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Heineken is betting on a brew made with marijuana instead of alcohol, and it could help give a boost to the struggling beer industry - Página 1

  • Heineken's new brew, from California beer brand Lagunitas, is made with marijuana instead of alcohol.
  • Hi-Fi Hops is currently only available in a select number of dispensaries in California, where cannabis is legal.
  • It's part of a growing trend of established companies diving into the marijuana industry.

Lagunitas, Heineken's fast-growing California beer label, bills its new brew as "hoppy sparkling water."

That's because these cans of brew contain zero alcohol. Instead of booze, the beer-like beverage is made with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Called Hi-Fi Hops, Lagunitas' new cannabis drink is the latest wave of a larger move by established companies diving into the marijuana industry. In addition to a brew made with THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high, Lagunitas' new "beer" is also available with CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabis component that's thought to be responsible for many of its therapeutic effects.

Having only launched on July 30, the brew is currently available in a handful of marijuana dispensaries in California, where the drug is legal. So we visited Oakland's Harborside dispensary, located on the East Bay peninsula between the neighborhoods of Fruitvale and Downtown Oakland, to check out the new $8 drink.

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