The warmer weather has finally started to put in an appearance and that means it’s the time of year when ice cream really comes into its own (although it tastes good in winter too). Of course the best ice cream of all has to be cannabis ice cream since it combines both marijuana and ice cream. There are loads of marijuana recipes out there telling you how to make some form of cannabis ice cream, but here we’ll go one better. We’ll teach you the principles behind making cannabis ice cream, so you can experiment, safely, yourself and create your own marijuana recipes.
Regular ice cream is basically milk, sugar and flavourings. The most flexible way to make cannabis ice cream is to start with cannamilk (also known as marijuana milk) and then add your choice of sugar and flavourings. If you’re thinking cannamilk sounds like cannabutter, you’re absolutely right, it’s much the same idea, but since it seems to be less well-known and is integral to cannabis ice cream, let us talk you through how to make it.
Originally posted on 31st May 2018, Updated on 11 August 2021
Ingredients for cannamilk
- 1.5l whole milk
- 700ml double cream
- 5-15g marijuana
It’s really important to use whole milk and double cream because you need the fat. Marijuana is liposolvent, meaning it dissolves in fat, it is not water soluble so basically trying to make low-fat cannabis ice cream is a waste of time and more importantly marijuana.
Speaking of marijuana, in principle you can use whatever you like for your cannabis ice cream, as long as its edible, just remember that marijuana milk does tend to be on the strong side.
We strongly recommend you play safe to begin with and simply increase the quantity of marijuana the next time you make it if you feel it’s necessary. Once you’ve had a bit of practice making cannabis ice cream, you might want to try actively partnering your choice of marijuana with your other flavours. For example using a citrus-flavoured marijuana strain like Nitro Lemon Haze or Mandarin CBD with coconut.
- A heatproof bowl (stainless steel or heatproof glass) big enough to hold 2.5 litres of liquid, which will give you a bit of breathing room when it comes to stirring without spilling.
- A saucepan big enough to hold the bowl comfortably but small enough to keep it snug.
- A whisk and/or wooden spoon (a manual whisk is fine)
- Cheesecloth or muslin
Put your bowl on your saucepan and have a look at how deep it goes. Then fill up your saucepan with water so that there is a gap of a couple of centimetres between the top of the water and the bottom of the bowl. Bring the water up to a boil and then down to a simmer.
At the same time, combine your milk, cream and marijuana together in your heatproof bowl and whisk/stir well. When your water has gone from boiling to simmering, put the bowl on the saucepan and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes and at most 3 hours.
The keyword here is simmer and this is why you need to keep an eye on your bowl at least to begin with. If your bowl fits snugly it may cause the heat to build up underneath it, in which case you want to use lift it off (carefully use a utensil or a cloth) Let some of the heat escape, lower the temperature and put it back. You want the water to be at a gentle simmer throughout, enough to give off steam, but definitely not a boil. Listen to the sound it makes, this will guide you.
Realistically, you will get most of your cannabinoid goodness out after about 30 minutes so you won’t be giving up too much if you leave it there, but if you want to squeeze every last drop out of your marijuana then a maximum of 3 hours should be plenty.
For the record, if you read on the internet that you can undertake the extraction process directly in a pan, yes you can, but you will need to stir it continuously all the time your milk is on the heat otherwise it will burn and/or curdle. You may still find it cooks unevenly. This method is much more gentle and basically more forgiving.
When you are ready, strain your liquid and leave to cool. You can then proceed to make your cannabis ice cream and/or store your remaining cannamilk. If you plan to use it quickly, then the fridge is fine, otherwise you could pour it into ice-cube trays and freeze in portions.
Basic Cannabis Ice Cream Recipe
- 750ml cannamilk
- 150g sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 6 egg yolks
Simmer the cannamilk, sugar and salt, stirring continually, until the sugar and salt completely dissolve.
Take off the heat and start whisking the yolks. If you have an electric whisk, you can keep whisking while you add about a third of the cannamilk. If not add about a third of the cannamilk a bit at a time, whisking as much as you can. In either case, when you’ve finished adding about a third of the cannamilk, whisk until the yolks are fully mixed with the cannamilk and then add the mixture back into the remaining cannamilk.
Put this back on a medium-low heat, think simmering not boiling, then cook until the mixture coats the back of a spoon (probably about 15 minutes).
Strain through a sieve, cool to room temperature and then chill for at least 4 hours. If you have an ice cream maker, you can now churn according to the instructions, if you don’t just stir thoroughly.
The basic idea behind using 6 egg yolks is to stop ice crystals from forming so you still get smooth cannabis ice cream even if you don't have an ice cream maker. You can now serve your cannabis ice cream or put it in a freezer.
Flavouring your cannabis ice cream
The usual way to flavour ice cream is to flavour the custard when you make it and you can certainly do that, in fact you can add anything you like to the custard.
A more flexible option, however, is just to let the cannabis ice cream soften enough to be workable and then add your flavourings, divide (if necessary) and serve, which will work perfectly well.
You can easily add a few drops of popular food flavourings, like vanilla or mint and or drop in extra ingredients such as fruits, herbs, or chocolate chips. Alternatively, add sauces like chocolate or caramel, mix them in and/or pour them on top. Basically, if it sounds good for regular ice cream, then it will probably be good for cannabis ice cream.