Gummies or other edibles can be an easy, tasty, and discreet way of ingesting CBD. Some common reasons for taking CBD include pain management and relief from anxiety or depression.
If you know how to make cannabis tinctures and hash oil, you can turn almost any food into a weed edible. Of all the edibles I’ve tried, my favorite is the cannabis gummy for a few reasons.
For starters, weed gummies are small, they’re easy to eat, they don’t make a mess, and you can make them in countless flavors. And since they’re made using hash oil, you can make tune their potency to be insanely-high, delicate and subtle, or anywhere in between.
You can sit a cannabis gummy on the counter at room temperature and it won’t melt because it isn’t just Jell-O. That makes these gummies much easier to pack up and take elsewhere since they can last without being refrigerated.
CBD gummies for anxiety
Several studies suggest that CBD has anti-anxiety effects, possibly because it alters the brain’s response to the chemical serotonin. Gummies to try for anxiety relief include:
Charlotte’s Web Calm CBD Gummies
The Charlotte’s Web Calm blend contains lemon balm and l-theanine, along with a proprietary hemp product featuring more than 80 naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Research indicates that lemon balm may improve various aspects of mood and reduce anxiety levels. L-theanine is an amino acid that may promote relaxation without causing drowsiness.
Natural fruit and vegetable juices provide the flavor in these gummies, which contain 10 mg of full-spectrum CBD. The recommended dose is two gummies daily, as necessary.
Hemp Bombs CBD Sleep Gummies
Anxiety can often interfere with sleep, keeping people awake for longer than usual. These gummies each provide 15 mg of broad-spectrum CBD and 5 mg of melatonin.
Other ingredients include l-theanine, Scutellaria, and Passiflora for relaxation and calm. Therefore, these gummies may promote deeper sleep and morning wakefulness.
The company suggest one or two gummies per serving.
Recipe: How to make weed gummies
If you’ve never made weed gummies before, one word you’ll need to know is “emulsification.” Cannabis oil won’t naturally bond with water or with some of the melted ingredients in gummies, which can mean you’ll have a separate layer of cannabis oil in your gummies, or gummies that just don’t have the right consistency. An emulsifier like soy or sunflower lecithin will solve this issue, allowing the whole mix to combine uniformly in that wonderful gummy consistency you’re looking for.
Most weed gummy recipes call for using cannabis oil, though some recommend using tinctures or other extracts. We’re going to stick with cannabis oil because it’s easy to work with and easier to make.
First things first, get your equipment together. You’re going to need a stove, a pot, a whisk, a dropper, a gummy bear mold (or worms, whichever shape you like), and a freezer.
The following recipe, adapted from one we love from the Cannaschool, is straightforward and perfect for using infused coconut oil:
- 3 ounces flavored gelatin (any flavor)
- 2.5 envelopes (of ¼ ounce each) unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup fruit juice (nothing with citrus)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ½ teaspoon flavor extract
- Gummy molds
- 1 large bowl
- 1 small bowl or container (for mixing liquids)
- A large non-stick pan
- One of these two cannabis extractsCannabis tincture: 1/4 -1/2cup made by any of the methods on this page, including the Magical Butter Machine method)
- Hash Oil (recommended): Depends greatly on hash oil potency and viscosity. I would recommend starting with 7 drops of hash oil and eating more gummies as needed. If 7 drops is too many, use fewer drops in the next batch. You can also add more hash oil for stronger effects. For reference, I use 15 drops of oil when making a batch this size.
Empty the entire 3oz package of flavored gelatin into your large bowl.
Pour 2.5 (1/4oz) envelopes of unflavored gelatin into the same large bowl and whisk the 2 gelatins until they blend.
Combine the fruit juice and honey in the small bowl and mix them together.
Pour the juice/honey mixture into the large bowl with the gelatin mixture and whisk the mixture until it’s thoroughly combined. Set the mixture aside for now.
If you started with tincture:
Place your non-stick pan on the stove. Add your tincture to the pan and cook tincture down (on low heat) until the tincture has the consistency of molasses or glue. This step evaporates most of the alcohol still left in the tincture and leaves you with hash oil.
Add your flavor extract to the pan and keep cooking until the mixture has a glue-like consistency again.
If you started with hash oil:
Place your non-stick pan on the stove. Add your hash oil to the non-stick pan, and pour your flavor extract right on top of it.
Pour the gelatin mixture into the non-stick pan with your flavor extract and hash oil, and mix everything together.
Cook the combination over medium-low heat until the gelatin has completely dissolved (7-10 minutes).
You can tell it’s done when you can’t see gelatin granules in the mixture.
Carefully pour the finished mixture into a measuring cup with a pour spout.
Pour the mixture into your molds, and refrigerate them for 1 hour.
Once they’re set, the gummies can easily be removed from the molds and eaten.
What about dosing? How much should I eat?
If you don’t know your tolerance, eat one gummy (or even half a gummy if you’re new to edibles) and wait for 2.5 hours. That’ll give you enough time to digest the gummy and feel its effects. If it’s not strong enough, you can eat more at once next time. For your next batch, you can make them even stronger by adding more hash oil.
Conversely, if you eat a gummy and the experience is too intense, cut the dose down to 1/2, or even 1/4 the next time. When you make gummies next time, you can use 1/2 or 1/4 of the amount of hash oil in the same recipe.
How long do these gummies last?
These gummies will last 2 months in a refrigerator, or a full year in a freezer. That being said, I’ve never tested these limits as these gummies haven’t lasted longer than 7 days in my house.