Pot-sicles: Cannabis Infused Popsicles

It’s officially summer, and we’re here for it. We’re back outside, we’re no longer in lockdown, and we’re ready for treats!

When things heat up outside—and we’re talking that sweat that makes you wonder why panting wasn’t an option—there are a few classic ways to cool off and feel better. One of the absolute best is taking that sweaty edge off with a popsicle.

These days, you can mellow out and take more than sweat off with a cannabis-infused pot-sicle, made right at home with fresh fruit and other things you probably already have. There’s nothing better than a marijuana popsicle for those days that are so hot that not caring is the best option.

Whether you’re up for a fun cookout with friends or just a mellow weekend lounging in a backyard hammock with a great book, homemade popsicles are right on time. And you can make them with just about any ingredient you like.

In its most basic form, a popsicle is a frozen liquid or fruit puree. In short, if you can freeze it, you can make it into a popsicle. You can also scale your infused ingredients up or down depending on whether you want strong or subtle desired effects.

Infuse your own tincture with your favorite strain, or just add whichever THC or CBD tincture you already know and like to any of these recipes, and get out those popsicle molds. Experiment with different flavor profiles and infused dairy and oils.

We recommend starting with your favorite seasonal fruits, a tincture you trust, other juice you love, plus some kind of thick, dairy or non-dairy liquid such as coconut milk or yogurt. Read on for a few of our favorites, plus some tips and tricks.

The Basic Recipe

There are several basic types of popsicle base to make, and you can layer them, too:

  • A totally fruit base has pureed fruit, juice, and possibly your infusion in it, but no dairy or anything creamy in it.
  • A mixed base has fruit puree, juice, and also something creamy in it—think a strawberry and cream blend or a pina colada flavored mix.
  • A cream base is just like it sounds; we like using full fat coconut milk or sweetened Greek yogurt, but you could also use some other kind of dairy or dairy substitute, either with or without vanilla extract.

We add our infusion into one layer, usually a creamy or mixed layer. This helps the cannabinoids have fats to bind with, and it also ensures we know where our pot is in the treat. We also like to keep our infused layer toward the top of the popsicle—because we are not into waiting, or having the infused part melt all over us.

For a basic tricolor effect, we recommend two different fruity or mixed stripes and a creamy stripe in the middle.

This time we made two kinds:

The non-vegan version had a blueberries and cream infused layer at the top, with a Greek yogurt and honey layer in the middle, and a ripe banana layer at the bottom. We infused these with a CBD Blueberry for a mellow effect that was still awesome for daytime.

The vegan pot-sicle had an infused mango coconut milk layer at the top, a coconut milk stripe in the middle, and a strawberry layer at the bottom. These tropical tasting babies got some Super Lemon Haze tincture we had made recently for something else. Bonus!

Helpful Hints

Choices, choices. Follow the seasons and use local fruits when they’re ripe and ready to go, like raspberries, strawberries, and peaches all summer. And of course you can always raid the freezer section for frozen and exotic fruits like papaya, dragon fruit, and mango.

No mold? No biggie. Use whatever you have on hand as DIY popsicle molds; things like dixie cups, silicone muffin tins, or an ice cube tray all work. Little cups work as best popsicle molds if you cover them and hold the popsicle stick in place with cupcake wrappers or tin foil.

Mix it up. Before you pour your popsicle mix into your molds, blend it as carefully as you can. Oils can separate and ruin your dosing. To ensure more even mixing, you can infuse your cannabis tincture with your fat, or keep your infusion to that layer. You can also individually dose each popsicle if you want.

Speaking of dosage. The size of the mold you use determines the amount of cannabinoids in each pop. Divide the total amount you put in the recipe by the number of pops you made to confirm dosage. For a light effect, aim for 5mg of CBD or 1:1 CBD:THC per popsicle. For a more moderate effect, aim for 10mg CBD or 1:1 CBD:THC. For a stronger effect, for go for at least 10mg of just THC. Remember, start low, and go slow for the best experience.

Freeze. To help prevent the popsicle sticks from moving and floating around before freezing, soak them in water for 15 minutes first before using them.

And unfreeze. Once you’re ready to set your popsicles free, run the outside of the mold under warm water to loosen your pops from your mold. This should make it easier to free your pops by melting the outermost areas slightly.

Save for later. Store your pot-sicles in a gallon size ziplock bag or tupperware, but remember to separate each pop with wax paper or parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Recipe Ideas

Just blend your mix together, and pour into your molds with a spouted measuring cup or a ladle.

Tropical Paradise

We love this one alone, or layered with Pina Colada, Mango Chili Lime, or plain coconut milk.

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup ripe pineapple, fresh or frozen, peeled, in cubes
  • 1 cup ripe mango, fresh or frozen, peeled, in cubes
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 8 to 16 ounces (you’re looking for a slushie consistency) of juice
  • CBD or THC tincture

Strawberries and Cream

This is a standalone classic, but consider a berries and cream duo with the blueberry variety!

  • 2.5 to 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, halved
  • sugar, to taste
  • 1 lime, halved and juiced
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • CBD or THC tincture

Pina Colada

Use rum extract if you miss that classic taste, but keep your head together with a CBD tincture.

  • 2 cups pineapple, fresh or canned, chopped
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • honey to taste
  • CBD or THC tincture

Strawberry Limeade

This is like a cannabis-infused, popsicle version of the classic fountain drink.

  • 2.5 to 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 8 to 16 ounces (you’re looking for a slushie consistency) of fresh limeade
  • raw honey to taste
  • CBD or THC tincture

Blueberries and Cream

Delicious alone, or red, white, and blue with other berries and cream.

  • 2.5 to 3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • full fat coconut milk, just enough to achieve slushie consistency
  • sugar to taste
  • CBD or THC tincture

Mango Chili Lime

This has some kick to it! So good.

  • 2.5 to 3 cups ripe mango, peeled in cubes, from about 3 mangoes if fresh
  • chili powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Chamoy (use mango chutney or apricot jam with ancho chile if you don’t have Chamoy)
  • cayenne to taste
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • 8 to 16 ounces (you’re looking for a slushie consistency) of fresh limeade
  • CBD or THC tincture

Chai-Sicles

Make this as spicy as you want, and use some sweetened yogurt if you like.

  • 1 cup full fat almond, coconut, or oat milk
  • 2 cups chai
  • ginger, to taste
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • cardamom, to taste
  • cloves, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • CBD or THC tincture

Watermelon, Basil, and Mint

A more sophisticated treat for a hot summer day.

  • 2 ½ cups seedless watermelon, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • honey, to taste
  • CBD or THC tincture

Green-sicles

Hey, these are actually good for you!

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 8 to 16 ounces (you’re looking for a slushie consistency) of lemonade
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh minced ginger
  • honey, to taste
  • CBD or THC tincture

Final Thoughts on Pot-sicles

If you’re feeling pot-sicle summer with us, get into the kitchen. This is a low effort, high pay off cannabis edible that’s perfect for sharing or saving, your choice.

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