How to Make the Best Cannabis-Infused Drinks

How to Make the Best Cannabis-Infused Drinks

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In recent years, the world of cannabis has expanded far beyond traditional methods of consumption, introducing a variety of innovative and enjoyable products. Among these, cannabis-infused drinks have emerged as a popular choice for those seeking a refreshing and convenient way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Whether you're a seasoned cannabis enthusiast or new to the scene, creating the best cannabis drinks at home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to make your own cannabis-infused drinks, ensuring you get the most out of your cannabis consumption. Plus, for those who prefer a ready-to-pour option, we'll share how you can enjoy the convenience of cannabis drinks delivered straight to your doorstep.

1. Choose Your Cannabis Strain Wisely

The foundation of the best cannabis-infused drinks starts with selecting the right cannabis strain. Different strains offer different flavors, aromas, and effects, so consider what you're looking for in your drink. Sativa strains can provide a more energizing effect (making them great for social gatherings), while Indica strains are better suited for relaxation and unwinding.

2. Decarboxylate Your Cannabis

To activate the THC or CBD in your cannabis — a process known as decarboxylation — you'll need to gently heat it before infusion. Spread your cannabis evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 240°F (115°C) for about 30 to 40 minutes. This crucial step ensures your cannabis-infused drinks will have the desired effect. This will turn all that THCa into Delta-9 THC and all of your CBDa into CBD. While they do have health benefits in their precursor forms these cannabinoids give the full strength of their effects when decarboxylated, such as the THC giving you that good high buzz we all love so much. 

3. Infuse Your Base

Cannabis can be infused into various bases, such as butter, oil, milk, or alcohol (we highly do not recommend mixing cannabis with alcohol due to how it affects the brain), depending on the type of drink you're making. For non-alcoholic drinks, coconut oil or milk are excellent choices as they blend seamlessly with coffee, tea, and smoothies. For a stronger kick, infusing an alcohol-free spirit with cannabis creates a potent base for cocktails.

Infusion Process For Fats (Butter, Oils, Sugar-Water Mixture):

  1. Combine the decarboxylated cannabis with your chosen fat in a saucepan, slow cooker, or double boiler. The amount of cannabis and fat can vary depending on your desired potency.
  2. Heat the mixture on low to gently simmer. For a saucepan or double boiler, aim for 160-180°F (71-82°C) for 2-4 hours, stirring occasionally. If using a slow cooker, set it to low and let it infuse for up to 8 hours for maximum potency. Avoid boiling to prevent burning or vaporizing the cannabinoids.
  3. Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into a container. Be sure to squeeze out all the oil from the plant material.
  4. Cool and store your infused base in the refrigerator or another cool, dark place. Use it as needed in your recipes.
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    4. Mix Your Drink

    Once your base is infused, it's time to mix your drink. Get creative with ingredients and flavors that complement the cannabis strain you've chosen. For a refreshing summer drink, try mixing cannabis-infused coconut milk with fresh pineapple juice, or for a cozy winter beverage, blend cannabis-infused butter with hot chocolate.

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    5. Sweeten and Serve

    Adjust the sweetness of your drink to your liking with natural sweeteners like honey or agave syrup. Remember, the key to enjoying the best cannabis drinks is moderation, especially if you're new to cannabis-infused beverages. Start with a small amount to gauge your tolerance and avoid overconsumption.

    Ready-to-Pour: The Convenient Alternative

    If the process of infusing your own drinks seems daunting, or if you're looking for a more convenient option, Ethereal Gold Dispensary offers full panel lab tested cannabis spirits and cocktails with our nationwide shipping service. All our our cannabis drinks and beverages are available with discreet shipping so you can get your favorite canna spirits and drinks shipped right to your doorstep.

    Final Thoughts and a Special Offer

    Making your own cannabis-infused drinks can be a fun and rewarding way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. However, if you prefer the convenience of a ready-to-pour cannabis spirit, Nowadays cannabis-infused drink options are readily available. Explore our Nowadays Recipe Guide for some amazing mixed drink inspirations, and then head over to our online store to buy a bottle. Enjoy nationwide discreet shipping on us and make your experience even sweeter by getting an extra 10% off when you use the code APRIL24BLOG at checkout. Dive into the world of cannabis-infused drinks today and discover your new favorite way to unwind and enjoy.


    Can I make cannabis-infused drinks without alcohol?

    Yes, you can make cannabis-infused drinks without alcohol by using non-alcoholic bases such as coconut oil, butter, or milk. These can be incorporated into coffee, tea, smoothies, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

    How do I choose the right cannabis strain for my drink?

    Select a cannabis strain based on the desired effect and flavor profile. Sativa strains can offer more energizing effects, making them suitable for social drinks, while Indica strains are better for relaxation and might be preferred in evening beverages.

    What is decarboxylation, and why is it necessary?

    Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, making them effective when consumed. This step is crucial for creating potent and effective cannabis-infused drinks.

    4How long does it take to feel the effects of cannabis-infused drinks?

    The effects can vary based on the individual's metabolism, the potency of the drink, and whether it's consumed on an empty stomach. Generally, effects can be felt within 30 minutes to 2 hours.

    Can I buy ready-made cannabis-infused drinks instead of making them?

    Yes, ready-made cannabis-infused drinks are available for purchase through Ethereal Gold Dispensary with our online platforms offering a range of flavors and potencies, with the convenience of delivery services.