Cannabis Coffee (or chai or smoothie): Infuse Your Morning Cup

Get ready to become a morning person, because it’s time to learn how to infuse your morning cup. This is how you really wake and back, with a cup of cannabis coffee. No matter whether you’re part of the Coffee Generation or you prefer a good cuppa, or whether you’re into something altogether different like a smoothie or a shake, we have the advice you need to start your day right—with a nice dose of cannabis in your morning cup.

In this post, we’ll cover why cannabis in your morning drink is a great idea, and how to make it happen. We’ll give you our favorite ways of infusing the morning beverage, including:

Let’s get this morning party started.

Why Start the Day With Cannabis?

We love the smell of cannabis in the morning, and we’re not alone. If you’re new to cannabis it may seem odd, but there are lots of people that love a fresh wake and bake start to the day. There are few better or more pleasant ways to achieve that than through cannabis coffee and cannabis tea.

In fact, millions of people supercharge their morning and the rest of their day with cannabis. This means that for many of us, coffee and cannabis have become a match made in heaven. Fortunately, there are lots of great, delicious ways to infuse that morning cup with cannabis, most of which naturally compliment the creamer and other ingredients you already use.

Separation Anxiety

Keep in mind that mixing cannabis oil and coffee is similar to mixing oil and water, or vinegar and oil for a salad dressing. They don’t blend together well to start with, but if you churn it up well, it works. But then they might separate over time, and you can see some separation with the oil.

This can’t hurt anything but your feelings, but if you hate it, you can a small amount of liquid sunflower lecithin to your mug. The key is to add it with your cannabis oil infusion and froth the whole thing together in the blender or with a milk frother. The lecithin prevents the oil from separating and floating on top of the liquid by emulsifying the ingredients.

On the other hand, many people—and I am one of them—think lecithin doesn’t taste great. If it’s me, I’ll take a little separation and less hassle every time. But hey—try it, and see what you think.

Cannabis and Caffeine

There are lots of new coffee and cannabis products on the market, but they vary greatly in the ratios of caffeine to THC they contain, which changes their effects substantially. However, one thing you’re likely to notice using cannabis and caffeine together is that the “high” you experience—if you do—kicks in more rapidly and may feel more intense. In other words, caffeine may increase THC’s psychoactive effects.

One thing to watch out for, though, is that especially if you’re used to a morning dose of caffeine, you will be fighting the relaxing effects of the THC. If you don’t have your normal caffeine in there, and end up with a smaller amount, you may end up actually dragging or feeling tired—and more so with THC on board.

Infusing your own coffee takes the effects of both cannabis and coffee to new heights. Caffeine helps the body process THC more quickly because it promotes digestion. This produces a harder-hitting THC high, and paired with caffeine’s energizing effects, it’s the kind of high that helps you hit the hiking trail, or get lots of yard work or cleaning done.

In fact, if you like to use cannabis and work out, you’re going to love infusing your coffee. Most edibles you buy at the dispensary are made with extracts from poor-quality cannabis trim and loaded with sugar. It’s a lower quality high to start with, and the product itself can cause your energy to dip and spike, causing you to feel unmotivated and tired before you’ve gotten anywhere.

The amount of caffeine in a standard, brewed cup of coffee plus 10 to 20mg of THC will give you a wonderful body buzz and a steady flow of energy.

Bulletproof Coffee—With Cannabis

a cup of cannabis coffee

In an earlier post we mentioned just the basics of how to make this, but let’s get into it here—it’s that good, especially with cannabis. Also called keto coffee or butter coffee, bulletproof coffee is ideal for anyone who wants to send high-quality fuel to their body, mind, and spirit.

In fact, a cup of infused bulletproof coffee in place of a carb-heavy breakfast will leave you feeling ready to take on the world, instead of crashing in a few hours. Making starts with great coffee, and your old friend, cannabutter.

Cannabutter is a wonderful, creamy addition to your coffee. You may be thinking: ew. That sounds greasy and terrible! But try it first, trust us.

You can add rich texture and flavor to your coffee with cannabutter, not to mention delightful cannabinoids, and it’s not any more difficult than adding cream or sugar. Once you try it and love it, set yourself up for the week! Just portion out servings of cannabutter for your coffee in a mini muffin tin or an ice cube tray.

(Check out our step-by-step guide to making cannabutter here.)

Bulletproof coffee may look like just another latte from the corner shop, but it definitely isn’t, especially when you add your cannabutter magic. It’s the key to feeling alert, more satisfied, and focused all morning long.

It’s easy to learn how to make bulletproof coffee at home. Check out our recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of brewed coffee
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cannabutter or cannabis-infused ghee (the main fat that takes the place of butter)
  • 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons coconut oil (infused coconut oil if you like, the second fat that takes the place of MCT)

Especially for those who are new to cannabis, or who have more sensitive stomachs, start low and go slow, not just on the cannabutter, but on all the fats. Just use 1 tablespoon of cannabutter and 1 teaspoon of oil to start with, and build up over time.

