World Gin Day 2019: Cannabis with your Gin?

By Meagan Evans. Published at Jun 11, 2019, in Features

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Saturday was World Gin Day — a global celebration of all things gin.

Always on the second Saturday in June, World Gin Day is now in its tenth year. The idea is simple and pretty straight forward (as explained by the organised Emma Stokes, aka Gin Monkey): “get people together all around the world with a legitimate excuse to drink some gin”.

But rather than going for the standard G&T, it might be time to live a little and try out some of the more interesting gin varieties...

In what might be peak gin culture, one local Melbourne business, The Cannabis Company, which sells a range of hemp-derived products for both humans and pets, is getting in on the action as the “first in the world to distil hemp gin using cannabis terpenes”.

The Cannabis Company sells three cannabis-infused gins: The Myrcene – the world's first cannabis-infused gin distilled with terpenes; Jilyngin Dreaming – a cannabis-terpene hemp gin distilled with native Australian botanicals; and High Seas – navy strength (116 proof) gin.

I asked Finfeed’s in-house gin connoisseur, Chris A, for his expert opinion. While he hasn’t yet tried it himself, his expectations are tempered: “I was talking to a bar tender the other night about it and he was saying it’s basically a gimmick. Hemp doesn’t have that much flavour in it to really make a difference. That being said I’d like to try it but won’t be rushing out to buy a bottle anytime soon.”

(He, for what it’s worth, personally likes dry gins – Never Never Juniper Freak, Prohibition Gin, Patient Wolf Melbourne Dry).
But maybe this focus on the taste is missing the point entirely.

The Cannabis Company claim when you ingest cannabis together with terpenes, you get a synergistic and uniquely positive effect. It says, “People are coming back to us with mad claims – it’s improved their sleep, it keeps them calm, it even cures the symptoms of their fibromyalgia.”

Here’s one such claim:

“Hi guys, I just wanted to write to you because my friends are all telling me that I’m mental. I don’t know if this is a placebo effect or what, but it seems that when I drink your gin either before or after smoking weed, I get about 30% more stoned!? Am I imagining this? I know you do the whole scientific thing so what’s the go?”

The go, according to the Cannabis Co., is that when the terpene myrcene is present in your bloodsteam and you ingest cannabis, it acts as an express receptor. You receive the cannabinoids from the cannabis faster, and it acts longer.

The terpene Myrcene is known as an anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-insomniatic, anti-proliferative, antipsychotic, and anti-spasmodic. Cannabinoids have been demonstrated to absorb more efficiently into the blood brain barrier when terpenes are present, allowing them to bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

So when the terpene myrcene is present in your bloodstream and you ingest cannabis, it acts as an express receptor. You receive the cannabinoids from the cannabis faster, and it acts longer.

So basically, it will help you get high (which, by the way, is not yet legal in Australia).

On the topic of cannabis, ASX-listed medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma (ASX: CPH) delivered shareholders with some welcome news yesterday.

The company received a A$122 million takeover offer from Canadian cannabis company PharmaCielo Limited (TSXV:PCLO), the largest cannabis producer in Colombia.

This offer to $0.63 per share — a 50% premium to CPH’s Thursday closing price.

Cheers to that.

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