by Tia M., Editor, and Contributor at AskGrowers
Not all people consuming cannabis like the idea of smoking or vaping. Some of them are looking for healthier alternatives. And the good thing is that such alternatives exist as there are my ways to use cannabis. One of them is drinking cannabis-infused beverages. They can be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. It’s important to note that alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages that are represented on the market must meet the requirements of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB. Even though marijuana has been legalized in many states of America, there are still strict regulation standards for drinkable cannabis. Therefore, each marijuana-infused drink must be approved before being sold. That’s one of the reasons why it still may be difficult to buy this type of beverage. Luckily, it is not hard to make a cannabis-infused drink by yourself. Let’s consider some of the most popular ways of consuming cannabis in drinks!
It’s one of the most popular drinks with marijuana. To prepare it, you need 4 cups of milk and nearly a quarter ounce of ground cannabis. Try to choose the ingredients of the best possible quality. Don’t buy cheap products as your outcome depends a lot on the quality of your ingredients.
First, you need to decarboxylate your marijuana which means to activate its psychoactive components by heating it in the oven. You should keep cannabis at a temperature of about 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour the milk into a boiler and allow it to simmer. Then add marijuana and stir it occasionally for 30 minutes, so it gets thoroughly blended into the milk which will change its colour to spring green. Before serving, cool the milk for at least an hour.
You can not only drink cannabis milk alone but also use it as an ingredient for other recipes. Once you make it, marijuana milk allows you to prepare many more beverages and edibles with weed.
There are a lot of various recipes for making cannabis lemonade depending on its flavor. To achieve the best result in lemonade preparation, you should use a cannabis tincture which you can either get from a dispensary or make at home.
Making cannabis lemonade requires only squeezed lemons, water, and sugar. Take about 2 tablespoons of cannabis tincture for every ¼ cup of lemon juice, 1 ¾ cups water, and 1/3 cup of sugar or honey. You can add some ice and garnishes to your preference, for instance, fresh strawberries.
If you are into fitness and a healthy lifestyle, you can try a marijuana protein shake. It’s really easy to make using cannabis coconut oil. First, you need to make cannabis coconut oil, and then just add it into your normal protein shake. Enjoy this healthy and delicious alternative to ordinary sports drinks!
Cannabis Iced Tea
To make this refreshing drink, you need to add cannabis into your tea blend, put it into a bag, and then place it in boiling water. The longer it steeps in hot water, the more potent your drink will be. You can also use cannabis tinctures or milk instead of a teabag. Add some spices to your taste and put ice there. To sweeten your iced tea, you may add sugar or honey. This beverage is definitely worth trying!
If you always start your morning with a cup of flavoured coffee, make your routine a little bit different. You can do it by adding a tablespoon or two of cannabis oil to your mug of coffee. If you are trying to cut on calories, coconut oil can replace cream and sugar for you. This may be a great alternative to traditional coffee as a cannabis drink can enhance your mood and give energy for the whole day. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your morning drinks and find out what works for you best.
All people have different preferences, even when it comes to marijuana consumption. Luckily, today cannabis is available in various forms. You can choose from edibles, sweets, pot, and even drinks. It’s absolutely up to you whether to buy cannabis-infused beverages or to make them yourself. You can create your own cannabis drink due to your preferences that are limited only to your imagination. Marijuana-infused drinks are a healthier alternative to smoking, but still don’t forget that everything should be in moderation. Besides, cannabis drinks give you a more potent experience and a stronger high. Moreover, some people like that drinkable weed provides its effects faster than edibles as it is digested more quickly and its components are absorbed into the bloodstream more easily. Typically, cannabis drinks take around 30 minutes to kick in. On the other hand, because of the faster metabolism, marijuana beverages produce their effect for about 2 – 4 hours.
Ryan is a content manager at thecannaschool.ca who has a background in economics. Ryan specializes in making cannabis edibles at home but loves to write about all things cannabis!