Commerce City, Colo. (Circa) - Forget wake and bake.
Stillwater Brands, a Colorado-based company, has introduced a new way to get high in the morning: by drinking a cup of coffee or tea. [Note: you can actually drink it any time of the day, not just in the morning!]
"I personally love the blend of THC and caffeine. I think it gives me a little bit of that pep, while at the same time feeling relaxed and taking that edge off," says Jeremy Goldstein, a co-founder of Stillwater.
The concept is fairly simple. Stillwater makes a product called "Ripple," which is cannabis oil distillate that they have turned into a powder. They also sell that product on it's own, independent of the coffee or tea.
"You can take 'Ripple' and you can make anything an edible. That's really the power of it," explains Goldstein.
"Ripple" dissolves almost instantly when added to water, thus infusing the water with cannabis. For their coffee products, they add the powder to a packet of instant coffee, and it is all mixed together in water to make a cup of coffee. For the tea products, they add the powder to a tea stick. The powder dissolves into the cup of tea as you stir the stick in it, and the tea steeps for taste as you leave it in the water.
The doses are measured out exactly, so you know how much cannabis you're ingesting. Stillwater has both THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) options. THC will, basically, get you high if you ingest it, But CBD won't cause any cognitive or psychomotor impairment. Studies have shown that a dose of CBD has no effect on reaction time, motor coordination, or verbal memory.
Sorry, most of America. Stillwater's products are currently only available at cannabis dispensaries in Colorado, which opened accross the state in 2014 after residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.