than nano-emulsified THC distillate. Even though it will hit you right away, it won’t hit the way you want it to. Without the balancing benefits of other cannabinoids, THC can make you feel paranoid and anxious, the opposite of how you want to feel in a group.
While Delta-8 is a synthetic cannabinoid derived from CBD that should generally be avoided due to the unregulated nature of the synthetic cannabinoid market, the Delta-8 Wunder uses is safe, lab tested, and contributes to the social nature of beverage. Not all Delta-8s are terrible, just most.
The blackberry and lemon flavor is delicious, which is surprisingly rare for a cannabis drink. Nano-emulsified THC is THC oil that has been broken down small enough to be absorbed into your bloodstream like alcohol, hence why the high hits you fast and hard, also like alcohol.
The downside to nano is that it tastes fucking nasty, bitter, gross, and overall not something you want to drink. The biggest hurdle with beverages is masking that flavor. Wunder crushes it in this arena with a taste of berries, fruity, pure and pleasant. You would never know it was nano.
These cannabis drinks are strong. 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of Delta-8 make you feel more than a little wavy, almost like several glasses of wine. It is rare to see high dose drinks on the market, as there is a misconception that low dose drinks will create new cannabis users. It also creates space for brands to charge insane prices for very little weed.
However, Wunder’s Higher Vibes is inexpensive – around $20 for a 4-pack, which would be 40 milligrams of THC in total. As an experienced stoner with a higher tolerance, I appreciate the psychoactive weight of this drink.
Now, I love drinking alcohol, but I try not to do so much anymore, so weed-based drinks are super appealing. I tried the new Wunder Lemon Blackberry drink in a real-life situation where I went to a cannabis event with a group of people I work with. Anxiety, start.
Normally I would drink wine or something, but instead I broke the incredibly difficult child lock on that drink. The inaugural sip is a bomb. Crisp. Bay. Citrus. The effects kicked in about halfway through the drink and I forgot why I was anxious in the first place.
The high from Wunder’s drink was balanced and lasted long enough that I didn’t get bored or want to go home, which says a lot for me. I was able to freely consume other cannabis products without getting anxious or too high, which again I attribute to the Delta-8 high taking the edge off normal THC.
At the end of the line
Hurry from my iPhone notes to the party: “The world is dripping like hot water. Vivid experiences like stress and pain are replaced by yacht-like buoyancy and I don’t feel weird at all.”
Overall, this is a great drink for social situations and for those who want to be social in situations but don’t want to drink alcohol to get there.
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