THE BOOK ON CANNABIS INFUSED WINE
Green Wine - An Elite Experience From Antiquity
“What’s nice about it is how subtle it is, the effect is really cheery, at the end of the night you sleep really well. It really is the best of both worlds.”
What is Biodynamic Marijuana infused Wine? Exactly what you think it is. Its recreational, its medicinal, its an elite experience. Just half a bottle of California weed-infused wine fetches anywhere between $120 to $400.
While the science behind the scenes is wonderful in its complexity, you don't need a Ph.D. to understand how to create your own organic wine infused with organic bud. Besides a modest budget, you only need common sense and instruction.
WHY CANNABIS INFUSED WINE ?
Cannabis wine quality guidelines; stress reliever, mood elevator, medicinal, delicious, pure, organic, chemical free” - Sawyer-Lindquist (paraphrase).
People that drink wine in moderation are, on the average, healthier and live longer, so says the American Medical Association. Clinical trials worldwide find that moderate cannabis use is also associated with an improvement in quality of life and longevity. An incredible beverage with incredible recreational and medicinal properties is created by using the best organic farming practices to produce specially chosen varieties of grapes and medicinal cannabis.
Not many people know that herbally infused wine goes way back. Both wine and marijuana consumption by humans is dated back more than ten thousands of years. The practice of infusing medicinal herbs into wine goes back eons as well. In ancient Roman, honey spiced wine was a favorite, with exotic ingredients that included cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, honey and citrus.
To be sure it had to be was organic and relatively fresh, for there were no other options; no electricity, no refrigeration and only a handful of man-made chemicals. The romans did manage to manufacture some nasty chemicals, such as lead oxide, used as a ceramic glaze and sweetener of cheap bitter wine. The same madness continues today in the various, documented to be toxic additives in our beer, wine, and food.
Both fine wine and cannabis contain many ingredients besides the alcohol and THC that create their trademark buzzes. Anyone with experience knows that a Vodka experience is different from a beer experience is different from a good Whiskey experience.
YESTERYEAR MANUFACTURING PRACTICES WERE BIODYNAMIC / ORGANIC
In yesteryear, wine, beer and hemp were considered fundamental to and even the mainstay of many cultures. Italy without wine is unthinkable. Morocco without hash, was there ever a time? The Germans used to eat beer soup for breakfast no less.
Back in the day, both the alcohol and THC content was low (3 - 12%) in popular traditional beverages. The dosage, a few glasses of these beverages is sustainable, and they contained a LOT of nutrients, that did not slowly kill the host. Contrast this yesteryear scenario with that of today, with our over processed assembly line, chemical laden beer and wine. The general public knows that essential minerals are important and necessary, but the food industry marches on, are none the less producing very unhealthy foods and beverages.
CONCENTRATED ETHANOL AND THC - INSPIRED BY THE SIN OF GLUTTONY?
Concentrated alcohol alone is a kind of a mind numbing crazy substance. Its not subtle, nor sophisticated. In nature, alcohol does not exist in isolation. Fruits rots and under the right conditions, alcohol is produced. Without distillation and processing, alcohol is always accompanied by a lot of other ingredients, many of which are beneficial. The problem began when man began playing around with the chemistry, he began "purifying" and concentrating the active ingredients to deliver a big BANG of an effect, the juice would keep for ever, and people could get real drunk right now. Or in the case of cannabis, get really stoned right now. These are cures for pain, anxiety, the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction with a society gone wrong As we all know, this is the slippery slope that is hard drugs, liquor and addictive pharmaceutical drugs.
THE BAD SCIENCE OF FACTORY FARMING
In his stupor or ignorance, modern man grows plants, generation after generation, in depleted soil, sprays, chemicals and colors them, to produce foods and beverages that look good with no real relationship with nutritional value. All the while, the major shareholders of Monsanto, the elites, know fully well which way the wind blows. They eat produce from their own private farms which are organic 100%. The don't drink wine with sulfides and antifreeze in it. But they can and do sell it to you. This fact illustrates a funny, perhaps fatal flaw in humanity; given enough propaganda and brainwashing by a manipulating powerful minority, the masses can be convinced to behave in any way, and believe in almost anything.
