A Beginner Guide on How to Make Cannabis Gummies

Most people love the thrill that cannabis gummies offer, especially because the effect stays on for hours. While cannabis gummies are widely available in dispensaries, making your own gummies at home has never been easier. Producing your own gummies is better since you customize them according to your preferences, that is, potency, shapes, and flavors.

In this article, I will guide you on how to make cannabis gummies, starting with the ingredients, equipment needed, and the procedure.

Ingredients and equipment

Ingredients and equipment

Ingredients

 
  1. Cannabis-infused oil or tincture- Ensure you have high-quality cannabis for the best weed gummies
  2. Gelatin- It is responsible for that chewy texture that you enjoy in gummies
  3. Flavored jello mix- Jello helps enhance taste and mask the earthy taste of cannabis
  4. Sweetener (optional)- You can opt for natural sweeteners such as agave syrup or honey

Equipment

  1. Saucepan- use a saucepan with a heavy bottom so that heat is evenly distributed during the cooking process
  2. Whisk- to help in mixing the ingredients and prevent clumps in your gummies
  3. Gummy molds- choose gummy molds that are easily cleanable. Also, get different types of molds to achieve many exciting shapes!
  4. Measuring tools- It is important to accurately measure different ingredients, especially cannabis-infused oils or tinctures.

In this article, we will show you how to make cannabis-infused oil and tincture.

Cannabis-infused oil

To make cannabis-infused oil you will need cannabis flower and high-quality cooking oil; could be vegetable, olive or coconut oil. In order for the cannabis gummy to produce its psychoactive effects, which make you high, you will have to decarboxylate the cannabis.

You will want to first heat the cannabis in an oven at around 115 degrees Celsius or 240 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour.

The next part is infusion. This is where you mix your preferred cooking oil and the decarboxylated cannabis in a saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat for several hours, stirring occasionally. The infusion process helps the weed bind with the fat in the cooking oil.

The last step is straining, where you use a cheesecloth to remove plant material. The end result is pure cannabis-infused oil.

Cannabis-infused tincture

The ingredients necessary for making cannabis-infused tincture are cannabis flower and high-proof alcohol. You can use high-proof vodka or Everclear.

Start with decarboxylation, similar to what we did with cannabis-infused oil. Bake it in the oven for approximately half an hour.

Once you decarboxylate the cannabis, grind it into a coarse powder. Grinding is necessary so that the extraction process is efficient.

The next part is the extraction of the THC from the ground cannabis. Place the weed in a glass jar and cover it with the high-proof alcohol. Seal the jar and let it sit in a cool, dark place for several weeks, occasionally shaking it. The high-proof alcohol helps extract cannabinoids from the cannabis.

After the extraction process, you need to strain the tincture. Straining helps separate solid plant material from liquid.

The last step is evaporation of the tincture to leave a highly concentrated mixture. Allow the tincture to evaporate partially. Be cautious because high-proof alcohol is highly flammable.

Both the cannabis tincture and cannabis oil are excellent products to make cannabis gummies. You can make the decision based on your personal preference, desired end product, and dietary factors. However, both methods require you to be careful during the decarboxylation and straining step in order to make cannabis gummies at home.

How to Make Marijuana Gummies

  • Measure the preferred amount of cannabis-infused oil or tincture, gelatin, flavored jello mix, and sweetener (if needed).
  • Mix jello mix, gelatin, and sweetener in a saucepan and put them over low heat. Add the cannabis-infused oil or tincture slowly, whisking the mixture to ensure consistent distribution
  • Maintain the low heat until all the ingredients mix completely. Do not allow the mixture to boil until all ingredients are dissolved. Boiling will tamper with the potency of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the mixture.
  • You can add more sweeteners; however, adding a sweetener is completely optional
  • Once the mixture is fully mixed, pour the liquid mixture into the gummy molds before it hardens
  • Wait for the gummies to settle down and cool. You can leave them at room temperature, or you can put them in a refrigerator.
  • Once they are ready, remove the gummies from their molds and store them in an airtight container

How to make cannabis gummies with regular gummies

 

If you don’t have the ingredients or the time to make your own weed cookies at home, turning regular gummies into edibles would be a great idea.

