At The Smoke Out, we are always looking for new developments in the world of cannabis. We often see new types of weed infused foods, or “edibles,” that provide an alternative to rolling up and blazing a jay. Now, ganja drinks (teas, sodas, etc) are nothing new, but there is apparently a new weed drink in Ghana that takes intoxication to the next level. A VICE writer recently took a trip to Accra, Ghana and partook in a new drink called “Amen,” which is, essentially, moonshine laced with the sweet cheeba.
Amen is cannabis mixed into “akpeteshie,” described by the writer as a “Ghanaian palm moonshine,” used to make a number of exotic cocktails. The writer describes:
Akpeteshie is strong enough to put hair on your nipples, and it’s a favorite among hardcore drinkers in Ghana, as it is cheap and extremely efficient at getting you drunk. You can purchase shots of akpeteshie in most dive bars for 50 pesuas, less than 15 cents US. Republic, meanwhile, offers frozen akpeteshie-based drinks for 12 cedis, or around $3.
Amen is akpeteshie, weed and Sprite blended with other “secret ingredients.” It got its name because “It’ll make you say Amen and knock you the fuck out,” according to a Ghanaian bartender. The writer explains what his first taste of Amen was like:
With my first sip, I knew the evening was about to be taken to the next level. The weed, earthy and herby, dominated the drink; mixed with the sweetness of Sprite and the strength of the akpeteshie, it made for a powerful punch. I jerked my head to the side and raised an eyebrow as my lips formed into a punctuated “O,” letting out a breathy whistle. Though hefty as hell, it was scrumptious. I dove in for a second sip, and a refreshing, fiery sensation took root in my belly. I smiled and toasted my friend: “Hallelujah!”
According to the writer, the ingestion of the Amen elixir delivered a more psychedelic effect than regularly smoking weed gives. In other words, he got fucked up. Walls started spinning and the perception of reality was shifted into another dimension. Sounded like everything you’d expect cannabis laced moonshine to be.
It is of note that weed is illegal in Ghana, but people can circumvent the illegality with bribes to the cops.