How to Make Mouth-Watering Cannabis Smoothies at Home?

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Added 06 December 2022

Tired of rolling joints constantly?

Perhaps you don’t feel like cleaning your bong today? 

Ah, you’re bored with your mundane cannabis routine? Marijuana comes in different flavors, so why don’t you match the theme and try something different to get high? 

Enter — cannabis-infused smoothies. 

We all love smoothies (most of us, at least), they are refreshing, and with cannabis as an active ingredient, you can blend the benefits of smoothies with the fun high of cannabis.

Follow this guide to learn how to make delicious cannabis smoothies at home.

Why Should You Try Cannabis Smoothies?

Why Should You Try Cannabis Smoothies?

For most people, the go-to option to consume cannabis is smoking, either via joints or bongs, but there are a lot of other ways you can consume cannabis. One of them is edibles. 

But what if you are not really a fan of sugar-filled brownies and want something fruity and healthy? Cannabis-infused smoothies are something you should give a shot at. 

Like other edibles, cannabis smoothies take a little longer to hit you, but when the high kicks in, it is an intense and unique experience, which often lasts for a few hours. At the same time, the flavor is refreshing and filling. And unlike joints, a cannabis smoothie won’t leave you with a dry mouth, especially on a hot summer day.

And the best part? Cannabis smoothies can be any flavor you like — bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and even zucchini and carrots. The sky's the limit. 

What Ingredients Do You Need for Cannabis Smoothies?

As mentioned earlier, you can add almost any fruit and many vegetables to your smoothie, but apart from that, you do need a few ingredients to give it the punch of flavor and, of course, cannabis. 

So, here are a few ingredients you should ideally begin with.

1. Liquid Smoothie Base

Liquid Smoothie Base

The first thing you need is a liquid base, which for most people, is milk. But depending on your preferences, you can choose alternative types of milk, too, like almond or soy milk.

For a single serving, you only need 1 to 1 ½ cups of liquid, but you can always adjust it based on the texture and thickness you prefer. Add some nut butter or bananas to the base if you want a thicker texture. 

If you don’t want to use milk, there are other alternatives, too, like water, coconut water, or any fruit juice.

2. Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits are what make smoothies, so you need at least 1 to 2 cups of fruits per serving. For this, you can choose almost any fruit, but the more popular options are bananas, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, peaches, and pineapple.

Ideally, it is recommended to add bananas to your smoothie regardless of any other fruit as they give the right texture and consistency — bananas act as a terrific base. But if you are allergic to bananas or just don’t like the taste, you can choose other fruits that are thick. 

You should avoid citrus fruits as they are too thin and end up making the smoothie feel like regular juice. Instead, use fleshy fruits. 

Additionally, you can also add some mild-tasting vegetables to get the most plant-based benefits, like carrots, yellow squash, cauliflower, and zucchini. Other dark green vegetables you can try are kale, spinach, and even raw cannabis leaves — although, these will give a strong veggie flavor to your smoothie.

3. Cannabis

Cannabis buds

Lest we forget the most important ingredient of a cannabis-infused smoothie — cannabis. For this, you need a bit of cannabis, and you can choose whichever strain you want. If you want to get high, you should choose THC-rich strains, and if you only want to consume it for medicinal reasons, you should stick to CBD-dominant strains.

4. Coconut Oil

coconut oil

You will be making cannabis-infused oil, so you will also need some coconut oil for this. This is because cannabinoids are fat-soluble, so coconut oil acts as a base to create a cannabis extract that can be easily mixed into a smoothie.

Many recipes use cannabis-infused butter or olive oil, but we recommend using coconut oil. Not only is coconut oil dairy-free and vegan, but it is a terrific way to add a unique flavor to your cannabis smoothie. 

5. Other Add-ins

other add-ins

But smoothies with just fruits and milk are like any other smoothies. What you can do instead is add other add-ins to improve the flavor further. Here are some ingredients you should try:

  • Frozen berries
  • Cacao 
  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Whipped cream
  • Honey or cane sugar
  • Vanilla extract — the fresher the better

And for garnish, you can use 

  • Hemp seeds
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Cacao nibs
  • Nut butter like cashew butter or hemp seed butter
  • Maca powder

Decarb Cannabis First!

Decarb Cannabis First!

Before we start making our cannabis-infused smoothie, you need to decarb your cannabis. 

