The easiest way to make these delicious weed gummy bears is by using CBD oil which is a THC-free oil. While CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound that can come from either hemp or cannabis plant, it is often derived from the hemp plant so it is legal, and it does not contain any amounts of THC which is an active ingredient that can cause you to feel the “high”. Follow these instructions to know how to make weed gummy bears!
What are the Ingredients of Weed Gummy Bears?
For this Weed Gummy Bears Recipe, you would need:
1. CBD Oil
- ½ cup
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant and then diluting it with coconut oil or hemp seed oil. The common method for extracting CBD is ‘CO2 extraction’ or supercritical carbon dioxide. This method uses a closed-loop extractor for extracting essential oils for perfumes and food additives. The hemp plant is placed in a chamber filled with carbon dioxide.
What type of Oil should be Used for Weed Gummy Bears?
There are 2 types of THC-Free CBD oil you can choose from: isolate and broad-spectrum. Isolate CBD oils contain only CBD, which means that they don’t contain any form of THC. Broad-spectrum oils do not contain THC, but they do contain other cannabinoids and cannabis compounds like flavonoids and terpenes. These compounds are found in all sorts of plants and may have therapeutic benefits. Some people prefer CBD isolate because they are scent-free and taste-free, while unflavoured broad-spectrum CBD oil products have an earthy taste people don’t like.
2. Flavoured Jello
- 85 g packet or 3 ounces
Jello is a gelatin-based dessert that is jiggly and has a sweet taste. Gelatin is made from animal collagen which is a protein that makes up connective tissues such as skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones. That means it isn’t vegan. It’s also a low-calorie treat perfect for people who are on a diet. Making jello at home is fairly easy. You just dissolve the powdered mixture in boiling water. The heat then breaks the bonds that hold the collagen together. When the mixture cools, the collagen strands form into a semi-solid state with water molecules trapped inside which gives the jello a gel-like and jiggly texture. Food colourings in jello can be natural and artificial. Many jello products are still made with food dyes but some are now being made with natural colourings such as beet and carrot juice. These are available in supermarkets.
3. Flavouring Oils
- ½ teaspoon
Flavouring oils are natural essential oils extracted from the ingredient. For example, the essential oil of strawberry is extracted from the strawberry to create strawberry-flavoured oil. Flavouring oils add great flavour to any recipe, but since they are stronger than extracts, the amount you use is lesser. These flavouring oils can also help mask the cannabis taste and make the flavour pop. You can buy flavouring oils in any local supermarket.
- ½ teaspoon
Lecithin is a mixture of fats that are essential to the cells in the human body. It is the main source of choline, which is a nutrient similar to vitamin B. Lecithin is converted into acetylcholine which is a substance that transmits nerve impulses. Lecithin can be found in foods such as soybeans and egg yolks. People use lecithin for dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support the use of lecithin in these conditions.
In cooking, it is usually added as a natural preservative as it adds shelf life to whatever you’re cooking without adding any harmful chemicals. You can use liquid, granulated, or powdered form. Lecithin is also a great emulsifier, which is a substance that stabilizes a mixture. There are several types of lecithin: soy, egg yolk, and sunflower.
5. Unflavoured Gelatin
- 2 ½ tablespoons, or 7 ½ gelatin sheets
Gelatin is a protein obtained from animal protein. Unlike jello, gelatin is colourless, tasteless, and is used not just in food, but also in cosmetics, photographic industries, and pharmacies. Gelatin is prepared by hydrolysis of collagen, while jello is obtained by boiling gelatin and adding flavours and sugar.
In cooking, gelatin may be used as a stabilizer, thickener, or texturizer. Gelatin products are found in powder or sheet-form.
Which Flavours are Compatible with Weed Gummy Bears?
You can use any flavours for this recipe but fruity flavours like mango, lime, lemon are most compatible with weed gummy bears.
How to Make Weed Gummy Bears
- Prepare your gelatin. If using powdered gelatin, sprinkle this on top of a ½ half cup of cold water, let it bloom for 5 minutes. If using sheets, soak them in the water for about 10 minutes.
- Once the gelatin is ready (including the water), pour it into a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk the mixture gently but constantly. Do not let your gelatin boil.
- Remove the mixture from the heat once it has completely melted and combined. Let the mixture cool.
- Add in the CBD oil, flavouring oil of your choice, and lecithin, then stir.
- Add the weed gummy bear mixture to your moulds using a dropper.
- Allow your gummies to set for at least 30 minutes before removing them from the moulds.
