How to make Cannabis-Infused Sugar

Learn how to make delicious, versatile cannabis sugar using a cannabis alcohol tincture and white sugar for a staple cannabis recipe that can be used to make a wide variety of medicated recipes.

WHAT IS CANNABIS SUGAR?

I have to admit, it really took me some time to wrap my head around the science of making cannabis edibles the correct way. Now that I feel a bit more advanced in my culinary cannabis skills, I wanted to try something new.

Most of my cannabis recipe inspiration comes from Instagram or cannabis cooking shows on Netflix, and somewhere along the way, I saw someone making cannabis sugar.

I love the idea of cannabis sugar because like cannabutter or cannabis-coconut oil, once it’s made, it can act as a staple recipe to easily infuse all other recipes.

I also love the versatility of cannabis sugar, once it is made you can use it for so many different recipes including cannabis fudgechocolate chip cookies, and even cocktails and drinks or a scoop in your morning recipe.

Plus, if you’re looking for a very, very potent recipe – you could use both cannabis coconut oil AND cannabis sugar together for a double dose of CBD or THC.

Unfortunately, this is not a quick recipe and there are a few things you need to do before you can even get started making infused sugar. Here’s what you need to do first:

  1. Decarboxylate your cannabis flower
  2. Make a cannabis alcohol tincture
  • You can not make cannabis-infused sugar without the alcohol tincture
  • You can not make cannabis sugar with coconut oil or any other type of fat

WHY THE COMPLICATED PROCESS?

Culinary cannabis truly involves a lot of science, and there are tried and true processes to follow in order to get the best quality final product.

Dried cannabis flowers do not naturally contain high amounts of THC or CBD, they contain THCA and CBDA, an acidic form of the cannabinoids.

Applying heat or solvents, in this case, heat and alcohol, decarboxylate the THCA and CBDA into the active forms of THC and CBD, a process called decarboxylation.

Skipping the decarbing process may result in a weaker final product with inactive, or non-intoxicating, effects.

The process of making a cannabis tincture is then used with alcohol as the solvent to extract the active cannabinoids THC and CBD from the plant matter, leaving you a concentrated cannabis extract (essentially the same process as to make vanilla extract!)

Once you have your cannabis alcohol tincture made, you are then going to pour the tincture directly over the white sugar and stir.

The final outcome of this recipe is based on the complete evaporation of all of the alcohol, leaving behind just the extracted cannabis oils bound to the sugar crystals.

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