Marijuana and Milk? Here’s what you need to know about weed milk, a relaxing vegan drink
It’s true вЂ”В marijuanaВ milk is a thing.
Milk isn’t what it used to be. Though milk can certainly refer to the dairy product from a cow вЂ” or goat or camel вЂ” a whole range of vegan and lactose-freeВ nut milks and other alternative products look and often taste like the original moo juice.В
And now, branching out from cashews and almonds, cannabis is becoming the ingredient du jour to make vegan milk from.В
Yes, weed milk is happening.В
Rawligion,В a London-based health food and drink cafe вЂ” whose website, by the way, touts phrases like “eat sexy, feel sexy” вЂ” is taking vegan milk to a new level. It recently launched a new limited-edition drink called Relax, intended to work as a sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety with its proprietary mixture of hemp seeds, cashews and CBD oil, or cannabidiol, which comes from the cannabis plant.
Unlike THC, the chemical in marijuanaВ that causes a person to get high, CBD is nonpsychoactiveВ and often celebrated for its medical benefits. Think of it as medical marijuanaВ without the heady effects of smoking pot. CBD is still classified as a drugВ in the U.S., thanks to its marijuana-derived origins and what the federal government sees as the potential for abuse. It has, however, been shown to help stop seizures in kids with epilepsy, and research is ongoing about its medical uses, which are legal in some states.
Like drinking warm milk, downing a bottle of Rawligion’s Relax is more likely to make you pull the sheets over your head and rest your face on a pillow than enjoy a Phish concert.В
Though CBD is rarely seen in food or beverages вЂ” it’s the THC candy and cookie dispensaries want in their adult products вЂ” milk made from hemp is nothing new.В
Rawligion founder John Tabatabai told Mic via email that this fresh, nonpasteurized, hemp-based milk вЂ” which has about a 48-hour shelf life вЂ” was created with the “intention of creating a dairy-free, healthy drink which tastes great and has fantastic health benefits.” Though Mic has yet to taste Relax, Tabatabai said the beverage tastes “like a delicious milkshake” and indeed has relaxing effects. He said the response to the CBD-infused product has been “fantastic,” which is good news for those looking forward to similar products hitting the market.В
In the U.S., hemp milk can be purchased by the carton from Pacific Foods, which makes soy and almond milks. It’s also legally available in plenty of mainstream cafes and coffee shops, like New York’s Birch Coffee.В
Hemp milk has a substantial amount ofВ calcium, vitamins and magnesium. According to Livestrong, you can make it by blending hemp seedsВ вЂ” often found at health-food stores вЂ” with water and any desired sweetener, and then straining out the solids. The recipe is simple and offering up homemade hemp milk at your next party can definitely make for a great conversation topic.В
And because it doesn’t include CBD oil, your homemade hemp milk is definitely not weed milk, so feel free to drink it wherever you like without worry.
It’s true вЂ”В marijuanaВ milk is a thing. Milk isn’t what it used to be. Though milk can certainly refer to the dairy product from a cow вЂ” or goat or camel вЂ” a whole range of vegan and lactose-freeВ nut milks and other alternative products look andвЂ¦
How To Make Marijuana Milk
Does the idea of a cannabis-infused milkshake sound appealing? Well, you are going to need some cannabis-infused milk first! Here is the Royal Queen Seeds Guide to making some.
Cannabis and cooking go hand-in-hand. It is a great way to combine a love for food with a love for your sweet green. So, for those who want to get a little creative in the kitchen, we have put together a recipe to make cannabis-infused milk – a delicious treat that can be drunk on its own, as part of a milkshake, or used as part of a larger cooking recipe. It is the cannabis perfect base.
YOU WILL NEED
- Full-fat milk
- Sieve and cheesecloth
- The quantities of each ingredient will largely depend on your tolerance. As a general rule, 0.5-1g per 1/4 litre of milk will be sufficient for most. If you use more than this in a regular joint, then up the dose per 1/4 litre proportionately.
Important: The milk used must be full fat. Fat is required to bind the cannabinoids from your cannabis into the milk. Choosing a low-fat milk will be much less efficient.
- Grind up your cannabis into a fine powder. The finer you grind it, the better it will infuse the milk.
- Pour the milk into a pan and place it on a medium heat so that it begins to simmer, but not fully boil.
- Add your cannabis to the milk and stir everything together thoroughly.
- Allow the mix to continue bubbling away for another hour, stirring every now and again. Be sure to keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
- After an hour, turn off the heat and allow the milk mix to cool.
It is important to cook your milk for an hour to ensure the cannabis decarboxylates and fully binds to the milk. Without this process, the compounds within the cannabis will not activate to their full effect – heat is required to make sure THC and the other cannabinoids do their job. You can find out more about decarboxylation and why it is so important in our in-depth explanation.
6. Strain the mix through your sieve and cheesecloth into an airtight container. This will remove the plant matter and leave you with some ready to use cannabis infused milk!
It is as simple as that! Just be sure to store your cannabis milk in the fridge, and use it before the milk’s original expiry date. It is the perfect ingredient to make so many other tasty treats with, to dip cookies in, or just use as a refreshing, yet buzzing drink!
Learn how to make your very own cannabis-infused milk, for all your sky-high milkshake needs!