cannabis infused cream

How to Make Weed Ice Cream

Ice cream is everyone’s favorite indulgent treat. Next time your sweet tooth calls, don’t be so quick to put on pants: bring both the ice cream shop and the dispensary to you. No, we’re not talking delivery. You can make medicated ice cream right at home using a few simple steps and ingredients.

We’ve re-created our favorite infused ice cream recipes below and hope you’ll churn with us. Here’s how to make weed ice cream:


Here’s How to Make Weed Ice Cream

1. Cookies + Cream Weed Ice Cream Recipe

Follow our step-by-step recipe below, or follow along with us on YouTube.

Active prep time = 15 minutes

Inactive prep time = 8 hours

Ready in= 8 hours, 15 minutes

Note: *Extra time needed for decarboxylation and cannabutter or weed milk prep

Required Ingredients
  • 1 Teaspoon Lecithin Granules
  • 14 Ounces Condensed Milk
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Pound Oreo Cookies, broken into medium-sized pieces, or another flavor/candy that meets your preferences
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce (optional)
  • Extra Oreos (optional)
  • Cannabis

Note: Feel free to add additional ingredients like egg yolks, sugar, food coloring, honey, milk powder, caramel, and more, to meet your taste preferences.

Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • NOVA Decarboxylator
  1. Decarb up to ¼ ounce of cannabis if using the oven method or for best results, use the Ardent Nova decarboxylator which will allow you to use significantly less cannabis for the same potency. When your bud is decarbed, grind it into medium-sized pieces to begin creating cannabutter.
  2. To make cannabutter, simply place decarbed cannabis and butter back in the Nova for a second cycle. If you aren’t using a Nova, place ½ cup butter, the decarbed flower, and 1 tsp of lecithin granules into a glass jar with lid into a crockpot and cook for 2 hours. Whichever infusion method you choose, strain plant matter from the finished product using cheesecloth in a fine mesh strainer, or for the cleanest option use the Ardent Frainer.
  3. Place melted cannabutter into a mixing bowl and add 14 oz of condensed milk. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. Pour 2 cups heavy cream into a separate mixing bowl. Using a mixer, whip until it reaches the consistency of whipped cream, approximately 5-8 minutes.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream until well mixed. Fold in the Oreo pieces until evenly distributed.
  6. Spread mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. Top with chocolate sauce and additional Oreos, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap, freeze overnight, and enjoy! As with all edibles, start slow until you know your tolerance level.
Try Different Flavors

Other infused ice cream recipes to consider include:

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Cannabis Ice Cream
  • Cherry Cannabis Ice Cream
  • Strawberry Cannabis Ice Cream
  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cannabis Ice Cream

2. Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip THC Ice Cream Recipe

Required Ingredients
  • Decarboxylated cannabis
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup of spinach leaves
  • 1 can of coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth/fine mesh strainer or Ardent Frainer
  • NOVA Decarboxylator
  • Loaf pan
  1. Decarb cannabis in an oven or in the Ardent Nova decarboxylator. Using the infusion sleeve, add the coconut oil to your unit, and run it for an additional cycle to achieve full infusion. Strain out the plant material and dispose of it.
  2. Add your infused oil to the blender with spinach (for color,) maple syrup, and coconut cream. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add sugar, vanilla extract, and mint extract to the blender, and quickly mix.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips, and pour mixture into the loaf pan. Cover and freeze for 4-6 hours.

3. Cherry Cannabis Infused Ice Cream Recipe

Required Ingredients
  • Decarboxylated cannabis
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • A handful of chopped Maraschino cherries
Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Saucepan
  • Cheesecloth/fine mesh strainer
  • NOVA Decarboxylator
  • Ice cream maker
  1. Decarb cannabis in the oven or in the Ardent Nova decarboxylator. Wrap your decarbed plant material in a cheesecloth, or simply throw the whole buds in the saucepan with milk over low heat for 60-90 minutes, never allowing it to come to a boil. Keep the temperature around 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together the egg yolks and sugar with a whisk. Very slowly, stir in the scolded, infused cannabis milk, allowing it to temper as you pour and stir.
  3. Add the mixture to a saucepan and place it on the stove over medium heat until thick.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract, almond extract, cherry extract, and Maraschino cherries. Add your mixture to an ice cream maker to finish and serve.

