Ask a budtender: Are weed drinks actually good alcohol replacements?

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Lorena Cupcake, voted “best budtender in Chicago,” has answered hundreds of questions from cannabis shoppers and patients during their time as a budtender. And now they’re turning that experience into a monthly advice column, Ask a budtender. Got a question for Cupcake? Submit your questions to askabudtender@weedmaps.com. Dear Cupcake, One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cut back on alcohol, starting with Dry January. While I usually smoke a little more, I’m curious about all the new cannabis drinks I’ve seen on the market. Are weed drinks actually good alcohol replacements? — Treetotaler Dear Treetotaler, This is a hot topic in the cannabis industry right now, with endless brands vying for a slice of the money normally spent at bars and liquor stores. Cann, a line of lightly-infused bubbly drinks, even challenged its followers to participate in a “playfully forgiving 30-day break from booze” dubbed “Cannuary.” According to Cann’s CEO and Co-Founder Jake Bullock, “We all know that alcohol is one of the worst things that we do to our bodies, and yet, we keep doing it because alcohol delivers a social buzz. By substituting [alcohol] with a microdose of cannabis, drinks like Cann actually deliver a feeling — it’s light, uplifting, and makes you want to laugh hard and be yourself with people you care about. Cann lets us give up the booze without sacrificing the buzz.” Vince Ning, Founder and Co-CEO of California-based wholesale distributor NABIS, offered a more measured perspective to The Broccoli Report, “There is a ton of hype, especially from (and for) investors. It makes sense that beverages will pick up; I think they will. But there are a lot of challenges for this category,” he told Lauren Yoshiko. “For one, people don’t have experience with drinking cannabis. It’s a new physical habit that…

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