Soda sales have been in the proverbial toilet lately because of the recession, and organic soda has fared even worse. However, Discovery News reports that there is one new organic marijuana soft drink that is sure to give the munchies to medical marijuana patients. Dixie Elixirs of Denver, Colo., is selling organic marijuana soda to anyone with a valid prescription for medical marijuana.
Marijuana soft drink in a tie-dyed rainbow of flavors
Dixie Elixirs marijuana soda comes in eight flavors that are not commonly associated with hemp. Pink lemonade, root beer and grape are just some of the sweet tastes that will help medical marijuana patients take their minds off painful chemotherapy, glaucoma or other marijuana-worthy affliction. Tongue-in-cheek, the owners of Dixie Elixirs told Discovery that future flavors for marijuana lovers may include pizza and nachos.
Most of the U.S. can’t legally drink Dixie Elixirs
Currently, 14 states allow the use of marijuana with a valid doctor’s prescription. Hence, the 500,000 or so medical marijuana patients in America reside in these states: Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Washing away the ‘reefer madness’ stigma
Dixie Elixir’s owners take their marijuana soda line quite seriously, writes Discovery. They are committed to removing the negative stigma – the “reefer madness” strain – that surrounds marijuana. Voters in California are currently considering whether to make recreational marijuana use legal, so the winds of change may be blowing. What Dixie Elixirs would ideally like to see is their brand of marijuana soda sold alongside Pepsi and Coca-Cola on grocery store shelves.
Original Coca-Cola was worse than marijuana soda
Marijuana soda certainly wouldn’t be the most controversial soda to be sold in American grocery stores. Back in 1885, the original formula for Coca-Cola was based on two ingredients that were marketed as being medicinal in nature: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. Thus, the “coca” in the cola was cocaine. However, Snopes.com points out that by 1891, national fear of “cocainism” prompted Coca-Cola to scale back the amount of cocaine in the soft drink. By 1902, there was only 1/400 of a grain of cocaine per ounce of cola.