Cannabis and hops (the flowering cones that lend aromas, flavors and bitterness to beer) are cousins in the Cannabaceae plant family. They have similar fragrances but a notable difference: Cannabis contains THC, the psychoactive component that creates the sensation of being high.\r\n\r\nThus, hops and cannabis have stayed in their separate government-mandated lanes, one legal, the other not. Combining alcohol and THC is also illegal. As recreational cannabis is allowed in more states, however, brewers have started to merge the plants.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s kind of the birth and the start of this whole area,\u201d says Keith Villa, founder of Blue Moon Brewing Co. \u201cIt\u2019s a situation that comes around once in a lifetime.\u201d\r\n\r\nLast year, Villa retired as brewmaster from Miller Coors and launched Ceria Beverages with his wife, Jodi. The brand produces nonalcoholic beers that deliver doses of THC, which take effect as fast as alcohol.\r\n\r\nBeyond Villa\u2019s efforts, breweries have taken multiple approaches to cannabis-inspired beer. Some have infused IPAs with non-intoxicating CBD, the plant derivative popular in healthcare products. Others evoke cannabis with hemp extracts, highly pungent hop varietals or organic compounds called terpenes, which give plants their characteristic aromas.\r\n\r\n\r\n420 Series G13 IPA \r\nSweetWater Brewing Co., GA\r\nA blend of odorous organic compounds,\u00a0 a k a terpenes, plus pine-like Simcoe and Columbus hops give this golden IPA its super-weedy aroma. No high included.\r\nGeorge Washington\u2019s Secret Stash\r\nDad & Dude\u2019s Breweria, CO\r\nEach 12-ounce can of this resinous, English-inspired IPA has 4.2 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD. America\u2019s first president would likely approve: Washington farmed hemp in Virginia.\r\nGrainwave Belgian-Style White Ale \r\nCeria Brewing Co., CO\r\nSold at Colorado marijuana dispensaries, this is an alcohol-free witbier, or wheat beer, steeped with blood orange peel, coriander and 5 milligrams of THC per 10-ounce bottle.\r\nThe Hemperor HPA\r\nNew Belgium Brewing, CO\r\nGovernment-approved hemp hearts (seeds) and intensely aromatic hop varietals are used to create this dank IPA with a stickily sweet, lightly bitter finish.\r\nThe Waldos\u2019 Special Ale Lagunitas \r\nBrewing Co., CA\r\nThe Waldos were 1970s California high school students who coined the phrase \u201c420,\u201d code for smoking pot. They\u2019re immortalized in this sweetly potent triple IPA that delivers a deeply earthy dankness. Lagunitas also produces Hi-Fi Hops, a THC-infused hoppy sparkling water that\u2019s sold in California dispensaries.