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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.

How To Make Cannabis Lemonade & Iced Tea

Summertime is definitely lemonade season!

The hot summer months have many people reaching for a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea to cool them down. But why not kick it up a notch by reaching for a mind-blowing glass of cannabis infused lemonade instead?

Why Cannabis Drinks?

Cannabis drinks are a refreshing way to pass the time during the hot summer months. Give your lungs a break and try out an infused beverage instead. Cannabis drinks can give you all of the high, with none of the smoke.

When many people think of baking edibles at home, they think of a long, messy, smelly process that requires both time and effort. But by comparison, cannabis drinks are actually quite easy to make and can be enjoyed much more quickly than edibles.

And, if you’re really feeling adventurous, they can even be mixed or made with cannabis-infused alcohol for a real mind-blowing experience.

Check out these two recipes for cannabis drinks that you can enjoy this summer!

Cannabis-Infused Lemonade

The easiest way to brew cannabis-infused lemonade is by mixing some THC tincture into your favorite lemonade recipe. Just load up the dropper and squirt your desired amount directly into some homemade lemonade.

Try out this recipe for some quick, easy, and refreshing summertime lemonade!

You will need: 6-8 lemons (about 0.5L of lemon juice), 1.35L cold water, 200–250g of sugar, and 2-3 tsp. of cannabis tincture.

  1. Start by juicing the lemons. An electric juicer will help you to squeeze out every last drop of liquid gold!
  2. Mix lemon juice with sugar and water in a glass pitcher stirring well in order to ensure that all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add your tincture while being mindful of dosage. Mix well.

Want to kick it up even further? Try using cannabis-infused vodka instead of tincture for a real wild ride.

Making Cannabis-Infused Iced Teas

Cannabis tincture can also be used to make infused iced tea. While easy to prepare, the bitter taste of tincture does not pair as well with tea as it does with lemonade. Using infused honey instead will result in a much better tasting batch of iced tea, with just a little more work.

To make cannabis honey-infused iced tea you will need: 6 cups water, 6 teabags of your choice (or 3+ tablespoons of loose leaf tea), ½ – ⅓ cup of all-natural honey,

In order to brew this tea, start by preparing the infused honey

  1. Place half a cup of water and ½ – ⅓ cup of all-natural honey in a small saucepan and set to medium heat
  2. Add in the amount of tincture you’d like to infuse your honey with. Keep in mind, that the honey will be used for several teas or other recipes, so you want to add 3 or 4 doses (depending on how sweet you like your tea!)
  3. Once the mixture reaches 150℉, stir until all the honey is dissolved into the water
  4. Pour into a glass container and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours in order to solidify

When the infused honey is ready for use, simply brew up a batch of your favorite tea and use spoonfuls of honey to infuse and sweeten it. If you’re feeling adventurous you should try adding sliced fruit to your iced tea for extra flavor. Sliced strawberries, peaches, and lemons go great with cannabis-infused iced tea.

You can also grab already prepared cannabis drinks at your favorite Sherman Oaks dispensary. Check out our online menu to see what’s available and to place your order.

Liven up your summer with some cannabis drinks! Find out how to quickly brew up some refreshing cannabis infused lemonade and cannabis infused iced tea!