How to Make THC Drinks—The Easy Way to Make Buzztails

Aug 21, 2023The nama Team
How to Make THC Drinks—The Easy Way to Make Buzztails

Making THC drinks is easier than you think. With the right ingredients and techniques, you can infuse everything from fruity spritzers to steaming mugs of cocoa with a sensual buzz. 

We’ll show you how to blend and dose our THC Buzz Drops into delicious drinks from scratch.

While drinking cannabis is different from smoking or vaping—better and much safer—the basics remain the same. THC, CBD, and other compounds produce effects like euphoria, relaxation, and sweet pain relief when consumed in low doses. 

That’s exactly why we love our collection of THC gummies and our Buzz Drops: they offer the most reliable way of microdosing cannabis and getting your dose right every time. 

Here’s our guide to cannabis microdosing, the practice of taking small amounts of cannabis in order to achieve the best therapeutic results. 

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What Are THC Beverages?

Cannabis-infused drinks, commonly known as THC drinks, are beverages that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other active compounds from the cannabis plant. THC can be infused into drinks like fruit juices, teas, coffee, sodas, and milk.

THC drinks have become increasingly popular since cannabis legalization. People are always on the hunt for different methods to consume cannabis, and drinking it provides an appealing way to experience the mildly euphoric and therapeutic effects of microdosing cannabis.

Why Should I Infuse Drinks With THC?

Sipping cannabis-infused drinks offers some compelling advantages over old-school smoking or vaping. Infusing THC into your go-to beverages allows for precise dosing, avoids lung irritation, and can mask the taste. 

Discover why infusing your drinks with a little bit of THC can do a whole lot of good.

  • THC drinks provide a smoke-free way to consume cannabis. There is no need for rolling papers, rolling trays, pipes, or other smoking implements. No burning of the flower means no smoke, and the pleasant lack of smoke doesn’t cause lung irritation or increase the risk of developing lung cancer or other respiratory conditions. 
  • Drinking THC allows for precisely controlling the dosage. THC drinks contain carefully calculated amounts of cannabis compounds. This helps new consumers avoid overconsumption. Our Buzz Drops pack 2 mg of THC per full dropper, which means you can use up the entire dropper, do half, or go even lower. Either way, you know exactly how much THC, cannabidiol (CBD), or other cannabinoids you’re consuming. 
  • Cannabis tinctures, oils, and liquid drops typically have minimal to no taste at all. Mixing them in your beverage of choice can mask the flavor of cannabis and turn cannabis drinks into a delight.
  • The effects of THC beverages come up faster than with gummies. Cannabis is absorbed through the mouth and throat when drinking instead of going through the digestive system. You can feel the effects of cannabis infused drinks 10–20 minutes after drinking. 
  • Because of their fast absorption, cannabis drinks don’t last as long as gummies. The effects peak within an hour and taper off after about 2–6 hours.
  • Making THC drinks allows you to create a wide range of beverages with different flavors. You can make festive social drinks like hemp margaritas or mocktails. You can go for a good old cannabis-infused coffee for that extra kick of energy in the morning. You can even infuse warm milk and make yourself a one-of-a-kind cannabis-infused milk drink. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s our top reason why we love infusing drinks with our liquid THC: there's simply no better method for getting an ultra-precise serving of THC and CBD. With our cannabis elixirs, you'll enjoy immediate relief and total control over your experience.

Order yourself a bottle of the best low-dose liquid THC drink and see why infusing non-alcoholic beverages with it is the GOAT. 

How to Make THC Drinks

Crafting your own THC drinks at home allows you to customize the ingredients and flavors, letting you be in charge of the high. You can use as little of our Buzz Drops as you’d like or a full dropper for a mellow mood boost.

That’s the beauty of our unflavored liquid cannabis: you can whip up ingenious weed-infused elixirs tailored to your taste without top shelf mixology skills. 

