Cannamilk: What It Is and How to Make It

By Rachel Sims Updated April 30th

Fact-checked by Alexandra Arnett, MS

The quest for the next best edible concoction is ever-present. In the evolving world of cannabis, there are more than mere brownies and gummies that consumers are eager to try. Instead, a surprising addition to the mix is gaining popularity: cannamilk.

Also known as weed milk or canna milk, cannamilk may not be what most people think of when they think of cannabis edibles. However, the infused ingredient offers many uses in baking.

The best part? Making cannabis milk at home can be surprisingly easy. Keep reading to explore this delightful fusion of cannabis and dairy (or non-dairy alternative!).

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What is Cannamilk?

In short, cannamilk is a cannabis-infused beverage that transcends traditional dairy. It’s not limited to cow milk; other popular choices include almond milk, coconut milk, and other vegan alternatives.

THC milk is a little more complicated than just mixing ground cannabis and milk, however. Instead, the process involves separating the fibrous material from cannabinoids.

Several aspects impact the potency of your cannamilk. Factors include the quality of the selected cultivar and your milk base's contents. Likewise, the THC content and milk fat content also play significant roles in the final product.

Because milk fat content plays such a role, though, you should avoid certain milk alternatives. Low-fat and fat-free milks lack the ability to absorb the THC fully. Opting for full-fat dairy milk or other high-fat milk alternatives guarantees a more robust infusion. If you go with a low-fat option, high-fats like coconut oil may come in handy as an additional ingredient.

You may be asking, “Does milk get rid of your high?” because of a long-standing myth. That myth suggests milk can take away the intoxicating effects of THC. It also claims to diminish how long THC stays in your system. While the myth is prevalent online, there’s no actual evidence to support that milk (or any dairy) reduces THC’s effects.

How Can You Use Cannamilk?

How to use cannamilk

For some, the ability to bypass smoking cannabis is important. Others crave the versatility that comes from cannamilk and its possibilities. And the ability to do consistent doses with DIY edibles is alluring to still others.

Regardless of the reason, cannamilk can be used in a wide variety of edibles. That makes it an excellent choice for maximizing your THC benefits. 

Several examples of the versatility offered by THC milk are listed below.

A Boost to Your Morning Brew

Adding a splash of cannamilk to coffee or tea in the morning may offer a gentle, sustained energy boost. The combination of THC and caffeine may create a focused and alert feeling to start the day, according to some consumers.

Smoothie Infusion

Milk already goes in smoothies, so cannamilk should be no exception! It’s a discreet, tasty way to integrate cannabis into your diet.

Post-Workout Recovery

Consumers report anti-inflammatory properties when using cannabis. Adding cannamilk to a post-workout protein shake is a good way to combine the benefits of cannabis with muscle recovery. 

Meal Booster

Cannabis milk has high utility in the kitchen. Everything from pancakes and muffins to rich, creamy sauces can benefit from weed milk. Foods that require milk as an ingredient provide a versatile medium for enjoying the beneficial nature of cannabis. 

Bedtime Ritual for Relaxation

THC milk can also be used on its own. For those looking to deal with restless nights, a warm cup of cannamilk before bed may help! The calming effects of cannabis have often been attributed to a more restful and rejuvenating sleep. Just ensure you don’t heat the cannamilk too hot, or you’ll risk losing precious cannabinoids.

Most foods that use milk as an ingredient may benefit from a THC milk substitution. This list offers more of a jumping-off point to highlight how flexible cannabis milk can be.

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Making Cannamilk: What You'll Need

Cannamilk is easy to make at home and only requires a few tools. Below is a comprehensive list to make producing a batch of THC milk easy and efficient.


  • Oven: For decarboxylating cannabis, preheat your oven to around 220°F (105°C).
  • Baking Sheet and Parchment Paper: You’ll spread the ground cannabis evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prepare for decarboxylation.
  • Grinder: Grind your cannabis to increase its surface area, promoting effective decarboxylation and infusion.
  • Saucepan: Use a saucepan for heating and simmering the mixture. Choose a size that accommodates the quantity you intend to make.
  • Whisk or Stirring Utensil: Ensure thorough mixing of the cannabis and milk during the infusion process.
  • Fine Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth: Strain the mixture to remove plant material, resulting in smooth cannamilk.
  • Storage Container: Have a sealed container ready for storing the finished cannamilk in the refrigerator.

