Interested in cannabis soda? Read this guide to cannabis-infused sodas and find out how to make them yourself at home!

Cannabis Soda: A Beginner’s Guide

Curious about the buzz surrounding cannabis soda? Well you’ve come to the right place! Perfect for a laid-back afternoon or a social night out, these sodas offer a delightful and discreet way to enjoy cannabis.

In this beginner's guide, we'll dive into what cannabis soda is, uncover how it’s crafted, explore its effects, and introduce you to some of the most popular brands and flavors on the market. 

What is cannabis soda?

Cannabis soda is a carbonated beverage infused with cannabis extract. Unlike traditional sodas, these fizzy drinks combine the familiar sweetness and effervescence of soda with the therapeutic properties of cannabis. 

The active components, primarily THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol), are introduced into the soda in a way that maintains their potency and ensures even distribution throughout the drink. As a result, this innovative concoction offers a unique alternative to smoking or edibles, providing a lighter, often more manageable experience that’s fun for cannabis consumers of all sorts and perfect for beginners.

What are the benefits of cannabis soda?

Cannabis soda offers several appealing benefits, making it a popular choice for both recreational and medical cannabis users. Cannabis soda

  • Provides a discreet and socially acceptable way to consume cannabis, especially in settings where smoking is banned or inappropriate

  • Tends to have milder and more controlled effects compared to smoking

  • Allows for precise dosing—each bottle or can is clearly labeled with the amount of THC or CBD, helping users manage their intake effectively

  • Is available in a variety of flavors, making them a tasty alternative to other edible or inhalable options

  • Offers the same potential therapeutic benefits as other cannabis products, such as relief from pain, anxiety, and inflammation

Cannabis soda’s effects on the body

Before trying cannabis soda, it’s important to understand  the impact of cannabis soda on the body, including its health benefits, onset time, and overall health considerations.

Are cannabis drinks good for you?

Cannabis beverages, including cannabis soda, can offer similar health benefits to other forms of cannabis. Primarily, these beverages provide a smoke-free alternative, which is beneficial for those concerned about the respiratory risks associated with smoking. Cannabis soda can also deliver the following therapeutic effects:

Like any cannabis product, moderation is key to minimizing potential side effects like altered perception and coordination, especially for new users. To ensure cannabis products align with your health needs and do not interfere with other medications, always consult a doctor before use..

How long does it take for cannabis soda to kick in?

The onset time for cannabis soda effects varies, typically ranging from 15 to 60 minutes after consumption. However, individual factors such as metabolism, body weight, and recent meals can influence how quickly and intensely the effects are felt. For consistent and predictable results, it's advised to start with a small amount and wait at least an hour before consuming more.

Do cannabis drinks kick in faster than edibles?

Cannabis drinks generally kick in faster than traditional edibles. While solid edibles like brownies or gummies usually take at least 30 minutes and up to 2 to 4 hours to produce effects, cannabis drinks typically begin to work within 15 to 60 minutes. This quicker onset is due to the liquid form of the beverage, which allows for faster absorption of cannabinoids into the bloodstream. 

Are cannabis drinks healthier than alcohol?

Cannabis drinks do have health advantages over alcohol. They offer fewer calories, and aren’t likely to result in hangovers or liver damage. They can also provide therapeutic benefits like pain relief and anxiety reduction. However, like alcohol, cannabis can impair cognitive and motor functions, so moderation and responsible use are essential for safety.

THC vs CBD Drinks

Cannabis beverages can have THC and/or CBD in them, so distinguishing between THC and CBD drinks is important, as each offers different effects and benefits. Understanding the nuances of THC and CBD drinks can help you choose the right type for your needs and preferences.

Do CBD sodas get you high?

CBD sodas do not get you high. CBD is a compound found in cannabis that is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the euphoric effects associated with THC. CBD is used primarily for its potential health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, anxiety, and pain, without altering your state of mind. 

Do CBD sodas relax you?

CBD sodas are popularly consumed for their relaxing effects. Many users report a sense of calm and relaxation after consuming CBD-infused beverages. This makes CBD sodas an appealing option for those seeking to unwind or relieve stress in a non-intoxicating, refreshing way. 

Can you drive after having a CBD drink?

While CBD does not impair cognitive or motor skills in the same way as THC, caution is still recommended when considering driving after consuming any cannabis-infused product. 

Although CBD is non-intoxicating, the effects can include relaxation and drowsiness, which might affect your ability to drive safely. Some CBD products may also contain trace amounts of THC, which could potentially influence your driving capability. Always check the product's THC content and understand how your body reacts to CBD before deciding to drive.

Is cannabis soda legal in every state?

The legality of cannabis soda varies by state and mirrors local cannabis laws. Adults can buy them at dispensaries in states where cannabis is legal for recreational use. In states that allow the medical use of cannabis, patients can purchase cannabis sodas with a medical marijuana card. The legality of these beverages can also vary depending on whether they’re THC- or CBD-based, since CBD is legal in many states where THC still is not. Always check local regulations before buying cannabis products.

How to make your own cannabis soda

Creating your own cannabis soda allows you to tailor the flavor and dosage to your personal preferences. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started.

If you’re using carbonated water…

Ingredients:

  • carbonated water

  • your choice of flavoring (like fruit juice, herbal infusions, or soda syrup)

  • cannabis tincture (either THC, CBD, or a combination depending on your desired effects)

  • sweetener like simple syrup (optional)

Recipe Steps:

  1. Mix Your Drink: In a glass, combine 12 ounces of carbonated water with your chosen flavoring. Start with small amounts—about one ounce of juice or syrup should suffice. 