Here’s how to make awesome THC-infused beverages:

  • Choose your preferred base liquid. It can be anything from water and tea to lemonade, orange juice, sparkling water, or even milk and coffee. Feel free to experiment, as our Buzz Drops are completely taste-free and won’t affect the flavors of the base. 
  • Experiment with ingredients. You can add herbs, spices, or any other ingredient that you think goes well with your base. (Hey, we won’t judge if you put peanut butter into your cannabis-infused milk.)
  • Sweeten your cannabis drink with honey, sugar, or other sweeteners to taste.
  • You can adjust the amount of cannabis used during infusion. We recommend you start low and go slow until you find your preferred dosage. At 2.2 mg of THC and 2.9 mg of CBD per full dropper of our THC drink, you've got total control over your dose. Go for a half dropper when you want to ignite a mellow mood, perfect for chilling with friends.

Not sure where to begin? Try starting with the synergy of sweet and tart in our Pink Lemonade THC drink. This buzzing mocktail is our favorite summer refresher, and it wouldn’t be complete without our Buzz Drops. 

To make this crowd-pleaser, you’ll need:

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1 full dropper of Buzz drops
  • Ice 

Mix all ingredients well and serve cold. 

If our mixology tips have you feeling inspired, head to our recipes page to explore more ways to craft uplifting cannabis drinks.

Types of Cannabis-Infused Drinks

Once you master the basics of making THC-infused drinks, the possibilities are endless. Our game-changing Buzz Drops make it simple to infuse THC magic into virtually any drink. Whether you're craving something sweet, strong, fruity, or just plain fun, we've got you covered.

Here are the types of cannabis drinks you can make with just a dash of our Buzz Drops:

  1. Cannabis-infused teas: chai tea, green tea, matcha tea, herbal blends, iced teas, and more make relaxing, aromatic bases for THC infusions.
  2. Cannabis-infused coffee: add a drop or two of our liquid THC and CBD to coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and other caffeinated drinks to make a memorable cannabis-infused coffee.
  3. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices: incorporating cannabis into these lets you make nutrient-rich cannabis beverages.
  4. Lemonades and limeades: tangy citrus drinks pair perfectly with cannabis' flavor profile.
  5. Cannabis mocktails: virgin margaritas, daiquiris, and other alcohol-free cocktails work splendidly when infused with a cannabis simple syrup or our very own Buzz Drops.
  6. Cannabis smoothies: blend up cannabis-infused fruit smoothies, protein shakes, or milkshakes for a nutritious treat.
  7. Cannabis sodas: a flavored soda and sparkling water can help you quench your thirst with some uplifting bubbles.

Whether you're in the mood for something slightly bubbly like a marijuana mimosa, or deeply soothing like spiced cannabis chai, our THC Buzz Drops will help you unlock a whole new world of euphoric elixirs.

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How to Store THC Drinks

Proper storage is important if you want to maintain the safety, potency, and taste of your weed beverages. Shelf-stable weed drinks can last around 6–8 months when stored properly in a cool, dark place. Once opened, consume within 6–8 weeks for the best quality.

Follow these tips to keep your cannabis drinks fresh and effective for as long as possible:

  1. Keep away from lights. Store THC drinks in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and artificial light sources. Light, especially UV rays, can degrade THC and other cannabinoids in the drink, potentially reducing its potency and effectiveness. Once opened, transfer it to a cool, dark place, preferably a fridge. 
  2. Maintain a consistent temperature and avoid extreme temperature fluctuations. The ideal temperature for an opened bottle of THC drink is around 60–70°F. Store it in a location with a stable temperature to prevent exposure to heat or cold, which could impact the drink's quality. Refrigeration can help prevent your product from spoiling once opened, but don't freeze it or store it below 40°F, as this can damage taste and potency. 
  3. Seal tightly. Ensure the container of your THC drink is sealed tightly to prevent air and moisture from getting inside. Exposure to air can lead to oxidation, potentially affecting the taste and potency of the product.

Always keep cannabis products out of the reach of minors and consume them responsibly. Store your liquid edibles and gummies properly to maintain freshness and preserve their longevity. 

Don’t think we forgot about our THC edible collection. Together with drinking THC, eating our delicious low-dose gummies is our favorite way of microdosing cannabis and enjoying all its wonderful benefits. Did you know that low doses of THC and CBD can alleviate chronic pain

A 2015 study found that cannabis might be an effective way to relieve neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, and cancer pain. Read more about how Delta 9 gummies mitigate pain and relieve chronic pain due to arthritis, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, cancer, and other inflammatory conditions.

