Cannabis-Infused Vodka: Two Recipes For The Hard-Hitting Duo
There’s a wide variety of opinions when it comes to whether someone should combine alcohol with cannabis consumption. Many have experienced what’s known as “being crossfaded”, or being both drunk and high, with varying effects. However, some seem to point toward alcohol being beneficial to and even enhancing your cannabis experience. If you’re interested, here’s how you can learn how to properly and safely consume alcohol and cannabis together.
Why Even Combine Cannabis And Alcohol?
Combining alcohol and cannabis can result in some interesting side-effects – the question is, why? Well, it’s been shown that properties in alcohol somehow increase the concentration of THC in the blood, implying that alcohol can enhance the psychoactive effects of marijuana. This is why many cannabis enthusiasts try their hand at making cannabis-infused alcohol: to find a new way to enhance the stoner experience.
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How To Make Cannabis-Infused Vodka
You can combine cannabis with virtually any type of alcoholic beverage, but the most versatile and simple of alcohols would be vodka. There are several ways you can make weed-infused vodka. Here, we’ll be focusing on two of the simplest methods that anyone can try out at home: with vodka directly and with cannabis-infused honey.
Infuse Vodka With Cannabis Honey
First, let’s discuss how to make cannabis-infused vodka by combining it with pot honey. This method is actually the more complicated of the two, but only because it requires a few more materials.
Ingredients & Hardware For Cannabis-Infused Honey Vodka
First, let’s lay out what you need:
- A mason jar
- A saucepan for a water bath
- A blender
- A cheesecloth
- 2 grams of decarbed cannabis
- 150g (½ cup) of honey
- 52.25g (¼ cup) of coconut oil
- 500ml of vodka
Step-By-Step Instructions For Honey-Cannabis Vodka
Step One: You will first need to make your cannabis honey. To do this, grind up your decarboxylated cannabis to a coarse consistency and place in the mason jar with the coconut oil. Your cannabis must be decarboxylated for any psychoactive effects to take place.
Step Two: Place the sealed mason jar in a warm water bath on low heat for about 2 hours. This ensures all the cannabis is extracted by the fats in the oil from the flower.
Step Three: After the 2 hours, take your cheesecloth and strain the oil through the cloth to remove any bits of cannabis. Gently squeeze the cheesecloth to make sure all the oil has been drained out.
Step Four: Combine the cannabis-infused oil with the honey.
Step Five: In a blender, combine the cannabis-infused honey mixture with the 500ml of vodka.
Step Six: Blend lightly until thoroughly combined. Pour the weed-infused vodka into a bottle and let it cool completely before sealing or serving.
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Infuse Vodka Directly With Cannabis
This second method of making cannabis vodka is much more straightforward. All you’ll be doing here is infusing cannabis directly with vodka for no more than a couple of hours.
Necessary Equipment For Cannabis-Infused Vodka
First, make sure you have everything necessary to complete the steps:
- A double boiler
- A cheesecloth
- A thermometer
You will also need:
- 1-3 grams of decarboxylated cannabis
- 250ml of vodka
Step-By-Step Instructions For Cannabis-Infused Vodka
Step One: Grind your cannabis into a medium-consistency grain and wrap it in the cheesecloth. It’s important to make sure your cannabis has been decarboxylated or your vodka infusion will not have any psychoactive effects, but rather will be simply a marijuana-flavored vodka.
Step Two: Once your cannabis has been wrapped in a cheesecloth, set up your double boiler. Place this on low heat.
Step Three: Pour the 250ml of vodka into the double boiler and place the cheesecloth package inside. Let the cannabis sit and infuse with the vodka for 2-3 hours. The temperature of the vodka should not exceed 60°C (140°F), otherwise the alcohol will begin to burn off.
Step Four: Once your cannabis infusion has simmered for the necessary amount of time, remove the cheesecloth package and pour the mixture into a glass container. Let the cannabis-infused vodka sit until completely cooled before sealing, then store it in a dark place.
Safe Consumption Is Key
When combining alcohol and cannabis, it’s extremely important to start with small doses and truly know your limits. Alcohol enhances the feelings of being high, and in combination with being intoxicated, it can be a very intense experience. Side-effects may include dizziness, nausea and vomiting; you’re also advised not to operate heavy machinery, as combining the two drugs will heavily impair your motor skills. It’s recommended to not consume more than one cannabis-infused alcoholic beverage in one evening.
