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Marijuana Ice Cream Recipe

When the summer heat starts to rise, there's nothing quite like cool relief from a cold, refreshing treat to cool you down. Ice cream is a timeless favorite, and infusing it with cannabis can elevate the experience, offering a unique way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Cannabis ice cream is not just a delicious dessert; it's a fun, creative way to combine culinary skills with the relaxing or therapeutic effects of cannabis.

How Cannabis Ice Cream Works

Cannabis ice cream combines the creamy goodness of traditional ice cream with the active compounds found in cannabis, primarily THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). When ingested, these compounds are processed by the liver, producing a more intense and long-lasting effect compared to smoking or vaping. This makes cannabis-infused ice cream a delightful option for those looking to enjoy a steady, prolonged experience.


Step-by-Step Recipe for Marijuana Ice Cream


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 gram of cannabis (decarboxylated)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter


  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Ice cream maker (optional, but recommended)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Grinder
  • Oven


Step 1. Decarboxylate the Cannabis

Decarboxylation is a crucial process in making cannabis edibles, including cannabis ice cream. This process activates the cannabinoids in the cannabis, making them more effective when ingested. Here's a detailed guide on how to decarboxylate your cannabis:

Materials Needed

  • 1 gram of cannabis
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Grinder
  • Oven

Steps to Decarboxylate Cannabis:

Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C). This temperature is optimal for decarboxylating cannabis without burning it, ensuring the cannabinoids are activated efficiently.

Grind the Cannabis: Using a grinder, gently break down your cannabis into small, even pieces. Be careful not to grind it too finely, as this can make it harder to handle and may cause some material to burn.

Prepare the Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This prevents the cannabis from sticking to the baking sheet and makes for easier cleanup.

Spread the Cannabis: Evenly spread the ground cannabis over the parchment-lined baking sheet. Try to create a single layer without overlapping to ensure even heating.

Bake the Cannabis: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Set a timer for 30-40 minutes. It's important to check and stir the cannabis every 10-15 minutes to ensure even decarboxylation and prevent burning.

The cannabis should turn a light golden brown color and give off a fragrant aroma when it is properly decarboxylated.

Cool and Store: Once the cannabis is decarboxylated, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool. After cooling, it's ready to be used in your cannabis-infused butter or other recipes.

If you’re not using it immediately, store the decarboxylated cannabis in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to preserve its potency.

Decarboxylation is a simple but essential step to ensure your cannabis-infused ice cream provides the desired effects. By carefully following these steps, you can maximize the effectiveness of your cannabis and enjoy a more potent and enjoyable treat.

Step 2. Make Cannabis-Infused Butter

  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
  • Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the melted butter.
  • Let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove plant material, leaving you with cannabis-infused butter. Set aside to cool.

Step 3. Prepare the Ice Cream Base

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and cannabis-infused butter until fully combined.

Step 4. Chill the Mixture

  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the surface of the liquid to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. The mixture should be thoroughly chilled before churning.

Step 5. Churn the Ice Cream

  • Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a shallow dish and place it in the freezer. Stir every 30 minutes for about 2-3 hours until it reaches a smooth consistency.

Step 6. Freeze Until Firm

Transfer the churned ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or until it is firm enough to scoop.

Step 7. Enjoy!

Once the ice cream is firm, scoop it into bowls or cones and enjoy your homemade cannabis-infused treat responsibly. Remember to start with a small serving to gauge its potency.

Making your own cannabis ice cream at home is a rewarding and enjoyable process, perfect for hot summer days or any time you want a unique and refreshing dessert. By carefully following these steps, you can create a delicious and effective cannabis-infused ice cream that will be the highlight of any gathering. Remember to enjoy responsibly and be mindful of the potency to ensure a pleasant experience for all.

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