With winter approaching, the season is beginning to call for those warm drinks rather than frozen. Put away the pina colada mix and break out the hot chocolate! Except this year, you can have some medicated hot chocolate. This brew is sure to get you through any blizzard that Mother Nature is going to throw our way. If you’re not somewhere that the snow covers for six months out of the year, you can still enjoy this recipe on those colder nights!
We will warn you that cannabis hot chocolate is here to stay. Once you’ve tried it once it could become your favorite, especially if you live somewhere the evenings get cold and you just want that lovely warm comfort.
Of all the ways to consume cannabis, this is one of the most enjoyable. It may not be traditional but if you get it right then it can be very satisfying. As you will see from our weed hot chocolate recipe.
Preparing Cannabis-Infused Hot Cocoa
Start by combining the cannabis, water, milk, and coconut oil (or butter) in a saucepan. It’s very important to add the coconut oil at this step—don’t forget. Cannabinoids aren’t water-soluble. Adding a fatty substance at this stage allows the cannabinoids to bind to the fats. If you don’t do this, you’re going to get a weaker drink, and you might even suffer the embarrassment of your guests asking if you’re sure there’s really any cannabis in the hot chocolate! To expedite the process, you can skip the cannabis and use already infused coconut oil or butter.
Simmer this mixture on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it’s not sticking to the pan. While you’re doing this, you can go ahead and add the cocoa powder to your mug, just to have it ready. Take a coffee filter or fine mesh strainer and place that on top of the mug. You’re going to be making a pour-over drink, just as you would with some hand-poured coffees.
When the cannabis mixture is ready, carefully pour it over the filter or strainer. They should catch the ground-up plant matter—you don’t want that in your drink. The cannabinoids should have attached themselves to the fats in your oil or butter, so they’ll end up in the drink. Dispose of the coffee filter and the soggy plant matter—you’re not going to need that anymore.
What to Expect
The experience of drinking your cannabis cocoa is going to vary depending on several factors. If there’s THC in the plant you used to prepare it, you can expect to feel lifted. But don’t expect instant results, the way you might be used to if you’re a smoker or a vaper. As with most edibles, cannabis-infused beverages take a while to kick in. Expect to feel the effects in about half an hour to an hour, and remember not to keep drinking just because you haven’t felt anything yet! Pace yourself, or you could overdo it and turn your winter treat into a bad experience.
Get warm, and spread a little cheer this season! Brew up your own batch of cannabis-infused hot cocoa and share it with your friends.
Cannabis Hot Chocolate Recipe
The Ingredients (One Serving)
- Cannabis: 0.5g – 1g
- ground cannabis or buds
- Coconut oil or cocoa oil: 1 tsp
- Milk or alternative: 1 cup
- nut milk, oat milk, soya milk
- Water: 0.5 cup
- Chocolate: 120g (you can add more or reduce it by taste)
- dark, white or milk chocolate – preferably in flakes for easy melting
The following are the ingredients that aren’t essential at all, but they can make brilliant additions to your hot chocolate and add a bit of variety:
- Sea salt
Here’s a chart of the best combinations of cannabis strains and various spices to help you choose.
Tools You Will Need
- Grinder (be sure to use different tools for cannabis and herbs not to mix or lose any aromas)
- Small ceramic pot
- Cloth strainer
Dosage of Cannabis
We recommend between 0.5g and 1g of cannabis depending on your personal preference. You can alter this. For instance, if you’ve already smoked a joint then you might want weaker weed hot chocolate.
Before we actually get into the recipe, a little bit on the marijuana.
For the best cannabis-infused hot chocolate then it is not just about putting whatever weed you have in there. It’s important to know a little about strains. The staff of any cannabis dispensary will be able to help with this. You can discuss your needs and how experienced you are, plus the reasons you take marijuana. This can vary based on a number of factors. Do you need to stay alert or do you need cannabis to help get to sleep? Are you looking for pain relief? Choose appropriate marijuana and grind it before you get started with actually making the hot chocolate.
Basically, the recipe calls for making cannabis-infused milk first, and then you are going to add your chocolate.
- Firstly, you need to make sure your cannabis bud has been prepared. Grind your dry bud and set it aside ready to add when needed. The first step is to put the milk and water in a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Once it has reached the point where it starts to boil, lower the temperature slightly so it is simmering but not bubbling too much. At this stage, add your cannabis to the pan. Simmer them together for around 30 minutes and make sure you are stirring every few minutes.
- Secondly, we need to strain the weed. You can pour the milk through a cheesecloth to do this, it will eventually go into another saucepan, but you can do it straight into a pitcher. Attach the cheesecloth and keep it in place by using a rubber band. Pour the milk straight in. This will filter out the bits of bud you don’t want. Make sure you pour slowly so you don’t lose any.
- Next up, pour this back into a separate saucepan (or rinse the original and use it). Add your chocolate flakes and melt them into the pan until it is warm and chocolatey. This is also the time to add other ingredients to add a little bit of variation. The amount of chocolate you add should vary depending on your taste and the size of the mug you are going to drink it out of.
Variations On Cannabis Hot Chocolate Recipe
Things can get a bit samey. If you love weed hot chocolate you will find yourself drinking it regularly, and this is fine, but you may want to mix things up with some new flavors.
White Chocolate and Lavender
White chocolate goes fantastically with lavender, one benefit of this recipe is the fact that lavender can also make you sleepy, this can mean that it is far easier to drift off after your hot chocolate.
Dark Chocolate and Chili
Some people are very confused when they hear the idea of chili powder being added to hot chocolate, but it tastes great. It can give a kick to the flavor and add some interesting flavors, especially when used with dark chocolate. You’ll have to trust us on this one!
Milk Chocolate and Mint
Mint freshens you up and sharpens the senses. It has a fantastic taste when combined with chocolate, especially milk chocolate. You may have had an after-dinner mint with chocolate before, and if you have, you will have some idea of this taste.
Milk Chocolate and Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of those tastes people either love or hate. If you are looking for something to give a festive feel to your hot chocolate then you probably won’t find anything better than a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled in with it. This works well with all different types of chocolate.
The great thing about all of these recipes for weed hot chocolate is that once you know how to make the milk, you can experiment with your own favorites and new and interesting recipe variations! Happy drinking!