Marijuana and Milk? Here’s what you need to know about weed milk, a relaxing vegan drink
It’s true вЂ”В marijuanaВ milk is a thing.
Milk isn’t what it used to be. Though milk can certainly refer to the dairy product from a cow вЂ” or goat or camel вЂ” a whole range of vegan and lactose-freeВ nut milks and other alternative products look and often taste like the original moo juice.В
And now, branching out from cashews and almonds, cannabis is becoming the ingredient du jour to make vegan milk from.В
Yes, weed milk is happening.В
Rawligion,В a London-based health food and drink cafe вЂ” whose website, by the way, touts phrases like “eat sexy, feel sexy” вЂ” is taking vegan milk to a new level. It recently launched a new limited-edition drink called Relax, intended to work as a sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety with its proprietary mixture of hemp seeds, cashews and CBD oil, or cannabidiol, which comes from the cannabis plant.
Unlike THC, the chemical in marijuanaВ that causes a person to get high, CBD is nonpsychoactiveВ and often celebrated for its medical benefits. Think of it as medical marijuanaВ without the heady effects of smoking pot. CBD is still classified as a drugВ in the U.S., thanks to its marijuana-derived origins and what the federal government sees as the potential for abuse. It has, however, been shown to help stop seizures in kids with epilepsy, and research is ongoing about its medical uses, which are legal in some states.
Like drinking warm milk, downing a bottle of Rawligion’s Relax is more likely to make you pull the sheets over your head and rest your face on a pillow than enjoy a Phish concert.В
Though CBD is rarely seen in food or beverages вЂ” it’s the THC candy and cookie dispensaries want in their adult products вЂ” milk made from hemp is nothing new.В
Rawligion founder John Tabatabai told Mic via email that this fresh, nonpasteurized, hemp-based milk вЂ” which has about a 48-hour shelf life вЂ” was created with the “intention of creating a dairy-free, healthy drink which tastes great and has fantastic health benefits.” Though Mic has yet to taste Relax, Tabatabai said the beverage tastes “like a delicious milkshake” and indeed has relaxing effects. He said the response to the CBD-infused product has been “fantastic,” which is good news for those looking forward to similar products hitting the market.В
In the U.S., hemp milk can be purchased by the carton from Pacific Foods, which makes soy and almond milks. It’s also legally available in plenty of mainstream cafes and coffee shops, like New York’s Birch Coffee.В
Hemp milk has a substantial amount ofВ calcium, vitamins and magnesium. According to Livestrong, you can make it by blending hemp seedsВ вЂ” often found at health-food stores вЂ” with water and any desired sweetener, and then straining out the solids. The recipe is simple and offering up homemade hemp milk at your next party can definitely make for a great conversation topic.В
And because it doesn’t include CBD oil, your homemade hemp milk is definitely not weed milk, so feel free to drink it wherever you like without worry.
It’s true вЂ”В marijuanaВ milk is a thing. Milk isn’t what it used to be. Though milk can certainly refer to the dairy product from a cow вЂ” or goat or camel вЂ” a whole range of vegan and lactose-freeВ nut milks and other alternative products look andвЂ¦
Cannabis milk is possibly the most searched-for cannabis recipe in the world, alongside cannabis butter, and it’s definitely one of the most made recipes. Many times, when people try to make this recipe they tend to use either too much milk or too much weed, which can end up creating more of an intense effect than desired – this can make for quite a bad experience. In order to stop this from happening, we’ve written this concise article that details exactly what you need and the exact proportions of cannabis and milk. We’ll also show you how to take it and store it properly.
It’s important to keep in mind that you can use medicinal cannabis to make this recipe, which can provide some pretty amazing results. If you decide to use potent, psychoactive cannabis you can enjoy a long-lasting, intense psychoactive effect. Before you start making cannabis milk you’ll need to make sure you know what type of cannabis you’re going to use.
Cannabis Milk | Ingredients
- 20-30g of dry resinous leaves or 2-5g of cured flowers per liter of water
- 1L of bottled water
- 1L whole milk
Note: When making cannabis milk it’s important to know that you can use THC-rich cannabis or CBD-rich cannabis. Also, keep in mind that if you use dried leaves without much resin the effect will be less potent.
Cannabis Milk | Materials
- 1 glass bottle for storing the milk
- 1 pot
- A thin sieve
- 1 wooden spoon
Cannabis Milk | Preparing the Cannabis
The first step that you’ll need to take before starting to make the milk is cleaning and preparing your weed in order to get rid of as much chlorophyll as possible. When you get rid of the chlorophyll, it won’t taste as sour, making it much easier to drink. You’ll also be getting rid of insects, insect eggs, dirt, dust and any residues that may be on the flowers. This step is entirely optional, although we recommend it if you’re worried about the flavor of your milk.
