A Bubbly Lift: Crescent 9 THC Seltzer

Even though it’s legal in more than half of the country (not to mention the world), marijuana, and those who partake, are still seen in a bad light. Refer Madness must be pretty potent propaganda, because to this day, folks will persist in denigrating those who like to smoke a spliff or indulge in a gummy, calling us potheads, dopers and even junkies — all the while downing a few cold ones or swilling a pitcher of margaritas.

So, perhaps you understand why I’m hesitant to admit I enjoy herbal refreshment from time to time, but seeing as the stigma it carries probably won’t disappear in my lifetime, why the hell not?

In Louisiana, recreational cannabis is still illegal (will it ever change?), and getting your hands on a medical marijuana card is expensive, but unbeknownst to me, enterprising minds have discovered a work-around. While marijuana is illegal, hemp is not, and (also unbeknownst to me) hemp products can get you high.

Imagine my surprise when the folks at Crescent Canna reached out to me, asking if I would be interested in trying their new hemp product, Crescent 9 THC Seltzer with 6 mg Delta-9 THC and 3 mg CBD per 12 oz. can. Of course I’d be interested!

We got an 8-pack delivered to our door and after chilling in the fridge, John and I popped one open. First, I love the packaging. Reminiscent of a California sunset, the colors are cool and calming, not to mention that the slim, almost soft texture of the cans made them pleasing to hold.

The seltzer had a viscous, almost syrupy texture, similar to what you’d experience with an energy drink. Described as a “subtly sweet, tropical seltzer naturally flavored with mango puree and a hint of terpenes,” all I could bring to mind when the bubbles hit my tongue is grapefruit, a flavor I unfortunately associate with dieting. Like many mothers, mine thought the only way to lose weight entailed a mandatory, daily halved grapefruit for breakfast. That being said, Crescent 9 THC Seltzer also seems to be aimed at health-conscious individuals. It’s only 35 calories per can, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO and non-alcoholic.

But the real question you’re waiting on me to answer is “does it get you high?” Right? Well, yes, yes it does. It was a nice, sativa buzz with a lot more lift than I anticipated. It was a pleasant kind of energy, something that would keep me lively during a day-long festival, or make vacuuming and doing the dishes a lot more fun.

I was lucky enough to try Crescent 9 THC Seltzer for free, but if I wanted to purchase it, an 8-pack would set me back about $40. Seeing as it’s a specialty product, one equal in “levity” to say . . . a nice bottle of wine, the price isn’t too, too steep. Though I would prefer a different flavor and would be willing to sacrifice with a higher calorie (ie. sugar) count to have it.

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