Our Bliss Delta 9 gummies can harness this therapeutic potential and provide analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Each gummy contains 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD to help you enjoy pain-free days and restful nights. 

Safety Tips

When consuming DIY cannabis drinks, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind. This helps ensure a positive experience, especially when you drink at home. 

We've gathered top insights on how to amplify the awesomeness and make the most of your cannabis-drinking experience.

  • Start with very small doses (2–5 mg of THC) until you get used to the effects.
  • Wait at least 1–2 hours before drinking more to allow effects to begin. THC can take 10–20 minutes to kick in when ingested through drinks. Be patient and do not overdo it because you “don't feel anything yet.”
  • Avoid combining with other substances like alcohol, medications, or additional edibles, which can have potential side effects.
  • As with any cannabis product, THC drinks can potentially cause anxiety, dry mouth, dizziness, or paranoia in some users. Carefully measure doses and try not to consume too much. 
  • Do not attempt to operate vehicles or machinery under the influence of cannabis.
  • Keep cannabis products out of reach of minors. Do not share or administer to those under 21 years old.
  • Use high quality cannabis products from reputable, lab-tested suppliers to ensure you know the potency and purity of what you are infusing. Ordering from nama is always a safe choice. 
  • Know your local cannabis laws and regulations before making THC drinks at home. If you’re unsure whether THC is safe to consume legally in your state, take a look at our guide to the state-by-state legality of Delta 9 THC

Following these common sense safety precautions will ensure your homemade cannabis drinking experiences remain blissful and headache-free. 

Not all brands are as candid about their ingredients as we are. All our products undergo rigorous lab testing to ensure the highest quality and purity. We use organic, non-GMO, American-sourced hemp with no artificial colorings or flavors. 

If you don’t want to buy cannabis products that contain a bunch of chemicals and pesticides, shop at nama

THC Drinks FAQ

THC drinks are made by infusing Delta 9 THC in the form of tinctures, oils, or powder into drink bases. Popular bases include fruit juices, teas, coffee, sodas, and milk. You can also use cannabis-infused coconut oil, cannabis-infused simple syrup, or cannabis-infused honey to add a bit of flavor to your drink. 

Aside from THC, some cannabis drinks can also contain other cannabinoids, like CBD. While THC is responsible for the "high" when consumed in sufficient amounts, CBD offers potential therapeutic effects without causing euphoria

Many of our cannabis edibles and drinks contain a combination of CBD and THC. This so-called “entourage effect” may enhance the benefits of each cannabinoid, and CBD may even counteract some of THC’s potential side effects. 

Our handy Buzz Drops contain such a combination and offer the benefits of full spectrum CBD, in which cannabis compounds work together to:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Improve sleep
  • Alleviate anxiety
  • Improve mood

Order our collection of full spectrum CBD edibles today. 

There are a few methods to infuse drinks with THC. Cold infusing involves mixing cannabis oils or tinctures into chilled drink bases. Hot infusing uses low heat to activate THC in fats and oils before adding them to drinks. Blending can rapidly infuse THC tinctures and syrups into smoothies or shakes. Slow steeping works well for gentle teas and coffees.

The first step in making a THC-infused drink is to choose a high quality cannabis product to infuse, such as THC tinctures, THC syrups, or cannabis powder. Next, select a drink base that will complement or mask the flavor of cannabis, like fruit juice, tea, soda, or lemonade. Some people infuse their ginger beer or root beer with cannabis. 

For cold infusing, incorporate the cannabis product into chilled orange juice, tea, or soda in a steel bowl or jar, stirring occasionally. You may even infuse cold water with cannabis. For hot infusing, warm milk or cider on the stove, then stir in cannabis-infused butter or oil. You can use coconut oil or any other type of oil. Gently heat for 15–30 minutes before straining out plant material.

