By Luke Sumpter

Pairing THC and tequila seems like a risky combination. But cannabis margaritas provide a pleasant experience when consumed sensibly.Discover everything you need to know about this powerhouse drink below, including how to make it.

Understanding Cannabis Margaritas

Whether you’re inviting some friends over for a casual catch-up or heading out to a larger party or social gathering, cannabis margaritas are a fine way to lubricate the social cogs, boost your talkativeness, and elevate your mind—all at once! Not only do they produce a pleasant buzz, but learning to create them will add an impressive notch to your belt as a cocktail craftsperson. So, what exactly are cannabis margaritas?

Well, this drink is fairly self-explanatory. Essentially, weed margaritas are where THC meets tequila. Drinking non-infused margaritas requires some self-restraint to avoid getting too drunk. However, introducing THC to the equation makes attention to consumption even more critical.

Drinking weed margaritas requires a sensible outlook, but, when carried out responsibly and correctly, offers a pleasant buzz that will have you coming out of your shell and getting the conversation rolling.


Margaritas: Where Do They Come From?

Before we dive into the realm of cannabis-infused tequila, let’s first take a quick detour to understand the roots of the classic margarita. Where better to start than tequila? This distilled beverage plays a fundamental role in this timeless cocktail. Created from the blue agave plant; around 300 million of these succulent plants are harvested each year in order to fuel the tequila industry.

But tequila isn’t the only alcoholic drink that contributes to margarita cocktails. Triple Sec also adds texture, flavour, and potency to the drink. Its orange flavour and alcohol content of 20%–40% has made Triple Sec a popular beverage for over 150 years. The drink has its history in the Combier distillery in France, where producers created triple-distilled alcohol using a mix of bitter Haitian and sweet Valencia oranges.

Humble lime juice makes up the third part of the key ingredients. However, some margarita recipes also call for a simple syrup, and others are served with a sprinkle of salt on the rim of the glass to enhance the flavour. The history of the drink itself remains obscure and contested. Many existing accounts name different creative bartenders within the region of Mexico and Southern California.

The Basic Concept of Weed Margaritas

As you’ve probably garnered by now, the concept of weed margaritas aims to pair the classic cocktail with cannabis. Primarily, this creation introduces THC into the equation—the principal psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. However, the addition of cannabis also introduces a host of flavourful and aromatic compounds that also alter the taste of the drink in unique and pleasant ways.

Below, we’re going to show you how to make a couple of different versions of this drink at home. But before we tell you what you’ll need and how to put it all together, take a deeper dive into the effects and flavours of cannabis margaritas to whet your appetite still further!

The Effects of Cannabis Margaritas

Standard margaritas are a popular drink because of their fast-acting effect. Their relatively high alcohol content generates feelings of sociability and relaxation. When consumed in moderation, they make drinkers feel more open, extroverted, and more likely to start dancing. So, what happens when you introduce cannabis into the equation?

Pairing cannabis and alcohol, an inebriating strategy known as crossfading, has the ability to make a good night a brilliant one. But how does this work? Well, when consumed orally, THC converts into a metabolite known as 11-hydroxy-THC. This compound not only produces a more powerful psychoactive effect, but the presence of alcohol drastically increases levels in the blood when the two substances interact in the body.

The sensible among you will see where this can quickly go wrong. Even overdoing crossfading by a little bit can cause users to feel dizzy and nauseous. In the worst cases, people become sick and even black out.

When looking to potentiate the psychoactive effects of oral cannabis with tequila, it’s important to start out low and to go extremely slowly until you reach your sweet spot—and to stop when you get there.

When first trying a cannabis margarita, we recommend doing so at home in company that you trust. Try just a couple of sips on your first night, and slowly increase the dose on subsequent occasions. Only head out into the big wide world of bars and parties under the influence of this cocktail once you’ve well and truly tested the waters and know the perfect dose for you.

For those looking to create an infused margarita without the risky effect, consider whipping together a CBD margarita. This drink uses cannabis extracts that don’t contain THC and offers a clear-headed and relaxing experience.

The Flavours of Cannabis Margaritas

Margaritas provide a balanced taste that includes all of the five main flavour notes: salty, bitter, sweet, sour, and umami. The introduction of different cannabis strains adds even more complexity to the equation. The taste of a cannabis margarita will depend largely on the specific cultivar used. Different types of cannabis vary widely in their flavours due to their varying phytochemical constituents. Explore the profile of each strain before you try it; you’ll find notes that include fruit, wood, pine, pepper, diesel, vanilla, sugar, skunk, and even honey and tea.

