Cannabis sugar is the newest ingredient you need to get creative in the kitchen. You may have heard of cannabutter, cannamilk, and canna-oil, all of which are pretty helpful in cooking. However, cannasugar is the latest invention that talented cooks will find useful.
Cannasugar is super easy to work into any diet, and it opens up brand new possibilities in terms of creating edibles.
As you can imagine, it adds a sweet twist to any dish. It’s super easy to work into any diet, and it opens up brand new possibilities in terms of creating edibles. If you have ever felt limited by the need to add butter to your recipes, then cannasugar is the ingredient for you.
Keep reading to learn how to make this handy ingredient.
Why Is Cannabis Sugar Useful?
Cannabis sugar is exactly what it sounds like. It’s sugar infused with the cannabinoids from cannabis. It’s a super versatile, sweet ingredient that can be used as a staple in numerous recipes, adding a little cannabinoid magic to any dish.
The benefit of it is that you don’t need to add extra oil or other fatty substances to bulk up the cannabinoid content. Plus, it adds a little sweetness. You can use it in the same way as regular sugar, which is what makes it so great for those with a sweet tooth.
Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to make cannasugar at home. There are more steps involved than cannabutter, but once you have done the process once, it becomes simpler. Below are some basics you need to understand before beginning.
The Basics of Cooking with Cannabis
Cannabis cooking does not have to be complicated. However, there are a couple of things you need to know before beginning.
1. All forms of cooking edibles involve decarboxylating the weed. This means baking the raw cannabis buds at a low heat for about 35 minutes to activate the cannabinoids. Make sure you factor the decarboxylating time into your creation of cannasugar.
2. A little goes a long way with edibles. Don’t waste money by adding too much cannabis to the recipe, as you may find that it’s stronger than you intended. You can use our guide to calculating edible strength to help you, but be aware that you might experience a stronger high with edibles than via smoking.
3. Cannabinoids can degrade at high temperatures. This seems counterproductive given that most people smoke marijuana. Remember that high heat for prolonged time periods can degrade THC into CBN, ruining your chances of a high. Try to reduce the cooking time when roasting or baking edibles.
Cannabis sugar is fantastic because you can add it to so many recipes. It can go in a few dishes that are a little different to stereotypical cannabis edibles, but it can also replace cannabutter and canna-oil in others.
Here are some suggestions:
- Sweeten coffee and tea with it
- Add it to a breakfast bowl of porridge as a sweetener
- Make cannabis cocktails
- Bake cookies, brownies, or cake and replace the sugar with cannasugar
- Sprinkle on desserts like churros and donuts
How to Make Cannabis Sugar
Before you start, choose your favorite cannabis strain and work out how much you need. You will also need sugar and high-proof alcohol such as Everclear. Granulated sugar is the simplest option to use.
- 3g cannabis
- 120ml high-proof alcohol
- 100g sugar
- Grind the cannabis up roughly. Don’t grind it too much into a powder – it needs to be coarse. Spread the plant matter on a lined baking tray and bake for 250˚F for 35-40 minutes.
- Reduce the oven heat to 200˚F. Transfer the decarbed cannabis to a mason jar and cover with the alcohol. Screw the lid on very tight and leave for 20 minutes, shaking the jar every five minutes. This will make an alcohol tincture.
- Strain the alcohol mixture through a cheesecloth and into a bowl, removing the plant matter. You can discard this.
- Slowly mix the sugar into the alcohol mixture. Spread the mixture onto a wide baking tray or roasting dish, ensuring it is even. Bake, stirring regularly, until the alcohol has evaporated.
Making Cannasugar: Tips and Tricks
Nailing cannasugar on the first try is not too difficult, but there are some tips and tricks you can use to make sure you get it right.
Use a wide, shallow pan: When baking the sugar, try to use a tray that’s as wide as possible. The alcohol burns off faster with a larger surface area, so keep this in mind.
Be careful and keep an eye on the sugar: Alcohol is flammable, which means putting it in the oven can be dangerous. It’s essential to keep the heat low and keep an eye on it at all times. Some people skip the oven altogether and leave the sugar out to dry for a few days until all the alcohol evaporates.
Stir often: The more you stir the sugar, the more chance the alcohol has to evaporate.
Don’t panic if it’s green: Cannabis sugar varies in color, from yellow to green. The color is not necessarily an indicator of strength or quality, so don’t worry if it looks a bit peculiar compared to regular granulated sugar.
Experiment: Once you know how to make cannasugar, you can play around with the process. Try using different types of sugar such as cane or coconut, and even adding dried herbs like lavender for a more exciting ingredient.
Final Thoughts on Cannasugar
Cannasugar is a great ingredient, and one that every cannabis cook should consider having in their kitchen. It’s an excellent edible ingredient alternative that can replace butter and milk, and it’s perfect for a wide variety of dishes.
Have you ever made cannabis-infused sugar? Let us know how it went in the comments.