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Here’s a very simple recipe for making cannabis (weed) infused sugar! Canna sugar, (also known as weed, marijuana or pot infused sugar), can be used just like real sugar easily making just about anything medicated! Stir a spoonful into your coffee or tea, add to your favorite cookie or candy recipe, the choices are endless!
It is best to try this cannasugar recipe with some fresh, good quality cannabis. Experimenting with different strains will produce sugars with unique flavors that can be tailored to your needs. If you are in a legal state and have a medical marijuana card, you can easily buy a gram or 2 of a few different strains to see which you like the most.
This cannasugar recipe easily scales up or down, so feel free to make as much as you want! Potency can be reduced for those wanting less, simply use either less cannabis to fit your personal needs. You can also experiment with different strains which can add their own flavors and aromas to your final product.
Sugar does not dissolve very well in high proof alcohols. You can remedy this by making a quick syrup of sugar and water and then adding the alcohol to that. (This is my preferred method.) The only downside is that drying can take a bit longer due to the water content.
Sugar will dissolve much better in alcohol that has a higher water content (i.e. lower proof). Higher proof alcohols will do a better extraction of the cannabis versus the lower proof alcohols, and will not get as green.
If you don’t care about the color you can do the extraction for the cannasugar recipe with a lower proof. You can also minimize the color by water curing your flower first. Keep your cannasugar stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place and it will probably last forever.
Need to make your extract first? Here are 2 methods to create cannabis extracts using either Isopropyl Alcohol or Ethanol. If you are making this to use in this canna sugar recipe, I would only use the Ethanol QWET method. QWET – Easy 3-minute Quick Wash Ethanol Extraction
This one is for the ISO extraction: QWISO – Easy 3 Minute Quick Wash ISO Extraction
Canna Sugar Recipe Ingredients
- 1/8 oz. (3.5gr) cannabis flowers, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup (100gr) white sugar or turbinado sugar
- 2/3 cup (150ml) Any drinkable alcohol – you can get creative with flavors! ->
**Do Not Use Isopropyl Alcohol in your cannasugar recipe**
- The day before you plan to make your canna sugar recipe, place the alcohol in the freezer and let it sit overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F (120C). Place your coarsely chopped cannabis in a small shallow dish, like a pie plate (glass if you have it). Cover tightly with 2 layers of aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely.
- Transfer the now decarboxylated flower into a Mason jar. Pour the alcohol in to the jar and ensure the cannabis is completely covered.
- Put the lid on the jar and swirl gently to agitate. Place the jar in the freezer for 10 minutes, gently swirling to mix every 2 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, remove the jar from the freezer and strain through a coffee filter into the clean pie plate you used previously.
- Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.* Alternatively, you can combine the alcohol mixture and the sugar in the cleaned Mason jar and then pour the resulting mixture into the shallow dish.
- Place the pie plate on an electric griddle with the temperature set to low. Alternatively, you can use a heating pad. Using a small fan to provide good air circulation, let the mixture sit undisturbed until no more alcohol remains. You can always feel free to just let it sit and evaporate on its own as well if you’re not in a hurry.
- Gather the remaining cannabis infused sugar from the dish making sure to break up larger pieces. 30 seconds with a mortar & pestle or a few pulses in a blender will break up any lumps if you want.
- Store the sugar in an airtight storage container until ready for use.
* Sugar does not dissolve very well in high proof Ethanol, like Everclear. To speed up the process, you can dissolve the sugar in an equal part of water until a syrup is formed. Then mix the syrup with the alcohol.
3.5gr of cannabis containing 25% THC will yield approximately 800mg of THC in your final product. This recipe will yield about 25-30 teaspoons of canna sugar, giving it an average THC content of approximately 20-25mg per tsp. Make sure you measure your batch to see exactly how much you have before performing the potency calculation.
If you do not know the THC percentage of your flower, you would need to either use the average THC content of the strain and hope you are close or purchase a home cannabis testing device to test for thc potency.
- Remember, Ethanol vapors are extremely flammable and are heavier than air. Avoid sources of ignition. Using a gas oven is not recommended due to the potential for fire or explosion.
- A note on grinding: grinding your flower finely will produce a much greener looking and tasting sugar. To avoid this, simply break the buds apart with your fingers into pea sized pieces.
- Save the leftover buds! There’s still some cannabinoids present in them. Let them air dry and they can be used for infusing coconut oil, or simply grind them up and put into gelcaps for consumption.
- You can use Freeze Dried Cannabis in this recipe as well. Read about our recommended freeze dryer for freeze dryer weed.
Want an even cleaner look and taste?
Water Cure your flower first! After decarbing your flower in the oven, put it into a mason jar and fill with reverse-osmosis distilled water. Place the jar in the refrigerator. When the water begins to darken from the color leeching out of the buds, gently empty the colored liquid and replace with clean water; at least once a day.
Continue this process until color no longer leeches out of the buds. Depending on numerous factors, this process can take anywhere from 3-12 days. Once achieved, dry your cannabis using any quick dry method you prefer. Water curing removes all the water-soluble material from the plant leaving you some rather dull, lifeless looking buds. That’s OK though, its now even more potent by weight due to the loss of extraneous materials you didn’t want in your cannasugar recipe.
Using water cured flower in your cannasugar recipe will produce a sugar that is still mostly white and without hardly any plant tastes at all.
Can you use Isopropyl Alcohol (ISO) to make cannasugar?
You should NOT use Isopropyl Alcohol (ISO) to make cannasugar, as ISO is poisonous. You must use Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) like Everclear to make your canna sugar.
What is CannaSugar used for?
Cannasugar can be used as a substitute for regular sugar in any recipe that you wish to infuse with Cannabis. You can put canna sugar in your morning coffee for an excellent pick-me-up! Making cookies? Use cannasugar instead of cannabutter and you won’t get that “hashy” taste.
How long does it take Cannasugar to work?
Canna Sugar works in similar fashion to other edibles. It can take as little as 30 minutes to upwards of 2 hours for cannasugar to “kick in”. Quicker absorption is aided by consuming a small amount of fat to help the THC get into your system faster.
What can I put Cannasugar in?
You can put cannasugar in any recipe that calls for regular sugar. You can also put it in your coffee or tea, or as a sweetener for any beverage. Cannasugar, like regular sugar, dissolves much faster in warm beverages than in cold ones.
How long can you store canna sugar?
Cannasugar will store almost indefinitely if kept in a cool, dry place. You can also store canna sugar in the freezer to extend its shelf life.
What alcohol is best for Cannasugar?
The best alcohols to use for cannasugar should have some water content to aid in the sugar’s dissolving. Very strong alcohol, like Everclear, has very little water and sugar will have a hard time dissolving in it. Clear alcohols like Vodka are a much better alcohol to use to make cannasugar.
What does an edible high feel like?
The Edible high can vary from person to person and can range from a relaxed, sleepy feeling when using Indica strains, to an energetic, upbeat feeling when using Sativas. Different strains produce different results, so you can get any possible combination of these effects depending on the strain you use.