Cannabis gummies have become a popular way to consume cannabis (aka marijuana) in an edible form. Gummies allow you to get a controlled dose of THC or CBD in a tasty, chewy form. Making your own gummies at home can be a fun project and allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavors. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making cannabis gummies yourself.
How To Make Cannabis Gummies
To make roughly 50-60 cannabis gummies, you’ll need:
- 1⁄2 cup cannabis-infused coconut oil or butter
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 3 packets (about 2 tablespoons) unflavored gelatin
- 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup
- Assorted food colors and flavors (citric acid, juice, extracts, etc.)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sunflower lecithin (optional)
- Silicon molds or a baking pan for setting gummies
The key ingredient is the cannabis-infused oil or butter, which provides the THC or CBD. Make sure your oil is fully activated before using.
Step 1: Bloom the Gelatin
Put the gelatin packets and water in a small pot and let sit for 5 minutes so the gelatin can soften and absorb the water. After 5 minutes, whisk the gelatin and water until fully combined. Let it sit for another 5 minutes to finish blooming.
Step 2: Melt the Ingredients
Next, melt the cannabis oil and add it to the bloomed gelatin. Melt over low heat, stirring frequently, until fully dissolved together. Remove from heat and stir in the corn syrup until fully mixed. At this point, you can add any food colors, flavors, or citric acid as well. Let the mixture cool slightly so it thickens up a bit.
Step 3: Add Sunflower Lecithin (Optional)
If you want to add sunflower lecithin, mix it in now. This helps the THC/CBD absorb more efficiently. Stir well to fully incorporate.
Step 4: Pour into Molds
Lightly coat your silicon molds or baking pan with cooking spray or oil. Carefully pour the gummy mixture into the molds, filling each about 3⁄4 full.
Step 5: Refrigerate to Set
Place the filled molds or pan in the refrigerator for at least 30-60 minutes to set. Gummies are fully formed when they easily pull away from the mold.
Step 6: Remove from Molds and Enjoy!
Once set, remove the gummies from the molds and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy your homemade cannabis gummies!
Tips for Making Cannabis Gummies
- Use a cannabis oil with a known potency to calculate your THC/CBD dosing accurately. Aim for 5-10mg THC per gummy.
- Add flavorings like citric acid, fruit juices, or extracts after infusing cannabis for the best taste.
- Let the gelatin fully bloom in water first or it won’t incorporate properly.
- Heat the mixture very gently to avoid reducing potency of cannabis. Don’t let it boil.
- If gummies are sticky/tacky, add a bit more cornstarch to the molds before pouring.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do cannabis gummies last?
Properly stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer, cannabis gummies can last up to 6 months before losing potency.
What is the best way to take a cannabis gummy?
Take gummies on an empty stomach for faster absorption, but be careful not to take too much. Wait at least 2 hours before taking another dose.
Can you make CBD gummies?
Yes, you can make gummies with CBD oil instead of THC oil. Dose accordingly to your desired CBD strength per gummy.
How do you calculate dosing for cannabis gummies?
Figure out the total THC/CBD milligrams in your infused oil. Divide this evenly by the number of gummies to determine dose per gummy.
What can you use instead of corn syrup?
Maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar can be used. Avoid sugars like sucrose as they crystallize in gummies.
Making your own cannabis gummies at home is an enjoyable DIY project that lets you customize flavors and strengths to your liking. With the right ingredients and by following the steps for blooming gelatin, infusing oils, molding, and setting properly, you’ll end up with delicious gummies that provide therapeutic effects exactly the way you want. Whip up a cannabis gummy recipe to suit your taste and needs. Just be sure to properly dose and store them to get the best experience from your homemade edibles.