BIG CORPORATE BOOZE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
From a nutritional point of view, if you were to design a process to remove as much of the nutrition from a food, you would probably come up with something similar to Monsanto, Nabisco and Nestle.
The typical corporate-agri-food-bev process is to buy the cheapest possible ingredients from the factory farm, then add some chemicals to preserve it and manipulate the taste to meet the requirements of the lowest denominator, the armchair quarterback junk-food addict. All the while, corporate marketers figure out a way to lie, and use packaging and propaganda to imply it's a quality thing. Sad but so very true, at least in this paradigm of the moment.
Crap that is commonly used in commercial beer includes GMO Corn Syrup, sugars, GMO grains, Corn Fructose, Fish Bladder, Propylene Glycol, Monosodium Glutamate,chemical coloring, Insect-Based Dyes. Carrageenan, BPA, phthalates, estrogen mimickers from manufacturing and more fun stuff.
GLUTTONY TO GET HIGH LIE AT THE ROOT OF ALCOHOL AND WEED EVILS
Strangely, despite being guided by entirely different folks, the black marijuana industry over the past forty years has ended up with the same kind of gluttonous product, high in THC and sometimes, little else. To be fair, over the past 10 years especially, growers have put in a lot of work to create varieties with more terpenes, and other cannabinoids, that cater better to both recreational and medical users.
While the alcohol industry science went way south via big business direction by turning out products akin to cheap white bread, popular marijuana strangely morphed,devolved similarly to produce a more potent, but less medicinally beneficial herb, via illegal operators seeking the ultimate high. While many small time growers might be well meaning fellows, too many ignorantly use man-made chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and toxic solvents in extraction. As in factory farming, unnatural growing conditions (air,moisture,light) can produce weed infested with mold too. So it is same old same old. Man plays around without looking a couple of move ahead. Either that or simply trying to make as much money as possible, and damn anyone else.
Just as alcohol was distilled into moonshine, growers were able to breed cannabis to contain 20 - 30% or so THC. This same phenomena played out with literally every white powder of today; sugar cane turning into white sugar, grains into white flour, the cocoa leaf/herb into cocaine, and etc.
While large doses of THC might prove to be exceptionally beneficial to some, lower doses with complimenting nutrients (like terpenes and other cannabinoids) can deliver a more sustainable and satisfactory medicinal / quality of life experience.
FINE IS FINE - WINE, ART, & WOMEN
It's the difference between a greasy spoon and fine dining. If you've been fortunate enough to be in the company of a friend with a very well stocked wine cellar, you'll certainly know that the quality of the wine is a big deal and the effects are vastly different.
The same thing goes for marijuana. Common street weed or mono-pot contains mostly THC and little else. While this kind of pot is medicinal and stoning, there are more spiritually inspiring and medicinal varieties that afford a more elite experience. Fine wine contains fine ingredients, ingredients your body can work with. The same goes for marijuana, herbs, or anything for that matter.
Different strains of marijuana contain at least 113 cannabinoids, but many commercially (and street) available varieties have bred out - like white bread - the good stuff. The old school stuff - that contains not only THC,but CBD (a non-psychoactive substance), and other cannabinoids plus terpenes, all of which combine to produce a balanced euphoric medicinal effect. Of course, the old school has no pesticides, herbicides and mold, having been grown in healthy outdoor conditions.
TWO GLASSES OF WINE PER DAY - IS OPTIMAL FOR HEALTH
One cup of coffee, two glasses of wine, moderate exercise, eating fresh food, a stress free lifestyle, and avoiding industrial disease (chemicals) are highly correlated with longevity. Marijuana of the right type taken in the right quantity is also associated with life extension and good health as well.
Fine wines also contain terpenes, and a variety of other types of alcohols, plus catechins, flavonols, anthocyanins and tannins, all of which can be medicinal and produce profound psychological effects. Of course a way to make a cheap bottle is to add sulfates, sulfites and use "factory farm" grapes.
