BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A cannabis-infused seltzer being sold as an alternative to alcohol can now be found in Louisiana grocery stores.
The product follows a national growing trend of cannabis-infused drinks and food. According to a report, the market for edible cannabis-infused products is expected to grow from $9.68 billion this year to $20.60 billion by 2028. The report said the trend is expected to be most popular with younger generations.
“Crescent 9 has had an impressive launch in the Louisiana market,” said Christopher Noyes, director of sales at Wines Unlimited, a statewide alcohol distributor. “The local grocery channel has really embraced Crescent 9 and the THC drinks category, making it one of the fastest-growing products we’ve ever carried. It is clear that the market was excited to see a new product in the form of a THC beverage.”
Crescent 9 is made with 6 mg of Delta-9 THC, 3 mg of CBD, and a “splash” of caffeine, according to Crescent Canna, the company that created the product.
Yes, it is legal in Louisiana. The company said the seltzer is made with hemp-derived cannabinoids and contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC on a dry-weight basis as state law requires.
No prescription is needed to buy this drink, but just like shopping for alcohol, only adults 21 years old and older can buy it. Crescent Canna said anyone with a medical condition or taking medication is recommended to talk to their doctor first before using cannabis products.
The drink was first released during Mardi Gras, the company said, and is being sold in New Orleans bars and music venues like Tipitina’s, The Boot, and The Joy Theater. Now it can be found in Rouses Supermarkets, Martin Wine & Spirits, and many other CBD and vape shops statewide.
Here’s where to find it in grocery stores in and near Baton Rouge:
- Rouses Airline Hwy. in Baton Rouge
- Rouses Arlington Creek Centre Blvd. in Baton Rouge
- Rouses Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge
- Rouses Church St. in Zachary
- Rouses Crossing Way in Denham Springs
- Rouses Drusilla Ln. in Baton Rouge
- Rouses Highway 42 in Prairieville
- Rouses South Airline Hwy. in Gonzales
- Rouses Village Market St. in Baton Rouge