how to make cannabis coffee

How to make cannabis coffee with your usual grounds

If you know what it’s like to rely on that morning cup of coffee, then you can appreciate how fantastic it would be to have the option of infusing it with a special addition. Though cannabutter can offer a quicker cannabis coffee alternative to this recipe, this from scratch combination is really easy to make, and you don’t need any more than dry marijuana buds to make it happen.

Unfortunately, it is a lengthy process, as the steeping takes time to remove the cannabinoids from the plant materials, but you can always make a batch of cannabis coffee water far in advance of when you need it so that it’s ready to use in your morning cup of joe for a good old fashioned wake and bake.

Cannabis infused coffee recipe

Use your regular brand of coffee grounds or opt for a richer choice for an extra special treat. Either way, this cannabis infused coffee with taste divine, and it might just be the boost that you need to get going on those hectic mornings. Though at first, butter might sound like a weird addition to a deeply flavored coffee, it is necessary as it provides a fatty base for the cannabinoids to cling to.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Calories per serving: 1

  • 2 grams of cannabis
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 4 cups of water
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee maker (or other types of steeping mechanism)
  • Grinder
  • Medium pot
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cheesecloth (or fine mesh screen)
  • Flavor additions (i.e., Milk, cream, honey or sugar)

Put all the dry herb into a grinder and bust it apart until it’s all an even and fine grind.

Add the water to a pot, set the burner to medium heat and wait for the liquid to reach a rolling boil.

Now toss in the cannabis grind and butter and reduce the heat to a point where the liquid is gently boiling so that you lose less of it over time. Try to maintain this temperature for approximately 40 minutes, stirring the mixture on occasion.

Remove the pot from the burner and slowly strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer, into either a coffee maker or a large bowl.

At this point, if you have not poured it into a coffee pot, then you can either store the infused water temporarily in the fridge or proceed to make coffee as you normally would with the freshly made cannabis juice.

Pour the cannabis infused coffee into 4 separate mugs, and flavor them according to personal preference with sugar, cream or milk, then serve while piping hot for the best taste.

The effects of cannabis coffee

Cannabis coffee is just like any other kind of edibles, as the cannabinoids are absorbed through the stomach lining in a slow way that can last for several hours. The potency of the drink will depend on the quality of weed you used to make the water, but in general, you should start to feel the effects within an hour or two, and they will continue to last after that for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours before wearing off.

How to make tea with marijuana buds

Edibles can be a fun and exciting way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the adverse effects of smoking.

This from scratch combination is really easy to make, and you don’t need any more than dry marijuana buds to make it happen.

Cannabis Coffee: How To Add THC To Your Coffee

Some combinations just make sense: peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, electrons and protons, Mickey and Minnie. But there’s one combination that will have you smacking your head saying, “Why didn’t I think of that before?” What is this magical mixture? It’s none other than cannabis coffee.

Clichéd “wake and bake” jokes aside, combining THC and coffee has to be one of the greatest inventions ever. Forget indoor plumbing or the wheel. We’ll take a steaming mug of ganja joe over either of those any day.

In this article, we’ll tell you why cannabis coffee is so great and give you a simple recipe that you can make at home.

The Science Of Cannabis Coffee

Cannabis coffee contains two main components: caffeine and THC. It’s the combination of those two chemicals that makes cannabis coffee unique.


At the biological level, the caffeine in cannabis coffee (or even just regular coffee) does a number of cool things, including:

  • Boosts the effects of serotonin and dopamine
  • Blocks adenosine receptors in your brain (so you don’t feel tired)
  • Signals the release of adrenaline
  • Increases blood flow
  • Helps muscles contract

All of those effects combine into the umbrella idea that coffee gives you energy and makes you more alert.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you should be familiar with the cannabinoid THC. It’s the chemical responsible for producing the infamous “high” that gives marijuana its good and bad reputation.

Once THC arrives in your brain — it doesn’t matter whether you smoke it or eat it or rub it on your skin — the molecule mimics cannabinoid chemicals that occur naturally in your body. That makes it easy for the THC to attach itself to your cannabinoid receptors.

These receptors are found in the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia, where they govern the processes of thinking, memory, motor movements, pleasure, coordination, and concentration.

The reason THC affects these areas so much more than other active cannabinoids, like CBD, comes down to shape.

Because of its specific molecular structure, THC binds like a bud in a rug to your neurotransmitters — the spaces that carry communication between your neurons. It mimics anandamide (the bliss molecule), which is a natural cannabinoid found in the body.

Once firmly attached, THC takes on anandamide’s role, stimulating brain cells to release more dopamine. This hormone is what’s responsible for all those good vibes you feel when buzzing.

Once pleasantly planted in the brain, THC can cause a range of sensory side effects, including euphoria, alertness, calmness, fragmentary thoughts, and lightheadedness.

Put ‘Em Together And What Have You Got?

When you mix THC and caffeine in cannabis coffee, you get a one-two punch of alertness and creative euphoria. Perfect for those mornings when you just want to burrow deeper into your blankets and fall back asleep.

