Durban's Poison City Brewing has launched the country's first cannabis lager, but relax it won't make you high.
The Durban Poison Cannabis Lager contains no THC (the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that delivers the 'high') but is brewed with hemp oil that creates, according to the brewery, a distinctive and refreshing flavour.
The larger, which is meant to appeal to the "young and trendy", is billed as an exceptionally easy drinking beer which is lighter in alcohol.
Graeme Bird, co-owner and founder of Poison City Brewing says: "hops and cannabis are very closely related and share many similar chemical characteristics, which means that hemp is an interesting and viable ingredient for beer making."
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Bird and his business partner, Andre Schubert pride themselves in creating this South African first.
"We are setting a precedent for other breweries in SA by being the first to experiment with this ingredient here. Most light beers sacrifice character and taste and can be quite 'watery', but the hemp seeds allow us to deliver a beer that is uniquely fuller on the tongue while still being light and refreshing," Bird adds.
Durban Poison Cannabis Lager launched in September and is available exclusively at select stores and venues nationwide.