4. Strawberry Cannabis Ice Cream Recipe

Required Ingredients
  • 2 cups diced strawberries (or diced chocolate covered strawberries for added flavor)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Cannabis
Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Saucepan
  • Cheesecloth/fine mesh strainer
  • NOVA Decarboxylator
  • Blender or food processor
  • Ice cream maker
  1. Decarb cannabis in the oven or in the Ardent Nova decarboxylator. Wrap your decarbed plant material in a cheesecloth, and place it in the saucepan with milk over low heat for 60-90 minutes, never allowing it to come to a boil. Keep the temperature around 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place strawberries in a bowl with half of your sugar and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine your strawberry mixture with heavy cream, vanilla extract, salt, and the other half of the sugar, before slowly mixing in your scolded, infused milk. Place to the side.
  4. Add your mixture to an ice cream maker to finish and serve, or place in the freezer for a more firm scoop.

Canna Ice Cream Conclusion

There are so many ways to create cannabis infused ice creams at home. Transform your favorite THC and CBD products into delicious munchies by bringing the creamery to you. The Ardent Nova helps you activate all the cannabinoids in your plant material, then helps you infuse with the press of a button. From there, the possibilities are endless. Tag us in your cannabis dishes on Instagram for the chance to get re-posted!

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How to Make Cannabis Lotions — Cannabis Topicals 101

Revolutionary is a pretty big word but can definitely be used in the context of cannabis-infused lotions and balms. They provide medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effect of THC.

Cannabis has been with us for centuries, but innovation and curiosity have made a huge impact on how we enjoy this age-old plant. While more traditional methods of cannabis consumption like smoking a joint or using a bong are still popular, edibles, vaporizing, and topicals are gaining more traction.

Let’s take a closer look at cannabis topicals and discuss what they are, how they work, and how you can make your own cannabis-infused lotions at home.

What Are Cannabis Topicals and How Do They Work?

Cannabis topicals come in a variety of forms, including creams, balms, lotions, oils and lubricants. These products work by delivering cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis plant directly to receptors in the epidermis and dermis.

What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Topicals?

Cannabis topicals have a unique range of benefits. Topicals containing THC, for example, can deliver the powerful effects of this cannabinoid without the head high, which for some people can be undesirable or unpleasant. Unlike smoking or vaporizing, which deliver cannabinoids and terpenes into the bloodstream and to a variety of receptors all around the body, topicals have the benefit of acting on a very localized area.

Check out other benefits of cannabis topicals:

  • They’re easy to use. Dabbing or smoking can be tricky, especially for people new to cannabis. Using a topical, however, is as simple as smearing cream or lotion on your body.
  • They’re simple to dose. It can be easy to overstep the line when smoking, vaping, or eating weed. With topicals, however, dosing is super simple, and taking a larger dose won’t cause any unwanted side effects.
  • They offer a slow, steady, and controlled release. The effects of smoking or vaping cannabis can set in very quickly, while edibles can take up to 1 hour to take effect. Both edibles and smoked/vaped cannabis can seem overwhelming for some users. Topicals draw a nice middle ground between the two, offering a fast onset with a steady release and the ability to re-apply when necessary.
  • They omit the lungs. While cannabis connoisseurs are quick to defend smoking weed, research has shown that cannabis smoke contains many of the same harmful compounds found in tobacco smoke.
  • They avoid first-pass metabolism. When you swallow cannabis, be it in the form of a brownie, capsule or oil tincture, it usually loses concentration (and potency) by the time it reaches the bloodstream. Cannabis topicals bypass this problem because they don’t pass through the digestive tract.
  • They avoid drug fluctuation levels. When you smoke or vaporize cannabis, the number of cannabinoids and terpenes delivered to your system can fluctuate dramatically depending on your smoking pattern. Topicals, on the other hand, offer a steady flow of cannabinoids and terpenes to your system, which is great for anyone using cannabis medicinally and those in need of lasting relief.