So Many Strains, So Little Time

We get asked a lot of questions here at Honest Marijuana, but by far, one of the most common is, “What strain should I use in my cannabis coffee?”

We always cry inside a little when this comes up because the answer is so subjective (meaning it’s open to taste and personal preference). We can’t really give a definitive answer, but we can tell you how to figure it out for yourself.

Your decision should be based on two variables: flavor and desired effect.


The bud you brew into your cannabis coffee will have a significant impact on the end flavor.

For example, if you add something like Cherry OG to the mix, you’re likely to end up with a faintly cherry-flavored coffee. Go with something like Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and you’ll add a hint of citrus to the final product.

So it all depends on which taste buds you like to tickle in the morning. The best advice we can give is to stick with one type of coffee and vary the strain you use. That way, the number of possible combinations is relatively small.

Desired Effects

If you’re looking for even more energy and enhanced creativity with your cup of joe, try a sativa strain like Sour Diesel (although what this would do to the flavor, we have no idea).

If you want to be wide awake while still feeling relaxed (and without the caffeine jitters), try an indica strain like Skywalker.

And if you want the best of both worlds — creative and calm — try a hybrid like Fruity Pebbles or Kandy Kush.

If you do choose to brew your own cannabis coffee, it may take some experimentation before you get it just right. But don’t be afraid to fail. Like pizza, even the worst cannabis coffee is still good.

Cannabis Coffee Recipe

Ingredients & Supplies

  • ½ gram of ganja
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil
  • Pan or kettle for boiling
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl or 4-cup measuring cup for straining
  • Pan or coffee maker for final brewing

How To Add THC To Your Coffee

1) Grind

Chop your weed as finely as possible.

You’re certainly welcome to shred your buds with a knife if that makes you happy. But we live by the maxim, “Work smarter, not harder,” and choose to use a grinder instead. It’s easier, faster, and just plain better.

Don’t make your life any more difficult than it has to be.

2) Boil

Pour 3 cups of water into a pan and bring to a boil. If you need more explanation for this step, you might want to step aside and let someone else take over.

Once the water is boiling, toss in 2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil.

3) Simmer

When the butter or oil is completely melted, reduce the heat until the water simmers (think gentle boil).

Sprinkle in your ground cannabis from step one and let the whole thing stew for 40 minutes. Stir the brew several times so the plant matter doesn’t stick to the side of the pan.

4) Strain

After 40 minutes, pour the water/oil/bud mix through a strainer to remove the shredded sinsemilla. Don’t worry. It’s already given up the good stuff (cannabinoids and terpenes) during the 40-minute simmer session.

So unless you like floaties in your hot beverage, get rid of that gunk.

5) Brew

Now you’re ready to make your cannabis coffee!

Pour the water you just boiled into a coffee maker or pot. Add your favorite coffee grounds and brew away.

6) Blend (Optional)

As your cannabis coffee cools, the butter or oil will separate from the water. You can extend the time the mix stays in solution by running your brewed coffee through a blender before drinking.

Of course, if you drink your coffee fast enough, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Other Ways To Make Cannabis Coffee

We’re all about quality over quantity here at Honest Marijuana, so we’re used to being patient and waiting for the best finished product. But, damn, 40 minutes for a cup of coffee? That’s a bit too much to ask, even for us.

Thankfully, there are several shortcuts you can use to cut your cannabis coffee prep time down to single digits. Here are the best ways to do it:

  • Cook up a batch of cannabis butter beforehand and stir a dollop into your freshly brewed cup of joe.
  • Do the same with cannabis coconut oil.
  • Dribble a few drops of THC oil or tincture into your water either before or after brewing.
  • Add a squeeze of cannabis honey to your mug before pouring the coffee on top.

Some people even swear by dropping a gummy into their glass or sprinkling kief on top of the whipped cream.

What To Expect When Drinking Cannabis Coffee

You’ll feel the effects of the caffeine in your cannabis coffee immediately just like you would with a regular cup of java.

But you’ll have to wait an hour or so for the THC to kick in (depending on your weight, metabolism, tolerance, and other variables). This shouldn’t come as a surprise since you are, in effect, consuming your THC like you would a pot brownie or weed tea: through your stomach.

Digestion and absorption take time, but, like every other edible, the effects will be stronger and last longer than they would if you smoked or dabbed.

Should You Buy Or Brew Your Own?

The answer to that question is completely up to you. There are a number of pre-made cannabis coffees that are trickling into the market. You can choose from THC doses ranging from 20mg to 200mg, and even get a few brands with CBD.

That said, brewing your own cannabis coffee is super easy. And chances are, you’ve already got all the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets.

Honestly, though, buying your cannabis coffee at the market (if you’re lucky) or online (if you’re like the rest of us) is the easiest option.

Cannabis coffee may be the greatest invention since indoor plumbing and the wheel. Find out how to make your own mug of ganja joe in this simple how-to.