Essentially, the decarboxylation process is done to activate the cannabinoids in cannabis, i.e., to turn THCA into THC and CBDA into CBD. This is a crucial step as THCA and CBDA cannot be metabolized by the body

If you were smoking cannabis, this decarbing process would happen when the flame hits cannabis in the joint, but for edibles, you need to heat up the cannabis beforehand to activate the cannabinoids. 

Follow these steps to decarb your cannabis in an oven:

  • Grind up around 7 to 10 grams of cannabis and spread the granules over a baking sheet
  • Place the baking sheet on a pan 
  • Set the oven to 220°F to 240°F (104°C to 116°C), place the pan in the oven, and let it bake for 30 to 40 minutes

If you don’t have an oven, you can decarb your cannabis in a microwave, too. Follow these steps:

  • Grind cannabis buds and place them on a microwave-safe plate
  • Place the plate in your microwave
  • Cook for 90 seconds on high

Decarbing is a delicate process, so ensure you don’t burn the cannabis by heating it for too long as it would destroy the terpenes and cannabinoids. Additionally, this is a pungent process and your kitchen will end up smelling like cannabis — take some measures if you don’t want your neighbors to know that you are baking cannabis. 

How to Make Cannabis-Infused Smoothies at Home?

Follow these steps to make cannabis-infused smoothies at home.

  • Make Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

Make Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

Once your cannabis is decarbed, you need to infuse it with coconut oil. For this, you would need around 100 g of coconut oil for 7 to 10-gram cannabis (before decarbing). Follow these steps to make the extract:

  1. Add coconut oil to a mason jar
  2. Add decarbed cannabis to the same jar 
  3. Seal the jar and place it in a pot 
  4. Fill the pot with water — the jar should be completely submerged in water
  5. Heat the water to 185°F or 85°C
  6. Cover the pot and let it heat for four hours
  7. After four hours, remove the mason jar from the pot 
  8. Use a coffee filter or cheesecloth to strain the oil and discard the remaining plant matter
  9. The filtered oil is your cannabis-infused coconut oil extract

You can skip this step if you already have any other kind of cannabis extract that can be easily mixed into the smoothie, like cannabis oil, cannabutter, or cannabis tincture. 

  • Mix the Ingredients

Mix the Ingredients

Now, it’s time to mix all the ingredients. Follow these steps to bring your cannabis-infused oil together:

  1. Add fruits of your choice to a blender
  2. Add some milk or any other liquid base of your choice to the blender

TIP: Ensure the fruit to base liquid ratio is 3:2 for a thick yet drinkable consistency, but feel free to adjust it as per your liking.

  1. Add a few ice cubes to the blender
  2. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of cannabis-infused coconut oil, as per your potency preferences
  3. Add any garnish or add-ons to the blender
  4. Blend the ingredients until it is smooth with an even consistency — you may have to stir it once in a while 

PROTIP: If you are using cacao powder or chocolate in your smoothie, add a pinch of salt, too. This sounds counterintuitive but salt enhances the chocolate flavor in a surprising manner. 

  1. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add some water or base liquid to make it thinner
  • Be Safe with Your Cannabis-Infused Smoothie

Be Safe with Your Cannabis-Infused Smoothie

Remember, cannabis when eaten hits you way harder than smoking. Your cannabis-infused smoothie will be potent and if you don’t have any experience with edibles, you should take it easy and slow. 

For the first serving, you should begin with fewer teaspoons of infused coconut oil and see how your body reacts to edible cannabis. You can always ramp up the potency of your smoothies in the future.

And do not drink multiple servings of smoothies while wondering why nothing’s happening. Edible cannabis takes over an hour to hit you, so take it slow. Drinking too many cannabis-infused smoothies can give you an intense high that may be overwhelming, leading to a bad trip.  

It is also recommended to only consume cannabis-infused smoothies (or any other cannabis edibles) in a safe, comfortable environment when your mind is clear and stress-free for the best experience. Also, don’t drink (smoothies) and drive!

Summary: How to Make Mouth-Watering Cannabis Smoothies at Home?

So, how to make cannabis smoothies at home? Pretty easy, huh? DIY cannabis smoothies may take some time, but when you do it right, you get to enjoy a delicious drink like never before. And the fun doesn’t end when the glass does — wait for a while and the cannabis within will hit you like a hammer.

Follow the steps listed above to make your cannabis-infused cannabis and let us know in the comments below which ingredients you enjoy the most in your smoothies. 


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