Learn to make your own cannabis sugar (or substitute) at home, easily and safely

Safety is a priority for me as a lifelong cannabis consumer, and creating edibles is a natural part of that consumption. I learned to create cannabis sugar from my mother, an original hippie, and shared that recipe recently with Big Buds Magazine.


Most cannabis enthusiasts are of course familiar with edibles, and some have even taken the time to create their own dank deliciousness with the aid of the amazing cannabutter. What some enthusiasts may not know, however, is that they can also create their own at-home cannabis sugar (and sugar substitutes) with only a few simple ingredients.

As a diabetic, I have to be careful with any edible I consume to be sure there is not too much actual sugar in them. When making my own edibles, I also consider the desired effect and for what I will be using it. Am I going to be baking a sweet treat or creating a staple snack such as granola?

As a resident of Washington state, I am finding my local budtenders to be indispensable advisors when it comes to acquiring the correct cannabis strain and for explaining the expected effects. Being able to choose a specific strain instead of making black-market purchases certainly ensures a better product for me. I recommend doing a little research and sampling a bit of the flower before making a larger purchase for cooking purposes.

If I want a more relaxing, calming product that will aid in pain relief, I select an indica strain such as Northern Lights or Blueberry. If I want a treat that will provide a nice energy boost with a marked appetite enrichment, I will go with a strong sativa strain such as Alaskan Thunderfuck or Tangie. You can also go with a hybrid to get the best of both worlds.

Once you’ve landed on the desired effects and chosen the perfect strain, it’s time to make your cannabis-infused sweetener. Creating infused sugar is easy and can be used in many ways — from a spoonful in your morning coffee to sprinkling a little on your breakfast cereal, you will discover a lot of uses for this recipe.

Cannabis Sugar Recipe


  • 6 grams of well-ground, decarboxylated cannabis
  • 1 cup of high-proof, clear alcohol such as vodka or Everclear (do not use rubbing alcohol)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar (or sugar substitute such as stevia), about 250 grams


  • Sealable jar or bowl with lid
  • 13×9 baking sheet
  • Cheesecloth
  • Extra-clean bowl


  1. Begin by decarboxylating your well-ground cannabis on the baking sheet. This involves baking your buds at a low heat of about 250 degrees Fahrenheit for around 30 to 40 minutes in order to activate the plant’s psychoactive THC effects.
  2. Allow cannabis to cool before transferring to the sealable jar or bowl.
  3. Combine cannabis with the alcohol in the jar so that the weed is completely covered by the liquid. Sealing the jar so that it’s airtight, shake well every two to three minutes for 30 minutes.
  4. Drain material through the cheesecloth into a clean bowl, wringing thoroughly and discarding remaining plant matter.
  5. Add granulated sugar (or sugar substitute) to strained alcohol solution and mix thoroughly.
  6. Spread sugar mixture on the baking sheet in a thin, even layer and place in a slightly warmed oven at about 200 degrees F, allowing alcohol to evaporate by stirring regularly.
  7. Once the liquid has evaporated, store sugar in an airtight container for future use.

Dosing is an important part of creating edibles, and most commercial creators suggest a 10mg serving size of THC (as do states with legal recreational cannabis). I typically don’t use top-shelf or high-grade product when making infused sugar, opting instead for some simple shake that is well decarbed. Always keep in mind that the quality of your flower will affect your final product.

So, take a few minutes to create a batch of infused sugar, put a kettle on, and enjoy a wonderful cup of tea or coffee with the knowledge you are imbibing a natural medication of your own creation. As always, keep all goodies out of the reach of kids and pets and enjoy responsibly.

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