Thursday, August 10, 2017

You Can Now Get High Just Drinking Water

Here's a prediction: In 20 years, most of the people consuming weed will be doing so without touching anything that looks remotely like cannabis. People will be taking little pills filled with microdoses of THC, nursing homes will be full of people rubbing pot lotions on their arthritic hands, restaurants will be serving desserts infused with weed alongside a cognac digestif, and it will be harder and harder to find someone who wants to split a bowl with you.

After all, pot smokers are still a minority of the country. Most people are turned off by the idea of inhaling smoke or vapor into their lungs. But if the legal weed industry is able to convince weed-shy folks to try pot without the smoke, it will considerably increase the market's size.

Enter PEARL2O, a brand-new product in Washington's legal market that might be the furthest thing from pot that can still get you high.

It's a mineral water that doesn't smell or taste like pot in any way. You can do almost anything to PEARL2O, and it will still get you high. The water can be frozen into ice cubes, it can be blended into a smoothie, and it can even be boiled while retaining the active THC and CBD, which is how I ended up getting high off instant ramen.

It was easy, really. I just snagged a bottle of PEARL2O infused with 50 milligrams of THC and 50 milligrams of CBD ($30 suggested retail price according to and poured about six ounces into a saucepan. The bottle said that would be 20 milligrams of both THC and CBD, which in edible form usually gets me medium high.

The mineral water, which has a milky white color, started to boil—I mixed in my trusted packet of ramen seasoning and then plopped in the square of noodles. The broth tasted like normal beef ramen but with a bit of a chalky aftertaste, though I couldn't taste anything remotely like cannabis in it. (...)

Most edibles are based on a fat solvent, because THC is highly soluble in fat, but there didn't appear to be any oils in the mineral water. The makers of PEARL2O didn't want to disclose the specifics of how the mineral water was made, so I reached out to Shanel Lindsay, a cannabis entrepreneur and lawyer in Massachusetts who, in addition to helping write the initiative that legalized pot in that state, has more than a decade of industrial experience with pot edibles.

Lindsay told me that PEARL2O was probably made with a machine that uses ultrasound waves to combine a distilled cannabis concentrate with water. This same process is already being used by a number of other companies to make weed waters in other states, although most of those waters have CBD but not THC in them.

"The ultrasonic emulsification actually breaks down the molecule so it becomes very tiny—with ultrasonic, you are really changing the chemical structure of that material," Lindsay said.

by Lester Black, The Stranger |  Read more:
Image: Pearl2O