Along with the overall cannabis industry, the CBD edibles market is experiencing a monumental boom. There are hardly any edibles that have not been infused with cannabis from cookies, gummies, chocolate bars to soft drinks, and water. The cause of this preference for edibles is the flexibility it provides consumers. Consumers can choose their favorite products as the medium to consume cannabis, and wine-lovers are not left out. Cannabis-infused wines are gaining traction in places like California, and it is not difficult to see why. These products start as conventional wine, so you still get to enjoy the exact qualities you love about wine, but this time, with the additional effects of cannabis.
WHAT IS CANNABIS WINE?
Like cannabis itself, the consumption of cannabis wine is in no way a recent practice. The product has been around for thousands of years as it is one of the original marijuana products. As you might suspect already, the ancient weed wines are quite different from what we have today. Contemporary cannabis wine is usually dealcoholized, then blended with a THC or CBD emulsion. They are often offered in regular wine bottles, although they taste different due to the dealcoholizing. The entire idea of cannabis wine appeals to people who want to enjoy wine without having to deal with a terrible hangover. However, regulation poses a difficult challenge to the production of cannabis wine, so you might find it difficult to get your hands on one depending on where you live. Also, you might find the wine too expensive where it is available. Thus, the other alternative is to make your cannabis wine. This is a step-by-step guide to help make the task much easier.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CANNABIS WINE?
There are several ways of making your own cannabis wine. However, we will be showing two effective methods of doing it.
GET THE NECESSARY INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS
The first thing to do is to get the necessary ingredients and instruments ready. You will need your wine, preferably dry or red, cheesecloth, ⅛ – ¼ ounce high-grade cannabis, foil, a pan, marijuana grinder, and a pot or punch bowl. It is better to get wine with bold flavors that complement the cannabis well and one that induces mild hangovers. Waking up stoned and drunk might not be as interesting as you might imagine it to be.
ACTIVATE YOUR WEED
If you have been taking cannabis before, you might already know that your weed is not yet THC-active until it goes through the decarboxylation process. To carry out the decarboxylation process at home, you have to line your pan with foil. Then, break your weed buds into smaller pieces and spread them out on the pan. Cover the weed with foil and cook to heat it. Ensure you cook at 110°C (230°F) for about 45–60 minutes as this is when the weed starts to decarboxylate and coverts inactive THCA into THC.
GRIND THE DECARBOXYLATED WEED
After cooking your weed, you should get a less green and drier weed. Take the weed and grind with your marijuana grinder. You could also use a mortar and a pestle to grind into fine pieces. Bear in mind that the finer your weed is ground, the better.
MAKE YOUR CANNABIS TEABAGS
Now that you have ground your weed into fine pieces, you will need to pack them using your cheesecloth. Place portions of the weed at the center of the cheesecloth and then tie up the edges properly to create your cannabis teabag. Make sure you don’t overstuff the bags so as avoid excess weed particles floating in your wine. It is advisable to use multiple layers of cheesecloth per bag to further guard against this. Put the cannabis teabags into the bottle of wine. Better still, you could pour the wine into a bowl so that the teabags can be completely submerged in the wine. Cover the bowl with cellophane and leave in a fridge for 24hrs to 48hrs. Remember to shake it up occasionally to disrupt settled marijuana.
YOUR CANNABIS WINE IS ALMOST READY
After removing the bowl from the fridge, you should remove the cannabis teabags. You might want to squeeze excess wine from the bags back into the bowl, which will make your cannabis wine even more potent. Some particles might likely have escaped from the bags into the wine, so you should sieve out such particles to have a flawless solution. Now you have your cannabis wine, pour yourself a glass, and savor the experience.
An alternative to the “teabag” method is this crock-pot method. It simply involves slowly cooking the wine with cheesecloth-wrapped decarboxylated marijuana for about 2 hours. This might be a great method, although you have to be careful to ensure that the solution does not get overheated. That could render the THC unusable and evaporate your wine. One advantage of this method is that you can give your wine more flavor with additional ingredients. All you have to do is get the required ingredients such as orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add these ingredients into the mixture and cook with the wine. Sieve out with a cheesecloth after the process, and you will have yourself a natural-flavored cannabis wine.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CANNABIS-INFUSED WINE
One distinguishing quality of dealcoholized cannabis wine is the taste. If you are a wine-lover who is used to a high-quality wine, you might not be able to enjoy cannabis wine as the taste is often not as good. There is just that flavor that comes with the alcohol content, which will be missed.
However, since you are making your own cannabis wine, this should be less of a problem as you would be using alcoholic wine. Nevertheless, the mixture of cannabis and alcohol creates a unique taste that you may or may not find pleasant. Another thing to take note of is the effect of your cannabis wine. Unlike most other CBD edibles, it is quite difficult to get accurate dosing with homemade cannabis wine. Thus, it is necessary to be careful with your consumption to avoid being left excessively stoned and sauced.