There are a number of brands of cannabis-infused sodas in town. Enough, in fact, that I've done a "Top 5" of them. Dosing-wise, most of the drinks are pretty similar; they contain the equivalent of about a gram to a gram and a half of cannabis, that is to say about 150 to 200 milligrams of main active ingredient THC, and they usually go for a donation of $8 to $15. But Puffless Productions, known not only for their sodas but also increasingly for their tinctures and medibles, has broken the mold, and has pioneered some new territory that will greatly please those patients among us who have developed tolerance to customary doses of marijuana.
Just this gulp must have been five or six bucks' worth.
"WARNING: FROM THIS POINT FORWARD YOU ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EVENTS OCCURRING FROM THIS BEVERAGE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO OVER-MEDICATION," the label charmingly reads. (Consider me sold.)
The cannabis used in The Scary One, according to Puffless, is a blend of 50 percent indica and 50 percent sativa. Besides the five grams of marijuana, The Scary One contains a little caffeine (60 milligrams). The soda is made with 100 percent natural sugar.
Given that cannabis typically goes for around $10 a gram locally, it should come as no surprise that you're gonna have to cough up 50 bucks for a bottle of this stuff. Yes, I realize that's not something that most patients will be able to afford with any regularity. Patients, like everyone else, deserve the occasional luxury, if you can even define "luxury" as being pain free or nearly so.
When I tried my first Scary One over the weekend, I was surprised by just how good the soda -- in this case, the Orange flavor -- tasted. I'd say "despite" the five grams of marijuana, but as I never tire of pointing out, unlike some patients, I actually like the taste of weed. The very noticeable essence of ganja didn't detract from my enjoyment of this delicious orange drink -- it very much added to it.
The Orange Scary One was so potent, I was feeling its effects before I finished the bottle. I couldn't stop myself from chug-a-lugging its ganja goodness; if I could afford it, I'd almost certainly have one of these every night. Within 30 minutes of finishing my Scary One, I was very medicated, in almost no pain, experiencing no stress at all, and feeling pleasantly silly. (Word: you really oughta stay home after drinking one of these; don't inflict your silly self on the world).