Move over edibles, lotions and tincture potions — there's an entire new realm of cannabis-infused products hitting the shelves of dispensaries and recreational shops as marijuana moves even further into the mainstream.
What was once almost always smoked is now also available to mix in with your morning smoothie, gargle as a mouthwash, or even insert into your, ahem, lady parts. The science of extracting THC to make the base oil used in many of these products is a fairly standard practice, which begs the question, “What can't we infuse?”
Whether you want to stay away from smoke, avoid going down the rabbit hole of edibles or are seeking pain relief, here are six of the most surprising vehicles to try.
Please note that each product is listed alphabetically by brand, not ranked; prices may vary dependent upon dispensary; and shipping restrictions might be based on legality, so check all websites for details.
1. Cannabis-infused coffee and tea.
The handcrafted-edibles company Canyon Cultivation makes drinks now too, with infused tea bags and cold brew coffee — the perfect way to get a head start on the day's high.
Their tea is vegan, medical-only and available in packages of five tea bags (25mg THC each) in either Mota Mate or Rose Mate blends. Pro tip: Consume slowly to ensure proper dosing, and expect to wait 45-60 minutes to begin feeling the effects.
Just introduced, "The Original Cannabis Coffee" comes ready-to-drink in a Stumptown-esque bottle filled with a Guatemalan roast infused with 100mg of caffeine and 10mg of THC per serving.
For Keurig users, we also love the K-Cup knockoff from House of Jane. Each Jane's Brew “C-Cup” pod contains fair trade coffee infused with CO2-extracted cannabis oil and is available in an indica/sativa hybrid ranging from 20mg to 200mg THC, or in a 14:1 ratio of CBD and THC.
2. Cannabis-infused tattoo ointment.
Upgrade the old jar of Vaseline for a post-tattoo ointment that's said to help healing.
Designed for use after the first 24 hours of getting inked, the organic hemp-seed oil and cannabinoid-based formula protects new artwork naturally from the sun and soothes inflammation and pain, while keeping color vivid. Bonus conditions the super stick is listed to treat: eczema, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, burns, bites and severely dry skin.
3. Cannabis-infused vaginal suppositories.
Foria made headlines for launching the first-ever recreational cannabis lube in 2014, with multiple new brands following suit (more on that soon).
Now, the revolutionary company has entered the relief game with a special vaginal suppository packed with 60mg THC and 10mg CBD, which is believed to relax muscles and release tension and cramping in the body.
Developed with the help of a Los Angeles urologist and not much larger than a dime, the suppositories are made with an organic cocoa butter formula affects the uterus directly without a psychotropic effect.
4. Cannabis-infused bath soaks.
We just rounded up the best cannabis beauty products out there, but this bud-infused, soothing soak stands out in effectiveness and delivery.
Cannabis leaves with lavender, chamomile, peppermint, grape seed oil, dead sea salt and epsom salt are packed tight into an all-natural sachet, which doubles as a loofah after you've soaked in hot water.
Insomnia fighting, hangover curing, PMS relieving, sore muscle repairing, wedding-engagement inducing and giving you a sense that world peace is possible are just a few of Mary Jane's claims with this euphoric product — all but one we've personally experienced.
5. Cannabis-infused protein powder.
Make your green juice morning drink even greener with a powerful powder mix blended with fruits, vegetables and plant nutrients combined with a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD.
This concoction's touted benefits include improving the immune system and aiding digestive health to increasing energy and promoting heart health. For a post-workout recovery, whip up a whey smoothie that has a healthy dose of protein and 160mg of CBD to help repair inflamed muscles fast.
6. Cannabis-infused toothpaste and mouthwash.
Struggling with frequent toothaches or gum issues? A recent study linked heavy cannabis use with periodontal problems.
Axim Biotech is heading into a final round of clinical trials for their line of cannabis oral care called Oraximax. It's one of the first companies to utilize the cannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG).
The plant compound is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and serves as a base in its products you can soon treat your teeth too. It's not available just yet, but keep an eye out for a big debut when it officially launches in early 2017.