Actually, if you follow this text from beginning to end, you should be able to learn how to make your own THC Gummies; your own traditional or straightforward gummies that are either THC, CBD, or nothing at all. Cannabis gummies may appear simple, but how are they made? Not really.
You see, there are numerous approaches to creating gummies in general, based on your needs and goals. Additionally, there are numerous ways to include your medication in your preferred gummies.
We have made the decision to present you with all of the options and let you choose which is best. Simply follow our simple flowchart to get to your gummy recipe!
However, you must first choose how to infuse them. In this article, we will therefore go over how to infuse gummies, how to produce your own gummies at home using a variety of recipes, and some general information on infused gummies.
How to Infuse Gummies
You need to find out how to include the cannabinoids into the gummies whether you want to manufacture traditional full-spectrum cannabis gummies or a CBD gummy at home. There are various approaches you can take.
Most people use infused coconut oil to make traditional cannabis gummies. Our post on how we infuse coconut oil is available here. However, if you choose to do it in this manner, lecithin must be added.
The cannabis-infused coconut oil and the gummy mixture are bound together with the aid of lecithin, an extract formed from oils and other lipids, preventing the gummies from essentially sweating out the THC once they are made.
Lecithin is available in liquid and powder forms; however, the liquid form is slightly simpler to utilize when making gummies because the liquid forms more evenly throughout the gummy mixture. Sunflower lecithin and soy lecithin, which are derived from sunflower oil and soybean oil, respectively, are the two most popular varieties. If you don’t use animal products, make sure to read the label on any lecithin products you buy. In the cooking oil area of health food or big box shop, look for lecithin online or locally.
For every 1/4 cup of coconut oil that you use that has been infused, you’ll need roughly 2 tablespoons of lecithin. And that is roughly what you would put to one basic dish.
Your alternative to infused coconut oil and lecithin is to use a concentrate such as hash oil, distillate, or isolate. And actually—this is our preferred method. It’s easy, less messy, and just creates a better gummy, for us. (Not to mention a potentially more potent gummy, if that’s your goal.) Here’s our post on infusing with concentrates, by the way.
We also recommend using a concentrate such as hash oil, distillate or isolate rather than the oil if you’re making the vegan or the Haribo copycat versions in particular. That’s because the oil can make the gummy a little softer than the original. The vegan version is already softer because it uses agar in place of gelatin, and the Haribo won’t be a copycat if you change the texture.
To make one batch of gummies, how much concentrate should you add? With concentration, this is simple because all you have to do is the math. The challenging thing is that it is based on how many gummies you can produce from a batch, which is largely determined by your molds and only slightly by how you fill them.
Depending on your molds and how you fill them, these recipes often produce 20 to 40 candies. Fill the molds slightly above halfway, but not all the way to the rim, because gummies usually shrink a little once they’re set, regardless of the molds or the recipe.
But in the end, whichever infusion technique you use, you may expect a positive outcome.
Simplest Homemade Gummies
- 6 (¼-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin, 1.5 ounces total
- 1 (3-ounce) package flavored gelatin (like Jell-O)
- ½ cup cold water
- your infusion/cannabinoid source—whether it’s the infused oil/lecithin blend or the concentrate
Method of Preparation:
- If you’re using the infused oil/lecithin blend, start with that in a small saucepan, combined with the cold water. Stir over low heat until the infused oil is melted entirely and the mixture’s texture is consistent.
- (If you’re using concentrate, skip this first step and instead start with the water and the two gelatins as follows.)
- Add the unflavored and flavored gelatin (and water if this is where you’re starting) and stir them together slowly and carefully, avoiding adding in air bubbles. Stir the gelatin in carefully until it has dissolved and everything is well combined.
- Over medium heat, stir the contents of the saucepan occasionally while the gummy mixture turns liquid. Just before removing the pan from the heat, stir in your concentrate if you’re using it.
- Remove the pan from the heat once the gummy mixture is fully liquid, and pour the gummy liquid into a spouted container such as a measuring cup.
- Taste a tiny bit of the mixture. If this doesn’t taste like enough flavor to you, add a Kool-Aid packet in the same flavor. If you need additional sweetness, we recommend corn syrup, honey, or agave for texture, but dry, granulated sugar works.
- Bonus: if you leave out the plain gelatin powder and pour your mixture into little paper cups, you’ll end up with infused Jell-O shots.
- Now jump to the molding instructions.
Why use corn syrup, you may wonder? Corn syrup keeps gummies stable, and adds chew and body without too much water. This means you can leave your gummies at room temperature without as much weeping or shrinkage.
But more importantly, sweetening with dry sugar alone can result in some very sad-looking gummies, because corn syrup or other invert sugars prevent crystallization. Without them, you might end up with crystallized gummies with hard, crunchy exteriors and rough edges—not that soft, tasty, fun experience everyone is hoping for.
This is because glucose makes corn syrup sweet, not sucrose, and glucose molecules break up and get in between sucrose molecules to stop those big crystals from forming. So to keep the gummies chewy and soft, you need corn syrup or some invert sugar like honey.
