How to infuse your favourite high proof alcohol with cannabis

Published Oct 2, 2019 07:06 a.m. ET
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Now that both weed and alcohol are legal, consumers everywhere are combining the two to achieve an alternate state of mind that is unlike any other. Though mixing these two elements is not a new idea and has been done for decades, without instruction or guidance, infusing alcohol with cannabis is a science that should be performed correctly for the best results. So, whether you are ready to get crossfaded and think you have what it takes to pull off a delicious homemade weed and alcohol brew, or are just a tad curious as to how it’s done, it’s time for some easy step by step instructions on how to make cannabis alcohol.

Combining weed and alcohol

Once you try this recipe, there will be no going back, as the combined ingredients of these delightful substances are enough to make anyone tingle from head to toe. Though technically, you can use any kind of drinkable alcohol, the higher the proof, the better the solution will be at extracting the primary active cannabinoids like THC and CBD. However, if you’d prefer to skip the decarboxylation and extra work that goes into using marijuana buds, you can always opt for a THC distillate that is added to your drink of choice as it is served, without any need for baking, cooling or waiting around.

Ingredients:

  • Cannabis
  • Alcohol (vodka, whiskey, etc.)

Tools

  • Double boiler
  • Thermometer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Elastic
  • Weed grinder
  • Tongs
  • Resealable container

Instructions

  1. Add the alcohol to the broiler and set it to a low heat.

  2. Grind up as much cannabis as you would like to add. Just remember that it is generally recommended that new consumers start at low doses. More experienced users often prefer a slightly more potent concoction of at least 7 grams of cannabis per every 4 cups of alcohol.

  3. Toss the bud grind into the alcohol and watch the brew closely as it warms up.

  4. Once you begin to see steam, set the thermometer inside of the vodka to maintain an accurate reading. The goal from here on out is to stay below 80°F, which is the temperature that alcohol begins to evaporate.

  5. Allow the cannabis to soak in the alcohol while maintaining a low heat for at least 2 to 3 hours, which will provide enough time for all of the cannabinoids to extract. If you remove the mixture from the heat too soon, your cannabis alcohol will not be nearly as potent.

  6. Once you are satisfied with how long your homemade brew has been stewing, remove it from the heat.

  7. Cover the top of the broiler with a layer of cheesecloth and hold it into place with an elastic or twine.

  8. Pour the weed and alcohol mixture into a sealable bottle for storage. It is now ready to consume, but if you aren’t ready to drink it, then store it in a cool, dark place. Too much exposure to damaging light rays can degrade the cannabinoid content and ruin even the highest quality product.

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