Cannabis has been used for religious purposes for many centuries dating back all the way to 28th century B.C. China. Traditionally, throughout history, marijuana infused wine has been used primarily in religious rites, and there is even evidence it was used in surgical settings. A Classical Studies professor from Boston University (Carl Ruck) developed a term called ‘entheogen’ when referring to psychoactive substances used as part of religious sacraments, which would be applicable when discussing cannabis infused wine as part of a ceremony. The wine being pioneered in California, of all places for a wine to be introduced, does not have the religious overtones of old.
Marijuana infused wine is available in certain regions in America, and there is a lot of room for growth available in the current market as the cannabis industry is in such an enormous and explosive period of growth. Melissa Etheridge teamed up with Lisa Molyneux from Greenway (California’s first dispensary that was supported by both the city and state of California – circa. 2005) to create a line of marijuana infused wine labeled “No Label”. Lisa Molyneux (Greenway) produces many different versions of cannabis infused wines/tinctures, and normally has 12 variations on hand. Reportedly the cannabis infused wine is similar to other types of herb infused wines giving the wine a higher degree of complexity. Different strains of cannabis pair better with different wine varietals, and the products/tinctures are produced accordingly.
The process is time consuming, expensive, and lengthy. Cannabis infused wine is presently selling for $16 to $20 per ounce with a 6 oz. minimum through Greenway. The process Molyneux uses is cold pressing which results in a slower extraction of THC into solution than production via a hot process would allow. Basically cannabis is added during fermentation, sugars are converted to alcohol, and alcohol extracts THC. While there are not many places in the United States yet where this type of product is available, cannabis infused wine is expected to become available on a more widespread basis as the general view toward cannabis by the public continues to shift into a more positive light.
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