Cannabis Milk | Cannabinoid extraction
Some people think that when you clean cannabis with water you’re degrading or getting rid of cannabinoids, but this simply isn’t true. Cannabinoids are water-repellent, which means that they can’t be absorbed or washed away by water. They are, however, fat-soluble, which means that they get absorbed into fatty materials – this is why we’re using whole milk in this recipe, so that all of the cannabinoids mix with the milk itself.
Once you know how cannabinoids act when they come into contact with water versus milk and other fatty materials (butter etc.) it’s time to start making your very own recipes!
How to clean your cannabis
You’ll need a pot, a sieve, a liter of bottled water and your cannabis for this particular step.
- Step 1: Pour the water and cannabis into the pot.
- Step 2: Put the pot on the stove and wait for it to boil.
- Step 3: Once it has boiled, turn the heat down and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Step 4: After 10 minutes, remove the pot and pour the water into your sieve. Clean it with some cold water – try to touch it as little as possible.
- Step 5: Once you’ve gotten rid of the water, it’s time to start preparing your cannabis milk.
How to make cannabis milk
You already know that you’ll need to wash your cannabis before making the milk. Grab your pot, a wooden kitchen spoon and a glass jar or bottle for storing the milk.
Once you have everything laid out, it’s time to get working.
- Step 1: Pour the full liter of milk and all of your cannabis into the pot.
- Step 2: Put it on medium heat until it starts boiling.
- Step 3: Once it starts to boil, lower the heat.
- Step 4: Mix every now and then to keep it from boiling.
- Step 5: cook the milk for about 40 minutes.
- Step 6: remove the pot from the stove and pour the mixture through the sieve into your glass bottle.
- Step 7: let it cool down at room temperature and then put it in the fridge.
Cannabis Milk | Effects
When ingesting cannabis rather than smoking it, you’ll need to keep in mind that it’ll take a bit longer to fully take effect, and its effect is also much more intense and long-lasting. Keep this in mind before drinking cannabis milk or ingesting any food made with cannabis.
You can use pretty much any strain you want to make your cannabis milk; indica strains, sativa strains, hybrid and high THC strains. Thanks to the new strains being made every day, you can also use CBD-rich flowers in order to make delicious medicinal milk.
Let’s have a look at the different types of strains and the effects they may produce when consumed in milk.
- Physically potent
- Physically and mentally relaxing
- Great for alleviating intense muscle pain
- Can alleviate physical and mental stress
- Mentally potent
- Mentally and physically stimulating
- Great for increasing creativity
- Perfect for smoking with friends and staying active
- Both relaxing and stimulating effects
- Perfect for those looking for the full effect
- Produces introspective effects
- Subtle, soft effect
- Can alleviate various types of pain
- Can fight the effects of THC
- May be used medicinally without side effects
How to take cannabis milk
When it comes to drinking THC-rich cannabis milk, we highly recommend drinking a small amount and waiting to see how you feel. With a small amount, we mean about a quarter glass of milk – wait for about an hour. If after an hour you don’t feel any sort of effect, drink another quarter and wait again.
We recommend this method for both beginners and experienced smokers or cannabis consumers.
Note: Cannabis milk is an excellent alternative for those looking for a way to recreationally get stoned with an intense effect, although it’s absolutely perfect for those that want to be able to consume cannabis without needing to inhale.
How to store cannabis milk
Storing cannabis milk isn’t that difficult; simply store it like regular milk. Keep in mind the sell-by-date on the original carton of milk that you used. Keep it in the fridge and keep track of the days since you’ve made it – the only difference with cannabis milk is that the cannabinoids in the milk itself may end up degrading – that’s why we recommend using an opaque glass bottle or, if you only have see-through bottles, use something to cover it so that no light gets in, which is what ends up degrading the cannabinoids. Tin foil is perfect for this.
Alternative uses for cannabis milk
Cannabis milk is still milk, so you can include it in any other recipe that requires milk in it, making your very own cannabis-rich dish. Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t be cooking anything that requires high heat in order to conserve its full properties.
- Cannabis tortilla: simply add some cannabis milk when whisking your eggs
- Ice-cream: use some cannabis milk when mixing up your ice-cream
When making cannabis milk you can obtain an extra added benefit if you actually don’t wash the flowers. This allows you to keep the chlorophyll in the recipe, which has a whole list of added benefits and properties; washing your weed is an optional process. If you don’t wash it your milk may have a sort of sour taste.
If you plan on making this recipe and consuming it, avoid driving or operating any sort of heavy machinery afterwards. Enjoy this experience in a quiet, comfortably place with people that you get along well with. Make sure to have food handy as well as some sugary drinks. You’ll also want to store your cannabis milk out of reach of children – keep it up high.
Cannabis milk is the perfect relaxing drink with a twist, cold and fresh in the summer or nice and warm in the winter. Perfect for medicinal users!