Whether you're a new cannabis user or a seasoned cannabis connoisseur, this guide will show you how to make cannabis drinks at home, including various cannabis smoothies, hot drinks, cocktails, mocktails, and more.
Before You Get Started
Like some people enjoy an alcoholic drink after work, at social events, or during times of stress, many members of my Well With Cannabis Community 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.
To help you get started, I’ve created this beginner's guide to cannabis edibles to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
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How to Make Cannabis Drinks At Home
Making a cannabis drink 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 ratio will be unique for each person, your own tolerance level, and your desired outcome.
Remember, CBD is like the non-alcoholic beer of cannabis, while THC is more like a liquor shot.
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
- Cooking a recipe with decarboxylated cannabis flowers
- Using raw cannabis leaves to make juice or smoothies
We will review all options below and explore why you would want to use them in which type of drink recipes.
Add Hemp Seeds or Hemp Seed Oil
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 help 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.
This means the product 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 Cannabis Pineapple Smoothie.
Add CBD Oil
It is effortless to add CBD oil to smoothies because it just stirs right in.
If you've never made a cannabis smoothie before, check out this guide to making a healthy smoothie for some inspiration.
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.
If you don't have any CBD oil but are looking for a high-quality product to buy, start with my 500mg Full-Spectrum CBD Oil.
Use a Cannabis Tincture
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.
I have two different cannabis alcohol tincture recipes for you to choose from:
- A traditional long-soak cannabis tincture, 'the Green Dragon'
- A QWET, freezer cannabis tincture, 'the Golden Dragon'
- You can learn more about the differences between these two tinctures here
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.
Stir in Cannabis Sugar
One popular recipe to make with a cannabis tincture is cannabis sugar.
The process is simple, you make a cannabis tincture and 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.
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 lecithin as an emulsifier as needed to bond the oil and water together.
Steep Leftover Cannabis Pulp into Hot Drinks
I believe that all parts of the cannabis plant are beneficial, even the leftover parts.
This cannabis pulp may still retain remnants of cannabinoids, terpenes, 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.
This process will allow you to extract the final beneficial remnants of your infusion without ingesting any unpalatable plant matter.
Infuse Decarbed Flower into Drinks
These decarbed flowers are placed alongside the other spices during the infusion process.
Use Raw Cannabis Leaves
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Cannabis Drink Recipes to Try
Below you will find all of our delicious cannabis drink recipes to try, ranging from cold drinks, to smoothies, to hot drinks, and cocktails & mocktails.