Atlas Cannabis-Infused Beverage Mix
The cannabis-infused beverage category is an exciting one to watch (and taste!)—there’s so much innovation happening, and I love the quick onset of effects. One example of a cutting-edge product is the line of cannabis-infused beverage mixes from Berkeley-based Atlas Edibles, which comes in three different flavor pouches. You can stir the powdered mix with hot or cold water and drink it on its own, or zhoosh it up with all kinds of ingredients.
Full disclosure: I’m not much of a fan of flavored drinks and sodas, and certainly not powdered drink mixes, but I dig these well-made mixes for their pleasant vibes, awesome portability, and shelf stability. Whether you’re going on a camping trip, a picnic, a party, or a beach bonfire, all you need to do is throw these pouches in your bag and you’re good to go (and share). Simply add the mix to your water bottle, shake it up, and voilà!
Atlas is known for their gourmet granola clusters that were created to support active lifestyles, and founder Ezra Malmuth says these mixes were also designed to follow that mission. The water-soluble mix took eight months to formulate: they infuse cane sugar with full-spectrum rosin, so there’s a full terpene profile (you may taste a whisper of cannabis).
Each pouch features 10mg of CBD and 5mg of THC, and there are no artificial flavors or colors. All the ingredients are natural, and even though there’s maltodextrin for stability, the ginger in the Lemongrass & Ginger mix uses ginger powder from Oaktown Spice Shop, and the pink color of the Raspberry & Hibiscus and Pomegranate Green Tea mixes comes from beet juice.
They’re also such beautiful packets! All of Atlas’s product packaging features artwork from artists and illustrators, and these colorful pouches are particularly fab (they’re also a fun gift).
How I like to use Atlas Cannabis-Infused Beverage Mix
These drinks come on fast—they have accelerated absorption, and show up early to the party. I typically feel the sparkles in 10–15 minutes, and they make me feel relaxed and happy, sometimes a little buoyant. Nothing too heady (or lethargic). Effects can last for a couple hours, and I re-up as desired. Just add the mix to 12 oz. of water and shake vigorously (it dissolves easier in a little warm water, and then you can top it off with cool water).
I usually enjoy a half-serving (2.5mg of THC), so they’re ideal to share with a friend. I like to shake up a pouch in a Mason jar and just stash it in the fridge, taking sips as desired over a few days. And with the 2:1 high-CBD ratio, they’re great after a workout! (I have also enjoyed these mixes when I have a little hangover, oops, or am recovering from a lousy migraine.)
With many folks trying to diminish their alcohol consumption these days, these mixes are an easy substitution for a cocktail, with a gentle, fizzy buzz. Experiment with fresh juices, modifiers (like soda and other sparkling drinks and waters), infused simple syrup, and garnishes, and pour over ice.
Ezra suggests adding some ginger beer to the Lemongrass & Ginger, plus a squeeze of lime or blood orange (nice!). (That mix is also great hot, by the way. Perfect if you have a cold or aches.) Amplify the Pomegranate Green Tea with a little pomegranate juice, and he says you can also add wine if that’s how you roll (just keep an eye on that). The Raspberry & Hibiscus plays nicely with cran-raspberry LaCroix and fresh raspberries, or try it with some fresh jamaica (hibiscus) juice or tea.
I recommend hitting the beverage aisle at Rainbow Grocery for all kinds of supplemental beverage inspiration, and the mix’s tangy flavor profile also works with kombucha. Ezra tells me an Atlas fan likes adding the dissolved mix to fruit smoothies with a little ice cream. Uh huh. Meet your new summer beverage. Umbrella optional.
Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.