Searching for the perfect cannabis ice cream recipe? Look no further, here are 3 of SunMed’s favorites.

Cannabis Ice Cream 3 Ways

Calling all ice cream lovers and cannabis-curious cooks! Who says you can't elevate a classic treat? Cannabis ice cream is the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth and explore the world of edibles at home.

Whether you're a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, this guide is your one-stop shop for creating delicious cannabis-infused ice cream. We've curated 3 easy-to-follow recipes that are ideal for beginners. So, ditch the store-bought tubs and get ready to churn up some frosty fun (and maybe a little relaxation)!

Preparing Cannabis for Ice Cream: Decarboxylation

In order to properly prepare fresh cannabis for use in edibles, it must undergo a process called “decarboxylation,” which removes carbon atoms from your cannabis through heat.

To decarb your cannabis, follow these easy steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 245°F (120°C).

  2. Grind the cannabis buds coarsely with a hand grinder.

  3. Spread the ground cannabis evenly on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  4. Bake it in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even toasting.

Note: Bake until the cannabis changes color from green to light brown. If the cannabis turns dark brown or smells burnt, you’ve let it cook too long. If your cannabis is still green after 40 minutes, either raise the oven’s temperature slightly or allow it to cook for longer. 

1. Easiest Chocolate Cannabis Ice Cream 

Yields: About 4-6 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time: At least 4 hours, preferably overnight

  • 10 g decarbed cannabis (or to preference)

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (very cold)

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (chill in the fridge)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

Note: For ice cream recipes to be successful, consider chilling every element involved, including the sweetened condensed milk and the bowl you’ll use for whipping.

Instructions:

  1. Whip the cream: In a large chilled bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. This may take a few minutes.

  2. Mix in the chocolate: Add the cocoa powder, decarbed cannabis, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the whipped cream. Gently fold everything together until well combined and the chocolate is evenly distributed.

  3. Freeze: Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container (a loaf pan works well). Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Freezing overnight is ideal for the best texture.

 2. Cannabis Cookies & Cream

Yields: About 4-6 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time: At least 4 hours, preferably overnight

  • 10 g decarbed cannabis (or to preference)

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (very cold)

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup coarsely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)

Note: For ice cream recipes to be successful, consider chilling every element involved, including the sweetened condensed milk and the bowl you’ll use for whipping.

Instructions:

  1. Whip the cream: In a large chilled bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. This may take a few minutes.

  2. Mix in the cannabis: Add the decarbed cannabis, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract to the whipped cream and mix gently until incorporated. 

  3. Add the cookies: Gently fold in the crushed cookies.

  4. Freeze: Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container (a loaf pan works well). Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours. Freezing overnight is ideal for the best texture.

 3. Mint Chocolate Chip Cannabis Ice Cream

Yields: About 4-6 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time:  At least 4 hours, preferably overnight

  • 10 g decarbed cannabis (or to preference)

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (very cold)

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Green food coloring (optional, a few drops)

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more to taste)

Note: For ice cream recipes to be successful, consider chilling every element involved, including the sweetened condensed milk and the bowl you’ll use for whipping. 

Instructions:

  1. Whip the cream: In a large chilled bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. This may take a few minutes.

  2. Flavor the base: Add the decarbed cannabis, sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and a few drops of green food coloring (if desired) to the whipped cream. Gently fold everything together until well combined.

  3. Add chocolate chips: Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

  4. Freeze: Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours. Freezing overnight is ideal for the best texture. 

Best Strains for Ice Cream

While there are many excellent cannabis strains that can be used to make your homemade ice cream, these are some of our favorite strains to add a unique twist to your frozen treat.

Watermelon Gelato

Watermelon Gelato is your ticket to a sweet summer escape! This indica-dominant hybrid strain bursts with juicy watermelon sweetness, tempered by creamy gelato notes. Its uplifting effects bring a wave of happy relaxation, perfect for chilling out on a warm evening. Whether winding down solo or kicking back with friends, Watermelon Gelato provides a delightful dose of carefree vibes.

Ice Cream Cake

The name says it all! Ice Cream Cake is a great strain for satisfying your sweet tooth. This indica-dominant hybrid possesses rich vanilla notes and a hint of sugary cake batter. Its potent effects wash over you like a wave of warm relaxation, easing away tension and melting stress into the background. Ice Cream Cake is perfect for those lazy afternoons or cozy evenings when you want the world to slow down.

Wedding Cheesecake

Wedding Cheesecake is a great strain if you’re feeling indulgent. This hybrid's rich aroma hints at sweet berries and a subtle earthiness. The flavor delivers creamy vanilla with a tangy cheesecake finish that lingers on the palate. It offers a balanced high that starts with gentle euphoria, then settles into a soothing body buzz. Wedding Cheesecake is ideal for creative pursuits or simply enjoying some peaceful downtime.

Find the Best Strains for Ice Cream in Maryland

As you venture into the delightful world of making cannabis ice cream, selecting the right strain is crucial to crafting the perfect culinary masterpiece. For our readers in Maryland, we encourage you to explore local dispensaries to find the ideal cannabis strains recommended in our recipes. Whether you're looking for something uplifting and energizing or more soothing and relaxing, the perfect strain awaits you. With the right ingredients in hand, you’ll be able to turn homemade ice cream into an extraordinary experience.