Cannabis has been coming back into its rightful and honorable place as sacred plant medicine, after having been outlawed for most of the 20th century in most of the world. It has begun its slide towards decriminalization and/or full legalization (9 states plus DC and counting!) in earnest. To celebrate, we want to provide you with a lovely suggestion on how to enjoy your probiotics and cannabinoids at the same time!
This cannabis-infused syrup contains psychoactive THC, CBD, plus a host of other amazing cannabinoid molecules all fashioned by this miraculous medicinal plant. It is designed to be used as a sweetener for a cannabis-infused kombucha! You could also use it in cocktails, as a way to relax with a cup of hot tea, or really any recipe calling for sugar or simple syrup.
One of the best things about cannabis is that there are pretty much endless ways to consume it. From smoking to vaping to eating them in edibles you’ve got tons of options. And one of the most interesting ways to do it is to create cannabis infused drinks. The key to making a killer THC-infused beverage is to start by making your own cannabis simple syrup.
Once you’ve got a bottle of homemade cannabis simple syrup you can use it to add a little dose of THC to your favorite drink. Spike your morning coffee or tea, make a glass of lemonade, mix it into a smoothie, or cool off after a day of work with a canna-cocktail.
Whatever you end up making, this recipe for cannabis simple syrup needs to be your starting place.
Here’s What You Need
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 3 cups of fine granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin (you can find this at your local health food store)
- 2 grams of finely chopped or ground cannabis
- A jar, bottle, or some other container
- Strainer and/or cheesecloth
How To Make Cannabis Simple Syrup
Put the water and sugar into a pot. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is fully dissolved.
Once the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is boiling, add the cannabis. Cover the pot and let it boil gently for 20 minutes.
This is probably the most important step of the entire process. That’s because the heat will decarboxylate the cannabis.
Decarboxylation is the process that activates the THC—the stuff you’re trying to get out of the cannabis and into the syrup.
You don’t want the liquid to get so hot it boils over, as this could end up damaging some of the THC. Instead, you want to maintain a nice gentle boil. This will activate all the THC without damaging anything.
After it boils for 20 minutes, reduce the temperature. Now add the vegetable glycerin and let the entire thing simmer for 5 to 6 minutes.
Every minute or so, remove the lid and stir the mixture.
Very carefully pour the hot syrup through your strainer or cheesecloth and into whatever container you’re keeping the syrup in.
Be sure you’ve strained out all the plant matter, and that you’ve gotten all the syrup into your jar.
Go slowly with this step and be careful not to burn yourself or spill any of your syrup.
Let the syrup cool. The mixture will reduce throughout the process, and at this point, you should have somewhere around 3 cups of finished syrup.
You can now use your cannabis simple syrup to add a little sweetness and a nice dose of THC to your favorite drink. Enjoy!
Canna-cocktails, infused with a simple syrup, are a cooling and delicious choice for a wonderful springtime high – sans alcohol.
The strain is up to you, but we found J1 is a good choice. The simple syrup recipe makes about 24 reasonable doses, but of course the dosing depends on the potency that you desire. Go slow, you have all the time in the world.
- 3 cups water
- 4 grams cannabis chopped fine
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- Bring the water to a low boil.
- Slowly add the cannabis, stirring frequently.
- Next, add the sugar, stirring to dissolve.
- Cook for 20 minutes, covered, not allowing the mixture to boil too vigorously.
- Remove cover and add glycerin.
- Continue cooking, gentle bubbles, for 7-8 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken.
- Allow the syrup to cool and transfer to a measuring cup with a spout. (Less spills!)
- Strain the syrup through a small strainer and cheesecloth. Best kept in the fridge.
Find reprieve from that summer heat with this refreshing canna-cocktail infused with a simple syrup made from cannabis!
This cannabis drink recipe works with any strain of bud, so pick your favourite (we’re fans of a well-balanced hybrid). The recipe is good for about 24 sizeable doses, but as always with cannabis products, the dosage depends on your desired potency.
Don’t forget to pair your drinks with something off the barbeque, and some comfortable chairs on the patio or dock.
Ingredients for Cannabis Simple Syrup
- 3 cups of water
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 4 grams of cannabis, finely chopped
Directions for Canna-Cocktail w/ Simple Syrup
- Add the three cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Start adding the chopped cannabis gradually; stir frequently.
- Toss in the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Leave to cook for 20 minutes, covered; don’t allow the mixture to boil aggressively.
- Remove cover, and add the glycerin; continue cooking at a bubble for 7-8 minutes. Stir constantly; the mixture should thicken.
- Allow the syrup to cool, then pour into a measuring cup.
- Finally, strain the syrup through a strainer and cheesecloth to remove any excess cannabis, and enjoy! The beverage is good to store in the fridge.
- 12 fl. oz or 375ml (300g by weight) raw organic sugar
- 12 fl. oz or 375ml filtered water
- 23ml (1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp.) vegetable glycerin (we like this brand)
- 13g cannabis trim (assumes 3% THC potency, for 10mg THC per 8 oz. of finished kombucha– see calculator below to modify potency)
- Preheat oven to 225F.
- Spread cannabis on an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Break into small nuggets or roughly chop.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let cool.
Create simple syrup
- Boil water in a saucepot. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Add decarboxylated cannabis to the pot and stir gently.
- Cover and reduce heat. Let simmer 30 minutes.
- Stir in vegetable glycerin. Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let mixture cool.
- Strain mixture through a cheesecloth into a mixing bowl. Let sit for about 30 minutes to drain.
- Squeeze the solids in the cheesecloth to extract every last drop of syrup.
- Store syrup in a tightly sealed glass container in the refrigerator OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Lasts up to 3 months.
Notes & Assumptions
- Cannabis is legal in your state or jurisdiction, and/or it is legal for you to consume (you are over 21 and/or have a medical registration card to legally possess).
- To maximize the effects, decarboxylate cannabis plant matter first (by low roasting) before making edibles with it. This converts THC-A into THC and increases the psychoactive effect significantly. Decarboxylation is not necessary if you are beginning with oil or concentrate.
- It is believed that extraction efficiency (the rate at which cannabinoids and terpenoids are retained) is 50% for fat-based infusions (THC levels drop from plant form to syrup by 50% during the infusion process). We hold the same assumption for this syrup-based infusion. Calculations incorporate this assumption.