How to make cannabis infused jello shooters

Published Jul 21, 2019 10:38 a.m. ET
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Cannabis edibles have a few months left before they will be introduced to the market, but in the meantime, consumers can get their fill with homemade goods without breaking any laws. Unfortunately, even once they do appear on shelves across Canada, we still won’t have access to choices that are infused with both alcohol and pot, as the latest regulations entirely prohibit the making or sales of products that contain both elements. A lot of people are accustomed to the effects of marijuana when combined with alcohol, and in general, it makes sense to seek out healthier ways to consume it than traditional smoking. To help those who enjoy or would like to try the effects of marijuana with a little something extra, we give you an easy step by step guide on how to make cannabis-infused jello shooters from scratch.

Types of alcohol that can be used for extraction

Usually, when you make cannabis edibles, it requires a process called decarboxylation. This process converts the THCA into THC, which is necessary as it provides the euphoric sensations that we are looking to achieve. Normally this is done with extreme amounts of heat, but alcohol works just as well in this conversion, it is just time-consuming. The higher the percentage of alcohol content, the more effective it will be at extracting the terpenes and cannabinoids from the plant materials, but technically almost any type of alcohol can be used here. The most popular choices for jello shooters are typically vodka, gin, or whiskey.

Cannabis Tincture recipe

Tinctures should always be made with the highest proof alcohol available for the most potent results, but the additional requirement is worth it as these marijuana products can be added to recipes to create cannabis edibles, mixed directly into your favorite cocktails, or ingested in shot form.

Takes: 4 weeks
Makes: 750ml of tincture

Ingredients

  • 750ml of alcohol
  • 1 oz of cannabis (or more)

Tools

  • 2 sealable mason jars
  • 1 elastic
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. Pack the mason jar full of dry cannabis plant materials but be sure to leave at least one inch of breathing room from the opening of the container.
  2. Pour the alcohol overtop of the bud and be sure to add enough to completely cover the marijuana. If pieces remain above the liquid, they will not have their cannabinoids and terpenes extracted.
  3. Once you are satisfied with the full mason jar, it’s time to seal it up and store it in a cool dark place for 3-4 weeks. This much time is required to fully extract the botanicals from the plant materials, so be patient, and try to prepare well in advance of any big party or gathering, so you don’t feel rushed, as the quality and potency will not be the same if you choose to use it too soon.
  4. Remove the jar from its storage area twice a day to shake the contents together, before placing it back into darkness.
  5. After four weeks have passed, the hardest part of making these cannabis edibles is almost over. Simply remove the jar from storage, open it up, place a layer or two of cheesecloth over top of the spout, and use an elastic to hold it into place.
  6. Now get your second jar ready and pour the liquid slowly into it.
  7. Once the first plant material jar is empty, you can use the cheesecloth to squeeze out any juices that have been absorbed by the plant materials before disposing of it. This ensures that you get every last drop to use.
  8. Either seal the mason jar and store it in darkness until you are ready to use it or move on to the next step in making cannabis-infused jello shooters.
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Marijuana shooters recipe

The best part about this cannabis edibles recipe is that you can make it any flavor or color you want, and if you choose a colorless flavoring than you can make a whole rainbow worth of the same flavored jello shooters with minimal effort that will be sure to wow your guests.

Takes: 2 hours and 5 minutes

Makes: 4 cups of cannabis-infused jello

Ingredients

  • lime
  • 1 cup of cannabis-infused tincture
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 3-ounce packages of flavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon of lime
  • food coloring

Tools

  • 1 measuring cup with a spout
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 small pot
  • disposable plastic shot glasses (or small Dixie cups)
  • 1 cookie sheet (or another serving platter)
  • saran wrap

Instructions

  1. If you have not done so already, then you will need to begin by boiling 2 cups of water in a small pot.
  2. Once the water reaches a boil, pour the gelatin into a mixing bowl, and then add the boiling water as well.
  3. Whisk the liquid until the gelatin crystals completely dissolve.
  4. Now you can add in the rest of the ingredients, including 4-6 drops of food coloring, and combine them until the liquid reaches a smooth and even color.
  5. Fill a cookie sheet or serving platter with the small shot glasses by placing them as close together as possible. This will help to prevent waste and spills.
  6. Now you can pour the mixture into a spouted measuring cup so that it is easy to pour into small glasses.
  7. Cover the tray of cannabis edibles, and place them into the fridge for two hours, or until set.
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