Learn how to make delicious cannabis-infused drinks at home, discover their benefits, and find out about popular products on the market.

5 Cannabis-Infused Drinks You Can Make at Home

Lately there are more ways than ever before to enjoy cannabis. One exciting new trend is the creation of cannabis-infused drinks. Beverages like Keef Cola offer a fun and refreshing new way to enjoy weed, mixing THC with traditional soda flavors.

But if you’re looking to make your own cannabis-infused drinks at home, we’ve got five easy and delicious recipes you can whip up in no time!

How to make cannabis-infused drinks

To make cannabis-infused drinks, you need to combine cannabis extracts like tinctures, oils, or cannabutter with your chosen beverage. Follow these steps to create your perfect drink:

Step 1: Choose your beverage base

Select a base beverage such as tea, coffee, juice, smoothie, or cocktail. Consider how the flavors of the drink will blend with the taste of cannabis.

Step 2: Select your cannabis extract

Choose a cannabis extract that works best with your beverage:

  • Tinctures: Alcohol-based extracts that mix well with most beverages.

  • Oils: Fat-soluble and blend best with creamy or fatty drinks.

  • Cannabutter: Ideal for hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.

Step 3: Decarboxylate your cannabis

If you're starting with raw cannabis, you need to decarboxylate it to activate the THC or CBD:

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

  2. Grind cannabis buds with a hand grinder.

  3. Spread ground cannabis on a baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even toasting.

  5. Remove from the oven when cannabis is light brown.

  6. Let cool before using in your infusion process.

Step 4: Infuse your extract

Once you have your decarboxylated cannabis, turn it into the extract of your choice.

For tinctures:

  1. Place the decarboxylated cannabis in a glass jar.

  2. Pour high-proof alcohol (such as vodka or Everclear) over the cannabis until it is fully submerged.

  3. Seal the jar and shake it gently.

  4. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for a few days, shaking it occasionally.

  5. After a few days, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the plant matter.

  6. Your cannabis tincture is now ready to use.

For oils:

  1. Heat a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) in a saucepan on low heat.

  2. Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the oil and simmer gently for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove from heat and let it cool.

  4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

  5. Your cannabis-infused oil is now ready to use.

For cannabutter:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan on low heat.

  2. Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the melted butter and simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.

  4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a container.

  5. Place the container in the refrigerator until the butter solidifies.

  6. Your cannabis-infused butter is now ready to use.

Step 5: Mix your beverage and extract

Now that you have your cannabis extract prepared, it's time to mix it with your chosen beverage:

  1. Measure the desired dosage of cannabis extract.

  2. Add the extract to your prepared beverage.

  3. Stir or shake the mixture thoroughly to ensure even distribution.

Step 6: Adjust dosage

Start with a small amount, typically 2.5 to 5 milligrams of THC or CBD per serving. You can gradually increase the dosage in subsequent drinks as you gauge your tolerance and desired effects.

Step 7: Enhance flavor

Cannabis extracts can have a strong flavor that might not blend seamlessly with all beverages. You can improve the taste of your cannabis infused beverage by using flavored tinctures or oils, adding complementary ingredients like honey, lemon, mint, or fruit, or using mixers, such as tonic water, soda, or fruit juices. 

Step 8: Serve and enjoy responsibly

Label your infused drinks clearly, especially if you’re serving others, to avoid accidental overconsumption. Store any leftovers safely away from children and pets. Enjoy your cannabis-infused beverage responsibly, and be mindful of its effects, particularly if you're new to cannabis.

Our 5 favorite cannabis-infused drink recipes

Here are five of our favorite recipes you can make at home, each offering a unique and tasty way to experience cannabis. 

1. Cannabis-Infused Iced Tea

A perfect summer drink, cannabis-infused iced tea is refreshing and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 tea bags (black, green, or herbal)

  • 1-2 tablespoons cannabis tincture

  • Lemon slices and honey for flavor

Instructions:

  1. Brew the tea by boiling water and steeping the tea bags for 5-10 minutes.

  2. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool.

  3. Add the cannabis tincture and stir well.

  4. Serve over ice with lemon slices and honey to taste.

2. Cannabis-Infused Fruit Smoothie

Start your day with a nutritious and invigorating cannabis-infused smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1 banana

  • 1 cup frozen berries

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1-2 teaspoons cannabis oil

  • Honey or agave syrup to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Adjust sweetness with honey or agave syrup.

  4. Serve immediately.

3. Cannabis-Infused Hot Chocolate

Warm up on a chilly day with a cozy cannabis-infused hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (or dairy-free alternative)

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1-2 teaspoons cannabutter

  • Whipped cream and marshmallows for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar until dissolved.