Ingredients like fruit slices, herbs, spices, or vanilla can add an extra flavor to your cannabis-infused beverage. Sweeten with sugar or infused simple syrup if necessary. Finally, adjust the dosage for the desired potency using a medical cannabis dosage chart. Our Buzz Drops make it so easy to dose and super-fun to add to any base cannabis-infused drink of your choice.

The THC content in infused drinks depends on the concentration of the cannabis product used and the portion sizes. A standard dose is 2–10 mg of THC. Anything above 10 mg is considered a higher dose and can potentially have side effects. 

Whether you’re an experienced cannathusiast or you’re just starting out, a dose of 2–5 mg of THC is a good, mellow place to begin.

If you use our Buzz Drops in your cannabis recipes, you’ll experience an ultra low dose of only 2 milligrams of THC per full dropper. 

The total duration of effects of a cannabis-infused beverage is 2–6 hours, but this varies by dosage and the individual’s metabolism and tolerance to cannabis. THC drink effects manifest within 10–20 minutes of consumption. They are slower-acting compared to smoking cannabis flower—which we’re not a fan of—and quicker-acting compared to cannabis edibles. Peak effects occur 1–2 hours after drinking. 

Cannabis can be infused into food. The dry herb or cannabis flower can be decarboxylated and then infused into oil, butter, or other fats. This cannabis-infused oil can then be incorporated into many recipes. 

Cannabis syrup made from infusing granulated sugar and water can be mixed into drinks and food items. When cooking with cannabis, try to evenly distribute it for consistent dosing. Always start with lower doses until you understand the effects to avoid potential weed hangovers from overconsumption. Use lab-tested recipes from reputable sources and immerse the dry herb fully when infusing them into cold water or other liquids. With proper technique, you can infuse cannabis into an array of delicious edible recipes.

CBD drinks may or may not contain THC, depending on the product. Some CBD drinks are formulated to contain CBD and no THC. These are called broad spectrum CBD products. They contain CBD and other minor cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, CBC, etc.

Full spectrum CBD drinks can have trace amounts of THC. See more differences between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD

Pure THC does not technically dissolve directly in water. It requires a fat or oil-based carrier, such as cannabis-infused coconut oil, for infusion into drinks and food. Cannabis oils and tinctures can emulsify in water through vigorous stirring or blending, allowing the THC molecules to suspend temporarily.

THC drinks can produce mild euphoric effects and may even get you high if you drink enough. The THC present in these beverages interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system, leading to the euphoric effects people typically feel when they consume cannabis.

We’re big fans of microdosing, and if you stick with our recommended dosage, you’ll just feel a bit uplifted.

"High THC" typically refers to cannabis strains or products with a high concentration of THC. These products can have more pronounced psychoactive effects and may not be suitable for novice consumers. 

For new cannabis consumers or those with a low tolerance, doses above 10 mg of THC are generally considered high. Consuming high THC levels without prior experience can often lead to an excessively intense high, including amplified anxiety, dizziness, and paranoia.

For more regular consumers who have developed some tolerance, doses in the 15-30mg THC range may be considered high. While unlikely to cause severe reactions, high doses for non-regular users can still result in an uncomfortable level of intoxication, especially when ingesting THC through edibles or drinks, which have a stronger effect than inhaling.

Regardless of our tolerance and experience, consuming safe, low doses of 2–10 milligrams of THC can prevent issues with excessive intoxication. This way, you can achieve gentle, pleasant effects from cannabis.

Low doses of cannabis can increase the amount of serotonin in the brain. While small doses of THC can cause serotonin levels to rise, higher doses of THC can have the opposite effect, according to a study conducted at McGill University. When consuming THC, you want to stick with small doses that you can easily measure. That’s why we’re such big fans of microdosing!

CBD is able to clear brain fog and promote mental clarity by providing relief from stress and anxious feelings and improving sleep. One study has found that CBD increases neuroplasticity and neurogenesis—it helps our neurons change, grow, and reorganize and aids in creating new neurons in the brain. One way cannabidiol can accomplish this is by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the brain.

A combination of THC and CBD may have even greater benefits for neurogenesis and our brain in general. That’s why our brain boosters, the delicious Energy gummies, contain 5 milligrams of CBD and only 2.5 mg of THC to provide an euphoric bang and relieve stress. 

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