Biodynamic agricultural alchemy considers the interrelationships of water, soil fertility, plant growth, climate, landscape and livestock in consideration of the spiritual nature of the human being and universe itself. Combining fine wines with an extract of any of a thousand medicinal marijuana strains can result in a nearly infinite combination of possibilities and experiences. Underline eclectic experiences. Biodynamic agriculture is similar to organic farming with the addition of spiritual and mystical practices. Call it alchemy pseudo science if you will. However, the roots of biodynamic agriculture were recognized by many big names, like Friedrich Nietzsche and Adolf Hitler to name a few..
GHETTO MAINSTREAM ORTHODOXY
In academic circles, alchemy, the occult, dousing, so on are officially off the table for legitimate discussion. However, out of the limelight, many of society's elites, including our favorite scientists and politicians of fame, dabble or practiced in non-orthodox arts and scientists. Contrary to popular notion, many great scientists ultimate positions tended to incorporate the paranormal. Isaac Newton, for example, sought to find the relationship between numbers, matter, mathematics and god. He sought to turn lead and mercury into gold via chemistry and the dreaded alchemy.
MAKING SPIRITUAL WINE FROM BIODYNAMIC GRAPES AND CANNABIS
Wine and Marijuana have both been around for a long time. Both booze and marijuana goes back to at least 12,000 years, wine is dated similarly to 12,000 years (in France) as well. 3,500 year old marijuana was found in a burial site in Central Asia along the silk road, with a chemical composition similar to the specially bred elite medical strains. Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the did they how to make a good bottle of wine?. In Roman times, wine was considered a staple (you can't live without), apparently they found a way to service Rome's 1 million citizens quite nicely without any chemical fertilizers whatsoever....
CORPORATE FARMS - AN INVERSION OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE?
Nowadays, the soil is typically fertilized with inorganic forms of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium with little else. In this protocol, other essential minerals are not added, which is a failing in the basics of nutritional-agricultural sciences.
WINE, MARIJUANA AND THE GREAT RUDOLF STEINER
Who ist Rudolf Steiner? Only one of the great intellectuals of the 20th century. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, founder of the biodynamic movement was definitely not a wacked out mystic. This Austrian was a trained philosopher, a social reformer, an architect of note, and an esotericist who attracted the ire of Adolf Hitler no less.. Steiner practical endeavors, included the Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine. This brainiac created the biodynamic agricultural movement, which is a merger between common sense, ancient wisdom, spirituality, and science. All this 50 years before the Beach Boys and the Beatles.
Organic or natural fertilizers include peat, plant and animal wastes, plant wastes, treated sewage sludge (biosolids) and pulverized mineralized rock. The "nutrients" usually added are N-P-K, and not the essential minerals' which include zinc, copper, chromium, magnesium, selenium and many others. To condition vineyard soils is not straightforward, and requires study and testing to find out what your grapes need. If is probably a good idea to add trace minerals to the soil in any case.
INFUSED WINE - A CALIFORNIA STORY
California's first commercial cannabis infused wine, called Canna Vine, was created in 2010. Lisa Molyneux, a Santa Cruz dispensary owner and cannabis pioneer combined forces with and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, owner of Verdad Wines got together fortuitously in Santa Maria. As a cancer survivor, Molyneux, is highly convincing about the merits about both medicinal cannabis and wine.
“Personally, I abhor grain alcohol. Many years ago, I tried cannabis-infused wine that a winemaking friend of mine made for his own personal consumption and I loved it. I got the recipe from him and I started working on my own batch seven years ago. As it turns out, I misunderstood his directions, but even he agrees that my results are better.” - Lisa Molyneux
At a price of well over $100 per bottle, Canna Vine a high-end that uses organically grown marijuana with biodynamically farmed grapes, produced by a proven elite winery. Another infused wine made by Molyneux - in cooperation with Melissa Etheridge comes in at $120 to $140 per half bottle. The market is ripe for an affordable, good to great quality infused wine.
ONLY MEDICAL CARD HOLDERS CAN BUY CANNABIS INFUSED WINE
Weed-infused wine is available for sale in California - and only if you have a medical license. In most other states where marijuana is legal (recreational or medicinal), it’s still against the law to infuse it into alcoholic beverages.
