Your favorite treat, the gummies, are all grown up now. They are no longer just multicolored snacks for kids. Now they’re being used to help people supplement their diets with various minerals and vitamins.
CBD gummies are nothing new. They have built quite a reputation as an excellent way to take CBD while avoiding CBD oil's strong taste. There are many dispensaries and online retailers who sell these delicious treats.
CBD gummies are widely available online, but did you know you can quickly make them yourself at home? What's more, many variations can help meet whatever dietary restrictions you face. This article features several recipes you can make at home. Here are a few things you need to know about CBD gummies and other CBD edibles.
1. There are three types of CBD you can use
There are three main kinds of CBD: CBD isolate, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is made by extracting all other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids: all the ingredients besides CBD itself. People who do this only want CBD in their extract. They may be highly sensitive to THC (the cannabinoid that gets you “stoned”), or they may undergo frequent drug testing and don't want THC in their system.
Full-spectrum CBD is what you would call the plant extract before anything is removed. There is a belief that there is an “entourage effect” when you ingest all the compounds in the plant, including all the cannabinoids.
Research is still ongoing as to what these other cannabinoids do, and they may contribute to the good results people get from taking CBD. The THC content in hemp-derived CBD is 0.3 percent or lower, so ideally it should not affect the person using it.
Those who want to receive help from the rest of the plant extracts, excluding THC, can take broad-spectrum CBD. Either type will work for the recipes below.
2. Coated or infused
There are two main types of CBD gummies: coated and infused. Coated gummies are either sprayed or covered with CBD. Determining these gummies' concentration is difficult because they may not be equally coated, and some of the coating may rub off during storage.
The best option is to use infused CBD gummies. The CBD is incorporated into the recipe, and as long as you mix well when making them, each gummy will have the same amount of CBD.
3. Personal preference.
Are you vegan? Do you prefer a keto or paleo diet? Do you have any food allergies? Do you have specific preferences like liking sweet gummies over sour gummies? Do you prefer gummy bears, worms, stars or hearts?
You can tailor your CBD gummy recipe to suit your needs. You can also incorporate certain ingredients if you want to make them for a specific reason.
Why should you consider making your own?
Here are five reasons why you should consider making your own CBD gummies.
1. You have dietary restrictions.
If you are on a diet you want to adhere to, you can alter the ingredients used to make the gummies.
2. You want them to be more functional.
Maybe you are concerned about the type of juice they use, and you have some preferences. Perhaps you prefer a specific kind of sweetener or want to use grass-fed gelatin. Whatever your choice, making these gummies yourself puts you at ease about what is in them.
3. You want to control the concentration.
You have tested them out and know that you want a specific amount of CBD per gummy. Maybe you are having a hard time finding gummies with that concentration. Making your own gummies allows you to determine what amount of CBD is in each gummy.
4. You are on a budget.
You could choose to buy premade gummies. However, they aren't always cheap. Making them on your own might allow you to enjoy them at a more affordable price.
5. You can play with shapes and flavors.
Maybe you don't like the common gummy shapes, and you prefer gummy dinosaurs instead. You can make them in whatever shape you want. You can vary the juice and the coating to make gummies that suit your needs.
CBD gummies recipes.
Here are three easy gummy recipes you should try.
Basic fruit-juice gummies
- BPA-free food-grade silicone molds of the desired shape
- Dispensing bottle (optional)
- Funnel (optional)
- Mitts or gloves (optional)
- 1 cup spoon fruit juice
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons gelatin
- CBD oil
- Add the fruit juice to the saucepan and place on low heat until it begins to simmer.
- Add the honey and gelatin and whisk continuously for about a minute. Turn off the heat.
- Add the CBD oil and whisk until evenly distributed.
- Distribute the mixture into the mold
- If the mold has a dropper, use it to distribute the mixture without making a mess.
- If it didn't come with a dropper, transfer the mixture into the condiment-dispensing bottle using a funnel. Use the bottle to distribute the mixture into the molds. The bottle may be hard to handle as the mixture is hot, so wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Once the mixture is evenly distributed, you need it to set, so transfer it into the refrigerator.
- Wait 30 minutes to an hour before checking for doneness. When they are done, you can remove them from the mold.
- Transfer the gummies into an airtight bottle for storage. If you live in hot weather, store them in the refrigerator.
You are all done with this easy recipe. Here are a few things to note:
- Don't overheat the mixture. If the liquid is too hot, it could break down the CBD oil terpenes, potentially altering the taste.
- Use gelatin, not collagen. Collagen won't give the gummies their gummy texture.
