Cannabis and the hops in beer are cousins, both members of the Cannabaceae family of plants. These two plants have a lot of similarities in both physical and chemical characteristics, so it makes sense that they naturally compliment each other. Both also have resinous green flowers that produce terpenes responsible for pungent aromas and a delicious taste.
Terpenes play a big role in the flavor profile of a beer, however, in cannabis, not only do they affect the overall taste and aroma, they also influence the high. Cannabis and hops actually share a lot of the same terpenes, like myrcene, pinene, and humulene. There’s a reason people use the same descriptors to talk about weed and beer: earthy, floral, skunky, citrus, spice, etc.
Here’s a list of types of beers and the perfect weed strains to compliment them. Enjoy!
IPAs and Skunks Skunk. (Leafly)
Currently the most popular beer in the world, India Pale Ales are taking over the beer aisle at your local grocery store. Hops and yeast are responsible for its unique flavor profile. During fermentation, the yeast in ales gathers toward the top of the tank, producing an aromatic flavor profile in the finished product.
Skunk weed strains are the perfect compliment to an IPA, as they can stand up to the bold aromatics of the beer. Skunk #1 is a fantastic heirloom strain created in the 1970s, and crosses of Skunk #1 are easy to find—they usually have “skunk” in their name.
Skunk strains have a reputation for being uplifting and euphoric—a great daytime high. If you can’t find the classic Skunk #1, Lemon Skunk, Pineapple Skunk, and Skunk 47 are popular crosses that live up to the original.