Obviously, the model is cannabutter plus coconut oil, but you can flex if you want or need to. If you’re a vegan, your cannabutter is probably all coconut oil, and that’s fine! Some people also love to infuse and use ghee for this. Just remember that you want about 1 tablespoon or so of fat to every 10 to 12 ounces of coffee, and consider these fats as options:

Grass fed butter

Grass fed ghee

Coconut oil

Coconut butter (for more coconut flavor and a creamy texture)

Cacao butter (for a white chocolate taste and texture)

Nut butter (like cashew or almond butter)

Instructions:

  1. Brew your coffee. You want the amount you normally drink—aim for 10 to 12 ounces. It’s fine to use whatever you normally brew.
  2. Select your healthy fats. Obviously, at least one should be infused.
  3. Blend your coffee. Put coffee, cannabutter, and any other fats in your blender. Blend on high until frothy, foamy, emulsified, and creamy. Or, use a hand frother like this one.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Health Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee


If you can’t imagine your morning without coffee, think about this. Coffee does more than wake you and your taste buds up. It also boosts the metabolism, delivers antioxidants, helps the body burn fat for energy, and keeps you alert.

And just like any other kind of food you eat, quality matters. Brew your coffee with the best beans you can.

And what about the butter? Grass-fed butter is the best kind to use for a creamier, richer, tastier bulletproof coffee, so if you’re using real butter as your cannabutter base and you intend to make bulletproof coffee with it, try the grass-fed kind.

You’ll love that golden color, too, and you can rest assured knowing you’ll stay full and satisfied thanks to those high-quality fats. Plus, grass-fed butter contains important nutrients such as beta-carotene, butyrate, and CLA, a fatty acid.

Things to Watch For Making Bulletproof Coffee

Alternative Milks with Fillers or Added Sugar

Read the labels of any alternative milk you use in your coffee like oat milk or nut milk, and ensure the ingredients don’t include any questionable additives such as high-fructose corn syrup or carrageenan which can worsen inflammation and stomach upset. Flavored varieties tend to be the worst offenders, so be a label reader.


Be Careful with Sweeteners, Depending on Your Goal

If you like to sweeten your coffee but you’re doing keto or just watching nutrition or calories, use monk fruit extract or stevia. Otherwise, choose whole food sweeteners that are healthier if you can, such as honey, maple syrup, or coconut nectar or sugar—but know you’re adding carbs to your drink.


Avoid Cooking Oils

Although we gave you a few options for healthy fats to use, that doesn’t mean just use anything oily. Cooking oils do not belong in bulletproof coffee. Use plain coconut oil if you can’t find anything else.

Add-ins for Bulletproof Coffee

If you aren’t satisfied with cannabinoids and caffeine, supercharge your bulletproof coffee:

  • Maca powder. This herbal supplement, also called Peruvian ginseng, can help manage energy levels and hormonal imbalances.
  • Collagen peptides. These protein powders chock full of amino acids support a healthy gut, nail strength, and healthy skin, hair, and joints.
  • Medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Chaga. These have different properties, such as increasing mental focus or boosting immunity.
  • Ashwagandha powder. This herbal supplement, also called Indian Ginseng, can treat anxiety, increase resistance to stress, and boost libido.
  • Turmeric. This colorful yellow spice is an anti-oxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.

Make it Tasty

If you do add adaptogens, you may want to sweeten your bulletproof coffee, or otherwise enhance the flavor so it won’t taste bitter. If you’re in the mood for more than basic bulletproof coffee and you’re not worried about a diet, here are some ideas:

  • Cacao or raw cocoa powder. This is rich in anti-oxidants and boosts the mood in a delicious way.
  • Cinnamon. Balance your blood sugar and put down sugar cravings.
  • Cayenne. Add some heat to that coffee!
  • Mexican mocha style. Add cacao, cayenne, and cinnamon.
  • Vanilla extract. A natural sweetener.
  • Maple syrup and vanilla. A classic pairing, add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, just enough maple syrup to taste, and a pinch of sea salt to your bulletproof coffee.
  • Almond extract. Do you love an almond cookie or a birthday cake flavored treat? This is your add-in, especially with a hint of honey and coconut butter.
  • Spicy Chai style. Add 4 parts cinnamon, 2 parts ginger, 2 parts cardamom, and 1 part each white pepper, allspice, and clove.
  • Peppermint mocha. If you love peppermint mocha, add a bit of food grade peppermint extract and some raw cacao powder.
  • White chocolate mocha. To your standard bulletproof coffee, add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon cacao butter, and a pinch of sea salt.

Bulletproof Coffee Q&A

Q: Is bulletproof coffee vegan?

Although it’s often called butter coffee and you’re making it with cannabutter, if your butter is vegan, so is your coffee.

Q: Do you need a blender?

You don’t have to blend bulletproof coffee, but it tastes much, much better if you do. If you absolutely can’t use a blender or don’t have one, use a battery operated milk frother. We like this one.

Q: Doesn’t adding fat to my drink make me gain weight?

Not necessarily. In fact, by ensuring that you have some healthy fat in place of a lot of carbs, it can help you lose weight. But as always, everything in moderation!

