Cannabis-Infused Vodka, 2 Simple Ways To Make It
Infusing alcohol with cannabis is super easy. In this article, we’ll show you two simple ways to make cannabis-infused vodka. And remember, you can use either recipe to infuse any other type of spirit too.
Looking to combine vodka (or any spirit) with your favourite strain of cannabis? Well, look no further. Below are two simple ways to make cannabis-infused vodka in just a few steps.
HOW TO MAKE CANNABIS VODKA
This first method is super simple and just involves steeping cannabis in vodka for a couple of hours while closely monitoring the temperature. Remember, alcohol begins to evaporate at around 80ºC, so make sure to keep your heat nice and low for this recipe.
- 250ml vodka (or any other spirit of choice)
- 1–3g of cannabis (both dried and fresh cannabis work great)
- Double boiler
- Set up your double boiler on the lowest possible heat setting while you organise the ingredients.
- Prepare your cannabis by grinding/chopping it to a medium consistency and wrapping it in cheesecloth to make a small package. Remember that you can use either dry or fresh cannabis for this recipe. If you want your vodka to produce strong psychoactive effects, make sure to use dry, decarboxylated cannabis. Using fresh cannabis won’t give the vodka the same psychoactive effects, but will give it a nice colour and flavour profile.
- Pour your vodka into the double boiler, then add your cannabis package and let it infuse for roughly 2–3 hours. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature of the vodka doesn’t rise above 60ºC. For a more concentrated product, feel free to let the alcohol infuse for longer, just remember that you’ll risk cooking off some of the alcohol.
- Remove the cannabis from your vodka, then pour it into a glass container. Wait for the liquid to cool before sealing it, then store in a cool, dark place. If you want a clearer final product, strain the vodka through a coffee filter.
This second method makes a delicious honey-flavoured vodka using cannabis-infused honey. To make the honey, you’ll need to first extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis using coconut oil, then blend the oil together with the honey. Remember to use low temperatures during this extraction to avoid burning off any cannabinoids/terpenes.
- 2g dried, decarboxylated cannabis buds
- 150g honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 500ml vodka
- 1 mason jar
- Saucepan with simmering water (water bath)
- Start by making your cannabis honey. To do so, grind your cannabis to a medium consistency, and place it into a mason jar together with the coconut oil. Make sure you’re using decarboxylated cannabis to ensure your honey has psychoactive effects.
- Seal the mason jar and place it in the water bath. Let it sit on low heat for roughly two hours to extract the cannabis into the oil.
- Once the extraction has finished, strain the oil through cheesecloth to remove the pieces of cannabis flower. Remember to lightly squeeze out any remaining liquid from the cloth.
- Add the infused oil to your honey and mix together.
- Add the vodka, and mix until everything is fully combined.
- Pour the vodka into a bottle, seal, and enjoy whenever you need a sweet pick-me-up!
A NOTE ON MIXING CANNABIS WITH ALCOHOL
Mixing alcohol and cannabis is really common, but it’s important to note that it can have negative effects. Combining the two drugs can enhance both the feelings of being drunk and being high, and can lead to nausea, dizziness, impaired motor skills, and vomiting.
One study shows that drinking alcohol after consuming cannabis can increase THC concentration in the blood. This suggests that alcohol can enhance the psychoactive properties of cannabis. This could be due to the fact that alcohol causes vasodilation and increases blood flow, possibly allowing more THC to cross from the alveoli in the lungs.
Some studies also suggest that cannabis can actually help protect against some of the toxic effects of alcohol, including neurotoxicity, as well as reducing oxidative stress in the liver after excessive drinking.
If you choose to mix cannabis with alcohol, that’s perfectly fine. After all, most people do. Just remember to take it easy, and pay extra attention to your body’s reaction to the combination of drugs.Looking for a simple way to combine cannabis with your favourite spirit? Follow the link! Here are two simple recipes for cannabis-infused vodka.
What is hemp vodka?
Hemp flavors this special vodka. The most common way of doing this is to infuse the oils from seeds or blossoms into the spirit. There are a number of companies that make hemp vodka this way, including Humboldt Distillery and Elation.
You won’t get high from hemp-infused vodka. The federal government requires the plant to have less than 0.03% THC content.
That’s so low, extracting enough THC to get you high is pretty much impossible. This requirement was a part of the 2018 Farm Bill which defined what hemp was and allowed it to be treated like any other agricultural commodity.
How do distilleries make it?
As we said in the beginning, the most common way of adding a hemp flavor to vodka is by infusion. This method adds parts of the hemp plant to the spirit after fermentation. With infusion, you can taste nutty or flowery notes in the vodka.
Another way of making this spirit is to ferment the hemp, and Colorado High was the first company to do this. The company says their vodka is smoother because of the added oils from hemp.
Whether you try hemp-infused or hemp-fermented vodka, you’ll enjoy the nuanced flavors that come from hemp. For instance, many people describe tasting flavors of rosemary, cedar, grapefruit peel, or fresh-cut grass.
Are there any benefits?
Hemp is growing in popularity as a new (and old) remedy for different things. Mostly, what helps people is the compound CBD that’s found inside hemp. CBD can help people with anxiety, depression, pain management, and some forms of epilepsy.
Unfortunately, CBD isn’t inside this hemp spirit. Companies infuse things with CBD because of its medicinal benefits. CBD doesn’t really have any flavor, and since there would be more restrictions on hemp vodka if CBD was in the final product, it’s left out.
What makes hemp vodka taste good are the terpenes that come from hemp. Terpenes are natural oils that impart flavors and smells. They are in many plants, including citrus fruits and pine trees.
At this time, there isn’t any research to suggest that terpenes have the same effect as CBD, but it’s possible that they are helpful in other ways. What’s more likely is that terpenes are a type of aromatherapy and can assist someone in feeling calm and relaxed.
What goes well with this type of vodka?
You can enjoy this green vodka just like any other, though you may want to sip on it instead of mix it into drinks. If you do want to mix it up, try making a citrus-based drink with it, like a lemonade. Hemp vodka also tastes great in a classic vodka tonic.
Another great mixer would be grapefruit juice. You’d get a little bitterness from the juice which would go well with the nuttiness of the spirit. Side note: tonic water and grapefruit juice have similar tastes. Tonic water contains a mineral called quinine, and that gives a tart and bitter flavor to the water.
Many people prize different strains of cannabis for their fruity flavors: pineapple kush, lemon haze, and mango kush come to mind. To add some fruity notes to go with the cannabis flavor, you could consider adding pineapple juice.
Pineapple juice brings a tropical vibe to your cocktail creation and can make you feel like you’re sipping in Jamaica. You could even make a mango smoothie and add hemp vodka to create a mango kush experience.
Where to buy vodka infused with hemp
As we mentioned above, three companies that make hemp flavored vodka are Humboldt Distillery, Elation, and Colorado High. However, this just scratches the tip of the iceberg. There are at least a few dozen distilleries that make it and that can also be readily found online (many more may make it around the world).
You can search in your favorite liquor website if your state allows you to buy liquor online. Many of these sites will have a few types of hemp-flavored vodka in stock. Just remember that it may not be available everywhere since states still have to approve consumer products with hemp.
If you’re able to find some, the experience can be like none other. If you like vodka, that is.
Last updated: May 10, 2020 Posted in: Food & DrinkFind out how hemp vodka is made, what it tastes like, and if it will get you high (hint: it won't). We also talk about where you can get it today. ]]>