What Is PEARL2O?
The only product of its kind currently on the market, PEARL2O is a water-based cannabis emulsion that can be added to food, without worrying about the taste or smell of marijuana, or about losing potency.
This way, the company tells us the THC and CBD in the patent-pending emulsion, which is suspended in vitamin water, can be easily incorporated into a variety of edible and topical products, including ice cubes, frostings, drinks like coffee, tea, and lemonade; smoothies, soups, barbecue sauce—just about anything.
And with a one-year shelf life and no calories, fat, cholesterol, or sugar, the company claims it can even revolutionize the development and application of oral and topical medical cannabis products.
Compared to other cannabis drinks and edibles that can taste awful, as well as oils, butter, and extracts that can disperse unevenly in recipes, PEARL2O seems compelling.
But are its two different formulations really game-changers, as claimed on the website? Are there other products like PEARL2O? What about safety concerns?
You’re here for some answers, so let’s start with the basics.
What Is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) & Can You Cook With It?
Whether smoked or consumed in food or drink, marijuana is the version of cannabis that gets users ‘high’ (contrasted with hemp, which is generally used for agricultural and textile purposes). The reason for this intoxication is the presence of a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
According to Leafly, “THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors concentrated in the brain and central nervous system to produce psychoactive effects.” What are these effects, exactly?
Like any psychoactive chemical, what someone experiences while ‘high’ can be personal and based on things like mindset, biology, and even what they’ve eaten during the day. However, common effects include relaxation and sedation, pain relief, laughter, energy, increased heart rate, hunger, and slowed perception of time.
Pro tip: On the other hand, cannabidiol (CBD) is a nonpsychoactive component in cannabis that may have some anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, analgesic, and even anti-cancer properties.
Since recreational cannabis was first legalized in Colorado in 2014, several others have followed suit and passed similar laws, including WA, OR, CA, NV, AK, MA, and ME. Among other things, this has allowed liquid THC-infused products to proliferate within these states.
But how does PEARL2O compare? Before we get to the competition, let’s take a quick look under the emulsion’s lid.
How Much THC & Other Ingredients Does PEARL2O Contain?
There were two PEARL2O formulations available at the time of our research. Both appeared to be the same size and feature the same one-to-one THC and CBD ratios, but with different levels:
- 100mg THC, 100mg CBD per bottle
- 50mg THC, 50mg CBD per bottle
Given this, how many doses will you get per bottle? The website’s FAQ explains it this way:
“In Washington State, 10mg of THC is considered one serving. The amount of PEARL2O™ required for one serving is 1.54 oz if using the 100mg THC bottle and 3.08oz if using the 50mg THC bottle.”
While it can be added to any low-heat (more next) recipe that uses water, if you decide to drink it straight, we’re told you’ll only experience “a slight taste of the minerals and vitamins in its composition.”
We didn't encounter a product label online, so we can't be sure of the size of each bottle, and if it contains any other ingredients, or in what dosages. We reached out to PEARL2O and will be sure to update this article as soon as a response is received.
What Will You Learn from PEARL2O’s Cookbook?
The heat from cooking can cause THC to break down and meaningfully weaken before you’ve had a chance to consume your food, which is why the manufacturer emphasizes that anything cooked with Pearl2o shouldn’t be heated to higher than 300° F.
Cannabis Cheri mirrors this points by writing, “Generally speaking, lower cooking temperatures are better. THC is completely degraded at temperatures in excess of 392 degrees F, although it starts to break down long before that.”
If you’re not much of a cooker and need some help from this aspect, the company offers a cookbook titled “PEARL2O 2017 Summer Cooking Guide, Cannabis Infused Recipes.”
According to their Amazon page, this includes 40 recipes, each of which indicates a suggested serving of PEARL2O. Examples (chosen at random) include Almond Joy Oatmeal, Watermelon Salad, Pasta Caprese, Caesar Dressing, and French Press Cold Brew.
Like all cookbooks, it's organized by recipe type, each of which features a breakdown of the ingredients and cooking instructions.
Can the THC In PEARL2O Cause Potential Side Effects?
Sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD indicated that common side effects related to marijuana and the THC it contains include dry mouth, dry or red eyes, increased heart rate and blood pressure, impaired mental functioning, anxiety, hallucinations, depression, and sexual problems.
As we discussed earlier regarding the personalized effects of THC, these sites didn’t indicate any specific circumstances (such as dosages) as to when these side effects might be more likely to occur.
Like anything else intoxicating, the PEARL2O website emphasizes that THC-infused products should be kept away from those under the age of 21 and should not be used while driving or operating heavy machinery.
In order to help minimize the risk of unwanted side effects, the product's website recommends starting slowly with the standard dose (10mg, or 1.54 / 3.08 oz, depending on formula). From there, you can adjust based on your experience until finding the perfect dose.
In general, we’re told PEARL2O’s water-soluble formula tends to take effect faster than other cannabis edibles, although this can still range between five and 40 minutes. Consuming on an empty stomach can also increase intensity.
How Much Does PEARL2O Cost & Where Is It Available?
Based on what we learned from the Where to Buy on PEARL2O’s site, it’s currently only available in WA State.
In general, though, we found during our research that most cannabis-infused manufacturers didn’t list their product prices, likely because they're only available in certain states where recreational or medical cannabis is legal, and even then, only through licensed dispensaries.
With this in mind, we reached to PEARL2O’s manufacturer for more details about MSRP, expected release dates for other states (if any), and refund policy. We’ll update as soon as we hear back.
Are There Other Cannabis-Infused Emulsions Like PEARL2O?
With so many states opening their doors for recreational marijuana use, hundreds of related brands have popped up to meet the sudden demand and includes drinks like sodas, juices, coffees, teas, and even alcoholic beverages and sports drinks.
Searching for variations of the term “cannabis marijuana THC beverage” returned some of these popular options:
|Brand||THC Content (per container)||States Available|
|Pearl2o||Up to 100mg||WA|
|CannaPunch||Up to 200mg||CO|
|Quigley’s Cannabis Shot||50mg||CO|
|Keef Sparkling||10mg||AZ, CA, CO|
|Dixie Elixirs||100mg||AZ, CO, NV|
Granted, these are all flavored beverages of different sorts, but what about THC-infused water, specifically?
The only marijuana-based product we encountered during our research was Puration’s EVERx CBD Infused Sports Water, although we didn’t find any dispensaries advertising this drink, in states where recreational marijuana is legal or otherwise. Furthermore, this formula only contains CBD; and without THC, there is no intoxicating effect.
Given all of this, if you’re looking for THC-infused water with no aftertaste and that can be consumed directly or added to your favorite low-heat recipes, PEARL2O seems to be the only game in town.
Our Final Thoughts About PEARL2O Cannabis-Infused Water
When it comes down to it, the company behind PEARL2O seems to have carved out a nice little niche for themselves among the crowded cannabis-infused beverage market.
Not only is it the only water-based product currently available, but their manufacturing process allows them to remove the acrid smell and taste associated with many other cannabis edibles, giving consumers the ability to even cook with it.
On top of this, compared to cooking with canna butters and oils, PEARL2O claims to deliver balanced THC concentration, so you won’t have to worry about dosage concerns, whether you’re drinking it straight or cooking up a recipe. Taken together, the formula just might meet the company’s claim of a game-changing product.