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10 Drinks To Enjoy When Stoned
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10 Drinks To Enjoy When Stoned

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An underrated partner during a smoking session is your beverage of choice. Whether you choose to double the buzz with an alcoholic beverage or refresh yourself with something cold and fruity, here are some great choices.

On its own, smoking cannabis is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A good hit of a potent strain can take you to places you only see in your imagination. Just give it a few minutes, and you’ll be off on a long-haul flight to the ether.

But if there’s anything that could elevate the experience further, it’s a delectable, refreshing drink. It could either be a sweet, fruity drink or an adult beverage that enhances the hit you’re already feeling. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured it’ll be good.

So, what are some of our favourites? Read this shortlist we've prepared, and maybe you can add some new drink selections to your rotation!

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5 Non-Alcoholic Drinks To Try While High

First, let’s explore a list of alcohol-free beverages that can complement your psychotropic experience. While they won’t give you a double-buzz like alcoholic drinks, each one brings something unique and enriching to the table.

Sparkling Water

Sparkling Water

Water will always be the universal solvent and the ultimate hydrator. You may have your all-time favourite drink, but at the end of the day, good old H₂O will be your saviour.

But sometimes, it can be exhilarating to enjoy an effervescent treat like sparkling water. For the uninformed, it’s basically regular water infused with pressurised carbon dioxide. And if you’re health conscious, you can rest assured that sparkling water contains no calories or artificial sweeteners. Although, some come with natural essences of fruits like lime and grapefruit, adding a refreshing and invigorating kick.

Moreover, sparkling water relieves cotton mouth in a way that water can’t. That fizzy liquid will quench your thirst and keep you hydrated for a while. One downside is that sparkling water can be a bit pricey to purchase regularly. But if you’re all about that extra spunk and character, this is your best bet.

Fruit Smoothie (Mango)

Fruit Smoothie (Mango)

Who doesn't love a smoothie when they're high? Not only is it a healthier option than soda or bottled fruit juice, but the texture is amazing. Not to mention, there are so many options when it comes to ingredients. In fact, some may even boost your high.

Consider mangoes, for example. Many individuals report more intense euphoria when ingesting some of this sensational fruit right before smoking. That’s because mangoes contain myrcene, a relaxing terpene that’s also prevalent in cannabis.[1]

With that said, individuals seeking more pronounced physical effects may also wish to consider adding mango to their smoothies. However, it is important to realise that the metabolism of each person varies, so some may need to ingest more or less than others to experience comparable effects.

In general, smoothies that include healthy fruits also contain vitamins. With this in mind, you're less likely to get sick when you fill your body up with the good stuff. Getting sick is no fun, as we all know. So why not indulge in a nutrient-rich drink to make your high more fun and wholesome?

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

Also known as "boba", bubble tea is perhaps the most entertaining drink to indulge in while high. It's a Taiwanese iced tea that includes delicious tapioca balls at the bottom. In fact, the balls are what make the drink so enjoyable. Aside from being soft, they are as chewy as a gummy worm.

Not only that; the huge straw that comes with bubble tea makes it fun to drink. Being that the boba (tapioca balls) is the same size as marbles, you need to drink it with an oversized straw; specifically, a 13mm-diameter one. The fun begins with the very first sip as the taste hits your tongue. All of a sudden, you feel the boba pop into your mouth. And finally, you get to burst them open and chew them up.

To top it off, you can customise your bubble tea based on your preferences. Typically, bubble tea shops provide a good variety of specific ingredients. However, there are four essential ingredients: milk, tea, boba, and flavouring. Of course, you don't have to choose your own; there's always the pre-made option. Nevertheless, bubble tea is a must-try when stoned.

Coffee

Coffee

If you've never paired your joint with a cup of coffee, you have no idea what you're missing. As a matter of fact, coffee and cannabis go together like ham and cheese. Though some believe it increases the high directly, this is not scientifically supported. Still, it does impart a marvelous and unique taste, and then, of course, there’s that welcome jolt of caffeine to consider!

Wake-and-bakers will be well aware of the undersung benefits of the coffee and weed pairing, such as increased motivation and creativity. As coffee is stimulating, it tends to make the time spent while stoned more productive to boot.

In addition to having a smoke while drinking coffee, there's the option of literally combining the two. Indeed, you can make cannabis-infused coffee from the comfort of your own kitchen. This is a favourite habit of daytime stoners looking to maximise efficiency without sacrificing a hit of THC.

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Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk

Here’s an interesting one. Chocolate milk is made for two specific types of people in this world: children, and stoners during a smoking session. Whether you identify as part of the former or the latter camp, a good glug of that creamy, chocolatey drink will always hit the spot.

Now, if we want to be a bit scientific, chocolate contains a key compound known as tyrosine, a dopamine precursor.[2] And we all know that dopamine is the “feel-good hormone” associated with pleasurable sensations.

Imagine already being overloaded with dopamine because of the chocolate, and then add the euphoric effects brought on by cannabis. That’s a kind of high that will linger for a while, and one you won’t want to dissipate. Just keep in mind that chocolate milk also contains a ton of sugar. If you’re watching your waistline or trying to avoid a sudden sugar crash, you may want to consider some of our other suggestions.

5 Alcoholic Drinks To Try While High

Now, let’s head on over to the adults' table and talk about the alcoholic beverages you can enjoy with weed. But like in every liquor ad on TV, you’re urged to do so in moderation.

