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Recipe: How to Make Cannabis-Infused Gummy Bears

June 7, 2017
Fruit flavored gummy bears in assorted colors
There is a lot you don’t know about me, but for starters, you should know that I have an insatiable fruity candy lust that is rivaled only by my lusty feelings about cannabis.

This inclination toward fruity candy certainly stems from the lack of fruit in my diet and my body’s natural craving for colorful, fruit-flavored facsimiles. Wanting to curb my dependence to refined sugar, I took my fierce passion for fruity candy into my own hands and sought out different gummy candy recipes to sate my appetite.

Of all the gummy candies, gummy bears are among the most beloved. But unlike at your typical grocery store candy aisle, you may be challenged when trying to find cannabis-infused gummies in your local dispensary, as many states have banned gummy candies due to the presumption that they target children. In order to skirt this ban on gummies, I’ve adapted this rather health-oriented recipe to give you a boost of energy (offered by green tea-derived caffeine) while incorporating the the calming, wellness-driven effects of a CBD tincture.

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Note that you can easily modify the recipe below to make THC-infused gummy bears; simply choose a THC-dominant tincture. You can also modify the flavors used based on your personal preferences, or omit the caffeine by using herbal rather than green tea.

Our recipe was adapted from this recipe by Mona Zavosh for Glow.

Recipe: Cherry, Green Tea, and CBD Gummy Bears

Start to finish: 45 minutes (active: 30 minutes)

Yields: 50 gummy bears

Approximate dosage: 5mg CBD and 1mg THC per gummy bear*

*Note: Potency may vary widely depending on your tincture.

Materials

Ingredients

  • 1 oz CBD tincture (I used Ethos 250mg CBD Tincture—if you use a tincture with more or less CBD, divide the total milligrams in your tincture by 50 to calculate the approximate dosage of each bear)
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 3 tablespoons creamed honey
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¾ cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons agar-agar powder or gelatin
  • ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
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Directions

  1. Pour coconut water into small saucepan. Bring to boil, then steep green tea bags in coconut water for up to 10 minutes (but no less than 4 minutes). Compost tea bags.
  2. Add cherry juice, salt, and creamed honey to saucepan. Stir gently until mixture is homogenous. Return mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Add agar-agar powder and whisk constantly for 3–4 minutes. (Note: The texture of agar-agar can be unsatisfying for folks used to the gelatin-based gummy bears. You can replace with gelatin, if you’d like.)
  4. Add your desired dosage of CBD tincture (alcohol, coconut oil, or glycerin tinctures are all fine) and whisk thoroughly until fully incorporated.
  5. Turn off stovetop and place funnel in condiment bottle.
  6. Transfer gummy bear liquid to condiment bottle. Be careful! This liquid is crazy hot and you will need to work quickly.
  7. Using oven mitt or hot pad, hold bottle and squeeze liquid into gummy bear mold.
  8. Transfer mold to refrigerator and let set for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove bears from tray and store in airtight container.
  10. Enjoy one or two at a time in 30 minute intervals until desired dosage is reached—that is, stop before you become the GIF below. (Editor’s note: CBD bears will not make you “trip bear balls.”)

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  • BarleySinger

    Thanks. One comment though. A fair number of people react quite badly to combining alcohol & cannabis. They puke a lot. Since we don’t want that effect, it would be best to add our alcohol based tincture to an ingredient that CAN get hot enough to remove alcohol. That also brings up decarboxilation of the cannabinoids. Was the plant matter decarbed before the tincture was made? If not you want to decarb it. Remember the goal … we are *not* trying to make undecarboxolated cannabis jello shots. Purge the alcohol and decarb your cannabinoid source.

    • Drew

      Truth. Beter yet, decarb your bud before you make your tincture and you don’t have to worry about it. I decarb mine first, then make into everclear tincture, boil down until it’s green paste on the bottom ie; alcohol all gone, and add enough VG to make it semi-viscous. With this concentrated version, you can add it to anything. I actually just made two batches, one decarbed beforehand and one not. Making gummies with both tonight and will post results. Although, even the non-decarbed bud may have decarbed a bit during the alcohol boil-off, not sure about the exact temp on that..

      • Stephani Lesh

        “and add enough VG . . .”
        Pray tell, what is VG?

        • Sherri Lucas-Gibson

          vegetable glycerin

      • BarleySinger

        so your making feco

  • FoodForSavages

    I’m curious as to whether you can actually use cannaoil effectively in making gummies. I’ve had success with making baked edibles but I think the oil in the cannaoil will keep the gummies from hardening sufficiently. Am I wrong?

    • Stephen Ray Blankenship

      It works, add a little extra pectin. Veggie glycerin works best, though

    • Pamela Oldham

      Where can I get the molds to make gummy bears

      • Drew

        Amazon, Michael’s, Ebay, A.C.Moore to name a few. The rubbery (silicone?) one’s work great.

      • little lotta

        Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn Fabric (yes…a fabric store)

        • sgrm8

          I saw your comments on something, and I hope you’re doing well!

    • Drew

      Honestly, it depends on what type of oil/tincture you are using. If you are using an alcohol THC tincture, you can safely evaporate most if not all of the alcohol, using a crockpot or burner on lowww, leaving you with a concentrated waxy/oil that can be added to pretty much anything without noticeably affecting it’s structural integrity

  • Stephani Lesh

    Oh dear, no condiment bottles if they are plastic! The hot liquid can leach free estrogen-imitators from the plastic and our bodies grab ’em up and that’s not good. A glass baster will work, or even just use a small ceramic creamer or gravy separator. We should be trying to eliminate plastics amap.

    • Karen Coleman

      go to a feed store for large animals horse’s and such buy a glass and stainless steel syringe

  • Adam

    I have a bottle of Wishing Well 10ml Hybrid (Sativa/Indica) tincture that I will be using.

    Each drop is 1mg THC.

    Would it be possible to make the entire gummy batch, fill the molds with the gelatin mixture, and then add 5 drops (5mg THC) per gummy?

    I feel like this will be the easiest way to correctly dose each gummy.

    • justadbeer

      The easiest way to do this is to just go out and buy a bag of gummies, melt them down, and then add your tincture

  • randall Flagg

    I have a question based on a 1oz tincture and following instructions to the tee what kind of yield can I expect.i have acquainted my self with decarbing and yes I do use a 199grain tincture wish is easily brought to a less than 5% water when I’m done. Still curious how many bears verses ingredient input

    • randall Flagg

      Sorry 190 grain

  • Dean Foor

    I made this recipe today and found there must be an issue with the volume of the gummie bear molds. My mold holds about 1ml in each bear and I ended up with about 5x the volume needed to fill my mold… did this recipe use 5 to 6ml molds?

    • Megan Ridling Haines

      I had the same issue. Im using the same molds that are linked above in this article… Can someone please clarify?

  • sheila

    new to making edibles – what is decarboxylation??

  • great!!! this is the best recipe by far

  • Fun Please

    Nice

  • JD

    I find recipes with agar agar to shrink the gummies after a day or so. I prefer methods like JeffThe420Chef’s GB recipe which use sorbitol which gives it that awesome bounce that GB need!

  • Dick Hertz

    Keep in mind, he said: CBD Gummies won’t make you trip…that being said, without a way to isolate the CBD, and THC from one another, tripping is a real possibility.

    • Karen Coleman

      You won
      t have THC until decarb it will be THCA and that does not get u high

  • Tamika Gipson

    did you get recipe?

  • Patricia Bistritz

    i have some and they have mold on them can you cut it off and eat it .

  • Patricia Bistritz

    or do i throw away