Making your own CBD gummies lets you enjoy a classic staple of CBD edibles but with a homemade personal touch.
These soft chews were some of the first ingestible CBD options on the market and quickly became an instant hit. How could they not be popular? Gummies offer a delicious way to get full or broad-spectrum CBD without the “hempy” taste attributed to CBD oils.
Now, CBD oil gummies are in every online retailer.
Most people know what’s inside CBD gummies, but mixing those isn’t a process we’re typically familiar with. Consequently, the idea of homemade CBD gummies (or any homemade gummies) may leave us scratching our heads.
Don’t worry. CBD gummies are surprisingly easy to make – arguably more straightforward than plain homemade oil. If you’re wondering how to make homemade CBD oil gummies, we’ll show you a simple CBD gummy recipe; you won’t even need a stove.
Benefits of CBD Gummies
Why make CBD gummies at home? Aside from the potential health benefits, gummies offer a unique format that makes them easy to enjoy. So let’s quickly recap why homemade CBD gummies are the perfect DIY project.
First and – for many – foremost, CBD oil gummies taste amazing. These products can be naturally infused with almost any of your favorite flavors. Edible gummies let you enjoy full or broad-spectrum benefits without CBD oil’s “hempy” taste.
We understand how dietary needs vary. Traditional CBD gummies are made with unflavored gelatin and infused with other ingredients. Unfortunately, gelatin doesn’t align with vegan diets. Fortunately, vegan CBD gummies can be made from pectin rather than gelatin.
Gummies can also be infused with virtually anything. For instance, some manufacturers might add vitamin C powder to their CBD oil gummies as an additional nutrition serving. Fruit juice is also a popular natural flavor additive.
Precise measurement is critical to get the most from your daily dose of CBD soft chews. Too little CBD will be ineffective, but overdosing is equally useless.
Fortunately, gummies come in different dosages, depending on your personal needs. However, the amount per piece is clearly labeled and tested—the exact CBD dosage (and other ingredients), allowing a consistent amount comparable to CBD oil.
Can You Make CBD Gummies with CBD Tincture?
Yes, you can make CBD gummies with CBD tincture or CBD oil. It’s possible to make your own oil extract, but buying from reputable CBD brands is the best way to know your oil’s precise dose. You can carefully distribute each batch based on the strength of your CBD tincture.
How to Dose CBD Gummies Per Gummy Piece
Dosing homemade CBD gummies is easy. First, it’s essential to establish a target dosage. This is based on how much CBD you need in each serving.
You only need pre-measured CBD oil and a little math. Our recipe calls for 5 ml CBD oil, which we’ll assume is 750 mg per 30 ml bottle.
The dose per 1 ml serving is the total CBD divided by volume. In this case, 750/30 is 25.
Now that we know the oil carries 25 mg/ml multiply that by the 5 ml in our recipe. This totals 125 mg in the entire batch.
Finally, divide the total (125 mg) by how many gummies you make. Gummy molds come in different shapes and sizes. Assuming your CBD gummy mixture creates 10 pieces; the equation is 125/10.
We now know one gummy contains 12.5 mg of CBD.
Things You Need to Make CBD Gummies
Before we get started, let’s look at what we’ll need for our gummies recipe.
- Baking sheet
- Silicone gummy mold
- Measuring cup
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice, cranberry juice, mixed fruit juice (preferably high in citric acid), or sports drink.
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) of corn syrup
- 2 packs (1 oz per pack) of unflavored gelatin mixture
- 5 ml of Colorado Botanicals full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil. Higher concentrations allow stronger gummies
How to Make CBD Gummies: Step by Step
Now that we have our ingredients, it’s time to get started. If you follow this simple CBD gummies recipe, you’ll have some delicious homemade CBD gummy snacks in no time!
CBD Gummies Recipe
Step 1: Grease the silicone mold
Place the silicone gummy mold onto your baking sheet, then lightly grease the molds with cooking spray. Set those aside.
Step 2: Prepare your gummy mixture
Add the juice, unflavored gelatin, and corn syrup into your measuring cup. Gently stir the mix until most of the gelatin is gone.
Don’t worry if there are still chunks of gelatin floating in the cup. This is normal and will resolve itself during heating.
After you’re done stirring, leave the liquid for 60 seconds.
Step 3: Nuke the liquid
Place the measuring cup inside you microwave. Cook it at high heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Give the cup another 30 seconds on high. Mix again.
Your recipe is ready once the gelatin is completely dissolved.
