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Hemp-Derived THC Beverages FAQ

What is a hemp beverage?


Hemp beverages contain an infusion of hemp-derived cannabinoids, terpenes, or fibers. Common cannabinoids include CBD and THC, but other "minor cannabinoids" can also be incorporated. We are serving a hemp-derived THC beverage at Engrained.



What's the difference between hemp and cannabis?


Cannabis and hemp are essentially the same plant, the difference being how much delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) it contains. If 0.3% or less of the weight of the plant is THC, then it's hemp. If the weight of the THC is more than 0.3% of the plant, then it’s cannabis. Beyond that, the plants are very similar: Same look, same smell, same cannabinoids, same terpenes.




From a regulatory perspective, cannabis and hemp are very different. Cannabis (with its capacity for higher levels of THC) and cannabis products can only be sold in licensed dispensaries in states that have legalized it, whereas hemp (with its lower levels of THC) and hemp products are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.


Can a hemp beverage get me high?


Some of them. Beverages that contain only CBD will not cause intoxication. Neither will terpene-infused beverages. But hemp-derived THC-infused beverages have the potential to get you high.


When consuming THC beverages responsibly, you can expect feelings of relaxation, amusement, and a general sense of well-being.


A hemp-derived THC beverage will take effect sooner and leave your system sooner than a THC edible (like gummy or brownie from a dispensery for example). Within 15-20 minutes expect to start feeling the effects. If you don't feel anything within 30 minutes, try another drink to increase the THC dosage.

Most hemp-derived THC beverages incorporate between two and ten milligrams of THC. For perspective, most states that have legalized cannabis consider ten milligrams to be one serving. In this respect, most hemp-derived THC beverages are considered "micro-dosed" or "sessionable.”


Consider approaching hemp-derived THC beverages as you would alcohol. However, our experience is that fewer hemp-derived THC drinks is the way to start. Drink too many and you might end up “high.”


That said, every person is different, every experience is different, and every product is different, so consider the following recommendations:


  • Start low and go slow when consuming a hemp-derived THC beverage.

  • We recommend no more than 1 drink every 30 minutes.

  • Never drink a hemp-derived THC beverage if you are planning on driving a car or operating heavy machinery.

  • Stay away from hemp beverages if you are pregnant or nursing.

  • Consult a physician if you are taking any medications prior to consuming THC beverages.

  • Approach hemp beverages just like you'd approach alcohol, especially if you are a first-time consumer. Be smart and don't overdo it. Err on the side of caution.


We urge consumers to enjoy hemp-beverages responsibly. That means moderation, knowing your limits, and taking steps to ensure you and others around you are safe. Be smart. Go slow. Don’t overdo it.


I've been told that hemp-derived THC beverages are illegal. Who should I believe?


The 2018 Farm Bill explicitly legalized hemp. According to the law:


 ”The term `hemp' means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” (Sec. 297a)


Currently, regulation of hemp-derived THC is happening at the state level. Legislation is pending in Illinois but has not yet passed. That means hemp-derived THC is currently unregulated. Other craft breweries in IL like Engrained are encouraging legislators to pass legislation allowing these beverages and putting restrictions in place to ensure these beverages are treated like alcohol.

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