Now that’s what you call a relaxing pint: a brewing company from Manchester has made a beer using cannabis.
Hemp products specialist CBD Ultra has created Cloud 9 Brewing to market ‘High Flyer’, a 4.3% abv session IPA made with the cannabis-derived chemical cannabidiol (CBD), also known as ‘medical marijuana’.
Despite the name, the beer does not contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating component of marijuana, though CBD is thought to have some therapeutic qualities.
CEO Carl Boon says the beer was a response to the success of the company’s other CBD products. ‘We have struggled to keep up with demand!’ he claims. ‘It was only natural that the next step would be to produce a craft beer that encompassed all the flavours and aromas of a full session-strength IPA, but with the added benefits of CBD.’ The beer is brewed at Ubrew in Bermondsey, south London.
A number of CBD beers are available in the United States, while Buffalo Soldier Hemp Ale, produced by the Stockton Brewing Company, went on sale in the north-east of England earlier this year.
Adding CBD to beer is not as odd an idea as it sounds. Hops, the plant used to give beer its bitterness and much of its flavour and aroma, is closely related to hemp: both are members of the cannabaceae family.