After 40 hours of staring into a monitor, and another 40 chasing a rampant toddler, my Friday nights are a welcome opportunity to celebrate sloth. With a bounty of options at my disposal in the greater Seattle area, I decided to try something new to accompany my relaxing evening in – Legal Sparkling Rainier Cherry Tonic (cannabis infused beverage) by Mirth Provisions.

Mirth Provisions offers 3 sparkling “tonics” that feature 3 unique blends of cannabis strains for every occasion. The Rainier Cherry flavor is infused with a hybrid strain, so I treated myself, and picked one up with the intention of winding down into Friday evening at my friend’s house.

Each 11.5oz bottle of Legal tonic has 20mg of infused cannabis, and since I’m a lightweight, I rationed myself a fourth of the bottle to ease and not nosedive into the weekend. I popped the lid off of the stylish glass bottle and poured the bubbling burgundy tonic into a tumbler.

As I took a whiff, I detected no trace of cannabis on the nose, just a lush cherry aroma. The first sip tasted a lot like sweet, syrupy cherries, and each subsequent sip tasted a bit more like prunes. The carbonation helped to lighten the thick consistency but didn’t last, and as the bubbles dissipated, the tonic settled into what my grandma could fortuitously mistake for a glass of cherry prune juice. However pruney, I was impressed by the lack of cannabis taste, except a faint aftertaste, and it was still delicious.

I drank a fourth of the bottle about as quickly as I would finish my son’s juice box, with equal gusto.

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My friend and I eased back onto the couch, as he promised to show me a comedy special that would leave me in stitches. His daughter spun on her golden aerial yoga drapes hanging from their living room ceiling, and the night seemed full with the potential for something bizarre and awesome.

As the comedy began, I felt warm waves rolling over me and the desire to become one with the couch. The comedian traipsing back and forth across the television left me unmoved and staring blankly. My brain hypothesized the unfortunate chain of events that would lead a man to fill 45 minutes with comedy misfires. I managed to write a note to myself: “Even cannabis soda cannot save the terminally unfunny.”

While amused by my inner monologue, my friend sent his daughter that Rick Astley music video which she referred to as “Rick-n-Roll.” I laughed for a solid 60 seconds imagining a sushi restaurant that serves “Rick Rolls” and plays Never Gonna Give You Up on a loop. The tonic had finally seeped into my funny bone.

As the evening devolved into laughter, I reviewed the course of my evening. I drank my tonic at 7:55pm, felt the “urge to merge” at 8:11pm, and by 8:45pm was so close to spooning the couch that I said my goodbyes and made my way back to my siren bed. My fleece cheetah print blanket felt like satin sheets, and I was in bed on the brink of blissful sleep by 10pm. Although the experience will be different for every person, I would recommend the Rainier Cherry Legal tonic for an easy-going night that accommodated sleepiness.

The warm body high heightened my physical sensation and gave me the urge to nest and cuddle. This would be a great beverage to share with a partner or a great way to relax after a hard day’s work.

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