Canna gummies, also known as cannabis or CBD gummies, have become a popular way to consume cannabis edibles. These tasty treats provide the benefits of cannabis in a discrete, portable, and easy-to-dose format. Making your own canna gummies at home is a fun way to customize your cannabis experience. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you’ll be enjoying homemade canna gummies in no time.
What Are Canna Gummies?
Canna gummies are fruit or vegetable juice-based gummies infused with cannabis. Most recipes call for using cannabis-infused coconut oil, butter, or tincture to provide the CBD and/or THC effects. The gummies themselves are made from gelatin or fruit pectin and fruit juice. Popular flavor options include berries, lemon, lime, orange, and tropical fruits.
Canna gummies provide a tasty way to medicate with cannabis. The gummies format makes it easy to consume cannabis in a discreet manner anytime and anywhere. The effects of canna gummies typically last 4-6 hours. Canna gummies are available in both CBD-only formulations as well as THC-infused options for recreational use where legal.
Benefits of Homemade Canna Gummies
Making your own DIY cannabis gummies offers several advantages:
- Customize the dose: By making the gummies yourself, you can easily control the amount of cannabis used in each gummy to achieve your desired dose. This allows you to tailor the effects to your needs.
- Ingredients you can trust: By making them at home, you can control exactly what goes into the gummies. Store-bought edibles sometimes contain preservatives, corn syrup, and other additives you may want to avoid.
- Save money: Making your own gummies is considerably cheaper than buying premade, store-bought gummies.
- Fun to make: Creating your own cannabis confections is an enjoyable and rewarding DIY project. Tweak recipes and flavors to your liking.
- Make great gifts: Your homemade canna gummies make fantastic, inexpensive gifts for fellow cannabis fans.
How to Make Canna Gummies
Making infused cannabis gummies is a simple process that can be broken down into three main steps:
1. Prepare the Cannabis Concentrate
The first step is to create a concentrated cannabis extract to infuse the gummies with. You have a couple options here:
- Cannabis-infused coconut oil or butter: Infuse coconut oil or butter with cannabis by decarboxylating ground cannabis and slowly simmering it into the oil or butter. Strain out the plant material.
- Cannabis tincture: A tincture made by extracting cannabis into alcohol can also be easily used to infuse the gummies.
Tip: Pay close attention to the dosage while preparing the cannabis concentrate. It’s much easier to adjust at this stage rather than when the gummies are done. Plan for about 10-20mg THC or CBD per gummy depending on the effects you want.
2. Make the Gummy Base
Next, you’ll prepare the actual gummy mixture. There are two main methods here:
Gelatin gives the traditional gummy texture most people expect. Bloom and dissolve unflavored gelatin in fruit juice heated to just below a simmer. Allow to fully dissolve then remove from heat. Stir in your cannabis coconut oil or tincture. Pour the liquid into molds and refrigerate until set.
For vegans or vegetarians, pectin can be used instead of gelatin to create a plant-based gummy. Mix fruit juice, sugar, corn syrup, and pectin in a saucepan. Heat while stirring to dissolve the pectin. Remove from heat and mix in the cannabis oil or tincture. Pour into molds and refrigerate to set.
Tip: Adding citric acid gives a nice tart flavor and helps the gummies set properly.
3. Flavor and Customize
Once you’ve created a basic gummy mixture, the fun part is personalizing the flavors and textures. Here are some ideas:
- Fruit flavors – Add fruit juice or fruit purees when making the gummy base for different fruit flavors. Berries, citrus, tropical fruits all work great.
- Extracts and spices – Flavor oils like peppermint or cinnamon give a unique twist.
- Coatings – For a different texture, you can coat the exterior of the gummies in sugar, sour powder, or crushed herbs.
- Shaping – Pouring the liquid into different shaped molds creates fun designs. Try bears, worms, rings, stars, or squares.
- Layering – Alternate pouring different flavored gummy mixtures into each mold compartment to create multi-layered gummies.
Step-By-Step Canna Gummy Recipe
Now let’s walk through a complete recipe to make cannabis-infused gummies:
- 3⁄4 ounce cannabis trim and bud
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 3 packets unflavored gelatin
- 2 Tbsp corn syrup
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp citric acid
- 1⁄2 tsp sunflower lecithin
- Food coloring (optional)
- Fine sugar or sour powder (for coating)
- Decarboxylate the cannabis: Preheat oven to 245°F. Spread ground cannabis evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown in color.
- Infuse the oil: Add coconut oil and water to a saucepan. Simmer on low heat. Add decarboxylated cannabis and keep at low simmer for 2-3 hours to fully infuse.
- Strain the plant material: Pour oil mixture through a cheesecloth into a bowl to remove plant material. Squeeze cheesecloth to get all oil out.
- Bloom the gelatin: Place gelatin packets in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow gelatin to bloom.
- Make the gummy mixture: Heat the fruit juice in a saucepan until just about to simmer. Add the bloomed gelatin and stir constantly until fully dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Add the infused oil and flavorings: Stir in the cannabis coconut oil, corn syrup, sugar, citric acid, and sunflower lecithin into the gelatin fruit juice mixture until fully incorporated. Add food coloring as desired.
- Fill the molds: Lightly grease or coat gummy molds with oil. Carefully pour in the liquid mixture.
- Coat with sugar: Sprinkle or coat the tops of the gummies with fine sugar or sour powder.
- Refrigerate: Place gummy molds in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until completely set.
- Remove from molds: Once gummies have hardened, remove them from the molds and enjoy your homemade canna gummies!
Tips for Making Quality Canna Gummies
Follow these tips for the best results when making your own cannabis gummies:
- Use high-quality cannabis material to maximize potency
- Decarb and infuse thoroughly for full extraction
- Precisely measure ingredients for consistency
- Bloom gelatin properly to achieve firm texture
- Add citric acid to help gummies set
- Avoid boiling the gummy mixture
- Pour carefully into molds to prevent bubbles
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to fully set gummies
- Store in an airtight container in cool, dry place
Making your own DIY canna gummies is easy, fun, and delicious. Adjust the recipes to your tastes and enjoy consuming cannabis in this tasty, portable form. Just be sure to store your gummies safely away from children or anyone who did not consent to consuming cannabis. With the right techniques, you’ll be making professional quality, infused cannabis gummies in your own kitchen.
Can I make canna gummies with concentrates like shatter?
Yes, you can make cannabis gummies using shatter, wax, or other concentrates. First, decarb your concentrate by heating it in the oven at 240°F for 40 minutes. Then, dissolve the decarbed concentrate into your oil or alcohol when infusing it. Proceed with your gummy recipe as normal.
Do I have to use a mold to make gummies?
While molds give gummies their classic shape, you can make basic cube or square shaped gummies by simply pouring the mixture into a pan and refrigerating until set. You can then cut the solid slab into small cubes. The texture won’t be quite as nice, but it will still work.
How long do infused gummies last?
Properly stored in an airtight container at room temperature, cannabis gummies can last 1-2 months before losing their potency. For maximum freshness and shelf life store gummies in the refrigerator or freezer.
Can I make vegan cannabis gummies?
Yes, replace the gelatin with vegetarian friendly pectin and use coconut oil or vegetable glycerin instead of animal-based ingredients to create vegan-friendly canna gummies.
How much cannabis do I need per gummy?
A good starting dosage is 10-20mg of THC or CBD per gummy. Use this cannabis dosage calculator to determine how much tincture or infused oil to add to your gummy mixture to achieve the right potency. Start low at about 10mg. You can always make them stronger next time.