Aside from smoking, another popular way to consume cannabis is through weed gummies. These chewy treats infused with cannabis oils come in various dosages and offer cannabis users a discreet method of enjoying the herb’s effects.
While many cannabis dispensaries and herb delivery shops sell weed gummies and other edibles, making your own infused chewy candy lets you control the dosage and ingredients. This means you can customize the flavor and potency of the treats to suit your preferences. For example, if you’re a novice user, you can create weed gummies in low dosages and experiment with different strains. If you’re a user with a higher tolerance and your local dispensaries have dosage limits on their products, you have the option of making your own weed gummies instead.
If you want to try making your own weed gummies, here are six simple steps you can follow:
Decarboxylate the Weed
The first step to making your weed gummies or other edibles is to decarboxylate the weed you plan on using. Decarboxylation is the process of activating the psychoactive compound in the flower. This compound, called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is responsible for the effects of marijuana on your mental state.
To start the decarboxylation process, you must first grind the weed. Then, place the ground weed onto a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet into the oven and heat the ground weed for around 30 to 45 minutes at about 220 to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. At around the 15- to 20-minute mark, stir the ground weed around on the baking sheet using a spoon or spatula. This will prevent it from getting too hot or burning. Once done, remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the weed to cool.
Make the Cannabis-Infused Oil
After you’re done decarboxylating the cannabis, it’s time to make the cannabis-infused oil. This will be the prime ingredient in your weed gummies.
Begin by heating a cup of coconut oil in a saucepan until its temperature reaches 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a kitchen thermometer to measure the oil’s temperature.
Then, add the decarboxylated cannabis to the oil. Let the mixture simmer for around three hours, making sure to stir the mixture occasionally. You should also regularly check and adjust the stove’s heat to maintain the ideal cooking temperature at all times. Once done, turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the stove.
The next step is to collect the oil. Using a cheesecloth, strain the mixture to remove the plant matter while collecting the oil in a jar. Repeat this process until you’ve collected all the oil. Seal the jar and let the oil cool. Don’t forget to label the jar accordingly. For safety purposes, store the cannabis-infused oil where kids or pets can’t access it.
Create Your Own Weed Gummies
After making the cannabis-infused oil, you can proceed to make the weed gummies.
Firstly, get half a cup of cold water, half a cup of your cannabis-infused oil, and half a teaspoon of sunflower or soy lecithin. Combine these ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. The lecithin will act as an emulsifier so that the cannabis oil will bond with the water and other melted ingredients to create a gummy consistency.
Stir the mixture until the oil has melted and has a consistent texture. Then, add a packet of flavored gelatin and two tablespoons of unflavored gelatin. Continue stirring the mixture on low heat for at least 15 minutes or until the gelatin has completely dissolved. As you stir, make sure the liquid doesn’t come to a boil. Otherwise, the mixture won’t set properly. Once it has a smooth consistency, the mixture is done cooking. You can then proceed to the next step.
Place the Mixture into the Molds
Start filling up your gummy molds with the cannabis-infused mixture using a dropper, a funnel, or a squeeze bottle. Do this quickly so that the liquid doesn’t cool down, or else the oil will begin to separate. During this process, it’s best to continue stirring the mixture that’s left in the saucepan and using the residual heat from the stove to keep it warm. This will keep the gummy mixture from hardening before being placed into the molds.
Let the Gummies Set
Once you’ve filled the gummy molds up, place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until they’ve achieved a firm but slightly tacky texture. Remove the gummies from the molds and place them on a piece of parchment paper. Allow the weed gummies to air dry before storing them in an air-tight container. Then, place the container in a cool and dark place like your fridge. Be sure to label the container so that the weed gummies won’t be accidentally mistaken for regular candies.
Bonus Tip: Test Each Batch of Weed Gummies
Since homemade weed gummies may be more or less potent than store-bought ones, it can be hard to determine what their effects will be on you. That said, it’s a good idea to be cautious and try half or a quarter of one of your finished gummies first. This will give you an idea of how strong a whole gummy would be from the batch you’ve made.
Making your own weed gummies can be fun and easy to do. This is also a great way to try out edibles and efficiently use weed you no longer plan to smoke. Just follow the steps above, and you’ll have a batch of your very own cannabis-infused treats in no time. If you have any questions about what cannabis flower to use in making your weed gummies, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] or call us at (949) 269-7707 for our recommendations.