Flying Dog brewery launches medical marijuana beer

Maryland’s Flying Dog brewery has partnered with Green Leaf Medical to produce a “revolutionary” non-alcoholic THC-Infused cannabis beer that will be dispensed only to those with a medical marijuana recommendation.

Hop Chronic will only be available at dispensaries and to people with a medical marijuana recommendation.

The beer, a non-alcoholic India Pale Ale named Hop Chronic, will serve as a medical delivery system to provide Maryland medical cannabis patients with therapeutic cannabinoids including CBD, CBG and THC without the patient having to smoke or vape the drug.

Hop Chronic IPA will only be available at licensed dispensaries and only to people who have a medical recommendation for the use of cannabis, with a variety of THC and CBD potencies available.

“We see a lot of interest in cannabis from the craft beer community, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Green Leaf on a product that captures the passion and energy you see in fans of both craft beer and cannabis,” said Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage.

“There are definitely similarities between the natural flavour profiles we extract from hops and the terpenes and cannabinoids found in Cannabis.”

Flying Dog will also be working with Green Leaf on developing specific beer-inspired proprietary cannabis strains, as well as cannabis strain-inspired beer recipes and other products in 2019.

Green Leaf was founded in 2014 and has since raised $23 million. It expects to raise an additional $20 million, through its recently-released Series E round of fundraising, to help fuel the acquisition of additional dispensary assets and production resources in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“In a way, the cannabis industry is a lot like the craft beer movement was a few decades ago,” Green Leaf CEO Phil Goldberg said. “We have to educate people and change the overall perception of what cannabis is, what it could be, and how it might benefit people. Partnering with Flying Dog seemed like another great way to get more people interested in cannabis.”

Hop Chronic will be Maryland’s first THC-infused beer and is slated to be released this year at dispensaries throughout Maryland in six pack or single serve 12 oz cans. 

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