If some chunks remain, no big deal. Just repeat the cooking process until there are no more gelatin bits.
Set the cup aside for 15 minutes until the contents reach a thicker consistency. If the mix is still watery, check on it again in five minutes.
DO NOT STIR
Step 4: Mix in your CBD oil
Now comes the all-important ingredient. Once the liquid is thick enough, add the 5 ml of Colorado Botanicals full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil.
Step 5: Fill the mold
Pour the gummy mix directly from the measuring cup into your silicone gummy mold, filling each section to the brim.
Step 6: Refrigerate
Put the silicone gummy mold on the baking sheet and place them in the refrigerator for 30 -45 minutes.
The gummies should be firm and cold. If not, let them sit a little longer and check again.
Step 7: Gather the gummies
The hard part’s over. Now it’s time to see how your CBD gummies recipe worked. Carefully push and squeeze the silicone gummy mold until each piece falls out.
Silicone molds are naturally slippery, so the gummies should fall out easily.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make CBD gummies in less than an hour. Feel free to experiment with different shapes and flavor options.
How to Store Homemade CBD Gummies
Now that we know how to make CBD gummies at home, storing them correctly is important. Poor storage will drastically cut the shelf life of your batch by degrading valuable cannabinoids and terpenes.
Too much heat can melt the gelatin, turning your homemade CBD gummies into a sticky soup. Light is also your enemy because it degrades the valuable cannabinoids in your mixture. Use an opaque or dark container to protect your gummy edibles from air and light exposure.
Store homemade CBD gummies away from heat or light sources in an airtight container. You can keep them in the fridge, freezer, or a dark cabinet.
How Long Do CBD Gummies Last?
Shelf Life of CBD Edibles
It’s uncertain how long CBD gummies last, especially if you make your gummies. Generally speaking, cannabis edibles – when stored properly – can still be potent for three to six months.
Edible CBD products can take time to start working. Depending on various factors, it could be 30 minutes to three hours before you notice a difference.
However, once they start, the therapeutic benefits can continue for up to eight hours. The strength of those effects depends on how much CBD oil you take and the level of potency.
Can You Make CBD Gummies with Jell-O?
Yes, you can make CBD gummies with Jell-O.
Jell-O is made from gelatin, which is the ingredient listed in our homemade CBD gummy recipe. The difference is that Jello-O is already infused with (artificial) flavors, refined sugar, and color.
However, you can simplify your recipe with flavored Jello-O instead of fruit juice and flavorless gelatin.
Can You Create CBD Gummy Products with CBD Flower?
No, you can’t make CBD gummies with CBD flower. However, you can use dried buds to create CBD oil for your gummies. This approach requires extra steps.
What is Decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation is the chemical process that turns inert CBDA into active CBD – as is the case for THC and other cannabinoids.
“Decarbing” involves heating the plant material in an oven to activate the cannabinoids. Without decarboxylation, there won’t be enough active CBD to make an impact.
To learn more about decarboxylation, check out our article here.
Do Homemade CBD Gummies Have Side Effects?
Whether you’re making CBD gummies at home or getting them from a vendor, it’s equally possible for you to experience side effects. Fortunately, that possibility is low, and those who notice ill effects report minor temporary issues. Some side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Mood changes
If you notice any CBD side effects that don’t subside, stop using CBD and speak to a doctor.
How do I Know the CBD Gummy Mixture is Safe?
Your CBD gummy mixture is as safe as the oil you use. That’s why it’s crucial to choose pure, potent oil with verifiable quality control. Only the best CBD oil will take full advantage of your endocannabinoid system and its crucial role in maintaining internal balance.
Primarily, you should only buy CBD from reputable vendors who conduct and display third-party tests. These are critical to avoid dangerous contaminants like heavy metals, bacteria, and fungi. However, the tests also ensure that the oil’s contents are accurate.
Final Tips for How to Make CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are fantastic for many reasons. Aside from their accuracy and reliability, gummies replace the “hempy” taste with fruit flavor (ideally from natural juice).
However, there are some final tips to consider:
- When flavoring your gummies, it’s best to use something high in citric acids, like lemon juice or cranberry juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, giving your gummy recipe greater shelf life.
- For accurate dosing, purchase CBD oil from brands with solid track records. Making your own extract from flower makes it nearly impossible to know the amount of CBD in each gummy.
- You can add sugar coating to your soft chews for extra flavor. However, it detracts from the nutritional value.
- Maple syrup is a flavor option if you want to try something unique.