Easy DIY Cannabis Infused Gummies
Marijuana infused gummy candy are one of the most popular edibles in dispensaries, and they are a popular edible to make at home, too. Brownies and cookies are easier to make, but they have gluten and fat and loads of calories, so many patients prefer a gummy.
Gummies don't have fat, so we don't use butter or oil to infuse them. It's easiest to make gummies with concentrates, but we can also use an alcohol-infused tincture. At the dispensary, choose a concentrate in a glass container so you can simply place it on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. When the concentrate is decarboxylated, it will be a hot liquid and will easily pour into your gummy mixture.
PECTIN VS GELATIN
That gummy consistency comes from either gelatin or pectin. Both are gelling agents, but gelatin is an animal product, so vegans need to use pectin, a plant-based thickener. Gelatin only needs liquid to bloom, like juice, wine, water. Pectin requires sugar and acidity, like lemon juice, to set up properly.
For easy gummies, we use gelatin. In the future we'll do some pectin recipes, but for now, let's just stick with gelatin.
Gummies get their flavor from fresh fruit, jam, juice, wine or jello. It's apple season now, so I'm making gummies with apple juice. A medium sized watermelon makes enough juice for a batch of gummies, and mango is always a popular choice because the terpenes in mango boost the effectiveness of marijuana. If you don't own a juicer, use a blender and a fine mesh strainer to turn fruit into juice. Or just buy juice. I've used fruit punch, lemonade and even iced tea for delicious gummy candy.
*A note about wine. Marijuana infused wine gummies are delicious and fun, but remember that combining cannabis and alcohol is not a good idea. A couple of wine gummies are fine, but do not drink a glass of wine with your cannabis medicine. You can substitute red or white wine in the juice gummy recipe. Skip the honey and citric acid.
Gummies are made from a liquid that needs to cool and set. We want to make sure we have the same amount of marijuana in each piece, so molds are the best way to make each piece the same size, weight and dose. It is possible to make gummies without molds, though. Use an 8x8 inch baking pan or glass dish as your setting mold. When the gummy candy has set, flip over the dish and plop the slab onto the counter. Use a pizza cutter to cut the gummy slab into evenly-sized pieces. Toss each piece in a dish of sugar to coat.
But if you can get molds, get them. The process is so much easier, and the final result is much better. Think about how big you want each when you shop for molds. Gummies can be made in any mold - chocolate, silicone or hard candy. They look best and store longer when they are made into smaller pieces.
The classic gummy bear
Fruit snack shapes
Marijuana leaf molds make it easy for people to know that your homemade treats are medicated.
To make sour gummies, use citric acid. Up to a teaspoon of citric acid will nicely pucker your candies.
After the gummy has set up, it needs to sweat before your put them away. Freshly made gummies release extra moisture, so after you've cut them, leave them out overnight to sweat before sealing them into an airtight container for storage.
QUICK AND DIRTY JELLO GUMMIES
Combine one envelope (1/4 oz) of unflavored gelatin, one box (3 oz) of flavored gelatin (Jello) and 1/3 cup cold water in a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes to bloom the gelatin. Microwave on high heat for 30 seconds, stir and do another 30 seconds. Stir well. Add melted marijuana concentrate and stir really well until concentrate is fully dissolved. Pour mixture into molds, let cool. Makes around 25 small gummies.
These are beginner level gummies and pretty foolproof. When they're set and dry, roll them through a dish of sugar for extra sweetness.
APPLE JUICE GUMMIES (sugar-free, with gelatin)
Equipment: mixing bowl, saucepan, pyrex jar, gummy molds
Marijuana concentrate (mild/half gram strong/1 gram)
4 cups apple juice
4 packets unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons honey
- Concentrate: decarboxylate at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper or lightly spray molds with cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, combine one cup apple juice and gelatin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Do not stir.
- In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups apple juice to a boil over medium heat.
- Add marijuana concentrate. Stir continuously over a medium low heat until fully blended. Remove from heat and pour into a pyrex jar. Add the gelatin mixture and stir well.
- Pour mixture into molds or baking dish and let cool for several hours.
- When set, remove from baking dish and cut into 16 or 32 pieces. Leave gummies out overnight to dry, then store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for several weeks.
For the most accurate dosing, make a practice batch first so you know how many pieces your molds and recipe will make. Then, add enough concentrate to get the right number of milligrams per piece.
If you use 1 gram of cannabis concentrate like shatter, wax or live resin, and you cut the gummies into 32 pieces, each pieces will have 20-25 mg each.
For 40-50 mg gummies, use one gram of concentrate and cut the batch into 16 pieces.
If you have any questions about making marijuana gummies, leave them in the comments.