Have you ever thought of adding weed to your cocktails?
This can be a great way to spice up your THC consumption methods and works perfectly well if you are a lover of cocktails. Consuming cannabis recreationally should not just be restricted to smoking it. The added flavors are bound to get you excited while the head buzz or body stone that comes as a bonus should be the icing on the cake. And we are not even mentioning the added therapeutic benefits! Clearly, there are many benefits to spicing up your cocktails with cannabis. But the first thing is to get right from the get go.
The good thing about cannabis cocktails is that you can make them in the comfort of your home.
However, before you make a cannabis cocktail there are precautions that you should follow. Research has shown that mixing alcohol and cannabis can lead to some uncomfortable feelings in your body. Different experts claim that alcohol can change the effects of THC to make you get sick instead of making you feel happy and relaxed.
Precaution to Observe When Making Infused Cannabis Cocktails
Most cannabis enthusiasts know that it contains two major phytocannabinoids (and a host of other minor ones): THC and CBD. THC is the phytocannabinoid that causes euphoria by interacting with CB1 receptors which are located primarily in the central nervous system. Consequently it is responsible for that typical “marijuana high” that recreational users covet. CBD on the other hand is a mellow phytocannabinoid that does not trigger any psychoactive effects.
So what happens when you combine alcohol and THC which are both intoxicating? Do you get a boost to the usual cannabis high? This is what most stoners anticipate. However, this does not happen all the time.
Some research has shown that cannabis increases the absorption of alcohol. This means that you are likely to get more intoxicated when you consume a cannabis cocktail than you would if you merely consumed a cocktail. On the other hand, alcohol slows down the absorption of cannabis but prolongs its effects. This means that it may take a longer time before you het the high feeling that is associated with cannabis. However, when this effect sets in it is likely to last for a longer time. This may be confusing since you will notice any changes in your mental state until match later in your cocktailing escapade.
A cannabis cocktail will take you longer to feel its effects than when it is smoked. It can take you an hour or two to feel its effect. However, the cannabis high from drinking can last longer than you would expect, which can either be a good or bad thing depending on what you want to achieve. If you are anticipating an instant high before you hit the dance floor this may not work for you.
Here are important precautions to keep in mind:
- When starting to make a cannabis cocktail, it is advised to do so from the comfort of your home. This is just to be safe in case you get too high. If you decide to drink from a bar remember not to drive and also you can ask your bartender the likely effects you will get from that particular cannabis cocktail.
- It is better to start with a non-alcoholic drink and infuse small dosages of cannabis such as creamers and maybe syrups according to what you prefer.
- Don’t feel the need to take a second drink after the first one, be patient, and wait for an hour or two. Remember that the effects may take a longer time before you can start to feel them. If you do not wait you may end up getting overwhelmed and this is usually not a good feeling.
- It is advised to limit the number of cannabis cocktail drinks you can have each day. As usual, start sow and go slow with every form of cannabis that you consume.
Before getting to the recipe, here is one more thing that you need to know about cannabis cocktails.
Will A Cannabis Cocktail Make Me Green Out?
Greening out refers to experiencing unwanted side effects that arise when you combine alcohol and cannabis. The act of mixing the two is called crossfading. If you over-do it with cannabis cocktails you are likely to experience some negative symptoms which include:
- Nausea and vomiting
Here is how to make the best cannabis cocktail.
How To Make a Cannabis Cocktail
There are many ways of infusing cannabis into drinks but the major important step is to decarb your cannabis. Decarb is a vital step because cannabis compounds will only become active when there is heat. If you don’t decarb you will not feel any effects from your cannabis cocktail.
There are several ways of decarbing cannabis but the common one is using an oven. You will need a baking pan, aluminum foil, and a cannabis flower. Follow the following steps:
- Break up your cannabis and spread it on the baking pan
- Preheat your oven to 225°F
- Put an aluminum foil across the sheet of baking
- Add another aluminum foil
- Now put your cannabis in the oven and bake the cannabis for about 40 minutes, until brown and crumbly
- Let cool
- Make teabags out of cheesecloth and insert decarbed cannabis
- Soak your favorite spirit with teabags for at least five days before mixing into cocktails
Making a cannabis cocktail should be an easy process. The important thing is to follow the precautions mentioned above to avoid unwanted effects. With this guide to cannabis cocktail you should be able to impress your stoner friends the next time they visit. To learn more about cooking with cannabis, enroll in Cannabis Training University.