What Can Cannabis Topicals and Lotions Do for You?

Thanks to their mechanism of action, cannabis topicals can offer relief to people dealing with a wide variety of issues, affecting mainly muscles and skin. Best of all, as we mentioned earlier, topicals offer this relief without the psychedelic effects of THC-rich cannabis.

Potential anti-inflammatory [1] properties of both THC and CBD have been widely researched. When using topicals, you’re able to deliver these cannabinoids directly to the areas needing them most. This localized mechanism of action could help soothe muscles when injured or strained by exercise.

But the powerful effects of cannabis can do much more. If you are dealing with skin imperfections, like blemishes or redness, or you are looking for creams to help with rough or sensitive skin, you can also consider trying cannabis-infused creams. Rather than smoking, vaping, or eating your bud, using a cannabis lotion can offer faster and more targeted relief, by working directly on the affected regions of the skin.

You can also use cannabis topicals, like lotions and creams, as part of your daily moisturizing or skincare routine to promote general health of the skin. Studies have shown [2] , for example, that the endocannabinoid system may play an important role in promoting skin homeostasis, which suggests that using cannabis-derived topicals may be an excellent holistic approach to the overall health of your skin.

What Are Transdermal Cannabis Patches?

Unlike topicals, which only reach receptors in the epidermis and dermis, transdermal cannabis patches penetrate through the skin, delivering cannabinoids and terpenes to blood vessels in the hypodermis (also known as the subcutaneous layer).

Once applied to the skin, the compounds contained in a transdermal patch travel down through the skin until they reach the capillary vessels in the hypodermis. From there, they enter the bloodstream and are capable of reaching other receptors in the area. Transdermal patches can offer wider-reaching and longer-lasting relief.

How to Apply Cannabis Topicals

  1. Wash your skin with mild soap and warm water, then dry it completely.
  2. If you’re trying a new brand or type of lotion for the first time, consider spot testing it on a small area of skin first, just to check how your skin reacts.
  3. Apply a thin layer of cannabis lotion and rub it into the skin gently. If you’re using the lotion to treat sore muscles, try massaging the area gently for extra relief. Reapply if needed.
  4. Wash your hands to remove any excess lotion.

Quick Guide to Making a Cannabis- Infused Balm

Now that you know about cannabis topicals, it’s time to get hands-on. Although at home you don’t have the possibilities of multi-national companies when it comes to accurate production processes, you can still create your very own natural cannabis balm. From a technical point of view, the production of cannabis lotions and creams is very similar to making cannabis-infused butter. If you know how to make cannabutter, you pretty much know how to make lotions.


  • 250–500ml of coconut oil
  • 15–30g of dried cannabis flower
  • Cooking pot
  • Cheesecloth (or any kind of fine mesh material)
  • Beeswax, shea butter, almond oil or other ingredients designed to boost skin health (feel free to customize these based on your skin’s needs)
  • Storage containers


  1. Grind your flower and decarboxylate for 45 minutes in an oven preheated to 110°C.
  2. Pour your coconut oil into the cooking pot. Heat gently on low heat.
  3. Add your decarboxylated ground flower to your oil and gently simmer for at least 3–4 hours.
  4. Add any additional ingredients you wish to use to enrich your topical with, then remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool a bit.
  5. Strain through the cheesecloth into your storage containers. Remember to squeeze the mass of flowers through the cheesecloth to avoid wasting any of the product.

When making your own cannabis topicals, we highly recommend to experiment with different ingredients to create a final product tailored to your skin needs. Remember, any ingredient you find in a store-bought cream or lotion (from almond milk to shea butter and anything in between) can be a great addition to your homemade cannabis lotion. Get experimenting and get ready to experience cannabis like never before.

Are you interested in trying cannabis-infused creams and lotions? Discover the properties of cannabis topicals and learn how to easily make them at home.