Cannabis-infused wine is currently a big trend. But you don’t have to spend your money on pricey celebrity-endorsed cannabis wine if you want to check it out for yourself. We show you how you can easily make cannabis-infused wine at home!
What is Medical Marijuana Wine?
Following the continued support for cannabis distribution and consumption in the United States and other countries, more ways of enjoying cannabis have been invented.
From simple cannabutter to more enjoyable options, such as edibles, gummies, and foods infused with cannabis, several ideas exist on consuming cannabis. And wine infused with cannabis is one of the most innovative ideas yet.
Wines, as we know them, are mostly made from grapes. Weed wine is basically wine that has been laced with cannabis. There is more than one way to infuse cannabis into wine.
Some companies have even scaled up the production of cannabis wine for distribution. The good news is you can make yours at home, right in your kitchen.
There are two significant ways to create canna wine at home; one can brew and ferment your fruits and infuse the product with cannabis of your choosing.
Secondly, you can buy ready-made wine from your favorite wine store, also buy decarboxylated weed from your local dispensary, then follow a simple procedure to combine them. For the latter, you can also decide to activate the cannabis yourself.
- A minimum of four ounces of stems. One half to one pound is preferred. The leaves make the wine better so add as much of those as you want, but never add seeds. It makes the wine taste bad and they don’t have any THC in them.
- Two fresh oranges and a lemon
- 3lbs of sugar, either white or refined
- One cake of fresh active yeast
- 2 one-gallon jugs with caps
- Several smaller bottles
- A 3 foot length of plastic tubing
- Old nylon stockings
- Stuff the stems and leaves into a gallon jug. Remember, the more you put in, the stronger the wine.
- Squeeze the juices from the lemon and oranges, putting it in the jug with the weed.
- Heat 2 or 3 quarts of water to boiling, making sure not to use an aluminium pan, and completely dissolve the sugar into the water.
- Pour the sugar water into the jug with weed and, after making sure the cap is on tightly, shake it up. Then loosen the cap a little and leave the jug to cool down to room temperature.
- Heat up a little more water to luke-warm temperature (not boiling) and dissolve a packet of yeast into it. It might take a while but make sure the yeast is completely dissolved.
- Only do this AFTER the jug has cooled down properly. Pour the yeast mixture you just made into the gallon jug. Put the cap on, shake it up, then take the cap straight back off. Fill nearly the rest of the jug with cold water, leaving a couple of inches at the top so it doesn’t overflow during fermentation, and then put the cap on loosely again.
- Put some newspapers down on the ground and put the jug on top of them, and leave it in a dark place like the back of a closet. It should start fermenting after a couple of hours. If it overflows just change the newspapers and remember to never add more water for the first few days. It also helps to push the Marijuana back down to the bottom of the jug with a wooden spoon. Just remember to put the cap back on the jug.
- When the fermentation calms down, you can add more water over the next two weeks while the fermentation finishes to keep the gallon jug topped up. Also keep pushing the weed back down like you did before.
- How long it will take to ferment can change, but it takes about four weeks overall. To test if your wine has finished fermenting just tip the jug back and forth a little. If no bubbles go through the stems you put in there, then it’s done. Congratulations. Remember to TIP the jug, don’t SHAKE it.
Bottling and Aging:
When all the fermentation is done then you’re ready to move on to bottling it and taking it out of the jug. Take the jug and move it carefully to somewhere like a sink, and start siphoning the wine from one jug to the other. Make sure you don’t disturb the sediment that forms at the bottom of the first jug. Start the siphoning by sucking on the rubber tubing to the liquid flowing. It’s also a good idea to let the wine pass through a couple of layers of clean nylon stocking before it reaches the second jug, to help filter out any bits of sediment or other unclean things that could affect the quality. The wine itself will still look pretty murky at this point. Don’t worry because it clears up during the aging process.
Throw away the first jug, complete with the stems and anything else left in it. It’s best to put it in a plastic bag and then throw away everything. Take the new jug and put it back where you left the first jug. This time leave the jug alone for about a month or so. By the time it’s done it will be much clearer and look cleaner. When it’s all done take it back to the sink and, again, be careful not to disturb the sediment forming on the bottom.
Rinse several bottles in the water. It’s finished aging and now you have to bottle it. Carefully siphon the wine again, through nylon once more, into the bottles. When a bottle is filled cap it off and seal the cap with either electrical tape or melted wax if you have it.
You can drink the wine now, but I wouldn’t if I was you. It would still taste pretty nasty. It’s worth putting it back in the dark place and letting it age a little more. The longer you leave it the more mellow it will taste. Six months is the recommended amount of time.
The wine will affect you like any alcoholic drink or pot based product would. Keep in mind it’s a lot stronger than your average alcoholic drink and you will get hammered pretty quick. It takes about half an hour or so for the weed to kick in, but the effect gets stronger as time goes on.
So there you go. Now you can make weed wine of your own and get one hell of a high.
The Benefits of Medical Marijuana Wine
First, drinking wine infused with marijuana is a subtle and effective way to treat CBD specific symptoms. The CBD content of the wine can get to work while you sip on the juice.
You can treat conditions like muscle spasms, seizures, insomnia, depressive thoughts (you should also see a therapist for this), lack of appetite, anxiety, inflammation with medical marijuana wine.
If you`re going to be drinking marijuana infused wine, remember that the THC in the wine will hit you more challenging because of the alcohol content, so be mindful of the dosing.
This is really a healthier alternative or a better way to enjoy cannabis for people who do not like to smoke or vape.