If you want a taste most like a regular old store-bought gummy bear, this is how you do it:
- 1.75 oz granulated sugar
- 3 (¼-ounce) packages unflavored powdered gelatin, .75 ounces total
- 1 – 2.5 oz portion Kool-Aid or other liquid flavoring such as sports drink or juice (for more flavor, use a whole packet of flavoring in just the 2.5 ounces)
- 3 oz corn syrup
- ¼ tsp citric acid or malic acid, depending on the flavor (citric acid for citrus fruits and malic acid for apple and berry flavors)
- Optional: 1 or 2 drops of fruit extract or candy flavoring for an intense gummy
Method of Preparation:
- If you’re using the infused oil/lecithin blend, start with that in a small saucepan, combined with just a tablespoon of water. Stir over low heat until the infused oil is melted entirely and the mixture’s texture is consistent.
- In a heat-proof, microwave-safe container, combine granulated sugar, gelatin, and flavored drink. Stir gently to combine—remember, you want to avoid air bubbles. Let your gelatin sit for 5 minutes to give it time to bloom.
- Microwave the gelatin mixture for 30 seconds. Stir it gently. Microwave it again in 5 to 10-second bursts, stirring after each time, until you don’t see any grains of gelatin and it is melted. This should not take longer than 1 and ½ minutes. Always avoid stirring in air bubbles by being slow and cautious as you work.
- Add in the corn syrup and citric or malic acid, and extract or flavoring if you’re using it. This is also where you add concentrates if that’s your cannabinoid source. Stir gently to combine.
- Let your gummy mixture sit so foam collects at the top—this will take at least 10 minutes. You can later scoop away the foam.
- Skip to molding instructions.
By selecting candy molds in any form you choose and, of course, by hitting your flavors out of the park, you can create wonderful new cannabis or CBD gummies that are uniquely yours. It’s simple to locate the greatest silicone candy molds online, from the traditional tiny bear to the cannabis leaf and everything in between.
Actually, a large pan of cornstarch can be used in place of a silicone mold. In the factory, they essentially operate that way. Simply pour cornstarch into a baking dish, level the top with your hands, then make impressions in the cornstarch with a measuring spoon or a bottle cap. You’ll use these as your molds.
You can pour hot gummy liquid into each cornstarch mold before covering them all with a little extra cornstarch. Because cornstarch absorbs moisture, these dry even faster than ordinary molds; if you form them in this method, they should be finished in only 15 minutes at room temperature.
If you don’t have candy molds, you may also use silicone ice cube pans; smaller ones work best. Alternatively, you can simply pour the gummy liquid into a prepared baking pan and cut it into small cubes when it has dried (or anyway you choose!).
But if you do decide to use regular molds, get ready by cleaning and drying them first, then preparing them with cooking spray. For the sake of safety, place the molds on a baking sheet.
Keep in mind that you’ll be pouring the gummies into their molds using a measuring cup, pitcher, or another similarly spouted container. Use the plastic pipettes or dropper that may have been sent with your mold instead of this because doing so may cause your gummies to be filled with unpoppable air bubbles.
Carefully pour liquid into each mold hole until it is close to the top. Molds that are only half full will be too small, and too full molds don’t look good either. Set the gummies in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Once they have dried, carefully press at the mold’s edges and pull the candy’s sides toward the center and away from the molds to release the gummies from them.
Your Cannabis gummies are finished, though they probably remain somewhat sticky. Let them air dry for a short period on parchment paper, preferably in front of a fan. They can also be lightly dusted with cornstarch or powdered sugar.
Your homemade infused candy should be kept in an airtight container that has been lightly greased. You can store them in the fridge for three to four weeks or at room temperature for up to five days.
Tips and Tricks for Better Weed Gummies
Not entirely satisfied with your product? Your cannabis gummies can be improved in a number of ways.
Beyond Jell-O Flavor
Although Jell-O is really simple to color and keeps fresh, it might not be your preferred flavor. You may simply replace the jello by increasing your plain gelatin or agar to make up for the loss, but keep in mind that if you’re not using sugared Jell-O, you’ll need to sweeten the gummies.
Use Good Gelatin (If You Eat It)
High-quality gelatin is healthier, and many gelatin enthusiasts vouch for goods made entirely from beef that has been grown on pasture. Natural gelatin is a significant source of collagen and amino acids, which support healthy skin, strong hair and nails, balanced hormones and metabolism, and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to being rich in protein, gelatin is believed to aid in digestion.
Try using the hard candy flavoring oil provided by the company LorAnn’s if you want to avoid Jell-O or simply want extra flavor. Additionally, you can utilize food-grade essential oils and extracts.
To give your gummies a little sour kick, add citric or malic acid. Fruits contain these naturally occurring compounds. Malic acid is present in candies that have the flavors of cherries, strawberries, peaches, and apples, while citric acid gives fruits like oranges and lemons their acidic flavor. Start with one teaspoon every batch, but keep in mind that too much citric acid can induce crying.
Final Thoughts on How to Make Cannabis Gummies
Remember that kids will find these more tempting than, say, your leftover infused carbonara sauce, so be cautious. Keep these out of the reach of any children and pets.
Always start low and progress slowly if you are new to cannabis or edibles and are unsure of what dosage suits you. When people who have never tried edibles ask me what I think about giving them a try, I advise them to start with just 1 mg of THC or CBD each serving and then, if they choose to, gradually increase their dose by 0.5 mg at a time until they find the right amount.