Pot wine or green wine is described legally as a tincture. A tincture is simply a herb or ingredient dissolved into alcohol which is taken orally or sublingually (under the tongue). The earliest example of green wine is traced back to the 70's, when the winemakers at Chalone Vineyard made up a under the table exotic brew. The practice of making green wine spread, and the area of Santa Barbara became the hotbed. It is commonplace to see cottage green-wine creations being passed around at parties and unofficial gatherings.
Some types of green wine are fermented with grapes in conditions where the temperature rarely exceeds 90 degrees. This means that the non-psychoactive THCA does not decarboxylate very much. The net effect is these kind of green wines, with their array of cannabinoids, terpenes and ethanol produce a balanced, smooth, mellow body "high" as opposed to getting dumb drunk, stoned and disoriented.
“What’s nice about it is how subtle it is, the effect is really cheery, and at the end of the night you sleep really well. It really is the best of both worlds.” - GreenWine Creator
Rockstar Melissa Etheridge, a cancer survivor herself, talks about the benefits firsthand.
“When I was in my deepest, darkest, last throes of chemo, I couldn’t smoke or use a vaporizer and I was never really an edibles eater; I didn’t want to be out of it.Molyneux’s tincture seemed to solve some of these issues. It landed me in a really beautiful place.
In one manufacture process, pressed-off marijuana juice is delivered and stored in controlled conditions, in accordance with a winery’s bonded status. About a pound of cured marijuana in cheesecloth is added to a barrel of grape juice, where it ferments, then sits in repose, for a year or more. Theoretically, certain strains of marijuana that contain terpenes and antimicrobial properties might best be added after the majority of the fermentation process is complete; when the alcohol content is 10%.
Green wine maker Molyneux and partner Sawyer Lindquist explored with the two weed most common weed types; sativa and indica, in an effort to find a balance between their opposing yet complimenting uplifting and relaxing sensations. They’re also paying attention to the experience of the palate, the flavors and aroma that different strains bring to the wine. They are playing with a strain that smells of pineapple, which pairs exceptionally well with Viognier fruit. Another strain ,Cherry Pie” soul mate is Grenache rosé.
“I love the taste and flavors of marijuana, so to me it’s really delicious.” - Green Wine Aficionado
Wine is already highly regulated in California. With marijuana, what departments will regulate both alcohol and cannabis together? Green Wine pioneer Molyneux is exploring a prospective outcome in legislation and is in preparation for potential discussions with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Hopefully, the State Lawyers will see fit to regulate green wine sanely; that is to allow it without major impedance, as California has already declared that both the legal use of both alcohol and weed, particularly in light of the fact that consuming both substances together has been proven to be safer as compared to consuming alcohol alone.
Marijuana as an edible, is now labeled as a food product, with a label listing safe portions,warnings about allergic reactions, nutritional status. Marijuana with less than 3000 ppm content is regulated by Department of Food and Agriculture. This means that CBD infused wine might not need special approval by the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco?
As California sorts legalization, Club Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, supplies cannabinoid-laced cocktails, such as the Stony Negroni low in THC..
FLY ON THE WALL
As this article is being being coined just now, an onlooker asks? Wow, where can I get some Green Wine? How much? What? $140 for a half bottle? OMG. Me too, when and where can I get a great organic bottle with a neat cannabis strain for, say, $40. Off the top, It looks like we're going to see a lot of green wine choices, sooner than later.
“I think that an herb-infused wine might be the sort of beautiful bridge to help us to understand where cannabis fits in our culture. Who’s to say an herb-infused wine isn’t just the medicine a person is looking for at the end of the day?”- Etheridge is even more hopeful:
Most wine manufacturer's are comfortable with using sulfides, but consider the following.
Sulfites are chemicals used as preservatives to prevent browning and discoloration in foods and drinks including wine. Allergic reactions to sulfites include headache, hives, cramps, and red or blotchy skin. Proponents claim that sulfides are relatively harmless and are used in everyday food items including bread, processed meats, pills, canned foods and so on. All sulfides and sulfates are not the same, and their chemical and allergenic properties vary. Common forms include:
Sulfur dioxide, Potassium bisulfite, Potassium metabisulfite, Sodium bisulfite, Sodium metabisulfite
and Sodium sulfite.
