Ontario Awards $300,000 Research Grant to Help Develop the World’s First Beer Brewed From Cannabis

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen

Ontario awards $300,000 research grant to help develop the world's first beer brewed from cannabis Jacquie Miller JACQUIE MILLER. Dooma Wendschuh, chief executive of Province Brands of Canada, the company that is researching how to make what is says is the world's first beer brewed from cannabis. It plans to sell the beer under the labels Cambridge Bay and Dagga (a slang term for marijuana used in Africa). OTTWP

The Ontario government has contributed $300,000 to help a Toronto company work with Loyalist College in Belleville to develop what it says will be the world’s first beer brewed from cannabis.

The joint project will create a beer that is “highly intoxicating” but safer and healthier than alcohol, says Province Brands of Canada. The company chipped in $300,000 in cash and in-kind services.

Province Brands joins cannabis industry giant Canopy Growth Corp. in Smiths Falls in betting that drinks will become a dominant way that Canadians consume their marijuana when it’s legal. 

And the Ontario government seems to be on board. The grant will help Province Brands create beer that should be ready to sell when edible marijuana products are allowed, says chief executive Dooma Wendschuh.

That will probably be in 2019. The federal government says it plans to legalize dried weed and cannabis oil for recreational use this summer, with edible cannabis products regulated within a year after that.

Some traditionalists will continue to prefer rolling a joint and smoking it, of course, but industry experts say combustible cannabis is not the way of the future. Society has moved away from cigarettes, and smoking pot creates some of the same toxic chemicals.

South of the border, the trends are clear. In Colorado, the first U.S. state to open recreational marijuana shops, sales of dried weed have plummeted. Consumers are buying vape pens and concentrated cannabis, and a wide range of edible products, with gummy candies the most popular. 

Beverages make up a small part of cannabis sales in U.S. states where marijuana is legal.

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One comment

  1. Are these idiots serious ? Canadian users are Canadian Beer Consumers, Canadian Cannabis users are BC Bud users, NOT TO BE MIXED TOGETHER, THIS FAD WILL FAIL WITH CANADIAN USERS OF BOTH !!!
    Canadian Moto, Beer, Buds, and Babes, WE LIKE THEM SEPARATE.

    It’s nether a alcoholic Beer or a Cannabis drink, it is a Fake Beer, and Non – THC , Non Caffeinated, Hemp drink, the only physical affect you will get, is it’s benefit of Health, but then again Government sanctioned growers use pesticides on their hemp plants.

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