This creamy cannabis-infused golden milk is a warm, soothing drink made with coconut milk, turmeric, and other warming spices - complete with multiple different infusion options to choose from!
- A simple step-by-step guide for making canna golden milk
- Multiple cannabis infusion options to choose from
- Dietary features: vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, AIP, and Keto-diet friendly
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Golden milk is one of the most popular and trendy drinks on the holistic wellness scene today, and for good reason.
It's also one of the most popular warm drink recipes among my Well With Cannabis Community members.
It's so popular, in fact, it was published in my Cannabis Drinks Made Simple Cookbook!
I am so excited to share the full recipe here with you today including step-by-step instructions, notes, and expert tips so you can make this drink perfectly.
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- Coconut milk - feel free to use any type of milk you enjoy, from plant-based to traditional dairy. You can even use cannamilk if you want!
- Maple syrup - this is used as a natural sweetener in this recipe, but feel free to swap it out for your favorite sugar of choice.
- Ground turmeric - easily found online or at your local grocery store, this is what gives your drink the beautiful yellow hue
- Ground ginger - find this online or at the grocery store
- Ground cinnamon - find this online or at the grocery store
- Vanilla extract - find this online or at the grocery store
- Ground black pepper - this might sound weird, but the black pepper helps the body use the turmeric!
- Cannabis oil - pick from your favorite oil or choose from the alternative infusion options section below
Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.
- Step 1 - In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, add all of the ingredients except for the cannabis oil and lecithin.
- Step 2 - Bring the contents to a boil, stirring occasionally. Allow it to boil for 1 minute.
- Step 3 - Turn the heat to low and allow the liquid to simmer for 10-minutes, allowing the flavors to blend together.
- Step 4 - After 10-minutes, turn off the heat and whisk in the cannabis oil.
- Step 5 - If using, add the lecithin now and mix with a handheld milk frother.
- Step 6 - Divide the mixture into 4 separate mugs and garnish with ground cinnamon as desired.
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Alternate Infusion Options
There are many different ways to make this cannabis golden milk your own.
You can choose an infusion option based on your own personal taste preferences, tolerance level, and what products you have access to.
Below I will go through the various oil infusions and extracts that work in this recipe.
A staple recipe for most consumers, adding a spoonful of cannabis oil to a hot drink is the easiest, most simple way to infuse.
Because cannabis is better absorbed by the body when paired with fat, this option is ideal and gives your final golden milk drink a silky smooth finish.
You can use either homemade or storebought oil products. Popular homemade oil options include:
- Cannabis coconut oil
- Cannabis MCT oil
- Homemade CBD oil
- Homemade CBN oil (for a sleepy option)
- Cannabutter made in a crockpot or Instant pot
Popular store-bought oils include:
Adding a spoonful of cannabis sugar to your golden milk latte may be the easiest way to infuse this delicious drink.
It takes a little bit of work to make, but once you have it prepared, it's a shelf-stable infusion that will last months.
Before making sugar, first, you need to make a cannabis alcohol tincture following either the Green Dragon tincture method or the QWET freezer tincture method.
In this recipe, simply swap the maple syrup called for with your cannabis sugar.
There are many different types of concentrates are on the market today that can be used to infuse this drink.
One of the most popular cannabis concentrates made at home is full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO.
Depending on where you live, you may also have access to high-quality cannabis concentrates like distillate.
You can find THC concentrate syringes at legal dispensaries or here in my shop.
These should be added in amounts based on your own personal dosing needs.
Leftover Cannabis Pulp
Leftover cannabis pulp is the plant material left over from making cannabis butter, cannabis coconut oil, or even cannabis olive oil.
While many people typically throw the leftover pulp or ‘sludge’ out, many readers have reported that they save and use the leftovers in many different recipes.
The best way to add cannabis pulp leftovers to your coffee is to place the leftover plant material in a tea ball and steep it in your mug.
Because it is so difficult to guesstimate the potency of the leftover pulp, I recommend adding 1-2 tablespoons to the tea ball at a time.
If you are a milk or cream lover, you are going to love infusing your golden milk with cannabis-infused milk or cream.
If you've never infused milk or cream before, you can get my complete instructions here.
Notes and Expert Tips
- If you're brand new to making edibles at home, I recommend you check out my guide before getting started!
- You can adjust the potency of this drink based on the strain of cannabis you choose, how much you decide to use, and whether you choose to decarboxylate first.
- You do not have to use high THC cannabis flowers in this recipe if you do not want to. You can alternatively use CBD flower or even CBG flower, for a non-intoxicating experience.
- Both CBD and CBG do not produce a traditional high but still provide the full-spectrum benefits of the cannabis plant.
Note: Oil Separation May Occur
You will likely notice the oil floating on the top of your drink after the cup is left to sit for a few minutes. This is harmless and left to your personal taste and texture preferences.
If you do not like the oil separation, I recommend adding a bit of lecithin to your drink.
A ¼ teaspoon of liquid sunflower lecithin along with the oil and mix the infusion using a handheld milk frother to whip it all together.
This will help to emulsify all of the ingredients and prevent any oil from floating on top.
Frequently Asked Questions
Making cannabis golden milk can be brand new to even the most seasoned cannabis consumers, so here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Yes, you can use any milk you prefer in this recipe. Many people like traditional full-fat dairy, while others prefer plant-based alternatives. You can use anything you like including almond milk, hemp seed milk, or even sunflower seed milk. Just remember, each milk alternative has its own slight taste, which will impact your final recipe.
CBN, also known as cannabinol, is a minor cannabinoid that has been recently gaining attention as 'the sleep cannabinoid.' Adding CBN oil to this warm golden milk would make it the perfect nighttime beverage for a good night's sleep. You can use high-quality CBN oil purchased from my shop or make your own homemade CBN oil from scratch.
Yes, if you want this recipe to be cannabis-free, swap in traditional coconut oil, or omit this ingredient altogether.
The History of Golden Milk
Inspired by the traditional Indian drink made of ground turmeric and milk, haldi doodh, this golden milk recipe is a modern-day version of this beloved ancient beverage.
Turmeric, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, is a ground spice that is easily found at your local grocery store.
Prized for its main active ingredient, curcumin, turmeric has many reported health benefits.
Like turmeric, cannabis has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and was first noted in Northern India approximately 8,000 years ago.
Evidence suggests that cannabis has been used as medicine for over 2,400 years.
Made with ground turmeric and milk, there are hundreds of variations and ways to make this warm, delicious drink your own.
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Cannabis Golden Milk
- 2 13.5 ounce cans lite coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cannabis coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon liquid sunflower lecithin optional
- In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, add all of the ingredients except for the cannabis oil.
- Bring the contents to a boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to boil for 1 minute.
- Turn the heat to low and allow the liquid to simmer for 10-minutes, allowing the flavors to mix together.
- After 10-minutes, turn off the heat and whisk in the cannabis oil.
- If using, add the sunflower lecithin now and mix with a handheld milk frother.
- Divide the mixture into 4 separate mugs and garnish with ground cinnamon as desired.
- Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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