Check out the material safety data sheet for SODIUM METABISULFITE. OSHA designated carcinogen. May irritate the gastrointestinal tract. May cause severe or deadly allergic reactions in some asthmatics and sulfite sensitive individuals. Very large doses may cause violent colic, diarrhea, depression, and even death. Rather than debate the science and then play Russian Roulette our bodys, the strong advice is to use a preserving agent that is organic, non-toxic and also has side effects that are beneficial.
An easy way to test for sulphate/sulfite poisoning is to alternate drinking wine with and without sulfites. If you do this experiment, you'll need to verify if the suppliers are legitimate, some big name producers straight faced fib bigly. Right off the bat, nitrogen or argon can be added the bottles headspace, which reduces the need to add sulfides by 60-90%.
YOU NEED TO BE LEGAL FOR MMJ RIGHT NOW TO BUY CANNABIS WITH THC - IN ANY FORM
420EVALUATIONSONLINE Notes: You must have a medical marijuana doctor's recommendation to buy any beverage, edible or smokable, or any other form of marijuana that contains THC in both California and Nevada. Fortunately, the California Board of Medicine allows patients to get their MMJ-ID online. Get going here. The process is same day, 100% done online in about 15 minutes.
While green wine may become a favorite of recreational users, it might also be a favored choice for medical users, suffering from conditions including insomnia, eating disorders, moderate pain and PMS. When recreational retailers open in 2018, Californians and Nevada folk will have to pay 15% tax, while medical cannabis cardholders will be exempt. Also, the only way to legally buy any form of cannabis in California in 2017 is to purchase MMJ at a licensed dispensary, cannabis club, delivery service, or clinic.
“We are on a no-sulphite program at Summerhill, which means we use little or no sulphur wherever we can,” von Krosigk continues. “However, we will not sacrifice a wine to oxidation if it does need some. We have adjusted everything to make this work, and continue to research new and old techniques to reach the goal of zero added sulphites. While sulphur has been used for 5000 years in winemaking, it has its own taste and smell that takes away from the wine, so we are very focused on making improvements at every stage from bud to bottle. We hope at some point to put an ingredients list on the bottle with a single entry: grapes. That is our goal.”
Fancy combining cannabis and wine? We have just the thing for you, with two of our favorite cannabis wine recipes. If you look back through history, both cannabis and wine have been used across the globe, by varying cultures, for thousands of years. They are, without a doubt, two of the most popular and longest enduring intoxicants known to man. So why not combine the two into a delightfully palatable, soothing, buzzing drink!
If you could add glutathione to Wine, would you? A research project getting under way on Adelaide’s Waite Campus is designed to find out more about glutathione, for better or worse. It could reveal the potential value of using this naturally-occurring product more widely in winemaking or highlight potential reasons for caution – or it might land somewhere in the middle.
THE LATEST CRAZE IN WINEMAKING: MARIJUANA-INFUSED WINE There’s been a lot of buzz about pot and wine recently. It’s hard to separate the toga party contingent’s thirst for a potion into which two psychoactive substances have been crammed, from the more sober, scholarly consideration of the 3,700+ year history of fortifying wine with cannabis. And the allegedly potent healing powers of cannabis-wine are almost always overlooked, advocates complain.
Is Cannabis-Infused Alcohol Worth Considering Cannabis aficionados shouldn’t be surprised to hear that a micro-distillery in Humboldt County, in the heart of northern California’s Emerald Triangle, is brewing batches of vodka infused with Cannabis sativa. Humboldt Distillery, which makes organic vodka and spiced rum in addition to pear and apple brandies, recently introduced “Humboldt’s Finest,” a limited release premium small batch vodka that’s been infused with legal U.S.-grown hemp.
Cannabis-Infused Wine – What’s In Store For The Future? A physician by the name of Hua Tuo (140-208) would incapacitate his subjects with a “cannabis boiling powder” called máfèisàn (???) that was dissolved in wine, if his usual techniques of acupuncture or medicine couldn’t resolve a patient’s problems, and surgery was required
Canna Vine Canna Vine uses the wine process to combine biodynamically farmed grapes and organic marijuana. If you don't know what the term biodynamics means, according to the Biodynamics Association, it is a "holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition.