Cannabis Absinthe (Antonio Nadal)

Yes, Cannabis Absinthe is a thing in Europe. But will it get you stoned?

You have to love those random messages you receive from friends traveling abroad. A couple months ago my friend Judy wrote me from Mexican beach town Playa del Carmen with the news that $140 cannabis-adorned bongs were being sold inside the local Walmart down there. And this morning my friend Erin hit me up with a photo of something equally surprising out of Spain.

Erin has seen the future, friends. And it comes in the form of Cannabis Absinthe.

Cannabis Absinthe, on the shelf in Barcelona. (Erin Behrenhausen)
Cannabis Absinthe, on the shelf in Barcelona. (Erin Behrenhausen)

Sure enough, it’s all over the place in Europe. Distributor Antonio Nadal calls its Absenta Cannabis 80 “green absinthe with hints of wormwood and hops with a high alcohol content.”

I’ll say. This hooch is 140 proof — that’s 70 percent alcohol, for the non-nerds — putting its heft somewhere between Rumple Minze and Bacardi 151.

This booze will get you drunk. But it won’t get you high.

The only presence of cannabis in this drink is its flavor. As the folks at Drinking Made Easy said:

“So immediately the first question raised with any cannabis related drink is “does it get you high?” Sadly no, but this high-alcohol Cannabis Absinthe does give a cannabis flavor to its 140 proof absinthe which is more than enough to get you feeling pretty good.” directed us to another label of cannabis absinthe — this one German in origin and a little less stiff (at 55 percent alcohol). According to the site, this label “merges the seductively sweet aroma of hemp with the typical herbal flavour or wormwood and anise.”

YouTube user fin69land introduced us to another brand of cannabis absinthe — this one made by Rodnik’s. Here, watch him have his first sip — he doesn’t even flinch.