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Flying Dog Brewery To Launch Maryland's First THC-infused Cannabis Beer

Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery is partnering with cannabis provider Green Leaf Medical Cannabis on a plan to release Maryland's first THC-infused beer in 2019.

Flying Dog said in a press release that the beer, a non-alcoholic India Pale Ale named Hop Chronic, will serve as a medical delivery system to provide medical cannabis patients in Maryland with therapeutic cannabinoids, including CBD, CBG and THC, without the patient having to smoke or vape the cannabis.

According to the brewery, the product will be released at dispensaries throughout Maryland and will be available in six pack or single serve 12 oz cans. The new product's release is subject to regulatory and legal approvals.

Hop Chronic IPA will only be available at licensed dispensaries and only to people who have a medical recommendation for the use of cannabis. It will be available in a variety of THC and CBD potencies.

"We see a lot of interest in cannabis from the craft beer community, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Green Leaf on a product that captures the passion and energy you see in fans of both craft beer and cannabis. There are definitely similarities between the natural flavor profiles we extract from hops and the terpenes and cannabinoids found in Cannabis," said Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage.

Both Flying Dog and Green Leaf are based in Frederick, Maryland. The two companies said they see many future opportunities to partner on products beyond the release of Hop Chronic this summer.

Green Leaf anticipates that its beer partnership with Flying Dog will continue the momentum the two companies have built over the past four years.

Flying Dog will also be working with Green Leaf on developing specific beer-inspired proprietary cannabis strains, in addition to cannabis strain-inspired beer recipes and other products in 2019.

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