Technically, drinkable cannabis products are a subcategory of cannabis edibles. They are made by simply infusing a liquid with cannabis extracts blended with an emulsifying agent (usually some kind of oil, since cannabinoids are not water-soluble). Beverages can come in a wide assortment of formats, including sparking water, bagged and loose leaf teas, sodas, as well as powders. These products usually contain THC and/or CBD that are activated and immediately effective, which makes them more sensible than dried bud that needs to be decarboxylated (combusted or heated). Liquid edibles date as far back as 2000 B.C. in India. During the traditional Hindu festivals of Holi, Janmashtami, and Shrivratri, Hindus infused cannabis flowers, leaves, and stems into a dairy ingredient to make bhang, which they would drink to calm the mind for meditation, purify the body, and cleanse the soul of sins. Cannabis drinks absorbed through digestion. Due to the slow onset time of edibles, it may take up to a couple of hours until the active ingredient kicks in. In addition, the effects last longer as well (up to 10 hours). The good news about cannabis drinks is that they are made from distilled cannabinoids and therefore do not carry the unpleasant grassy taste of raw weed. Most products are flavored or completely neutral. Moreover, some products get their taste by including terpenes in their ingredients. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in a variety of plants, and they are responsible for their distinct flavor. For example, the pungent smell of mango is mainly due to the high concentration of a terpene called myrcene, which can also be found in cannabis.
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