Best Masala Chai—With Cannabis

Masala tea on a clay table with spices. Top view

Just not a fan of coffee, no matter what we say? No problem. You can infuse a spicy tea with cannabis for your morning cup—or anytime.

The beauty of this method is you can spice up your tea and add as much cannabis-infused milk or cream as you like. You can even froth with cannabutter just like you do with your bulletproof coffee!

Ingredients:

  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, coarsely grated, not peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed lightly
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed lightly but not pulverized, or 16 green cardamom seeds, crushed lightly
  • 6 loose teaspoons or 6 tea bags black tea
  • 3 cups cannamilk or a mixture of infused milk and cream and regular milk to make 2 cups
  • ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup

Note: if you don’t have whole spices, consider placing coarsely ground spices in an infusion bag.

Instructions:

1. Over medium-high heat, bring 3 cups water, ginger, and cinnamon to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to a rapid simmer, and cook stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes, or until liquid is very fragrant and reduced by about one-third.

2. Remove from heat. Add cardamom and tea. Allow to steep for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Stir in milk and honey or maple syrup and return pan to medium-high heat. Cook, watching closely and stirring, until chai begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat immediately. Let sit 5 minutes.

4. Strain chai and serve.

Would you rather make this spicy chai and then froth it with your cannabutter? (Or are you out of cannamilk and you would rather try this?) Do it! It totally works and gives you that frothy, latte-like effect, but with the tea.

Cannabis-infused Sweetened Condensed Milk

If we still haven’t hit your sweet spot, this is a good way to transform a cup of coffee or tea. Let it infuse longer for a more caramelized result.

Oh, and by the way. You can also make Thai Iced Coffee, Thai Icea Tea, Vietnamese Coffee, fudge, and burfi with this. And seven layer cookies, and pound cake, and…yeah, it’s useful.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 grams decarboxylated cannabis, finely ground

Instructions:

Follow our instructions for infusing milk or cream—in other words, choose your method for infusion, whether you’re using the stove, a slow cooker, sous vide, or a dedicated device. If you use decarbed flower, you’ll need to strain the final product, so don’t let it caramelize too much. You can always use concentrate, skip this step, and produce something more potent.

If you want to skip special equipment and make just a small batch, pour the sweetened condensed milk into a clean jar with your flower or concentrate. Close the jar tightly and place it in a large, deep pot filled with enough water to cover about ¾ of the jar. Don’t submerge the whole jar.

Simmer the jar in the water using a thermometer to make sure the temperature of the water never exceeds 85°C (185°F). Add water as needed and infuse for 3 hours. Strain through a cheesecloth if you used flower, and wring it out. Refrigerate.

Infused Shamrock Shake or Smoothie

There is more than one way to go green this spring, and we like ours the best, natch. For many of us, the entire month of March is all about finding a stupid drive-thru that still has Shamrock Shakes left—and trying not to hate yourself after you drink way too many.

Unnaturally green, wonderfully thick, and sweetly minty, you will see people like me lurking in the drive-thru all month for their fix. But this year, don’t bother! You can make this at home—and make it even better by infusing it with cannabis!

We offer two options here: the decadent, junk-food copy version that’s just like what you’ll get in the drive-thru, and the healthy version that won’t kill you! You have the power. So whether you opt for the cannabis-infused version of the old school McDonald’s copycat or a healthy green smoothie alternative, we’ve got you covered either way.

The Classic Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:

Blend the ice cream, milk, mint flavoring, and food coloring until smooth and creamy. Boom. Makes two if you’re a weakling, and one if you want a stomach ache.

If you can’t have milk or you’re a vegan, alternative milks work. Soy, cashew, or oat milk work best for creamier results. Full-fat coconut milk is also good, but may have some taste of its own. Do not use less than full-fat milk of any kind, and realize that rice milk is likely to be thin.

Speaking of substitutions, we like soy, cashew, and oat-based ice creams best for this. Coconut milk ice cream is also alright, although it can at times produce a less creamy, more grainy consistency.

The Healthy Alternative Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup infused plant-based milk (we like using almond or cashew milk)
  • ½ avocado, pitted
  • 1-2 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • peppermint extract to taste (several drops, at least)
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 to 2 large handfuls of ice

Instructions:

1. Blend everything except the ice together until smooth so you can taste how you’re doing. Adjust and add more peppermint if you want to, and if you’re not sweet enough, add a touch of honey or whatever you like. Remember: when you add the ice, the flavor will be weaker, so make sure you’ve nailed it!

2. Blend the ice in, until you achieve the thickness you want. Serve immediately.

You say you’d rather have a coffee shake, and March be damned? No problem:

Blend your coffee, cannamilk, vanilla ice cream, and, if you like, a few coffee beans, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, some caramel or chocolate syrup, and even a little cannabutter for a boost. Yum! Use less ice cream and more ice if you’re just trying to make a sweet morning treat.

Final Thoughts on Infusing Your Morning Cup

It’s so easy to start the day with a hot (or cold!) cup of cannabis joy. Try and it see what we’re all so excited about!

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