How to make cannabis coffee with your usual grounds

Published Jan 17, 2020 10:00 a.m. ET
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If you know what it’s like to rely on that morning cup of coffee, then you can appreciate how fantastic it would be to have the option of infusing it with a special addition. Though cannabutter can offer a quicker cannabis coffee alternative to this recipe, this from scratch combination is really easy to make, and you don’t need any more than dry marijuana buds to make it happen.

Unfortunately, it is a lengthy process, as the steeping takes time to remove the cannabinoids from the plant materials, but you can always make a batch of cannabis coffee water far in advance of when you need it so that it’s ready to use in your morning cup of joe for a good old fashioned wake and bake.

Cannabis infused coffee recipe

Use your regular brand of coffee grounds or opt for a richer choice for an extra special treat. Either way, this cannabis infused coffee with taste divine, and it might just be the boost that you need to get going on those hectic mornings. Though at first, butter might sound like a weird addition to a deeply flavored coffee, it is necessary as it provides a fatty base for the cannabinoids to cling to.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Calories per serving: 1

Servings: 4


  • 2 grams of cannabis
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 4 cups of water
  • Coffee grounds


  • Coffee maker (or other types of steeping mechanism)
  • Grinder
  • Medium pot
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cheesecloth (or fine mesh screen)
  • Flavor additions (i.e., Milk, cream, honey or sugar)


  1. Put all the dry herb into a grinder and bust it apart until it’s all an even and fine grind.

  2. Add the water to a pot, set the burner to medium heat and wait for the liquid to reach a rolling boil.

  3. Now toss in the cannabis grind and butter and reduce the heat to a point where the liquid is gently boiling so that you lose less of it over time. Try to maintain this temperature for approximately 40 minutes, stirring the mixture on occasion.

  4. Remove the pot from the burner and slowly strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer, into either a coffee maker or a large bowl.

  5. At this point, if you have not poured it into a coffee pot, then you can either store the infused water temporarily in the fridge or proceed to make coffee as you normally would with the freshly made cannabis juice.

  6. Pour the cannabis infused coffee into 4 separate mugs, and flavor them according to personal preference with sugar, cream or milk, then serve while piping hot for the best taste.

The effects of cannabis coffee

Cannabis coffee is just like any other kind of edibles, as the cannabinoids are absorbed through the stomach lining in a slow way that can last for several hours. The potency of the drink will depend on the quality of weed you used to make the water, but in general, you should start to feel the effects within an hour or two, and they will continue to last after that for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours before wearing off.

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