Enjoy Your Cannabis-Infused Vodka Responsibly
Now that you know how to make your own cannabis-infused vodka at home, it’s important to enjoy your drink responsibly. Alcohol has many known negative side-effects, so it’s essential to not consume too much, especially when it contains THC as well. Even so, combining alcohol and cannabis is a fun and interesting experience when enjoyed correctly, so drink responsibly and enjoy!
Did you know alcohol can enhance your cannabis experience? Vodka increases THC effects of marijuana but may cause some side effects so be responsible while combining. If you’re interested, here you will learn 2 easy cannabis vodka recipes and learn consuming alcohol and cannabis together.
Cannabis-Infused Vodka, 2 Simple Ways To Make It
Infusing alcohol with cannabis is super easy. In this article, we’ll show you two simple ways to make cannabis-infused vodka. And remember, you can use either recipe to infuse any other type of spirit too.
Looking to combine vodka (or any spirit) with your favourite strain of cannabis? Well, look no further. Below are two simple ways to make cannabis-infused vodka in just a few steps.
HOW TO MAKE CANNABIS VODKA
This first method is super simple and just involves steeping cannabis in vodka for a couple of hours while closely monitoring the temperature. Remember, alcohol begins to evaporate at around 80ºC, so make sure to keep your heat nice and low for this recipe.
- 250ml vodka (or any other spirit of choice)
- 1–3g of cannabis (both dried and fresh cannabis work great)
- Double boiler
- Set up your double boiler on the lowest possible heat setting while you organise the ingredients.
- Prepare your cannabis by grinding/chopping it to a medium consistency and wrapping it in cheesecloth to make a small package. Remember that you can use either dry or fresh cannabis for this recipe. If you want your vodka to produce strong psychoactive effects, make sure to use dry, decarboxylated cannabis. Using fresh cannabis won’t give the vodka the same psychoactive effects, but will give it a nice colour and flavour profile.
- Pour your vodka into the double boiler, then add your cannabis package and let it infuse for roughly 2–3 hours. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature of the vodka doesn’t rise above 60ºC. For a more concentrated product, feel free to let the alcohol infuse for longer, just remember that you’ll risk cooking off some of the alcohol.
- Remove the cannabis from your vodka, then pour it into a glass container. Wait for the liquid to cool before sealing it, then store in a cool, dark place. If you want a clearer final product, strain the vodka through a coffee filter.
This second method makes a delicious honey-flavoured vodka using cannabis-infused honey. To make the honey, you’ll need to first extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis using coconut oil, then blend the oil together with the honey. Remember to use low temperatures during this extraction to avoid burning off any cannabinoids/terpenes.
- 2g dried, decarboxylated cannabis buds
- 150g honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 500ml vodka
- 1 mason jar
- Saucepan with simmering water (water bath)
- Start by making your cannabis honey. To do so, grind your cannabis to a medium consistency, and place it into a mason jar together with the coconut oil. Make sure you’re using decarboxylated cannabis to ensure your honey has psychoactive effects.
- Seal the mason jar and place it in the water bath. Let it sit on low heat for roughly two hours to extract the cannabis into the oil.
- Once the extraction has finished, strain the oil through cheesecloth to remove the pieces of cannabis flower. Remember to lightly squeeze out any remaining liquid from the cloth.
- Add the infused oil to your honey and mix together.
- Add the vodka, and mix until everything is fully combined.
- Pour the vodka into a bottle, seal, and enjoy whenever you need a sweet pick-me-up!
A NOTE ON MIXING CANNABIS WITH ALCOHOL
Mixing alcohol and cannabis is really common, but it’s important to note that it can have negative effects. Combining the two drugs can enhance both the feelings of being drunk and being high, and can lead to nausea, dizziness, impaired motor skills, and vomiting.
One study shows that drinking alcohol after consuming cannabis can increase THC concentration in the blood. This suggests that alcohol can enhance the psychoactive properties of cannabis. This could be due to the fact that alcohol causes vasodilation and increases blood flow, possibly allowing more THC to cross from the alveoli in the lungs.
Some studies also suggest that cannabis can actually help protect against some of the toxic effects of alcohol, including neurotoxicity, as well as reducing oxidative stress in the liver after excessive drinking.
If you choose to mix cannabis with alcohol, that’s perfectly fine. After all, most people do. Just remember to take it easy, and pay extra attention to your body’s reaction to the combination of drugs.
Looking for a simple way to combine cannabis with your favourite spirit? Follow the link! Here are two simple recipes for cannabis-infused vodka.