Ingredients

  1. Warm water
  2. Gelatin
  3. Cannabis-infused oil or tincture
  4. Gummy molds

Procedure

  • Mix gelatin and warm water and leave it to settle for five minutes
  • Mix the gelatin mixture and gummies and set them in the microwave until the gummies liquify
  • Combine the mixture with cannabis-infused oil. If the mixture is too thick to mix, you can add lecithin to help them mix effortlessly
  • Whisk your mixture until it has fully combined, and start filling up the gummy molds
  • Place the gummy molds in a fridge and leave it for 30 minutes
  • Let the gummies sit for another 24 hours until the gummies lose the extra moisture

Measuring the potency of your cannabis gummies

The potency of your cannabis gummies depends on the THC content and the cannabis strain used. The higher the quality of your cannabis strain, the higher the potency of your gummies. Additionally, if you carry out proper infusion of your oil, then the gummies will come out just fine.

That said, you can determine the concentration of your THC-infused oil by sending out a sample to a testing lab. Alternatively, you can buy a home testing kit. Once you determine the potency of the cannabis-infused oil, you can calculate the potency of your weed gummies. For instance, if you have one cup of 100mg of THC per cup, then the concentration is approximately 100mg of THC in the entire batch. Therefore, if you make 50 gummies each would have 2 mg of THC. The trick is to ensure that the mixture is well distributed to have consistent potency for all the gummies.

Also, it is important to know the potential side effects of weed gummies. Make gummies with a concentration based on your preference and your body’s tolerance levels.

Frequently asked questions on how to make cannabis gummies

1.How long will it take to make cannabis gummies?

The time taken to make cannabis gummies depends on your cooking skills, recipe, and equipment used. Decarboxylation takes around half an hour, infusion takes up to 2 hours, combining THC-infused oil and gelatin takes around 10 minutes, and the final cooling takes around 1- 2 hours. Therefore, in approximately 5 hours, you should have your gummies ready.

2.Should I use butter or oil for infusion?

You can use either butter or oil for infusion; however, each has its advantages. You can experiment with both ingredients to determine the best results and preferences. When you use oil, you get the following benefits;

  • Gummies have a longer shelf life
  • Oil gives better measurements than butter
  • Recommended for people with dietary issues such as lactose intolerance

Alternatively, you can use unsalted butter. You might consider using butter because;

  • Enhances the flavor of your gummies
  • Has been traditionally used for baking
  • It is a common ingredient in various recipes, making it easy to use

3.Which cannabis strains are the most potent?

If you want highly potent gummies, consider getting cannabis strains with high THC content. You can get a wide selection of strains with THC percentages above 20%, while the strongest ones even exceed 30%.

Additionally, the terpene profile on the strain chosen can affect the potentness of the gummies. Terpenes generally enhance the effects of THC. Therefore, experimentation with different strains can help you find your holy grail.

That said, the following strains have the highest THC percentage in the market

  • Strawberry banana
  • Bruce banner
  • Gorilla glue #4
  • Girl Scout Cookies (GSC)
  • Godfather OG
 

4.What are the benefits of cannabis cookies?

Gummies offer a good alternative to people who don’t like smoking or vaping cannabis. For instance, gummies would make a great alternative if you have respiratory issues.

Also, gummies offer a longer-lasting high compared to smoking cannabis. The effects of gummies can take 6 hours or more to subside. Gummies also leave you with residual effects, which may last up to 24 hours. Gummies are great for people who are looking for that prolonged high.

Additionally, as opposed to smoking cannabis, gummies offer discreteness. Gummies may be a good option for those who live where smoking cannabis is frowned upon.

Gummies are also great for their medical benefits. People can use cannabis gummies to manage chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Gummies are ideal for managing medical conditions due to their longer-lasting experience.