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Cannabis Coffee Pods Are a Thing — And They’re Even Compostable

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Coffee and marijuana, together at last.

Starting early next year, California-based Brewbudz will begin selling cannabis-infused coffee, tea and cocoa. The company’s pod delivery system — similar to K-cups — will be 100 percent compatible with the millions of Keurig systems already in American homes.

“It’s an opportunity to bring together two different rituals in life,” BrewBudz vice president Jeffry Paul told Westword. “Drinking coffee or tea is something that’s part of your every day . There’s also a ritual for marijuana, whether it’s medicinal or recreational.”

As with other coffee pods, customers will have their choice of either decaffeinated and caffeinated options. The cannabis choices will range from 10 milligrams of THC in each pod for recreational users, and 25 to 50 milligrams of CBD for medical users.

The pod problem

Brewbudz also sought to address how the single-serving pods impact the environment — an issue that has hounded many companies focused on single-serve coffee because of the inherent waste involved. To that end, the company created a mesh-based 100 percent compostable pod.

“Scientists and world-class experts got together to create the world’s only compostable mesh of its kind,” the site explains. “The distinctive ring on every pod comes from the skin of roasted beans and the lid is a combination of compostable materials and inks.”

When composted properly, the pods will break down completely in as little as five weeks, the company says.

As you might expect, this marriage of all the benefits of marijuana coupled with all the joys of drinking coffee and tea won’t come cheap. Each Brewbudz pod, available in January to customers in six states where cannabis is currently legal, will cost about $7.

Marijuana-infused coffee pods combine coffee and cannabis will be 100% compostable, says maker Brewbudz.

These Marijuana Coffee Pods Will Get You High AF

Consumers can get as much as 50 milligrams of THC from a single pod.

Last updated on July 12, 2017, at 12:21 p.m. ET

Posted on July 11, 2017, at 2:33 p.m. ET

Finally, everyone can stop eating and smoking marijuana like savages. A new (compostable!) marijuana single-serving coffee pod called Brewbudz is available in Nevada dispensaries starting today, and it works with regular Keurig machines. Each pod costs $7, about as much as a cheap glass of wine.

“Brewbudz offers various dosage options to fit every lifestyle,” the producer, Cannabiniers, said in a press release. The pods are filled with weed-infused coffee, cocoa, or tea in 10-milligram, 25-milligram, and 50-milligram doses of tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC, aka the chemical that gets you high. The company claims that uplifting sativa-dominant varieties will be used in the caffeinated pods, while relaxing indica-heavy ones will be used in decaf.

For context, a serving of THC under Colorado law is 10 milligrams. “Some inexperienced consumers and people with smaller body types have found 10 milligrams to be too powerful, so those using it for the first time should strongly consider starting with 5 milligrams,” according to consumeresponsibly.org, a consumer education site by the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project. Symptoms of overconsumption include “an increase in heart rate, dryness of the mouth, and/or feelings of paranoia or anxiety,” according to Consume Responsibly.

In defense of Brewbudz’s potency, a spokesperson said, “There are edibles in the market that offer 500 to 1,000 milligrams of THC. . The 10-milligram product is a good starting point for a new user/the occasional user whereas the higher dosing strengths are intended more for the medical user/frequent recreational user.”

Despite a patchwork of legal cannabis access, and the potential that the federal government could crack down on the growing industry, Cannabiniers sees a huge market for marijuana coffee pods, as “Americans consume over 600 million cups of coffee daily” and “there are limited product offerings available in the cannabis industry to meet this demand.”

After rolling out in Nevada, Brewbudz also plans to launch in Colorado and California.

CORRECTION

Dude, we totally spaced. Brewbudz are Keurig-compatible single-serving coffee pods. But because they aren’t licensed by Keurig, they are not officially called K-Cups, as a previous version of this post referred to them.

Venessa Wong is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Consumers can get as much as 50 milligrams of THC from a single pod.