By Steve Elliott
Beer is the main attraction at Denver's Great American Beer Festival. But of course with the advent of legal marijuana, Colorado -- home of more than 200 breweries -- has another big draw. This year, at the Festival, one brewer offered a "cannabis-infused" beer, made with legal hemp oil, but with no THC.
Yes, sadly, the whole story is just half-a-step away from being cool, because commercially made "cannabis beers" aren't allowed under Colorado's legalization law. The THC is stripped from hemp used in the production of legal hemp oil used to make the cannabis-infused beer from Dad & Dude's Breweria, reports Chris Morris at Fortune
That means you won't get a cannabis high from drinking the beer; Indica Double IPA is made with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive but medicinal cannabinoid which, though becoming more and more well known, is still obscure enough to have had its name misspelled as "cannabidoil" on Fortune Magazine's website.
Exactly why the beer is "cannabis infused" seems to be a bit unclear, since it isn't psychoactive, and Dad & Dude's cofounder Mason Hembree says the cannabidiol doesn't impact the flavor of the beer at all. Oh, wait, I almost forgot: marketing gimmick.
"Finding a legal hemp oil was difficult," Hembree said. "Locally cultivated cannabis is not legal for brewers, yet."