  2. Add Cannabis Tincture: Add a few drops of cannabis tincture; begin with a low dosage, especially if you’re new to cannabis beverages.

  3. Adjust to Taste: If desired, add a little sweetener to enhance the flavor, mixing thoroughly to ensure everything is well combined.

  4. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your homemade cannabis soda over ice for a refreshing treat. 

Remember, the effects can take some time to manifest, so it’s wise to start with a small amount and see how you feel before drinking more.

If you plan to carbonate your own cannabis soda…

Ingredients:

  • water

  • your choice of flavoring (like fruit juice, herbal infusions, or soda syrup)

  • cannabis tincture (either THC, CBD, or a combination depending on your desired effects)

  • sweetener like simple syrup (optional)

  • CO2 cartridges and seltzer bottle or a SodaStream

Recipe Steps:

  1. Prepare the Soda Base: Mix your chosen flavoring with water. If you're planning to add sweetener, mix it in at this stage.

  2. Add Cannabis Tincture: Stir in your cannabis tincture, carefully measuring the dosage according to your preference. Ensure it's well-mixed so the tincture is evenly distributed throughout the liquid.

  3. Carbonate the Beverage: To carbonate your beverage, you'll need a carbonation machine, such as a SodaStream, or you can use a DIY carbonation setup involving a seltzer bottle and CO2 cartridges. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to carbonate your beverage. Typically, this involves chilling the base liquid beforehand (as cold liquids hold carbonation better), and then adding CO2 until the desired level of fizziness is achieved.

  4. Chill and Serve: Chill your freshly carbonated cannabis soda in the refrigerator, then serve it over ice for a refreshing and bubbly homemade treat.

Popular brands of cannabis soda

Looking to try some tried and true cannabis sodas before attempting to make your own? Here are some of the most popular cannabis soda brands on the market today.

Keef Classic Sodas

THC: 10mg (recreational) or 25mg-100mg (medical)

CBD: None

Keef, a prominent brand of cannabis soda, offers a variety of THC-infused beverages renowned for their potent effects and delectable flavors. Popular for providing a fun, social, and accessible means to experience the psychoactive benefits of THC, Keef Classic Sodas are a favorite among cannabis enthusiasts. 

At SunMed, we proudly offer Keef Classic Sodas in an array of flavors including Bubba Kush Root Beer, Original Cola, Orange Kush, Blue Razz, and Purple Passion. These sodas are vegan, gluten-free, kosher, caffeine-free, and crafted from hybrid strains. They are not only known for their potency but also for their delicious fruity taste; they’re perfect for those seeking the euphoric effects of cannabis in a familiar and easy-to-consume format. 

Cann

THC: 1-5 mg

CBD: 4 mg

Cann is a popular THC-infused flavored seltzer known for its light, refreshing taste and mild psychoactive effects. Designed to be a social drink, Cann offers a microdosed formula that allows for more control over the experience, making it ideal for both newcomers and regular users looking for a manageable high. 

Cann offers a variety of natural fruit flavors such as Lemon Lavender, Grapefruit Rosemary, and Blood Orange Cardamom, providing a sophisticated twist on the classic cannabis beverage. Cann allows users to enjoy a subtle, enjoyable buzz without the overwhelming effects associated with higher-dose products.

Olala

THC: 10-100 mg

CBD: None

Olala is a cannabis-infused soda that stands out with its bold, tropical flavors and robust cannabinoid content. Known for its crisp taste and effective delivery of THC, Olala offers an invigorating experience for those seeking both flavor and potency in their cannabis beverages. 

Crafted with pure cane sugar and infused with full-spectrum cannabis oil, Olala’s tropical beverages cater to diverse tastes. With bold flavors inspired by their Hawaiian roots like Blue Raspberry, Mango, Orange Cream, and Guava, Olala offers a refreshing fizz that satisfies both the palate and the desire for a robust cannabis experience.

Magic Number

THC: 5-100 mg

CBD: 0-5 mg

Magic Number is a craft cannabis soda brand known for its artisanal touch and precise dosing. Offering a range of THC levels, from mild to strong, Magic Number allows consumers to choose their desired potency, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced users. 

Rich in terpenes and crafted with premium ingredients, Magic Number’s all-natural sodas are made with single strain live resin and solventless rosin and come in a variety of flavors like Classic Cola, Cherry Vanilla, Sasparilla, and Mandarin Lime. Each batch is crafted to ensure a consistent and enjoyable high, appealing to those who appreciate both quality and customization in their cannabis beverages.

Sati Soda

THC: None

CBD: 23 mg 

Sati Soda redefines cannabis beverages with its CBD-infused sodas, prioritizing wellness without the high. Offering three distinct flavors - Energy Berry, Clarity Lemon-Lime, and Chill Ginger - each can delivers a refreshing experience tailored to your specific needs. 

Renowned for its subtle, crisp flavors, Sati Soda provides hydration and stress relief, harnessing the therapeutic benefits of CBD without any psychoactive effects. It's a popular choice for seamlessly integrating the calming properties of CBD into daily routines.

Explore the world of cannabis products with SunMed

Ready to crack open a can of refreshing cannabis soda? Explore SunMed Growers' diverse range of cannabis products to find your perfect match, from uplifting THC-infused sodas to calming CBD options. Find a dispensary near you and start enjoying the unique benefits of cannabis in a delicious, fizzy form today.