My pal Moe went to go see W. Kamau Bell at the Punch Line comedy club in San Francisco on Tuesday night and noticed something unusual on the drink menu: a cocktail made with cannabis-infused vodka. I had to investigate.
The $14 drink is called the "Drug Mule" and it's a take on the Moscow Mule (which they offer for $14 too).
Yes, recreational weed is legal now here in California but I wondered if the club needed a license to have this on the menu. So, I tried calling them. It went right to voicemail.
Then I sat here wondering if it actually had THC (the psychoactive part of pot) in it at all or if it was only CBD (which won't make you feel stoned). After shooting off a note to a friend in the local cannabis business to find out, I realized that "Humboldt's Finest" wasn't just a boastful descriptor but the actual brand name of the vodka. Digging further, I discovered that Humboldt's Finest vodka is both THC-free and legal in all 50 states.
They use hemp which has no more "than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis" of THC.
As this 2016 Mashable article reports, "Although this isn't enough THC to get you high, the 40% alcohol will surely get you drunk."
Then why drink a "cannabis-infused" beverage at all? Well, the same article explains:
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Humboldt Distillery owner and head distiller, Abe Stevens explains that "It does, however, retain an herbal and aromatic quality reminiscent of fresh cannabis, and we’ve found it works very well in place of gin, giving classic cocktails a fresh new spin."