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How to Make an Alcoholic Cannabis Drink with Decarbed Weed

This Cold-Busting Weed Elixir, with honey and vodka, will set you straight in no time.

To make a functioning edible you need decarboxylated cannabis, which is a very un-sexy way to say cannabis that’s been pre-heated to activate all the psychoactive properties. The THC in your stuff won’t do shit for you in a brownie or butter unless you decarb it. But once it’s decarbed—go wild.

Or, instead of going wild, calm down with a cannabis drink. This one comes courtesy of L.A. journalist Michelle Lhooq, whose new book Weed: Everything You Want to Know But Are Always Too Stoned to Ask covers everything from blunts, bongs, and dabs to high dining and DIY cannabis cultivation. (Yes, it comes out on 4/20.) Lhooq’s drink recipe is for a Cold-Busting Weed Elixir with vodka and cannabis.

As Lhooq says, dispensaries don’t mix alcohol with cannabis to avoid cross-fading (and a lot of government regulations), but it’s not unheard of to make weed drinks. “In recent years, their popularity has started to take off, thanks to the collective realization that drinking cannabis gets you stoned faster than eating it does,” she writes. And with this recipe, plus instructions on how to decarb your weed, you can experiment at home. So cure what ails you—be it allergies, bad weather, or Game of Thrones anxiety—with a hot, honeyed tonic with just enough weed and vodka to set you right. But, you know, exercise caution.

With this recipe for a Cold-Busting Weed Elixir, with decarbed cannabis, vodka, and honey, lets you experiment with weed drinks at home.

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Ingredients

  • ⅛ ounce cannabis
  • Pantyhose or cheesecloth (DIY tea bag, whichever is cheaper)
  • 1 bottle white rum
  • 3 mangoes
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle Sauvignon blanc
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups club soda

Steps

  1. Decarb ⅛ ounce cannabis in the oven at 240 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes to activate the THC. Grind cannabis.
  2. Using a pantyhose or cheesecloth, make a DIY tea bag filled with cannabis grounds.
  3. Insert the DIY tea bag inside a bottle of white rum. Close the lid, and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours. If you refrigerate for 7 days or longer, it will extract more THC out of the bud.
  4. Cut the strawberries in half, and remove stems. Dice the mangoes.
  5. In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, and half of the halved strawberries. Bring mixture to a boil, then let simmer, stirring occasionally. Let cool. Then using a sieve, strain the strawberry syrup. Place the syrup in the refrigerator to cool.
  6. In a pitcher, combine mangoes and the remaining strawberries. Add strawberry syrup, 1 cup cannabis rum, Sauvignon blanc, and fresh orange juice, then mix together. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  7. When you’re ready to serve, add 2 cups club soda. Pour into glasses, and spoon in fruit. Top with more soda. Serve.

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