Once you acquire these tools, you’ll gather your ingredients to get a batch ready.


  • Cannabis: For a single batch, start with 7 grams (1/4 ounce) of ground cannabis. Alternatively, get a more precise starting amount with an edibles calculator. Choose the cultivar based on your desired effects. For beginners, strains with balanced THC and CBD ratios are recommended. 
  • Milk or Milk Alternative: You’ll need 2 cups of milk or a milk substitute. Select a type of milk with sufficient fat content for optimal cannabinoid absorption. Some options include whole, almond, coconut, and other non-dairy alternatives with a high-fat content.
  • Sweetener (Optional): Depending on personal preference, you may choose to add a sweetener such as honey or sugar. Some believe a sweetener can enhance the flavor of the cannamilk.

How to Make Cannamilk

How to make cannamilk

With Ingredients and tools in hand, the actual process of producing a batch of cannamilk is straightforward. Once you grind up the cannabis of your choice, the process is ready to begin.

Step One: Decarboxylate

  • As mentioned above, you’ll need to decarb the cannabis. Preheat the oven and spread your ground cannabis evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake for around 40 minutes at 220°F (105°C), decarboxylating the cannabis to activate the cannabinoids inside.

Step Two: Infuse

  • In a saucepan, combine the decarboxylated cannabis and milk or milk alternative. Simmer gently for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Keep the milk between 210°F and 220°F (100°C-105°C). It should stay simmering throughout the entire process. 
  • After simmering for 45 minutes, turn off the heat and allow to cool until it’s comfortable to handle.

Step Three: Strain

  • Once infused, strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove all visible plant material.
  • Press the material to extract as much liquid as possible. You can then discard the spent plant material.

Step Four: Store

  • Pour your freshly-strained cannamilk into a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator. 

Now, a batch of weed milk is ready and on hand. Use as needed in various recipes or beverages! 

Customize the ingredients and tools above based on personal preferences. You can create a versatile batch of cannamilk for a range of wellness (and even culinary) applications.

Tips For Using Cannamilk

Cannamilk tips

Incorporating cannamilk into your edible culinary repertoire brings forth exciting possibilities. Consider these essential tips to ensure you’re set up for success with your THC-infused milk adventure.

Avoid Overconsumption

To avoid overconsumption of cannamilk, start with a low dose. Be mindful of personal tolerance and understand the potency of the cannabis used. Accurately measure servings with calibrated tools and resist immediate redosing, as edibles take time to produce effects.

Effects also accumulate if you’re consuming multiple servings. Stay hydrated to alleviate discomfort and create a controlled environment for consumption.

Store Properly

Cannamilk is best stored in a refrigerator in an opaque, airtight container to prevent the cannabinoids from degrading. Protect it from exposure to light and air, too, as these elements can degrade compounds over time.

In addition, keep it away from strong odors to prevent the cannamilk from absorbing unwanted flavors. If freezing, use a freezer-safe container and leave room for expansion. Try to label your infusion with the date for easier tracking later.

Cannabis milk also doesn’t alter the shelf life of the base product. Follow the best-by date on your milk to better gauge how long the cannamilk will keep.

Mixing Ratios

Experiment with different mixing ratios to find the right balance for your desired potency. Adjust the amount of cannabis used based on your tolerance and experience level.

Flavor Enhancement

Enhance the flavor of your cannamilk by adding complementary ingredients like vanilla, cinnamon, or honey. These additions can mask the cannabis taste and elevate the overall experience.

Overall, understanding how to make cannamilk means you’re on a path to a delicious, cannabis-infused creation. Enjoy!

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The information in this article and any included images or charts are for educational purposes only. This information is neither a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional legal advice or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about laws, regulations, or your health, you should always consult with an attorney, physician or other licensed professional.

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