How to Make Cannabis Sugar or Salt
Updated: Apr 23
Once you know how to make cannabis-infused sugar and salt, you can turn any treat into a cannabis treat. Imagine the possibilities; cannabis-infused coffee or tea, homemade gummies, sprinkling on a muffin or canna-popcorn and seasoning rubs. In this post, I'll teach you how to make the perfect cannabis sugar or salt, how to figure out dosing, storage tips and tricks and the one thing you MUST avoid. Let's go!
What is Cannabis Sugar or Salt?
It's exactly what it sounds like, sugar or salt that has been infused with CBD or THC. To make cannabis sugar or salt, all you need is a cannabis-infused alcohol tincture and some sugar or salt. Really, that's it! There are no special tools or equipment needed, so let's go.
Three Simple Steps
Cannabis-infused sugar or salt is SUPER simple to make and you don't need any special tools. Let's break it down.
Step 1: Make your tincture.
The tincture is also super simple to make, you can watch the steps in the video below or check out this post (coming soon):
Step 2: Add Sugar or Salt
Next, grab a shallow glass baking dish. I've tried this in other containers and it's a hot mess, so a glass, rectangle cake pan is your friend here. In that pan, mix together your tincture with about 1.5-2 times as much sugar or salt. Don't roll your "I hate math" eyes at me, you can do this. If you have 1 cup of tincture, you'll need 1.5 to two cups-ish of sugar. If you've got 1/2 a cup of liquid you'll need about 3/4 cup-ish of sugar. Why the 'ish'? It's because you're going for the LOOK of the sugar or salt, not necessarily the amount. You want it to look like wet sand. If you add too little sugar, you'll just need longer for evaporation and if you add too much, all your sugar grains may not be equally dosed. But you have a LOT of leeway between those two extremes, so don't start freaking out. You can use any kind of sugar or salt you'd like, but artificial sweeteners like Splenda don't work at all.
Step 3: Allow the alcohol to evaporate
Here's where the ONE THING YOU SHOULD NEVER DO comes in. And yes, I'm yelling at you in all caps because this is serious. If you have a GAS OVEN, please for the love of God, let your alcohol evaporate on the counter.
If, on the other hand, you have an electric oven like me, you've got a little shortcut. Preheat your oven to the lowest possible temperature which is usually 170 Fahrenheit or 77 celsius. The reason I want it at a super low temperature is so that I can evaporate off the alcohol without causing some sort of fire. Pop your mix into the oven and then pull it out of the oven every 10 minutes and stir it. You'll continue to do that for 30-60 minutes until it comes back and it looks and pours like regular sugar does.
How to Store Cannabis Sugar or Cannabis Salt
If you've been following me for a while you already know what I'm going to say: Glass mason jars. That's how I'd prefer you store ALL your cannabis creations. Keep it in a cool, dry place for 6-12 months or more!
How to Figure out Dosing?
Great question! You're going to figure out the dosing BEFORE you even make your cannabis tincture. If you don't know the potency of your tincture, you're going to start with a stupidly small dose of your sugar/salt (1/8th of a tsp) to see how it affects you. Please wait at least FOUR HOURS before you decide 1/8 tsp wasn't enough. Continue increasing your dose in 1/8 tsp increments until you hit your sweet spot!
Why is my canna-sugar brown or green?
That will totally depend on the colour of your tincture. If your tincture is very green or brown, then your cannabis sugar will turn out that way as well, and there's nothing wrong with that. It just looks a little bit different.
Go forth and be awesome!
Okay, now you have all the skills to make your own beautiful cannabis sugar or cannabis salt and I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT! Please, let me know how it turned out. Send me your recipes. Hell, send me your epic fails and we can figure it out together.