Billed as a “refreshing blonde ale”, Buffalo Soldier looks like any other pint.
The only difference is the Teesside-brewed beer has one very distinctive special ingredient: cannabis oil.
Made at the Stockton Brewing Company, the beer is named after the classic Bob Marley tune.
And punters will be able to get their hands on a bottle next month.
“The lads were excited about creating the product and are happy to be part of the first ale in the UK to contain cannabis oil,” said a Buffalo Soldier spokesperson.
“The first batch will be ready in six weeks and after many enquiries we’ve got a feeling the product will be in demand and sell out quickly.”
At just 3.8%, the ale is unlikely to leave drinkers with a bad head.
In fact, developers say the oil – touted by supporters as a possible cancer cure – could have “huge” health benefits. Several Teesside bars have already signed up to stocking the £3.50-a-bottle beer, including Oscar’s Gin Bar in Stockton.
But anybody hoping to get high from their pint will be disappointed. The beer won’t contain any THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis which gets smokers ‘stoned’. The beer is the latest product to use cannabis oil – also known as cannabidiol (CBD) – which is now available to buy in the UK in pharmaceutical shops.
It has been claimed that it can be beneficial in treating a number of health care issues including pain, symptoms of cancer and stress and anxiety. Products are now sold in mainstream shops such as Holland & Barrett.
The Gazette reported last week how two Teesside businessmen Brian Charrington and Phil Knowlson had set up a business called SurePure selling CBD oil.
By Ian Johnson – Gazette Live