- Oil and water don't mix well, so you may need to work fast when distributing the mix into the mold, so the mixture doesn't separate.
- Use the same size molds so that you have gummies with the same concentration.
- Most fruit juices are fine to use, but avoid papaya, pineapple, kiwi, guava, mango, ginger root or figs. The enzymes in these fruits could break down the gelatin and ruin the recipe.
Citrus-flavored vegan gummies.
Same as the earlier recipe.
- CBD powder
- I cup orange juice
- I tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons pectin
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Pour the lemon and orange juice into the saucepan and add the pectin. Heat them on low.
- Stir the mixture until it liquefies. Add the sugar and mix until well combined. You can add more sugar or sweetener to taste.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and add the CBD powder. Mix until it is evenly distributed.
- Pour the mixture into the gummy mold and put them in the refrigerator until they are set.
- Remove and store in an airtight container.
- Pectin is a plant-based alternative to the animal-based gelatin. The result may not be exactly the same as gelatin, but it is close.
- Freshly made gummies tend to sweat. Before storage, let them rest for 12 to 24 hours.
- If you toss the gummies in powdered sugar, it will prevent them from sticking together and give them a pleasant texture. You can add lemon juice to the powdered sugar for more tanginess.
- Adding vitamin C to the recipe not only adds a burst of flavor; it also ups your vitamin C intake.
Keto CBT gummies
Same as above.
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
- I cup tart cherry juice
- Xylitol, stevia or another sweetener of your choice
- CBD tincture
- Pour the juice in the saucepan and heat to a gentle simmer.
- Add the sweetener and gelatin, and stir until well mixed.
- Turn off the heat. Add the CBD tincture to the liquid and mix to combine.
- Transfer the mixture to the mold and pop them into the refrigerator to set.
- They should be done after 30 minutes to an hour.
- The tart cherry has been shown to help promote good sleep.
- Using a sweetener other than sugar makes the gummies suitable for people with conditions like diabetes.
- You can choose to add a few tablespoons of beeswax into the mixture before pouring it into the mold to give your gummies a shiny coat.
How to control the concentration
When making your gummies, you have to decide how much CBD you want each gummy to have. This may involve a little math. Don't worry, math haters, this math is as easy as the recipes you have just seen.
1. Decide how much CBD you want each gummy to have.
You may decide you want a low dosage of 2 mg or as high as 50 mg—it's up to you. Note that the higher the dosage, the stronger the taste of the CBD. A lower dosage may be better if you want to mask the taste.
2. Decide how much CBD you need in total.
If you are making 20 gummies with 2 mg CBD in each, you will need 40 mg of CBD.
20 gummies * 2 mg/gummy = 40 mg CBD
3. Determine how much of the CBD oil/ tincture or powder you will need.
Let's say you are using CBD oil. You have the 1,000 mg CBD oil in a 50 ml bottle. First, figure out how much CBD is in each ml of the oil.
1,000 mg / 50 ml = 20 mg/ml
Next, decide how many ml you will need.
40 mg / 20 mg/ml = 2 ml
Check if the bottle of CBD oil you have has supplied the value for the size of each drop. If it has, you may not have to measure. Just count the number of drops needed to make up the amount of CBD you require.
Frequently asked questions
Here are some common questions asked concerning CBD gummies.
Are they legal?
CBD is legal in the United States, but the legality may vary from state to state. Check out what your state laws have to say about it.
Will they make me high?
Many people confuse CBD with THC. There is a difference between CBD and THC. THC is the cannabinoid that makes you high, not CBD. For most CBD products to be within the legal limits, they must be hemp-derived and contain at most 0.3 percent THC. This amount is too little to make you high.
Some extracts, such as CBD isolate or broad-spectrum, contain absolutely zero THC. That's why we use them for all of the products we offer on the Penguin CBD website.
How many should I take?
This is an individual choice. The amount of CBD gummies depends on several variables, such as
- your weight,
- your body chemistry and
- what you need them for.
One way to determine how many gummies to take is to start with the lowest dose. Take one gummy and keep adding one a day until you find the amount that works for you. Then you can switch to gummies with that particular constitution or make your own.
How long do they take to kick in and wear out?
Again, this is an individual matter. They may take 30 minutes or longer to kick in, and may last up to six hours. Be aware that because they have to go through the digestive process, the concentration that reaches your bloodstream may be lower than you consume.
For those who wish to add some cannabinoids like CBD into their day-to-day lives, making your own CBD gummies is a great way to do so. Try any of these recipes today.