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In Time for 4/20: Hemp Vodka

Sorry, it won't get you high
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2012 8:32 AM CDT
In Time for 4/20: Hemp Vodka
Alaska Distillery Chief Operating Officer Bella Coley poses with a bottle of their new vodka, Purgatory. The hemp seed vodka hit the shelves this week.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – Don't bogart that bottle, my friend. In the counterculture world, "420" is the code for cannabis consumption, and April 20—or 4/20—is the holy day. On this April 20, the Alaska Distillery is introducing its hemp seed vodka. This is the same company that two years ago brought you smoked-salmon flavored vodka; now it's importing hemp seeds from Canada to distill its newest product.

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But don't worry about getting any extra buzz. The hemp seeds are sterile, and the government makes sure there's no THC in them. The makers say the hemp makes the vodka a tad sweeter and gives it a hint of nut. While they say it's a good drink straight up, you can also make a mean cosmo with it. (For another 4/20 drink, click to read all about marijuana-infused wine.)

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