Having canna sugar – or cannabis sugar to give it its full title – can easily sweeten anything. You are just a step from transforming any dish, meal, snack, or drink into something a little bit special.
Also referred to as THC sugar, canna sugar is a great way to chill out. Whether it’s dinner, a late lunch, or just relaxing at home, a little cannabis sugar can make all the difference.
Essentially, canna sugar allows you to sweeten anything edible with a sprinkle of THC sugar. This avoids the need to add infused fat such as cannabis oil or canna butter, for example.
But what precisely is canna sugar?
Cannabis sugar, as its name suggests, is a sugar that has been infused with cannabis. All this entails is a brief soak in grain alcohol of some sort and then a brief time in the oven. The chief advantage of canna sugar is that it’s highly versatile. You can use it in countless ways, such as:
- cookies and brownies
- in your morning bowl of baked oatmeal
- in various recipes, including cannabis caramel
- or in tea and coffee throughout your day
Sugar, spice, and all nice things are made even better with THC sugar instead.
Why should you use canna sugar?
A perfectly rolled joint is the iconic cannabis smoking experience. As classics go, it’s right up there. A few toots on an exquisitely rolled blunt or vape is almost spiritual and divine. And they are virtually guaranteed to produce results every single time.
But with cannabis, there’s no requirement to be too set in your ways. In some settings, you may prefer a long, cool pull on a cannabis joint. Or fire up your vape pen instead. At yet other times, having an edible might be precisely what you fancy. It is down to the circumstances and your personal preference at the time.
While smoking and vaping are classic old-school experiences, edibles make for something completely different. They produce a truly unique high that alters your perspective on your surroundings. As the cannabis courses around your body, it can make everything seem better; a comedy on TV or that forgotten snack you found at the back of the cupboard.
Also, taking the time to make an edible like cannabis sugar ensures you can jazz up any beverage, meal, or snack in an instance. Just crash out the canna sugar, and with a little sprinkle here and there, you can make almost anything extra special.
Making canna sugar for the first time? Avoid these silly rookie mistakes.
We have all heard cautionary tales about trying cannabis edibles like THC sugar before. If not, you can find plenty of sorry sagas recalled online.
Typically, they involved an eager first-time user trying out a new edible. Then, when there’s no instant effect, they become impatient.
They start clock watching, and 45 minutes to an hour, the THC hasn’t kicked in as expected. So they decide the solution is to up the ante and take a second dose to see if that will help. Inevitably, within minutes of this second dose, things start to take a turn for the worst. It’s then that they realize they have double dosed, and they are in for a long night. A very long night as often as not.
With edibles such as canna sugar (sometimes marketed as THC sugar), caution is always advisable. After your first dose, always wait a couple of hours to feel the effects kick in. This is particularly true if you are experimenting with a recipe for the first time using cannabis sugar. Due to the variables, you are never sure how potent the end result will be. You may even wish to be ultra-cautious and start with a half dose. The worst-case scenario here is that you discover you need a bigger dose the next time. So there’s little to be lost by being a little canny at first.
Another classic rookie mistake is forgetting to decarboxylate the cannabis. If you skip this step, your edibles won’t get you high. They may well be delicious, but don’t expect a rush anytime soon.
What’s decarboxylation, then?
Decarboxylation is a technical term for the chemical reaction that results from heating marijuana to prompt cannabinoid THCA to convert to THC. This process happens immediately when you smoke cannabis as you are adding the heat source. But when you ingest cannabis, this heating must have happened ahead of time for the edible to have any intoxicating effect.
However, the good news is that it’s pretty tricky to get decarboxylation wrong. All it entails is grinding up some cannabis, placing it on a baking sheet, and popping the baking tray in the oven. You need to have the oven at approximately 220 to 245 F (105 to 120 C) and then bake the cannabis for around 30 to 45 minutes.
Check on progress every 10 minutes to ensure the cannabis isn’t getting scorched. You will also want to open your kitchen window or turn on the extractor fan. You should also keep your kitchen door closed. That way, you won’t have your whole house smelling like a cannabis farm.
How do you make canna sugar?
Three grams of cannabis
One cup of grain-based alcohol
One cup of white sugar, about 200 grams or so
A glass storage jar
Making cannabis sugar is very like creating a cannabis tincture.
Place roughly three grams of ground and decarboxylated cannabis into a jar. Pour the grain-based alcohol over the cannabis. It should entirely cover all the cannabis. Then close the jar tight.
Let the jar rest for about half an hour, and then shake it every couple of minutes.
Next, filter the liquid through the cheesecloth into a bowl. Then discard the remaining cannabis remnants left behind in the cheesecloth.
Add your sugar to the filtered liquid, stir thoroughly, and pour it into an oven-proof glass baking dish.
Bake at 200 F (93 C) and stir regularly until all the alcohol has evaporated. Once this has happened, remove the baking dish from the oven. Alternatively, you pour the strained liquid onto a pie plate and place it at low heat on a stove. Monitor it closely and remove it from the heat when all the alcohol has evaporated.
You are left with lumps of sugar, which you can break up and store in an airtight container.
How much canna sugar is it safe to use?
If this is your debut with THC sugar, you should proceed with caution. Try only half a teaspoon of cannabis sugar at first, as you don’t know the strength or how it will affect you.
Generally speaking, there are about 48 teaspoons of sugar in a cup. The volume of THC in your canna sugar depends mainly on the potency of the cannabis strain in question.
For example, three grams of a cannabis strain containing 20% THC will typically comprise 600 mg of THC. Dividing the 600 mg by the 48 teaspoons of sugar gives you 12.5 mg of THC in every teaspoon. So half a teaspoon is equivalent to roughly 6 mg of THC. Although, you should note that everyone’s tolerance varies considerably.
Notwithstanding your cannabis potency, using half a teaspoon of THC sugar should be your starting point until you figure out the strength and how it affects your body. The worst that can happen is that you need to take more the next time.