You’ll want to go easy on the booze during your smoking session. These substances are two different animals, and they can put you down for the count if you’re not careful. The double buzz can be tempting, but tread cautiously.

Ice-Cold Cider (Apple, Pear, or Strawberry)

Ice-Cold Cider (Apple, Pear, Or Strawberry)

If you want to feel a little healthier and enjoy a fruity beverage with a bit of a buzz at the same time, ciders are your best bet. And to make things extra refreshing, leave it in the freezer for up to 45 minutes before to make things ice-cold.

Hard ciders usually come in apple, strawberry, or pear—sweet flavours that will instantly bring you back to childhood. But just a heads up: this one isn’t a super hard-hitter. On average, hard ciders come in with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of up to 7%. That’s akin to drinking strong beer. Some hard ciders go as high as 12% ABV, which you’ll see in most wines.

This is the ideal drink for those who aren’t used to mixing their marijuana with alcohol. It contains just the right amount of buzz to accent the high, rather than overpower it. And it's a great way to temporarily relieve cotton mouth from smoking—although you should make sure to drink water too!

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Gin and Juice or Tanqueray and Tonic

Gin And Juice Or Tanqueray And Tonic

This is where we take it up a notch. Gin and juice isn’t just a song by Snoop, it’s a beloved drink containing, you guessed it, Tanqueray gin, some sort of fruit juice, and sometimes even simple syrup for an extra sweet punch.

However, for those looking to cut down slightly on the sugar, there’s the equally iconic Tanqueray and tonic. This is a heavier, more straightforward cocktail that can pack a mean punch. It all depends on your gin to tonic ratio.

Upon that first sip, you’ll immediately feel the kick from the gin. But that’s soon mellowed down by the fizzy, slightly sweet tonic water. Completing this already festive party is the tartness from the slice of lime you’ll add as a requisite garnish.

You’ll be on your second glass before you know it, enjoying a light, manageable buzz. But if you’re mixing this with THC, be extra careful. Gin and tonics can get you hammered if consumed carelessly.

Pimm’s Punch

Pimm’s Punch

Here’s another refreshing gin-based beverage to enjoy with your buds (and buddies). What makes Pimm’s punch such a great option is that it works at any time of the day. If you choose to wake and bake while doing some day-drinking at the same time, this would be the perfect companion.

People have their own takes on the Pimm’s punch recipe. Some add a few slices of Lebanese cucumber, while others may drop in a few dashes of simple syrup. But the base ingredients generally remain constant: citrus (lemons and/or oranges), ginger ale, a few sprigs of mint, and, of course, the star of the show, Pimm’s No.1 cup.

Enjoying Pimm’s punch along with some of your finest cannabis will make you feel like you’re on vacation. So be sure to indulge in this lethal combo only after you’ve accomplished what you need to for the day.

Dessert Wine

Dessert Wine

Now this is something to indulge your sweet tooth. If you’re the type who craves something sugary when the munchies hit, but prefer not to be filled up with food, go with some dessert wine.

Ideally, you’ll want to pair this up with a slice of decadent chocolate cake—but it can definitely be enjoyed on its own. There are numerous varieties you can choose from, all of which differ in the level of sweetness. Serve chilled for best results.

Just a word of caution: dessert wines are usually higher in alcohol content than most of their counterparts. With around 14–16% ABV, don’t let those sweet flavours fool you. If you’re pairing this with some top-shelf marijuana, you’re likely better off sticking to up to two glasses. Beyond that, you’re potentially asking for trouble.

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Apple Martini

Apple Martini

Last but not least, we have the apple martini, aka the “appletini”. It bears the same vodka base as the preferred beverage of James Bond, but instead of dry vermouth, it’s replaced with some apple liqueur.

Just like the other drinks on this list, the sweetness and tartness of the fruit flavour (apple, in this case) can do a good job of masking the alcohol. That makes this beverage a little more disarming and dangerous. If you’re not careful, you could be brought back to your old blackout moments from college. No one wants that.

If you can carry your alcohol well, up to two appletinis will do if you’re mixing it with cannabis. But if you’re not used to this combo, either stick to one glass, or use minimal amounts of vodka. Alternatively, you can choose to smoke a strain rich in CBD instead of THC.

Drinking While High: It’s All About You!

Ultimately, any beverage can make for an excellent companion during a cannabis smoking session. You can choose to enjoy an extra buzz and go the cocktail route, or enhance your morning high with cannabis-infused cold brew. Just remember to proceed with moderation, especially if you’re mixing alcohol and cannabis.

But as long as you’re enjoying every moment of it, you’re golden. That’s what counts!

Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
A veteran writer of 13 years and counting, Miguel Ordoñez has been covering cannabis-related content since 2017. Continuous, meticulous research along with personal experience has helped him build a deep well of knowledge on the subject.
Disclaimer:
We are not making medical claims. This article has been written for informational purposes only, and is based on research published by other externals sources.

External Resources:
  1. Surendran, S., Qassadi, F., Surendran, G., Lilley, D., & Heinrich, M. (2021). Myrcene—what are the potential health benefits of this flavouring and aroma agent? Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. - https://www.frontiersin.org
  2. Nehlig, A. (2013). The neuroprotective effects of cocoa flavanol and its influence on cognitive performance. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 75(3), 716–727. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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