Cannabis infused beverages such as Keef Cola, CBD Living Water, and Mount Joy are becoming popular products in the legal marijuana marketplace. Weed on the rocks provides an opportunity for cannabis-enthusiasts and alcohol drinkers to comingle over a tasty beverage. However, unless consumers live in a state with legal marijuana and make a decent enough living to afford these commercially produced luxuries, drinking your THC may seem about easy as turning water into wine. We show you how you can make weed infused wine at home.
Fortunately, alcohol is an extracting agent, and infusing your favorite white wine is actually easier than one might think.
When marijuana is grown and cured, the THC is still in its acidic form, or THCA. In order to activate the cerebral effects of THC, heat must be applied to alter the molecule.
Roughly break up the eighth of flower into large pieces into the baking dish, wrap in foil, and bake for 20 minutes at 220 degrees.
Use a pestle, or just regular grinder, to break the buds up even more. The smaller the pieces the surface area will be soaked in the wine which means you get a better extraction.
Using either cheesecloth or pantyhose, create a small pouch to put the decarboxylated flower in, twist and tie into a knot. Push the tea bag into the bottle of wine – it must be submerged in the alcohol for the extraction to work. Use the cork to keep from losing the teabag into the bottle of wine.
Place the bottle in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. The alcohol in the wine will extract the cannabinoids from the plant material. Gently stirring, every four hours will facilitate the process and provide better extraction results for your cannabis infused wine.
When you’re ready to drink the wine, simply remove the teabag and give it a squeeze to get all the wine and cannabinoids out. Skipping this step will only cheat you out of potency.
Congratulations! You have just made your first batch of cannabis infused wine!
Keep in mind, drinking alcohol while using cannabis can provide a much different effect. In fact, modern slang calls this “cross-fading” – or using marijuana and alcohol at the same time. When combining two, mind-altering chemicals, play it safe and take precautions. While some people may enjoy the effects of the combination, others may not find as pleasant.
However, adding a little cannabis to your favorite dinner wine can help enhance the senses and increase appetite, so the guests at your next soiree won’t just love your cooking, they’ll clean their plates, and come back for more. The relaxation of the wine, combined with the euphoria and social nature of cannabis, no one will want to miss an invitation!
Our partners Cannadish have made a super helpful step by step video on making weed wine:
A few of us tried to make this recipe and found a few helpful tweaks. While each cannabis enthusiast will have their perferred methods, one of our editors tried decarboxylating her cannabis the same way she makes edibles. She uses the oven method of 240 degrees for 60 minutes to get the best THC potency.
Our editor also noticed that the level of alcohol that you’re using can affect the potency and percentage of THC lost. Some people who are doing infused alcohols use devices that allow you to test your potency on the spot.