How to Make Cannabis-Infused Milk
Monday February 11, 2019
T hough the most common foods people tend to associate with cannabis infusions are baked goods or gummies, just about anything can be infused with cannabis. Baked goods often use infused butter or cooking oils while gummies usually involve the addition of cannabis tinctures. But what about an ice-cold milkshake? Or a whipped topping on some pie? For recipes like these, cannabis-infused milk or cream is a great option.
Why Milk is Great for Cannabis Infusions
Though often overlooked, milks make a great medium for cannabis infusions. Not only are they tasty but they’re also filled with those glorious lipids (fats) that cannabinoids love so much. In fact, cannabinoids won’t stick to anything but fats or alcohol, and since alcohol products aren’t ideal for all consumers, having another source of liquid infusion is pretty important.
How to Infuse Milk or Milk-Like Products with Cannabis
Because cannabinoids require lipids to bind to, the best milk or milk-substitute products (nut milks, oat milks, soy milks, etc.) to use for cannabis infusions will be the fully-fatty kind (no skim or reduced fat) like whole milk, coconut milk or heavy cream.
That being said, most milks do contain some fat content so feel free to use whichever option you like best – regular milks or plant-based options will both work! To make your own cannabis-infused milk products, gather the following:
What you’ll need:
- Milk, Cream, Coconut Milk or Other Milk Substitute
- 1 Gram of Decarboxylated Cannabis Per Liter of Milk
- Sauce Pan
- Air-tight Liquid Storage Container (i.e. Mason Jar)
- Finely grind your cannabis into a powder (the finer the grind, the better it will infuse into your milk)
- Next, add your finely ground cannabis directly to your milk, place over low heat and whisk to combine. Be careful not to let the mixture boil over!
- Stir the milk mixture frequently to prevent scorching and allow the cannabis and milk to simmer for 30 minutes to an hour depending on your preferred potency
- After 30 minutes to an hour, remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes to help the cannabinoids set into the fat cells
- Place cheesecloth over the top of a large mason jar or other air-tight liquid storage container then pour the mixture over the cheesecloth to strain out all plant matter
- When it’s cool enough to handle, squeeze all excess liquid from the cheesecloth into your storage container
- Tightly seal your container, label with its contents and expiration date (the same date that was listed on the milk container) or freeze in ice cube trays for later use
- Always remember to label all cannabis-infused products (including your canna-milk ice cubes) and keep them secured away from children at all times
Clever ways to Use Your Infused Milk
Cannabis-infused milkshakes are awesome, but they aren’t the only way to enjoy your fresh canna-milk. Now that you’ve learned how to make your very own cannabis infused milk at home, here are a few quick recipe ideas for infusions.
Cannabis-Infused Alfredo Sauce
Infuse a pint of heavy whipping cream (and some cannabutter if you feel so inclined) for this easy dinner recipe. To make it, just mix one pint of heavy whipping cream, ½ cup of (infused) butter, and four ounces of cream cheese in a saucepan. Melt over low heat until smooth then add ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon of both salt and pepper and stir until combined. Add one cup of grated parmesan cheese, stir and simmer for three to five more minutes. Toss your finished Alfredo sauce over your favorite noodles and enjoy.
Homemade coffee creamer is easy, tasty and less complex than store-bought brands. To make cannabis infused coffee creamer at home, just mix two cups infused milk or heavy cream with one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk in a large Mason jar and store for up to one week. Feel free to add your favorite flavored syrups, too.
Cannabis Queso Dip
Cannabis-infused queso is always a party hit and only requires a few simple ingredients. To make infused queso dip, just melt some Velveeta or other soft cheese into one to two cups of your infused milk or half-and-half then add your favorite flavors to taste (Ro-Tel brand canned tomatoes work well as do pickled jalapenos).
Whether for the high or the awesome flavor, infusing cannabis into milks is a create way to ingest cannabinoids and terpenes. You can use it to replace milk or cream in a number of different recipes or just drink it plain alongside a fresh batch of cookies, making canna-milk one of the most diverse mediums through which to ingest cannabinoids.
Have you ever made canna-milk at home? Share some tips and recipes with our readers below.
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Want to make some delicious cannabis edibles but not a fan of butter or cooking oils? Then cannabis-infused milk might be the choice for you! Keep reading to learn how to easily make infused milk with marijuana.
Recipe: How to make cannabis almond milk
Cannabis milk is a staple for any patient utilizing homemade cannabis edibles. Common uses are cereal, lattes, smoothies, sauces, or as an ingredient for baked goods. Unlike cannabis oil that is concentrated and highly caloric, cannabis milk has a higher water content and allows you to use greater volumes for the same cannabis concentration. However, due it its lower fat content, THC activation may not be as effective as when making cannabis oil. Depending upon your cooking and nutrition needs, you’ll want to be sure this weapon makes it into your arsenal.
Here’s a recipe for cannabis almond milk that’s both healthy and tasty!
Recipe for Cannabis Almond Milk (or “Cannalmond Milk”)
- ¼ C raw almonds
- 2 C water
- Cannabis, ground (quantity dependent upon desired potency;1 g recommended)
Blend the almonds and water in a food processor until it resembles milk. Strain the milk using a strainer or cheesecloth. Add the strained milk to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the ground cannabis and reduce heat; simmer for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and drink straight or use as a milk replacement in your favorite recipes!
Canna-milk can be created using an assortment of milks: cow, goat, coconut, rice, soy, tempeh, hemp, etc. The higher the fat content, the more effective the THC activation will be, maximizing the medicinal gains for each gram of cannabis. If using store-bought milk, check the nutrition label for the higher fat content alternative and boil with ground cannabis as outlined above.
Note: Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.
Cannabis milk is a staple for any patient utilizing homemade cannabis edibles. Here's a recipe for cannabis almond milk that's both healthy and tasty!