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How To Make Cannamilk, aka Cannabis Milk

Milk, we are told, is good for you. Convert it to cannamilk, and you get a body that’s good physically and mentally. What’s not to love about that?

And better still, making weed milk is way easier than you may imagine.

The stats:

Yield: two to four cups of cannabis milk  

Prep: one hour (for grinding and decarboxylating the cannabis)

Total time: About one hour and 45 minutes, which includes the decarboxylation process.

Moo-ve out of the way other cannabis infusions – there’s a new one just hit town. Perhaps not ‘hot off the press’ new, but cannamilk is certainly one of the most versatile infusions you can make. It’s a wholesome and rather tasty alternative that’s also a cinch to make.

Cannabis milk, which some folks refer to alternatively as weed milk, can be used in many different ways. If you can think of a creamy edible, you can make it with cannamilk just the same. The list is almost endless and includes:

  • cannabis-infused ice cream
  • stoner mac and cheese
  • cannabis-infused creamer for your tea or coffee.

And the best part? Cannamilk packs a surprisingly deceptive heavy punch. For what is usually a creamy beverage becomes an entirely different ball game. Weed milk will have you settling down anywhere comfy to await the homecoming of the cows.

I am a regular dairy farmer, and you want me to infuse cannabis into my milk?

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Hold on there, Mr/Mrs. Farmer. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. 

Smoking and vaping weed is as simple and least time-consuming as you can get. There’s no cooking, pot watching (pun intended), or decarbing involved. Plus, the high you get from smoking or vaping kicks in almost instantaneously. And then it wears off pretty rapidly too.

Cannamilk, like other edibles, is just more fun and easy to use. Cannabis milk produces a powerful high that you experience throughout your body. It can have you in fits of giggles and munching all night through.

So long as you are not lactose intolerant, any edible made with weed milk will give you a rich yet pleasant and safe cannabis experience.

Also, canna milk and the recipes you can adapt to use it – such as cannabis-infused ice cream and canna popsicles – are great fun. Plus, they are ideal for when you’re entertaining, especially during those long, hot summer months.

Making canna edibles – what can go wrong?

The most common of all rookie mistakes is a lack of patience. Remember this always.

Typically, the script goes like this: “Let’s cook up a batch of cannabis edibles and try one dose. That’s an hour in and still nothing. Maybe I should take some more?”

Like any cheap soap opera, you can see from a mile off where this is heading.

“What harm can another little dose do?”

(Five minutes later) “Whoa! That’s the first dose just arrived now.”

What should have been a cozy little buzz is now entirely in their face. So there’s nothing left to do but sit it out.

The moral of the tale is always to be patient when taking a cannabis edible for the first time. This is because you don’t have the first clue about how potent the edible will be or how you will react.

Proceeding with caution is the way to go. You can also take more the next time if need be.

The other classic rookie error is to skip the decarboxylation process. This is a step that’s vitally important when you are making any cannabis-infused edible.

Decarboxylation, what’s that?

decarboxylation

To obtain your high, whether it’s weed milk or any other edible, you need to apply heat to the marijuana. Heating it makes the naturally occurring cannabinoid THCA convert into THC. The same happens when you light up a cannabis joint.

However, when it comes to edibles, the heating process must happen beforehand. Without heating the marijuana first, there will be zero psychoactive effects produced by your edible.

Fortunately, this process is straightforward. The easiest way is to grind up the cannabis and put it on a baking sheet placed on a baking tray. Next, put the tray into an oven preheated to about 220 to 245 F (105 to 120 C) for roughly half an hour to 45 minutes.

Occasionally take a peek to ensure the cannabis isn’t getting scorched. Then, if you can, open a window to let the weed fumes escape.

How you make cannamilk (cannabis milk)

Making weed milk is simple. You doubtlessly have almost everything you need already to hand at home.

Ingredients:

  • Approximately seven grams of cannabis you have decarboxylated
  • Two to four cups of whole milk (use less to create a more concentrated weed milk)

 Utensils:

  • Cheesecloth
  • A saucepan
  • A storage container

Method:

Decarboxylate about seven grams of cannabis (a quarter ounce in old money)

Pour the milk into the saucepan, add the cannabis, and simmer at low heat for about 30 to 45 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure the milk doesn’t get burnt. Don’t let the milk come to a boil.

As it simmers, you will see the milk begin to thicken. It will also become a yellowy-green color.

Remove the milk from the stove and strain it through the cheesecloth into a container.

And that’s it. You’re done.

Also, if you’re not a fan of cow’s milk, you can substitute it. Cannamilk is also fantastic when made with:

  • almond milk
  • sheep’s milk
  • goat milk
  • soy milk
  • rice milk 
  • oat milk
  • and just about anything containing the word milk

No matter which milk you use, the cannabis milk recipe is the same:

  1. Decarb the cannabis
  2. Simmer the cannabis and milk on a low heat
  3. Strain 
  4. Stand until cool

However, one thing to bear in mind is that high-fat content makes the milk better at absorbing THC.

What about coconut milk?

Coconut cannamilk

There are hundreds of recipes online for both coconut milk and almond milk. This isn’t a major surprise since both are popular.

Despite some variations among the recipes, they all follow the same basic principles of cannabis milk making.

Again, decarboxylate the cannabis. Typically, this will be about two grams per cup. However, you can increase this if you want a more potent brew. Next, simmer the cannabis and the coconut or almond milk on low heat—this time for about an hour. Be sure to stir the milk frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan or burning.

Remove from the heat and stand the milk until cool, then strain through a cheesecloth.

As mentioned before, allow at least 90 minutes for the cannamilk effects to arrive. Be sure not to consume too much milk before you know how it will affect you. Start low and then go slow, as they say.

What can you make with cannabis milk?

Cannamilk is suitable for use in any recipe that requires milk, either as a main ingredient or to add later. You can add weed milk to:

  • cafe au lait (milky coffee) to give it a little boost
  • milky smoothies on hot days
  • cannabis ice cream whenever you need a snack
  • your morning breakfast cereal along with normal milk
  • and in regular tea or coffee

But don’t be too embarrassed about simply taking a swig of your cannamilk straight from the container. No one is looking. 

The uses are almost infinite.

How long before cannabis milk kicks in?

Cannabis drinks that are nano-emulsified have a very short onset time, usually around 15 to 20 minutes. On the other hand, Cannamilk you make at home will take significantly longer to produce effects.

It would help if you banked on waiting at least 90 minutes for effects to be produced, so you may wish to factor this in first. Being liquid, though, you can metabolize weed milk faster than solids. As a result, some users report feeling the effects after just half an hour.

The major takeaway is that when trying cannabis milk for the first time, it slowly does it. So be patient and remember the time-tested rule about starting low and going slow.

How much cannamilk can I drink?

There are several factors to weigh up regarding how much you can consume. First, we are all individuals whose bodies react differently. A dose that is a roller-coaster for one person may barely take the edge off for someone else.

In addition, it’s difficult to recommend a dosage as this relies heavily on the potency of your cannamilk. The variables are how much cannabis you added to the mix and the strength of that particular strain. There are, therefore, no absolutes.

It’s a wise move to always err on the side of caution with a new cannabis milk recipe. If you have any doubts about the potential potency, try using less or even halving the amount of cannabis suggested in the recipe. Then test out your weed milk with a small test sample.

If you do land up taking too much cannamilk, don’t worry. The high will pass in a couple of hours.

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