Smoking isn't the only way to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of cannabis. You can make delicious edibles like weed gummies at home to snack on and store. In this do-it-yourself guide, you'll learn the benefits of making weed gummies, plus everything you need to prepare these treats from start to finish.
Benefits of making your own weed gummies
Marijuana-infused foods and beverages have been consumed around the world for thousands of years (as early as 1000 BC by some accounts), oftentimes for medicinal purposes. Similar to making your own CBD gummies, whipping up a batch of weed gummies at home may offer several practical benefits. Some of these potential benefits are comparable to those you can derive from smoking weed, while others may be unique to the world of cannabis edibles.
Customizable cannabinoid ratios: If you've ever tried a 1:1 CBD:THC gummy and loved the balanced effects, then you know how fun it can be to experiment with different cannabinoid ratios. Once you have a THC tincture and a CBD tincture in your arsenal, the possibilities are endless. Whether you're looking to try a high-THC gummy with just a pinch of CBD or add a little THC to your morning dose of CBD, making your own gummies is a fun way to find your ideal ratio without breaking the bank.
Long-lasting effects: If your primary reason to eat weed gummies is to relax, then you'll want to try your hand at cooking up some weed gummies. Many consumers feel intensely relaxing effects for up to 8 hours after munching on weed gummies. Of course, THC content will play a huge role in your high, so keep this in mind when selecting a cannabis tincture.
Pain relief: The calming effects of weed gummies can influence pain receptors in the body, sometimes temporarily alleviating certain types of discomfort. According to research published in 2017 in the scientific journal Pain, two-thirds of medical cannabis patients reported improvements in pain management and sleep quality.
Smoke-free experience: While many consumers prefer to smoke or vaporize cannabis, others like topical and oral methods. Anyone with breathing or lung issues may fare better with these alternative consumption styles. Compared to smokable marijuana, which can necessitate an array of accessories, weed gummies are easy and discreet to consume.
What you need to make weed gummies
To make your own weed gummies, you'll need a few basic ingredients:
- 1 three-ounce packet of gelatin dessert
- 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup hot water
- ½ ounce of cannabis tincture or less, depending on your tolerance and preferences
In addition to these ingredients, you'll also need the following supplies:
- Mixing bowl
- Gummy molds
- Cooking spray
- Small turkey baster or dropper
Making weed gummies: step-by-step instructions
In seven easy steps and less than three hours of prep time, you can create a stash of weed gummies. Here's what to do to make your first batch:
Step 1: Prepare your gummy molds by making sure they're clean and coated with cooking spray.
Step 2: Start making your gummies. Dump the packet of gelatin dessert and the extra tablespoon of gelatin into a bowl.
Step 3: Add the half-cup of hot water and stir until completely dissolved.
Step 4: Add your desired amount of cannabis tincture and stir until fully incorporated.
Step 5: Using the dropper, suck up the liquid and dispense into your gummy molds evenly.
Step 6: Put the filled mold in the refrigerator and chill for two hours or until the gummies are firm.
Step 7: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Customizing weed gummies
There are countless ways to customize your weed gummies so they have the taste and texture you prefer. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:
- To make low-sugar gummies, swap out the gelatin dessert and water for three ounces of unflavored gelatin and your favorite fruit juice.
- For extra-sweet gummies, swap out the water for fruit juice or soda and experiment with different flavor combinations like cherry gelatin dessert and cola.
- Purree your favorite fruit and add it to the mix for intensified flavor. Depending on your choice of fruit, your gummies could be extra sweet or a tad tart.
- Instead of a cannabis tincture, add cannabis infused coconut oil for a healthy boost of medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids may enhance the health of your skin, hair, and nails in addition to offering a nutty, tropical flavor.
- Add edible glitter to make your weed gummies sparkle.
Storage tips for weed gummies
Storing your weed gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator is key to keeping them fresh for as long as possible. Avoid warm or bright places (like a coat pocket or windowsill) when storing the gummies for more than an hour or so at a time. Keeping weed gummies in a cool, dark location ensures that the potency of the cannabinoids (namely CBD and THC) stays locked in.
And this should go without saying, but keep your homemade weed gummies far, far away from children and pets.
Weed gummies are an easy, customizable way to consume cannabis when you'd rather pop a quick candy than engage in an elaborate smoke session.