How To Make Cannabis Sugar
Cannabis sugar is the perfect way to liven up your favourite sweet treats. Here’s how to make it at home.
Cannabis has earned itself a special place in the kitchen. Whether you prefer to add it to sweet classics like brownies or savoury delicacies like butter chicken, there are countless ways to infuse your favourite dishes with a healthy dose of bud.
Until now, one of the most common ways to use weed in the kitchen was to incorporate infused butter or oil. But now, cannabis chefs have come up with a new way to cook with weed; cannabis sugar.
Here’s how to make it.
COOKING WITH WEED: SOME BASICS
Before we show you how to make cannabis sugar, it’s important to cover some basics on cooking with cannabis.
One of the most important steps to cooking with weed is decarboxylation. It basically involves baking weed at a low heat for roughly 35-40 minutes. This helps convert some of the THCA (basically an acidic, non-psychoactive compound found in live cannabis plant material) to THC, the active psychoactive compound that gets you stoned. After all, that’s why you’re here, right?
The most important factor for proper decarboxylation is heat. The heat essentially breaks down precursor THCA to THC. Whenever decarboxylating cannabis, make sure to keep your oven temperature at 120°C/250°F max. Any higher and you risk degrading THC and losing potency.
HOW TO MAKE WEED SUGAR
Weed sugar is the perfect way to liven up any of your favourite sweet recipes. Here’s how to make cannabis sugar at home.
- 3 grams cannabis
- 120ml high-proof alcohol, such as Everclear
- 100g granulated sugar
- Roughly grind/chop your weed to a coarse consistency. Spread it out on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake at 120°C/250°F for 35-40 minutes. Make sure your temperature never exceeds this limit.
- Reduce the oven heat to 93°C/200°F. Transfer your decarboxylated weed to a jar and cover with alcohol. Screw the lid on the jar, making sure it is tight and secure.
- Shake the jar every 5 minutes for 20 minutes total. Strain the liquid through some cheesecloth into a clean bowl. Discard the solid plant matter.
- Mix sugar into the strained alcohol solution. Spread evenly into a glass baking dish. Bake at 93°C/200°F, stirring regularly until the alcohol has evaporated and the sugar has a golden colour.
USING MARIJUANA SUGAR
You can use weed sugar like you would regular sugar. Here are some ideas on how to use cannabis sugar in your kitchen:
- Stir into coffee or your favourite tea
- Sweeten your morning porridge
- Make cannabis-infused syrup for cocktails and drinks
- Mix it with cinnamon and sprinkle on donuts or churros
- Use it to replace sugar in your favourite dessert recipes
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Recipe: Cannabis Infused Sugar
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We’ve covered lots of basics of cannabis cooking already, such as cannabis infused oil and weed butter – but what about if you want to add a little sweetness to your buzz? We’ve learned from our CannaKitchen Witchery columnist Stephanie Boucher that fats and oils are the go-to for cannabis cooking , because THC bonds easily with fatty molecules. Making cannabis-infused sugar is a bit trickier, but still an easy process that only requires three ingredients and some basic kitchen appliances. You can try this recipe with THC or CBD dominant flower – up to you!
Total Time: Around 2 hours
- 3 grams cannabis flower*
- ½ cup high-proof alcohol, such as Everclear
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 250°F. Break up your cannabis flower into small pieces with your hands, then spread out into an even layer on a baking sheet. Take care not to let the cannabis heat over 250°F — if this happens, cannabinoids can burn off and your flower will lose potency. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the oven and cool before grinding flower into a coarse powder. A coffee grinder works great, though specific devices are sold for cannabis as well. This decarboxylated weed will keep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to two months.
- Reduce the heat on the oven to 200°F.
- Transfer your decarbed weed to a mason jar and cover with the high proof alcohol. Screw the lid on tight and shake every five minutes for 20 minutes total.
- Strain infused alcohol through a cheesecloth set over a bowl, discarding solids. Mix the sugar into the bowl well, then spread into an even layer in a glass 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place into oven but leave the oven door slightly ajar. The goal here is to evaporate the alcohol from the mixture.
- Bake, stirring occasionally, until the alcohol has evaporated and the sugar is lightly golden and the same consistency as regular sugar. This should take anywhere from one to two hours.
* Note about flower: If your cannabis is tested and you know what your cannabinoid profile is, you can calculate the exact amount of THC or CBD in your infused alcohol, and subsequently in each teaspoon of sugar.
We've covered lots of basics of cannabis cooking already, such as cannabis infused oil and weed butter – but what about if you want to add a little sweetness to