  3. Add cannabutter and stir until melted.

  4. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream and marshmallows.

4. Cannabis-Infused Lemonade

Cool down on a summer afternoon with a tangy and sweet cannabis-infused lemonade.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1-2 tablespoons cannabis tincture

  • Lemon slices and mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Combine water, lemon juice, and sugar in a pitcher.

  2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  3. Add cannabis tincture and mix well.

  4. Serve over ice with lemon slices and mint leaves.

5. Cannabis-Infused Mojito

Add a twist to a classic cocktail with a cannabis-infused mojito.

Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves

  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 cup soda water

  • 1-2 teaspoons cannabis tincture

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Muddle mint leaves and one lime wedge in a glass.

  2. Add sugar and 2 more lime wedges, muddling to release lime juice.

  3. Fill the glass with ice and pour soda water over.

  4. Stir in cannabis tincture and garnish with remaining lime wedge.

What are the benefits of cannabis-infused drinks?

Cannabis-infused drinks combine the versatility of beverages with the therapeutic and recreational benefits of cannabis, offering a unique and enjoyable way to consume this beneficial plant. Cannabis-infused drinks offer many benefits, including: 

  • Discreet Consumption: Unlike smoking or vaping, cannabis-infused drinks are odorless and can be consumed without drawing attention, making them ideal for social settings or private use.

  • Controlled Dosage: It’s easier to measure and control the dosage with infused drinks, allowing for a more precise and consistent experience. 

  • Slower Onset, Longer Duration: Cannabis takes longer to take effect when it’s ingested (typically 30 minutes to 2 hours), providing a prolonged and more gradual experience compared to inhalation methods. This can lead to a more sustained and manageable high.

  • Therapeutic Effects: Cannabis-infused drinks can help with various medical conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia

  • Customizable Flavors: With a variety of beverage options, from teas and smoothies to sodas and cocktails, you can easily customize the flavors to suit your preferences.

  • Hydration and Nutrition: Many cannabis-infused drinks, like smoothies and teas, can also provide additional nutritional benefits and hydration, enhancing overall well-being.

FAQs about cannabis-infused drinks

What are cannabis-infused drinks?

Cannabis-infused drinks are beverages that have been infused with cannabis extracts, providing both the flavors and effects of cannabis in liquid form. These drinks can range from teas and coffees to smoothies and cocktails. Cannabis-infused drinks typically use cannabis oils, tinctures, or specially formulated cannabis-infused products that blend well with liquids. They offer an alternative to traditional methods of consumption, such as smoking or edibles, and can be tailored to suit individual taste preferences and desired effects. 

How do cannabis-infused drinks make you feel?

Cannabis-infused drinks can induce a range of effects depending on factors like dosage, strain, and individual tolerance. Generally, they produce a milder high compared to smoking, with a gradual onset and longer duration. Effects may include relaxation, euphoria, increased sociability, and sometimes sedation or heightened sensory perception.

How long do the effects of cannabis-infused drinks last?

The duration of effects from cannabis-infused drinks varies based on factors like dosage, metabolism, and individual tolerance. Generally, effects can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, with a slower onset and more gradual decline compared to smoking or vaping.

What are some popular cannabis infused drinks on the market?

Several popular cannabis-infused drinks have emerged in the market, offering a diverse range of flavors and effects. Brands like Cann, Tinley’s, or Keef Cola (which is offered by SunMed) have a variety of options including sparkling waters, sodas, teas, and mocktails, catering to different preferences and lifestyles.

Can I mix cannabis-infused drinks with alcohol?

Ingesting cannabis and alcohol at the same time can strengthen the effects of both substances, potentially leading to stronger intoxication, which is why it’s best to avoid mixing them. Whether you’re drinking alcohol or cannabis-infused drinks, it’s always critical to do so responsibly. Start with low doses and monitor your consumption carefully to avoid overindulgence and its associated risks.

How do I store homemade cannabis-infused drinks?

Store homemade cannabis-infused drinks in airtight containers in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and potency. Label the containers clearly with the date of preparation and estimated dosage per serving. Keep them out of reach of children and pets, and consume within a reasonable timeframe to ensure quality and safety.

Try SunMed’s cannabis and cannabis-infused drinks

Experience the best of SunMed's sun-grown cannabis with our range of high-quality cannabis and cannabis-infused drinks. At SunMed, we offer a selection of products designed to elevate your cannabis experience. Find a dispensary and try SunMed today to discover your new favorite way to enjoy cannabis.