Recipe: Cannabis Infused 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 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.