Knowing how to make gummies, aka weed edibles, is one of those valuable skills that every cannabis enthusiast should have. You never know when you will be in a situation where there isn’t a dispensary to be found.
Making Your Own Weed Gummy Bears
Fortunately, if you are in a pinch and need to whip up some edibles, you can usually find everything you need right there in your kitchen.
Not only is this a valuable skill to have as a weed lover, making gummies is also a fun activity to do with friends or by yourself.
A Brief History of Gummies
Before you embark upon the journey of learning how to make weed gummy bears, it helps to know a little something about where they came from. This knowledge is not required to make your own weed gummy bears, but it is interesting, nonetheless.
Humans have been eating weed even longer than we have been smoking it. Back in the Stone Age, a curious hunter-gatherer tasted a cannabis plant and thought, ‘hey, eating these flowers makes me feel pretty good.’ Fast forward to ancient Persia, where they had mahjoun, which was hash mixed with spices.
India perfected the Persian version by adding sweeteners to improve the taste and butter to improve the texture. Consider this the ancestor to the weed brownie. Hash-infused drinks and wafers are known respectively as bhang and charas.
Cannabis edibles remained popular until the US began its war on drugs, which of course, did not decrease use- it just forced it underground. Prohibition be damned; people were determined to get their hands on edibles. Mahjoun had returned to popularity—this time, made with fudge— thus, becoming the weed brownie that we know and love today.
The new weed brownies were very popular with the hippies, who spread the word of their goodness and groovy-ness all around the land. Edibles remain among the most popular methods of consuming cannabis, with all of the tastiness and none of the adverse side effects of smoking. One of the most popular edibles is the gummy bear laced with weed.
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Why Make THC Gummies?
So, why learn how to make weed gummy bears? As mentioned earlier, edibles like weed gummies are among the most popular ways of consuming cannabis. Edibles don’t have the health risks that come with smoking cannabis. You don’t have to worry about a residual smell on your breath and clothes. With edibles, it is much easier to get high on the sly.
Edibles also enable you to control your high. Everyone has gotten to that point where they are too high to function. While that can be fun, sometimes you are in a situation— particularly in public— where this might not be the best idea. Edibles allow you to control your dosage, thus ensuring that you do not overdo it.
We live in a great age where there are plenty of weed gummy bears for sale at your local dispensary. While their selections are great, it’s easy to make your own. Just the same way you feel a great sense of accomplishment enjoying a meal you cooked yourself, you enjoy the high more when it’s a stoney treat you make yourself.
Weed Gummy Bears Side Effects
Do weed gummies get you high? Yes, THC-infused gummy candies will get you very high, a good, long-lasting high that is certain to give you what you need. Not all gummy bears with weed will get you high, however. You can infuse your gummies with cannabidiol, aka CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, if you are looking for the health benefits and none of the head change.
If you plan to embark on this journey and learn how to make edible weed gummy bears, please make sure you follow proper safety guidelines for cannabis consumption! Talk to your doctor if you are taking other medications.
How to Safely Enjoy Gummies and Other Edibles
The key to enjoying weed gummies and other edibles is to know your tolerance. Taking an edible is different from smoking a bowl of cannabis flower. An edible is not instantaneous since it has to go through your digestive system before it can take effect.
The biggest mistake a newcomer can make: Taking an edible and deciding it’s not kicking in fast enough, taking another, then getting way too high.
Avoid double-dosing unless you want to look as ridiculous as the cop who got too high and thought he was dying. As hilarious as that would be to witness at a party, you probably wouldn’t live that down anytime soon.
Now, you’re not going to die like that cop thought he was going to, but you could get yourself sick to the point where you vomit profusely, and no one likes that. You could also get into a serious accident should you decide to drive somewhere, thus seriously putting yourself and/or someone else at risk. Hence the need for discretion.
While we are on the subject of cops, you might be wondering, can dogs smell weed gummy bears? Yes, they can. Police dogs are highly trained (no pun intended) to sniff out THC, including foods that have been infused with THC. On the other hand, your own dog probably couldn’t track your gummies unless you have conditioned them to really like pot.
The best way to approach eating edibles if you have a low tolerance or do not know your tolerance is to take half as much as you think you should take, see how you handle it, wait, then take more. Once you have an idea of what you can handle, then you can feel free to experiment.
How Many Weed Gummy Bears Should you Eat?
So, how many weed gummy bears should you eat? As soon as you know your tolerance, you can eat as many as you feel you can handle. You can make your own edibles as strong as you want without having to worry about the state laws governing commercial edibles. On the flip side, you can make low-dose gummies so you can microdose as much as you want to all day long.
