Should You Drink “Drank”? Local Expert Weighs In

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Maybe you’ve noticed the billboards popping up around the St. Louis area — a new drink called Drank (labelled as “weed in a can”).

Drank, it seems, as become a cult phenomenon.

The purple beverage is touted to have the opposite effect of Red Bull, Monster and other “energy drinks”.

Drank contains melatonin, rose hips and valerian root — all perfectly legal.

Its makers say Drank is designed to “naturally and safely” relax you, to take away the stress.

But Mary Ellen Beindorf, a registered dietician with Barnes Jewish hospital, has some concerns about one ingredient…valerian root.

“Some of the side effects that have been reported with valerian root include headaches, nausea, and even insomnia,” Beindorf tells KMOX News.  “And then long-term use there’s even been a few reports of liver toxicity.”

Beinsdorf says she definitely wouldn’t advise to make a habit out of drinking Drank, but if one must try it they should drink it right before going to bed…and definitely NOT before getting behind the wheel of a car.


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