Making desserts and sweets infused with cannabis sugar is a delicious way to get your greens. And because they all have the main ingredient in common- cannabis sugar, also known as THC sugar, and weed sugar – once you learn to make Marijuana sugar, the rest is ’easy peasy.’
For a variety of reasons, the majority of cannabis consumers prefer extracts over flower. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (a division of the National Institute of Health) published a study that breaks out consumers’ habits by age, race/ethnicity, frequency of use and reasons for turning to cannabis as sensible and natural alternatives to NSAIDs, opioids, sleep aids, SSRIs and alcohol.
And while many consumers swear by the tinctures, oils, suppositories, creams and waxes infused with THC and CBD, nothing compares to biting into a brownie, piece of cake, a gummy, etc. with weed.
Basics Of Cooking With Marijuana
Step one for cooking with cannabis—regardless whether it’s a main course, appetizer, snack or dessert—starts with something called decarboxylation, or decarbing for short. Decarboxylation occurs when Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which isn’t psychoactive, is heated to 250F/120C degrees, turning it into what we know as THC, which gives us the high many consumers seek.
If you light up a joint, use a vape dabbing pipe, a pipe or a bong, you already know you have to light the joint or pipe or heat up the vape before you can inhale. If you’ve ever tried consuming before your preferred method is heated up, nothing happens. So whether you know it or not, you’ve been decarbing your cannabis before consuming it.
There’s another reason you want to decarb your weed. Without the decarbing step, you won’t get the high you seek or the benefits of the cannabinoids. Simply put, your weed must be heated to work. Without it, you’re just consuming weed with zero benefits, recreationally or medicinally.
How To Decarb Your Weed
First break up your buds into smaller pieces. Some people prefer to break it apart by hand and others reach for the grinder. Whatever you like is perfect, so long as you break it up, which allows your flower to bake more thoroughly and evenly. If you prefer the powder a grinder offers but don’t have the hand strength or patience, try using a coffee grinder or a food processor.
The easiest way to decarb your weed is in the oven. Preheat your oven to 250F/120C degrees. You’ll need a baking pan and aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Line your baking pan with the foil or parchment. Take your broken up pieces of weed and place them on the sheet. If you used a grinder, use a wire brush and carefully remove all the weed. When the oven is preheated, put the pan in the oven and bake for ~30 minutes. There are other methods, but this is by far the easiest and least time-consuming. In future articles we’ll look at the other methods and compare and contrast.
Place your weed in a mason jar so you can make your Marijuana sugar. Turn your oven down to 200F/93C degrees.
How To Make Marijuana Infused Sugar
Adding THC sugar to your brownie, cake or cookie batter will take your desserts from yummy to out of this world.
What you’ll need:
- 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of granulated (white or brown) sugar
- Grain alcohol of 60, 75 or 95% alcohol, such Gem, Everclear or Century
- 3 grams or a little less than 1/8 of an ounce of decarbed weed
Three Simple Steps
- Having just decarbed your weed, pour the alcohol over the weed. Shake your decarbed weed in five-minute intervals for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, drape your cheesecloth over a bowl and pour the mixture into the cheesecloth. Discard or compost the solid portion and add sugar to the bowl.
- Next, using a spatula to spread the weed sugar in a baking dish (glass or ceramic but not metal) and bake at 200F/93C until the alcohol has evaporated off and the cannabis sugar is golden in color.
Uses For Cannabis Sugar
The uses for cannabis sugar are literally endless. Add it to your coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Use it in place of sugar in your baking: cakes, cookies, pies, breads, pizza dough, scones, tiramisu, etc. Add it to your cereal—hot or cold—and in or to anything that calls for sugar.
You can make a huge batch and store the unused portion in a Pyrex bowl or Tupperware (or equivalent). If you live in a hot and in particular humid climate—where mold grows quickly – you can also store your unused portion in the freezer. Of course this means you can also use THC sugar to make ice cream.
Do you have any recipes you’d like to share using cannabis sugar?