Those looking for a little extra buzz in their coffee can now purchase convenient cannabis-infused single use pods.
The cannabis-infused coffee is a Seattle-based shop – Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop — that sells pods of premium Catapult coffee at $10 per pod. Each pod is a single coffee serving that contains 10 mg of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Prior to the pods, the shop sold loose grounds of coffee infused with marijuana, but the company says the pods are “quickly becoming big sellers.”
“I liken it to a Red Bull and vodka,” Jennifer Lanzador, Uncle Ike’s sales manager, told Yahoo. “I had more energy, but I still had the relaxation you get from cannabis.”
Fairwinds Manufacturing, the Vancouver company that makes the coffee pods for Uncle Ike’s Pot shop, says that the pods make up 60 percent of the company’s sales.
In the U.S., House of Jane, out of California, also make coffee infused cannabis called K-cups. They offer medium and dark roast options as well as decaf and moche café. The company also distributes marijuana infused teas and creamers, one of which was recently awarded ‘Best Edible” at the world’s largest medical marijuana trade shoe, HempCon.
House of Jane is currently working on the creation of a cannabis-infused Frappuccino, but says it will not be sold at Starbucks. Instead, the team working on the creation hopes to capitalized on the creamy beverage during the upcoming hot summer months.
Ed Rosenthal, who is well-known for his marijuana growing guides and line of pre-rolled joints, also sells his own Ed Rosentha’s Select Coffee & Tea.
Rosenthal’s CEO, Ross Franklin, says, “Ed’s been wanting to come up with a new product that’s not the standard candy bar.”
Emily Paxhia, co-founder of Poseidon Asset Management, a California asset manager focusing on marijuana-related investments, says that cannabis infused coffee will give it a wider appeal.
“The more that cannabis can be consumed in forms that are familiar to broader populations, the more interesting it’s going to become to a mass market,” Paxhia said.