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Published: May 20th, 2023
Categories: Cooking With Cannabis
In recent years, the world of cannabis edibles has undergone a drastic evolution. Gone are the days of limited options and inaccurate dosing. The modern era has ushered in a remarkable amount of diversity, from THC tongue strips and entire infused meals to precise dosing and standardisation policies in legal regions. Outside of dispensaries and cannabis-themed restaurants, cannabis lovers continue to cook up new and exciting ideas. Here, we present you with one of the most flexible cannabis edible options around: cannabis-infused syrup.
You can add this sweet treat to any recipe that calls for syrup, or, if you have a particular sweet tooth, you can eat it straight from the spoon. Below, you’ll learn everything about canna syrup, including how to use it and how to make it in your own kitchen.
This versatile and enticing cannabis edible has become a popular option among budding cannabis chefs. As evidenced by its name, cannabis-infused syrup combines the active constituents of weed with a liquified form of sugar. As a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional cannabis edibles, artisan crafters add this delectable elixir to a wide range of recipes.
The effects of cannabis-infused syrup boil down to the cultivar used in the creation process. Many phytochemicals found in the buds end up in the syrup, including cannabinoids such as THC and CBD as well as a wide range of terpenes that possess both stimulating and stoning effects.
Opt for a high-THC strain packed with the likes of limonene, and you’ll experience more of a motivating and energising effect once the syrup kicks in. In contrast, select a high-CBD strain packed with myrcene, and you’ll plunge yourself into a clear-headed and deeply relaxed state of mind.
As one of the most versatile forms of cannabis edibles, the limits of using cannabis-infused syrup stop with your imagination. You can add it to a whole host of different recipes, or even come up with ingenious ways to use it as a standalone product. Some of the best ways to put your viscous edible to use include:
• Granola bars
• Sweetened drinks
• Savoury sauces
• Cannabis capsules
• Salad dressing
• Pancake or waffle drizzle
• Ginger cake
• Treacle sponge
The list above has your mouth well and truly watering. To satiate your desire, we’re going to walk you through exactly what it takes to create a batch of cannabis-infused syrup at home. It doesn’t take much effort at all, you’ll be pleased to hear. Simply gather up the supplies and follow the instructions listed below, and you’ll have yourself a THC-rich bounty ready for the delicious fate of firing up your taste buds.
Before we dive into the meat of the matter, you need to prepare your weed accordingly. The term decarboxylation sounds like it requires a chemistry set, a white coat, and a pair of goggles—worry not. Also known by the more simple name of decarbing, this process simply involves heating your buds at a certain temperature for a specific amount of time to activate the THC within.
The syrup recipe below requires 100g of cannabis flower or trim. If you're using trim, you can skip step one in the following decarb instructions.
To decarb your weed, follow these simple steps:
1. Grind your weed into a coarse powder to increase its surface area.
2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
3. Spread your weed evenly across the baking paper.
4. Preheat your oven to 115℃.
5. Place the tray into the oven for 45 minutes.
6. Remove your weed from the oven and set aside to cool.
Right, you’ve successfully decarbed your weed. Next, you need to gather the following supplies to whip up a batch of cannabis-infused syrup. Grab these items:
• Empty honey or maple syrup squeeze bottles (or storage container)
• Wooden or silicone spoon
• 100g cannabis flower or trim
• 700ml water
• 360g sugar
• 3 tbsp vegetable glycerine
Congratulations, you have everything you need to get going! Follow the simple steps below, and you’ll have yourself a container loaded with canna syrup in no time.
1. Pour your water into the saucepan and bring to a rolling boil on the stove.
2. Add the sugar to the boiling water, stirringly thoroughly with your wooden or silicone spoon until completely dissolved.
3. Add the cannabis flower or trim, and stir thoroughly for one minute.
4. Cover the mixture with the saucepan lid and reduce to a simmer, stirring every couple of minutes.
5. Remove the lid, add the glycerine, and allow the mixture to simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to cool.
7. Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into your bowl.
8. If you’re using a storage container, transfer your syrup from the bowl into the container, and place it in the fridge to store for up to three months.
9. You also have the option of using a funnel to transfer the mixture into empty squeeze bottles to easily apply it to dishes and drinks.
When it comes to cannabis edibles, always go low and slow. Oral cannabis has a notorious reputation for inducing powerful and often overwhelming experiences, partly because it creeps on over a longer period of time compared to smoking. Start by adding only a teaspoon of canna syrup to your first couple of recipes. Increase the dose gradually, if necessary, once you become acquainted with the effects and know what to expect.
Well, it looks like you have a whole load of canna syrup at your disposal. Only one question remains: how are you going to use it? As you’ve read above, you have a whole list of options, including using it as a pancake drizzle, mixing it into drinks, or placing it into capsules. Sit back to enjoy the taste, and buckle up to enjoy the high!