Whether you’re a new cannabis user or a seasoned cannabis connoisseur, there is a cannabis drink recipe for everyone here in this round-up of easy, delicious cannabis drinks anyone can make at home featuring a variety of cannabis smoothies, warm cannabis drinks, and more.
Are You New to Consuming Cannabis Edibles? Be sure to read my Beginners Guide to Consuming Cannabis Edibles before getting started to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience!
Before You Get Started With Cannabis Drinks
Just how people enjoy an alcoholic drink after work, at social events, or during times of stress, people also enjoy cannabis drinks the same way.
Cannabis-infused drinks are gaining popularity as an easy and delicious way to consume CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.
Of course, cannabis is new for many people as legalization slowly expands throughout the country, and cooking with cannabis can seem foreign and overwhelming when just starting out.
Thankfully, I’ve created this Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles to help get you started and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Cannabis Drinks To Make At Home
Making a cannabis drink recipe at home allows you a lot of flexibility in determining what type of cannabis product you want to use, what cannabinoids you want to consume, and in what ratios.
Each CBD, THC or other cannabinoid dosage and the ratio will be unique for each individual, their own tolerance level, and their desired outcome.
Remember, CBD is like the non-alcoholic beer of cannabis, while THC is more like a shot of liquor. Both will contribute to unique experiences, but it is up to the consumer to decide exactly how much of what they are choosing to consume.
Here we will cover a variety of different ways you can add cannabis to your favorite drinks, with methods including:
- The simple addition of hemp seeds to a smoothie
- Adding your favorite CBD oil to smoothies and drinks
- Making cocktail with a cannabis alcohol tincture
- Stirring in cannabis sugar to either a hot or a cold drink recipe
- Melting in cannabis coconut oil or cannabutter into a hot drink recipe
- Steeping leftover cannabis pulp in a tea ball
- and even cooking a recipe with decarboxylated cannabis flowers.
We will review all options below and explore why you would want to use them in which type of drink recipes.
#1. Add Hemp Seeds or Hemp Seed Oil to Drinks
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil do not naturally contain cannabinoids, meaning they do not contain CBD or THC.
Both hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are great for cooking and contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are great for helping to reduce inflammation in the body.
It’s important to remember that while hemp seeds and hemp oil have an impressive nutrient profile and are a great fatty-acid nutrient source, they do not naturally contain CBD and may not help if you are hoping to use cannabis for certain health conditions like anxiety or pain.
You can learn more about the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil here.
Adding hemp seeds or hemp seed oil to a drink would be done for the sole purpose of adding nutrients and dietary fiber to the drink, not cannabinoids. Either way, hemp seeds are delicious and you can check them out in this Green Dream Hemp Seed Smoothie recipe.
#2. Add CBD oil to smoothies and drinks
Using a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is the easiest and most popular widely-legal option available on the market today for making a cannabis-infused drink recipe.
It is especially easy to add CBD oil to smoothies as a powerful anti-inflammatory supplement because it just stirs right in. Just check out this CBD-Infused Lavender Smoothie for some CBD smoothie inspiration!
Of course, CBD oil and other watery liquids don’t naturally mix, so it may take some shaking or emulsifying to keep your CBD oil drink infusion together, especially if you’re making a CBD mocktail.
If you live in a recreational state and have access to a THC-infused oil, you can also use that in your drink as desired. Just always be sure to consume the proper CBD: THC ratio for your tolerance level, and dose appropriately.
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#3. Use A Cannabis Tincture to Make Drinks
While the words tincture and oil are often used interchangeably when referring to different types of cannabis oil, a tincture traditionally is defined as “a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol”.
Cannabis alcohol tinctures are truly the best option for cannabis-infused drinks when making cannabis-infused cocktails because it literally is cannabis-infused alcohol.
Note that the type of grain alcohol used to make a cannabis tincture is much higher proof than other traditional alcohols, so you will need to use less of it than you would other traditional spirits.
For a delicious cannabis cocktail recipe, try this Cannabis-Infused Red Wine Sangria.
#4. Stir Cannabis Sugar Into Drinks
One popular recipe to make with a cannabis tincture is cannabis sugar.
The process is simple, you make a cannabis tincture and then pour the cannabis-infused alcohol over a bowl of white sugar. This high proof alcohol will naturally evaporate off, leaving the cannabinoid molecules left behind on the sugar granules.
Once cannabis sugar is made, it is dry and performs the same way as regular sugar. You can add your cannasugar to your morning cup of coffee, make your favorite batch of chocolate chip cookies, or sprinkle it over your favorite fruit.
#5. Melt Cannabis Coconut Oil or Cannabutter into Drinks
Depending on the recipe you’re making, this may be the easiest way to make a cannabis-infused drink recipe. I really enjoy this simple method when making my cannabis golden milk at night.
However, it’s important to remember that water and oil typically don’t mix, so you will notice a separation of fat on top of your beverage. You can use liquid sunflower lecithin as an emulsifier as needed.
#6. Steep leftover cannabis pulp in Hot Drinks
I believe that all parts of the cannabis plant are beneficial, even the leftover parts. After making infused oil, butter, or tincture, you will be left with excess plant matter from the straining process called leftover cannabis pulp.
This cannabis pulp may still retain remnants of cannabinoids, dietary fiber, and other potential health benefits, which is why we recommend you keep it after straining to use in any one of these delicious recipes.
One of the easiest ways to use your leftover cannabis pulp is to place it into a tea ball infuser and place that infuser into your favorite warm beverage for infusion. This process will allow you to extract the final beneficial remnants of your infusion without ingesting any unpalatable plant matter.