What Tools are Required to Make Weed Gummy Bears?
What to Consider while Making Weed Gummy Bears
Do not let your gelatin boil because boiling can prevent it from setting. Also, to make your weed gummy bears’ shelf life longer, store them in a cool, dark, and dry place. Since you’re making them at home, drying out the gelatin and adding preservatives like potassium sorbate or extra citric acid can help to prolong their shelf life.
How Long Does It Take to Prepare Weed Gummy Bears?
It takes 50 minutes to make weed gummy bears, including the preparation, and the time it has to set before removing them from the moulds.
Is It Easy to Make Weed Gummy Bears?
Yes. You only need a few ingredients and equipment to make these gummy bears. Also, the cooking time of the liquids in the recipe would only take a few minutes.
How Many Servings is a Recipe of Weed Gummy Bears?
This recipe can make 20 small-to-medium weed gummy bears, depending on your moulds.
What does Weed Gummy Bears Taste like?
Weed gummy bears taste like regular gummy bears. The taste will just depend on the flavour and potency. In some cases, people taste a hint of the earthy flavour that CBD has, but most of the time, the sugar covers up its taste entirely.
How Many Weed Gummy Bears can you Eat in a Day?
People usually take 1 to 5 weed gummy bears a day. With homemade weed gummy bears, it’s best to start with a low dose first, then take your time to see what happens. How much you should eat depends on your experience with edibles, your tolerance to them, and the strength of the cannabis you used.
Are Weed Gummy Bears Suitable for Children?
Yes. Since CBD oil does not contain THC and it doesn’t have any intoxicating effects on children. Parents use CBD products with their children as they can help with nausea, pain, insomnia, and even with children with autism as they help alleviate anxiety. CBD offers many benefits but you should consult your doctor first before giving your child CBD.
Are There any Harms of Weed Gummies?
Yes, CBD can have some side effects and risks. While CBD can help treat a wide variety of health conditions including Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, the drug’s benefits are still limited. It also carries some risks. CBD can cause side effects such as diarrhoea, dry mouth, reduced appetite, fatigue, and drowsiness. You also have to be careful as CBD can interact with other medications you’re taking, such as blood thinners.
Is Making Weed Gummy Bears Illegal?
No. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the growth of industrial hemp, stating that CBD gummies are legal in most US states as long as the CBD’s THC content will not go over 0.3 per cent.
How does Weed Gummies Feel like?
When you take weed gummies, it takes about 15 to 45 minutes to feel an effect. Since it does not contain any THC, you would not feel high but will feel an effect of calm and relaxation. How it feels would also depend on how your body will respond to CBD, the quality of the CBD product you used, and your individual biology.
What are the Other Recipes like Weed Gummy Bears?
If you’re just getting started with cooking recipes with CBD oil, it’s best to make small batches first. Have a look at these CBD-infused recipes for your next cooking session!
- CBD Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Mix your butter, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, egg, baking soda, and CBD oil in a large bowl then mix. Fold in the chocolate chips using a wooden or silicone spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes.
- CBD Chocolate Latte
Place unsweetened milk, or plant-based milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon in a small pot. Bring to simmer over medium heat and whisk constantly to prevent clumps. Remove from the heat and mix in your CBD oil.
- CBD Turmeric Ginger Sweets
Chop ginger root into thin slices. In a pan, pour in carrot or orange juice, put turmeric, Agar-Agar powder to prevent clumps, black pepper, ginger root, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to stop Agar-Agar powder from sticking to the bottom of your pan. Fish out the ginger slices then mix in your CBD oil.
Where to Buy Weed Gummy Bears
Hemp-derived gummy bears are widely available and accessible in the US and they’re becoming popular in Canada and the UK as well. Here’s a list of some brands that sell Weed Gummy Bears:
- CBD Gummy Bears by Cannabidiol Life
- available in 250 mg, 750 mg, and 1,500 mg (25 mg per serving)
- pesticide-free, gluten-free, THC-Free
- $17.99, $39.99, $74.99
- CBD Gummy Bears by CBDFX
- available in 1500 mg (50 mg per serving)
- vegan and gluten-free
- Broad-spectrum CBD
- all-natural ingredients
Does ZenBears produce Weed Gummy Bears?
Yes. Currently, ZenBears have the Zenbears CBD Gummies which is available at 600 mg (20 mg per serving). The ZenBears gummies also have broad-spectrum CBD extract that came from originally grown hemp in Oregon, USA. These gummy bears are vegan, organic, and THC-Free.