How To Make Delicious Cannabis Smoothies
Smoking cannabis can be pleasurable and eating baked goods with all kinds of “special ingredients” is always a considerable option when aiming for an incredible high. Try smoothies this time!
If you are tired of smoking for some reason or just want to try something new, you might be interested in a recipe to make highly potent cannabis smoothies. Regular self-made smoothies are already pretty awesome without THC and CBD in it but why be satisfied with a product that can potentially be so much better when looking at it from a stoner perspective?
It’s relatively fast and easy to make cannabis infused smoothies. This blog will give you a detailed recipe as well as some ideas of how to customize it in order to get satisfying results.
PREPARATION: BUY ALL THE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED AND WANT
Let’s start off with obligatory ingredients you need as a basis to create the smoothie itself. You can always fallow your own recipe if you want to. The part that really matters is the process of getting THC and CBD from your buds into a carrier material that will later spice up your drink.
Here is a short list of basic ingredients to follow this particular recipe for two servings:
- 500ml of milk (customize: almond milk, organic, lactose-free or whatever you like)
- 150ml whipping cream (liquid)
- 3-4 table spoons of honey (can be substituted by cane sugar for example)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla (fresh vanilla is always nice but not necessary)
- Your favourite fruit: Bananas and Strawberries, Mangos and Kiwis, Blueberries etc.
- Be creative when buying your fruit, pick either just one type of fruit or try to find a nice match like Banana-Strawberry for example. Organically grown are usually the best!
WHAT ABOUT THE WEED? THAT STUFF IS IMPORTANT, TOO, RIGHT?
Exactly! Now it’s time to see if there is anything left from last harvest or to find out what the supply situation in terms of weed is at the moment. You don’t need a whole lot to achieve a decent potency. It’s more important to find a good way to get the THC and CBD from your buds into your smoothie, without having to chew on calyxes and leaves all the time. You need a carrier material. The most obvious is butter. You can follow the link to a recipe for producing very potent cannabutter below this blog. The other option is to just follow the following method with milk and cream.
- You take about 1-4g of dank bud and grind it all up.
- You mix the milk with the cream and heat this mixture to a temperature of 60-70°C. The cream is important because the stuff we desire likes to bond with fat. Milk alone only has a few percentages of it. Keeping temperatures down is an absolute must because the milk should never reach the state of boiling. It’s more a low simmering we aim for.
- Now happily sprinkle these wonderful herbs in your milk-cream mix and carefully heat it up to a low temperature. You need to get a feeling for the right temperature. Keep in mind that high temperatures can potentially lead to a product that is less potent due to the destruction of THC and CBD molecules. Seeing tiny bubbles at the surface, not meaning the ones from boiling is always a good sign. Let it simmer for at least 60 minutes. To be honest, it’s always best to invest a little more time when infusing carrier materials with THC. Rather do this with a relaxed attitude of a Celtic druid instead of a rushing through this important step. If you want HIGH quality, you will get HIGH quality.
- The colour of your mixture will change over time and you will most likely recognize the point when you think the heating process was long enough. Anything between 60 minutes and 8 hours of low simmering will ensure that THC and CBD will enter your milk. You don’t need the remaining parts of the bud anymore and therefore need to filter your milk-cream-cannabis mix to separate the liquid material from the solid. Let it cool down. The weed infusing process in now completed.
MAKE THE ACTUAL SMOOTHIE TO FINALLY GET HIGH
The important step of getting THC into the milk was successfully completed and now it’s time to be a little more creative again. It’s actually pretty easy: Put all of your desired ingredients into a blender, add some ice, and then get stoned! Have fun sippin’ on some of the finest drinks of the modern world: Fruit-Canna-Smoothies. Don’t drink and drive!
Read more about the latest hype in cannabis infused foods: Fruit-Canna-Smoothies. Delicious, relatively healthy, and a good way to consume some dank bud!
Yes, You Can Add Raw Cannabis To Your Green Smoothie
Green smoothies and cold-pressed juices are lauded for their ability to give the body a boost without taxing the digestive system as much as eating does. The nutrients found in raw fruits, vegetables and herbs are preserved when they are not heated or cooked and can provide enzymes and vitamins which can improve our immune system or just make our skin glow a little more. Just like with fruits or vegetables, you can juice raw cannabis leaves or buds to make juice and enjoy the benefits without getting high.
Just like with fruits or vegetables, you can juice raw cannabis leaves or buds (Shutterstock)
THCA and CBDA are the raw, unheated versions of THC and CBD that are found in live cannabis. Most people have heard of THC (the cannabinoid that’s responsible for the high feeling) and CBD (the cannabinoid with therapeutic properties that won’t get you high) but are unaware that they are activated by heat through a process called decarboxylation. The process makes the compounds bioavailable to the body and allows them to affect everything from mood and appetite to your ability to manage pain.
Although it may sound complicated, decarboxylation takes place every time you light up, vape or heat your cannabis to make infused butter or oils. The process creates THC but also reduces the percentage of terpenes and cannabinoids that would be present in raw cannabis. Without being heated, THCA doesn’t have any psychotropic effects but still offers some benefits including decreasing inflammation, treating nausea and loss of appetite, improving sleep issues like insomnia and reducing chronic pain.
To make raw cannabis juice, you will need buds and/or leaves from the plant that have not been cured. Weed purchased from a dispensary, or otherwise, is cured. Finding fresh, raw cannabis might be difficult for the average person who probably doesn’t have a direct relationship with a cultivator that could provide it for them. You can check in with friends who might be growing at home, reaching out to your network or even inquiring at a dispensary about where you might be able to find a source for live cannabis.
Some dispensaries sell clones (small plants that have been made by using cuttings from larger cannabis plants) that you can purchase and continue growing at home. With predictions that the home grow market will double this year , it’s likely that clones will become available in more dispensaries throughout the country. If you go that route, you’ll have to be patient enough to wait for the plant to grow enough leaves and buds to make an adequate amount of juice. It’s important to pay close attention to the plant and be careful not to let the buds begin to dry out or cure before you use them.
When you have your material, you can choose between using a cold-press juicer or a blender with a little bit of water to liquefy the cannabis buds and leaves in the same way you would any other fruit or vegetable. If you can handle wheatgrass or ginger shots, you should be able to manage the taste of cannabis juice. It has an earthy, spicy, mildly bitter flavor that definitely reminds you of exactly what you are sipping on. To dilute the cannabis juice, mix it with fresh fruit juice or a smoothie. Masking the flavor won’t detract from any of the benefits, it will just help to make it more palatable.
For now, raw cannabis juice is most likely something you’ll have to make and enjoy at home. But in the future there may be cafes, coffee shops or juice bars that serve it right alongside their other drinks. After all, CBD coffee is a thing , so it’s only a matter of time.
Raw cannabis juice allows you to reap the benefits of cannabis without the high.