Doesn’t that sound sweet?
How to Make Weed Gummy Bears
Making weed gummy bears is a fun and easy way to make effective and delicious edibles.
First, you need to know how to make cannabis oil, which you will infuse with gelatin to make your gummies. For cannabis oil, you will need to decarb your weed, which is explained in more detail in the next section.
Once you have decarbed your weed, you will need to infuse it with a fat-soluble substance. For this recipe, it is strongly recommended that you use coconut oil. You can also make cannabis oil with butter which is excellent for baking brownies. Cannabis-infused olive or avocado oils are great for making savory THC soups.
Once you’ve got your weed oil, you will combine it with gelatin, which can be found at any grocery store. Most first-timers prefer to use Jello, but as you learn your craft, you can use any gelatin you like! You can even make them taste like snozzberries if you so choose!
Lastly, you will be placing your ganja gelatin mixture into a mold to make your gummies. Cool them in the freezer for 25 minutes, et voilà! You have made your own weed gummies! Time to party!
Decarbing: the Secret to Great Edibles
The most essential step in making THC gummies (other than obtaining your herb, of course) is decarboxylating, aka decarbing, your weed. There’s a reason why eating cannabis raw does not yield the same effects as eating a weed brownie or popping a few weed gummy bears.
It’s because when cannabis is raw, it has not been decarboxylated. This is because the act of decarboxylating converts the cannabinoid THCA into THC, which is, of course, what gets you high.
If this sounds complicated, it’s not. All decarbing does is add heat to the equation, like when smoking a bowl or lighting up a joint. The same principle applies when making THC oil for weed gummies.
To decarb your weed, you first need to grind up the flower for your gummy bear weed candy (usually about 3.5 grams per cup of oil) and place it on a cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to 220° F and let your weed sit in there for 30-45 minutes.
Make sure that it does not burn! A word to the wise: Decarbing at a higher temperature does not speed up the process; higher temperatures will reduce THC, thus sacrificing the potency of your edibles. This is one of those times where patience is a virtue!
Once you have decarbed your weed, it’s time to make your weed oil! Many people prefer to use coconut oil, but you can use butter or any other fat-soluble oil. Take a cup of coconut oil (or oil of your preference) and slowly cook it in a saucepan until melted. Add your weed and simmer on the stove for about an hour, stirring frequently. Strain the raw plant material from your oil and place it in a bottle.
Weed Gummy Recipe
This weed gummy bears recipe is very easy to follow, even for first-timers!
To make your own weed infused gummy bears, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of cannabis oil
- 1 packet of flavored gelatin or Jello (this will be 85 grams)
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup of cold water
- 1/2 teaspoon sunflower or soy lecithin
First, combine the water and THC oil (or CBD oil if you prefer) with the soy lecithin in a saucepan on your stove on low heat. The lecithin is a vital ingredient for making good gummies since, as you might remember from middle school science class, oil and water do not mix. The lecithin will help emulsify your gelatin mixture.
Whisk the mixture for 15 minutes or until the gelatin has been fully dissolved, ensure it never reaches a boiling point. Once everything has been properly mixed, it’s time to get the gelatin mix into the molds.
This step must be done quickly before your gelatin hardens. It’s recommended that you use an eyedropper to get the mixture into your molds as swiftly and accurately as possible before the mixture begins to separate.
It’s also important to stir your gelatin frequently while filling your molds to prevent your mixture from hardening, which would render it useless. Once you have filled your molds, place your gummies in the freezer for 25 minutes or until they are hardened.
As for storage, you will want to make sure your gummies are stored in an airtight container, such as a Tupperware or a glass jar. You will want to keep them in a cool, dark place. Your fridge or freezer should be just fine for this.
Storing them in the freezer will extend their shelf life considerably. If you make a large batch, freeze them to maintain the weed gummy bears’ potency. Since gummy edibles do not contain eggs, they have a longer shelf life than weed brownies, but they will not last indefinitely.
Do Weed Gummy Bears Expire?
Eating weed gummies past their expiration date will not make you sick, but they do lose their potency. Gummy edibles retain their potency for 12-18 months and usually stay good 6 months after that. You can keep them around for quite a while, so make as big a batch as you want! Gift them to other cannabis enthusiasts. They make great Christmas gifts or Halloween treats for adults!
Eating edibles is great! Making your own gummy bears with weed is a fun, rewarding (and educational) activity, not to mention it saves you money in trips to the dispensary. Why not become completely self-reliant and grow your own weed after learning how to make gummy bears with weed? Luckily A Pot for Pot has you covered!
Recipe from: https://cannigma.com/recipes/how-to-make-cannabis-gummies/