How To Make Cannabis Margaritas

And just like that, you’re all clued up about the world of infused margaritas. Next, you’re going to learn how to make them! We’ve included both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version. Remember, you can always opt to use high-CBD and low-THC cannabis to eliminate the high.

Alcoholic Option

To create a scrumptious alcoholic THC margarita drink, you’ll need to start off by making some infused tequila. To get this done, grab the following:

  • 500ml mason jar
  • 400ml tequila
  • 7g decarboxylated cannabis flowers
  • Herb grinder
  • Coffee filter and funnel
  • Glass bottle

Follow these easy directions to create your weed tequila:

  1. Grind your cannabis flowers up in a coarse powder and place them in the mason jar.
  2. Pour your tequila into the mason jar.
  3. Attach the lid firmly and shake vigorously.
  4. Store your jar in a cool and dark place for two weeks, shaking once each day.
  5. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter into a glass bottle for storage.
Cannabis margarita part 1

Now that you have your weed-infused tequila ready to go, grab the following simple ingredients and equipment to make a cannabis margarita:

  • Weed tequila
  • Jar of honey
  • 4 limes
  • Blender
  • Margarita glasses
  • Ice cubes
  • Tonic water

With everything you need to hand, follow these easy steps to make yourself a tasty infused drink:

  1. Add 2 ice cubes to your blender.
  2. Add 8 tablespoons of honey into the blender.
  3. Squeeze the juice from 3 limes, remove the seeds, and add to the mix.
  4. Add your weed tequila according to taste and desired potency (remember, go low and slow). Top up your glass with tonic water if you plan on using only a little bit of the margarita, to begin with.
  5. Blend thoroughly.
  6. Slice up your final lime, make a notch in each slice, and place it on the rim of the glass as decoration.
  7. Pour your weed margarita into your glass and enjoy!
Cannabis margarita part 2

Non-Alcoholic Option

If you’d rather skip the booze but still want a hit of THC with your drink, check out the recipe below. This creation calls for a few drops of cannabis glycerine tincture, so make sure you have some to hand.

To make this delicious non-alcoholic weed margarita, grab the following:

  • 300g ripe mango
  • 60ml orange juice
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 15ml agave nectar
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 10ml of cannabis glycerine tincture
  • Orange slice
  • Blender
  • Margarita glass

To make your drink, follow these easy steps:

  1. Add all of your ingredients (apart from the orange slice) to the blender and blend thoroughly.
  2. Make a notch in your orange slice and decorate the rim.
  3. Pour your non-alcoholic weed margarita into your glass and enjoy.

Elevating Your Cannabis Margarita Experience

You have your cannabis-infused margarita made. Now, consider some of the suggestions below to take your experience to a whole new level:

  • Food: Those munchies will kick in eventually. Stay prepared with dishes that are perfectly compatible with the margarita experience, such as jerk chicken sticks, enchiladas, nachos, and quesadillas.
  • Entertainment: A weed margarita will prime your senses for an awe-inspiring experience. Put on your favourite film or album and get ready to be whisked away to another place.
  • Smoke up: Consider rolling up some high-CBD flowers. These joints will help to tame your high and serve as a therapeutic pass time.

Common Questions About Cannabis Margaritas

Do you still have some burning questions about weed margaritas? Check out the most common questions and answers below.

Is it safe to mix cannabis and alcohol?
When done sensibly, mixing cannabis and alcohol can provide a pleasant effect. However, consuming too much too quickly can result in vomiting and loss of consciousness.
How long do the effects last?
Expect the experience to last 6–8 hours.
Is it safe to drive after a cannabis margarita?
No. You should never drive after consuming a combination of cannabis and alcohol, nor either by themselves.
How strong are cannabis margaritas?
Cannabis margaritas are extremely strong, as they pair oral cannabis with strong alcohol.
How long does it take to make a cannabis margarita?
Infusing tequila with cannabis takes a couple of weeks. However, it takes only several minutes to make a cannabis margarita after this point

Cannabis Margaritas: Bottoms Up!

You now know all about cannabis margaritas, including how to make them! These weed-infused drinks are ideal for both small gatherings and larger parties. They taste incredible and offer a potent psychoactive experience. However, always prioritise safety. Go low and slow as you get used to their effects to avoid a bad, and potentially dangerous, experience.

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