Cannabis Milk and Cream

Sure, everyone loves a good pot gummy, but that’s really the Kindygardy of edibles. There is so much more you can do with cannabis infusion, though.

Anyone who cooks with cannabis already understands that THC oils, tinctures, and cannabutter are wonderful to have around the kitchen. But cannabis milk and canna-cream are their own sort of infusion, and merit their own attention.

Cannamilk carries a unique, earthy flavor, and its smooth taste and finish blends well with coffees and teas. In other words, with just a dash of canna-cream or infused milk in your morning cup, you can better meet your needs without making huge changes in your life.

Cannabis-infused milks and creams are the stealth ingredients that can add rich, creamy flavor plus cannabinoids and terpenes to your diet anytime. With less fuss and prep time, this is pretty exciting!

And many recipes don’t require oil—or require both a fat and something like milk, so you can give your version a double shot of cannabis love. Cannabis milk and cream are just another tool in your arsenal of joy.

Are you ready for some of these amazing treats:

  • Cannabis-infused bisques and soups like cream of mushroom—ideal for other dishes, by the way
  • Rise and shine in a new way with infused omelettes and egg dishes, including French Toast
  • Cannabis-infused milkshakes, malts, and ice cream
  • Whipped cream that not only elevates the look—but also the feel—of that pie or other dessert?
  • Mashed potatoes with medical marijuana
  • A latte that gets you ready for anything?
  • Cannabis smoothies

Even if all you want is a little cannabis love on your cereal, we’ve got you covered.

Why Infuse Milk?

Milks are perfect for infusing cannabis, although they are often overlooked. They are delicious and wholesome in their own right, but they are also filled with fats, and frankly, that’s what cannabinoids care about.In fact, cannabinoids cannot bind with anything other than alcohol or fats—as far as liquid infusions go, milks and creams are far more versatile for cooking than anything based in alcohol.

How to Make Cannabis-infused Milk or Cream

Because cannabinoids bind with lipids, the best milk products for cannabis infusions, whether they’re from animals or plant-based, are the full-fat variety. So, whole milk instead of skim, or heavy cream, or for a vegan, full-fat coconut milk or almond milk.

To make your own cannabis-infused milk or cream, here is what you need:

  • Dairy milk or cream, coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk, or other dairy or non-dairy milk
  • 1 gram of decarboxylated cannabis for every liter of milk
  • Sauce pan or double-boiler, depending on your method
  • Whisk
  • Cheesecloth
  • Mason jar or other air-tight storage container for liquids

Preparation for all methods:

  1. Grind your cannabis into a fine powder. Yes, for oils and butter, we avoid a fine grind, but for milks, we go finer for a better infusion—think matcha powder.
  2. Add the cannabis directly to the milk.

Instructions for stovetop method:

  1. Place the cannabis/milk mixture into the sauce pan over low heat. Whisk to combine.
  2. Watch the pot closely so the mixture simmers but does not boil. Stir frequently to prevent scorching.
  3. After 30 to 60 minutes, remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes to allow for further infusion.

Instructions for double-boiler method:

  1. Place the cannabis/milk mixture into the top half of the double-boiler over low heat. Whisk to combine.
  2. Watch the pot to ensure the mixture simmers but does not boil. Stir occasionally.
  3. After 30 to 60 minutes, remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes to allow for further infusion.

Finishing for both methods:

  1. Line funnel with cheesecloth and place both over the mason jar.
  2. Pour the milk over the cheesecloth slowly to strain out plant matter. Let the milk drain slowly.
  3. Squeeze excess liquid from cheesecloth, gently, once it is cool enough to touch.
  4. Seal container tightly, and label with the date and contents.

Alternative for those who hate straining:

If you hate the straining part, you can create a “tea bag” for your cannabis from the cheesecloth and some string. You may want to allow a longer time for infusion if you choose this route, however, as there is less contact between the cannabis and the milk. However, the methods are otherwise the same.

How to Use Canna-milk

There are few things more soothing or delicious than a cannabis-infused milkshake, but that’s also just the beginning of what you can make with infused milk and cream. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

Cannabis-Infused Alfredo Sauce

You need one pint of infused heavy cream for this easy weeknight recipe, and use cannabutter if you like.

Preparation:

Mix one cream, ½ cup of butter or cannabutter, and four ounces of cream cheese over low heat in a saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning when sauce is smooth, and stir until combined.

Add 1 cup of grated parmesan or vegan parmesan cheese. Continue to simmer over low heat and stir for three to five minutes as cheese melts and combines with the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then add sauce to freshly cooked noodles to serve hot.

Cannabis Creamer

Homemade coffee creamer is delicious, much healthier than store bought, and easy to make—and infuse with cannabis. Start with 2 cups of infused milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream.

Preparation:

Mix infused milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream with one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Add vanilla or almond extract if desired. Store in a large mason jar.

Make this vegan by starting with 2 cups of your favorite heavier vegan infused milk or cream and adding one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed coconut milk.

Cannabis Buttercream

Nothing is better than homemade buttercream—unless it’s the kind that’s infused with cannabis. You’ll need 1 stick or ½ cup of cannabutter to start with, and use a bit of infused milk or cream in place of regular milk if you have it.

Preparation:

With an electric mixer, whip cannabutter and 1 and ½ teaspoons vanilla. Add 2 cups powdered sugar until combined, and then about 2 tablespoons of milk until smooth and creamy.

Cannabis Cheese Dip

Cannabis-infused molten cheese is a party favorite with bread, crackers, veggies, whatever. Start with 2 cups of your infused milk or half-and-half.

Preparation:

Melt cream cheese, goat cheese, or other soft cheese with infused milk or half-and-half. Once warm and smooth, diced tomatoes, diced green chiles, and diced pickled jalapenos.

Cannabis Bulletproof Coffee

This is a blast of a way to start your day, we promise. Start with some infused oil or cannabutter, at least ½ teaspoon, and up to a few tablespoons, depending on your infusions and your needs.

Preparation:

You will be whipping hot, brewed coffee and your fats in a blender, so be careful. For every 12 ounces of coffee, you’ll want 3 tablespoons of fat, total, at least ½ teaspoon of which should be infused. You decide which proportion is best for you, but make up the difference with high-quality butter or coconut oil.

So, in the blender, add your coffee, your cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil, and then enough extra butter or oil so there are 3 tablespoons of fat, total. Then, add a pinch of sea salt and blend. Remove lid carefully and enjoy immediately.

Final Thoughts on Canna-milk and Canna-cream

People don’t think of milk or cream first when it comes to cannabis infusions or edibles, but that’s too bad! Especially for anyone who cooks or bakes, this is one of the highest potential infusions there is.

Infusing milk or cream is quick, easy, and gives you a ready made way to get your cannabis fast. Whether you’re getting fancy with a six course meal and a layer cake at the end or just wanting something for your Bran Flakes, canna-milk and some canna-cream with your coffee is a real game changer, and we recommend them both!

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