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Winterize Your Cannabis: Strains & Infused Hot Cocoa Recipe

Cannabis in hot chocolate

Chunky knits, warm drinks, and cozy...flower? Yes, even your cannabis can get the winter treatment. As we move into hibernation season, you can adjust your marijuana consumption to fit your chillier surroundings. From winter-themed flower to DIY hot cocoa powder, we have a few suggestions for how to turn your marijuana into merry-juana.
 

Winterized Cannabis Strains

Wondering if cannabis is ever “in season”? The answer is: kind of. This famous plant is influenced by the changing weather, just like other plants. In areas of the northern hemisphere where cannabis cultivation is outdoors, you’ll often see an abundance of flower in the fall harvest months (depending on the strain). However, many cultivation centers also have indoor growing facilities, which means you can have flower at your state-licensed dispensary all year.

And speaking of cannabis flower, here are a few strain suggestions for wintertime!

  • Ice: Ice is a hybrid strain created by crossing several different legacy cultivars: Skunk, Northern Lights, Afghani, and Shiva. A 50/50 hybrid, its buds have a frosty, glass-like look to them, which is why it’s called ‘Ice.’ Don’t expect a chilly flavor palette--this strain has a strong diesel smell and taste.
     
  • Fire OG: Fire OG, also known as Fire OG Kush, is an indica-dominant hybrid strain known for its high levels of THC. It’s bred by crossing OG Kush with San Fernando Valley OG Kush, giving it an earthy taste with woodsy tones and the aroma of sweet pine. The buds are covered in small, red hairs that give the appearance of fire, which is how this cultivar got its name.
     
  • Permafrost: Permafrost is another high-THC strain, created by crossing White Widow with Trainwreck. This sativa-dominant hybrid cultivar gets its name from its buds, which look like they’re covered in glittering snow. It even smells and tastes like fresh pine, making it the perfect winter companion.

Learn more about what gives some cannabis strains their unique, chilly flavors in our Top Terpenes for Winter guide.
 

Cannabis-Infused Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot cocoa mix is great for the cold winter months, providing a delicious and cozy way to liven up your cannabis consumption. We’ve created our own Cannabis Hot Cocoa Mix recipe below, but feel free to add your own flavors. (Hint: for an extra flourish, add a dollop of Whipped Canna-Cream on top!).

Before you start preparing to make your hot cocoa mix, be sure to decarboxylate your cannabis flower. Otherwise, your mix won’t have the impact you were hoping for.

Don’t miss our guide to decarboxylating cannabis flower!
 

Verilife’s Cannabis Hot Cocoa Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cup

Equipment:

  • Airtight container
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp white, granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp of finely ground, decarboxylated marijuana
  • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
     

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, whisk together.

Step 2: Pour into airtight container.

Step 3: Add marshmallows if desired.
 

How to Make the Hot Cocoa

  • Combine 1 cup milk and 1 cup hot cocoa mix in a saucepan.
  • Stir ingredients until well combined.
  • Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Heat until the milk forms small bubbles on the edges of the saucepan (do not boil).
  • Serve in a heat-proof mug or glass.
     

     

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