Hamilton’s Collective Arts launches line of cannabis-infused beverages

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Published July 28, 2021 at 3:15 am

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The buzz around Hamilton is that Collective Arts Brewing has moved into cannabis-inflused beverages.

The craft brewer announced on Tuesday (July 27) that a range of of beverages that are being sold through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS.ca). Sold under the label Collective Project, the line has started out with two hand-crafted premier flavours — a lemon, honey and ginger chamomile tea, and a blood orange, yuzu and vanilla sparkling juice.

“We designed these drinks with cannabis in mind, but we don’t want cannabis to be the only thing you remember tasting,”  says  Matt Johnston, CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Arts and Collective Project. “Here at Collective Arts, we see high-quality ingredients as the paintbrush and our products as the canvas, and Collective Project is our inspired take on incorporating this dynamic ingredient into something delicious and unexpected.” 

Collective Project says it is combining fresh juices, real botanicals and high-quality cannabis emulsions for an unparalleled flavour profile and drinking experience. The products are also non-GMO, gluten-free, and created with all-natural ingredients. 

According to LivWell.com, cannabis-infused beverages help users feel the effects from THC and CDB earlier than they do with edibles such as gummies, since the absorption begins inside the mouth through one’s saliva. The effects can be felt in 30 minutes, rather than hours. The quicker onset can also help prevent over-consumption.

The lemon, honey and ginger chamomile tea sells for $6.35 per can at OCS.ca. It contains three milligrams apiece of both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). It includes cold-pressed fresh lemon, sweet honey and offers a slight heat from the ginger. 

Collective Arts says its blood orange, yuzu and vanilla sparking juice sells for $9.45 per can. It combines two bright flavours with the latter sweet one to create a smooth, balanced beverage. It is made an emulsion of 10 mg of THC and 10 mg of CBD 

Between two and four Collective Project offerings will be launched by the end of 2021, and Collective Arts says they will soon be sold in Alberta and British Columbia.

Collective Project’s licensed cannabis producer is Peak Processing, which is located in Tecumseh, Ont., near Windsor.

(Inside photos courtesy of Collective Arts.)

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