Manzanita Madrone makes three flavors of their cannabis infused beverage, Ginger Root, Natural Cola and Lemon-Lime. Ginger and Cola flavor cost $5 and have 10mg of THC while Lemon-Lime has 5mg THC and 5mg CBD in the bottle and is $4.
Since the other cannabis infused drinkable beverages I have tried have had relaxing, Indica-type effects, I expected the same from The Fizz.
Taste & Effects: Lemon Lime
Since it has half of my usual dose of 10mg, I started by trying the Lemon Lime. If you are expecting this to taste anything like Sprite or that kind of soft drink, you’ll be disappointed. This is not even a soft drink but a self-described “Premium Low-Dose All-Natural Craft Beverage”. This flavor uses real lemon and lime juice, sugar and honey, natural flavors and along with THC cannabis oil, Quijalla Bark extract.
When you look up Quijalla Bark extract to know what it is, guess what? There is no such thing to be found online as Quijalla, only Quillaja Bark extract. So it’s likely somebody messed up the spelling on the labeling. That is an important detail to me. If they can’t get the label right, what else are they not getting right with this liquid I’m putting in my body?
Anyway, Quillaja Bark (also known as Quillaia, but never Quijalla), is commonly used in root beer and cream soda. So yes, this lemon-line soda has a root beer-like taste from the Quillaja, a taste which I found odd. I sometimes have squeezed a lemon or lime or even put lemonade into cola, but I’ve never done that with root beer. I find it an odd taste combination and not one I like very much.
According to the manufacturer’s website “Quillaja bark is what allows us to emulsify our premium THC naturally instead of using industry standard chemicals such as sodium benzoate.”. So at least they know how to spell it on the website if not on the bottle.
The product does have a nice natural citrus soda flavor with no strong cannabis flavor or any artificial tastes, so if you like lemon-lime in your root beer, it could work for you.
As for effects, with only 5mg of THC I didn’t expect to feel much in the way of effects and that was pretty much what happened.
Taste & Effects: Ginger Root
Ginger Root tasted like the Lemon Lime but with Ginger added. It does have a light ginger beer/ale taste at first that finishes on a more citrus – like flavor along with the Quilaja Bark flavor that is in the Lemon Lime. The ingredient list is the same as Lemon Lime except there is fresh ginger root, citric acid instead of lemon juice and pineapple juice. I like strong ginger beer drinks an drink them all the time, so that is why this would taste to me like a lighter ginger flavor. If you’re used to regular ginger all, this is on par with that, plus the citrus taste. I found the cannabis oil taste minimal, barely noticeable.
The effect was stronger as it contains 10mg of THC. I definitely felt the effects within an hour (PSA: always wait two hours to judge how strong the effects are). It was a hybrid effect for me, a stoned feeling and somewhat spacey head with a relaxed body effect. It definitely felt more of a stress relief effect than an energetic effect, both physically and mentally. Perfect for whenever you want to unwind and relax.
Taste & Effects: Cola
This is a natural flavor for this product line, as I mentioned earlier I regularly put lemon or lime in my cola, so the cola plus citrus flavor is familiar and one I enjoy. For some reason the flavor didn’t work for me. It seemed to compete with the cola flavor instead of enhance it.
Like the Ginger Root, this produced a hybrid effect for me, a stoned feeling and somewhat spacey head with a relaxed body effect, more of a stress relief effect physically and mentally. Best for times when you want to relax and space out, not when you are looking for a creative boost or uplift.
Overall this is a good edible / drinkable if you like the citrus-y taste of Quillaja Bark and are looking for Indica-dominant effects.