Sipping on cannabis-infused beverages can quickly become a fun alternative to vaping or smoking when you have the right recipes on hand. Not only are they a fun way to consume the plant, but cannabis drinks are also generally seen as a healthier alternative to smoking. In fact, in some states where marijuana has become partially legalized, such as Florida, smokeable variations of the plant are still not legal.
The following drink ideas will provide a range of different effects due to their strengths and levels of THC, CBD, or both. Depending on how the cannabis was infused into the beverage, it can pack a different sort of punch than smoking or even eating normal edibles. Let’s dive in to a few different ways you can infuse the beneficial plant into drinks and provide a range of healthy cannabis drink ideas from it.
Decide on a Base
The base you use as a vessel for your cannabis infusion will play a role in how potent the beverage is going to be and what you’re primarily going to be using it for. For example, you may need two or three tablespoons of cannabis-infused milk, while you would only need a few drops of cannabis-infused alcohol to do the same job. While the strain of marijuana you use also has a role in how potent your beverage is going to be, the base you decide on is absolutely a key player. Fortunately, we’ve got suggestions.
Brew a Tincture
Large quantities of alcohol are obviously not recommended on the side of health but using a tincture as a base to either drop under your tongue or cut with a beverage is certainly a better alternative to eating edibles packed with sugar to get the same effect.
Plus, while edibles take 1 to 2 hours to kick in, the effects from a tincture can be felt within 15 minutes, making sublingual dosing (placing drops under the tongue) an option for easy medical use. A 750 ml bottle of liquor can be infused with less than 4 grams of cannabis to create a tincture that can last even frequent cannabis consumers months.
Canna-Oil and Canna-Butter
Using a 1:1 ratio, you can generally make a decent amount of canna-oil or canna-butter and spend less than 8 hours on the project. Though coconut oil is recommended, keep in mind that both butter and oils will still have a certain amount of saturated fat. This isn’t a recommended option for someone who’s key focus is health, as there are safer alternatives further in our list.
One cup of coconut oil or butter for every one cup of activated ground cannabis can simmer in a pot or a slow cooker on low heat for 6 to 8 hours makes a fatty base that can go in sweets, savory dishes, and be infused into various beverages alike.
To enhance your coffees, teas, sauces, and other drinks that can use a tablespoon or two of cream (or more!), cannabis-infused milk is the base for you. One of the most marijuana-conscious methods, you only need half a gram to one gram for every quart of (preferably whole) milk. You want whole milk because cannabis is naturally fat-soluble. This means that the fattier the content of the base you’re using to extract the cannabis with, the fuller the effect of THC and CBD will be.
Combining around a gram of activated, ground cannabis for every quart of milk, simmer the two ingredients together for a few hours, stirring every few minutes to truly activate the compounds within the plant. Finish off by straining with a cheesecloth, just like you would with the previous methods.
Making the Base: Cannabis-Infused Milk
Not all of us live near a coffee shop with Venti-sized CBD-oil cappuccinos or “wellness lattes”. Some of us aren’t even lucky enough to be able to pick up a bottled bud-infused beverage to fuel our day. But having cannabis-infused milk handy to face the mornings can make your ritual coffee or tea an even more enjoyable experience. Keep in mind, weed is fat-soluble. So using something with a fattier content like whole milk will ensure the THC is in full effect.
You will need:
- 0.5 – 1.0 gram of weed per quart of milk
Choose between two methods: one which is more labor intensive (stirring) and one which almost cooks itself. If you want to work your forearms with this recipe and following the first method, start with putting the broken down weed and milk into a pot. After this mixture reaches boiling, reduce to a simmer, and then begin periodically stirring for the next two to three hours.
Alternatively, bring water to a boil in a pot. Then, take a steel bowl and pour together the milk and finely ground marijuana. Let it simmer for a few hours. While this second method still needs an occasional stir, the lack of direct heat on the milk prevents the mixture from burning or curdling.
In both approaches, finish off the recipe by straining the liquid through a cheesecloth.
Get Creative with Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
Consider adding the cannabis-infused coconut oil to these recipes, but feel free to experiment and create your own.
Try a healthy hemp shake or a Pina Canna-lada:
You will need (for a 16 oz. drink):
- 1 oz. dark run
- 2 oz. white rum
- 1/4 cup diced pineapple.
- 4 oz. coconut canna-oil
- 2 oz. pineapple juice
- 4 oz. coconut cream
- 1 1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in the blender. The drink should be pourable and perfect to enjoy on a sunny day. Add a straw and mini umbrella, according to preference.
Making the Base: Cannabis Simple Syrup
Sometimes all a drink needs is the addition of a little something sweet to really tickle the taste buds. Imagine that the sugary sweetener added to your favorite drink contained the medicating and calming power of cannabis.
The best cannabis-infused drinks and how to make them could be a major success with the introduction of this sweetness. Make your own and bottle it, and this spoonful of sugar will also be medicine going down.
You will need:
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 3 cups of fine granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin (locate this at a health food store)
- 2 grams of finely chopped or ground cannabis
Start with combining water and sugar into a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar fully dissolves into the water. Add the weed to the boiling mixture and cover the metal pot for 20 minutes.