?Seattle's thriving medical marijuana scene has already produced several strong contenders in the cannabinated carbonated drinks category. Here are three of the best.
Puffless Productions: I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of my well-chilled Puffless Cola. One thing Puffless definitely gets right is its use of 100 percent natural sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup. That choice pays off with superior flavor, much as is the case with the Mexican Cokes you can only seem to buy at Walgreen's.
?Puffless' Rasta Ale, a ginger ale with ganja in it, is equally excellent. It turns out that marijuana's distinctively herbal taste goes well with the sparklingly fresh taste of ginger ale. (Who knew?) In fact, Rasta Ale may be the best cannabis-infused drink I've ever had.
Puffless sodas come with a noticeable buzz about 45 minutes after ingestion, with the initial onset feeling like an energetic sativa, gradually transmuting into a more zombified, sleepy second half that is conducive to rest.
?THC Treats Sodas: The medicated sodas from THC Treats come in various tempting flavors. During my visit last July, Apothecary Seattle budtender Cass Stewart offered me Strawberry Creme, Banana Creme, Raspberry, and Raspberry Lemonade. (Wasn't there a Prince song about that?)
"They're coming out with more flavors all the time," he said. My choice, Watermelon Italian soda, chilled very cold, was pleasingly tasty, not at all like medicine. I enjoyed every drop.
You can pick up your own Italian Sodas at Apothecary Seattle, 210 Broadway Ave. E., Capitol Hill. They're also available at other fine local collectives.
Chronic Tonic Super Lemonade: Adding cannabis to a carbonated lemonade to make a drink that both refreshes and medicates is a great idea, well-executed by Chronic Tonic.
?I discovered the beverage in The Medicine Connection, a dispensary in North Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood.
Two things became obvious immediately upon opening my $8 bottle, "infused with Super Lemon Haze": First, it looked like conventional lemonade; second, it smelled like marijuana (a big positive for me).
The taste was even yummier than I expected. As a fan of both lemonade and weed, it made me happy to see them work so well together.
A pleasantly stoned fuzziness filled my head, followed not long after by a raging case of the munchies.
You can find Chornic Tonic Super Lemonade at The Medicine Connection, 929 N. 130th Street #3 (on 130th and Aurora, behind Car Toys).