There is a reason edibles are so popular—they are tasty, easy to carry around and they don’t involve inhaling smoke.
Many inexperienced (and even a lot of seasoned users) had a negative experience with edibles at some point in their lives.
This also happened to me the first time I tried them, and I can honestly tell you that it’s not a pleasant experience.
Once you learn how to properly dose edibles (which I’m going to help you with, of course), you’ll be able to enjoy cannabis in this very healthy way, without accidentally ingesting too much THC.
So what’s the issue with edibles? The thing is, they create a different, more powerful type of high, to say the least.
The main difference between smoking/vaping and edibles is that THC is metabolized in a different way when we take edibles.
When you ingest pot in the form of an edible, first the saliva starts to break down the THC. Once the edible enters the stomach and then the liver, it gets converted to 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a more potent version of the THC molecule.
Because of the digestion process, it takes between 45-90 minutes for the effects to kick in.
This time window is when many impatient users begin thinking that the edible just wasn’t potent enough, so they take more, and that’s when the problem occurs.
Hasty individuals are left with a belly full of THC, and it hits them all at once.
The high from an edible lasts longer than with other consumption methods.
It can take hours before the effects start to wear off, and during that time you’re probably going to think that you’re dying, because of the sheer intensity of the high.
If this happens to you by any chance, just remember that there’s nothing to worry about—this sensation is only temporary.
On the other hand, when you smoke weed, THC enters your bloodstream through the alveoli in the lungs.
THC doesn’t break down very well in our blood.
Instead, it quickly binds to cannabinoid receptors, not having a lot of time to be metabolized compared to the digestion process in the gastrointestinal tract.
How to Make Weed Lollipops (and Hard Candies)
And you’ve finally made it to the yummy part—the recipes.
The trickiest part when making weed lollipops is the “hard crack stage”, so it’s crucial to keep an eye on the temperature throughout the entire process.
Although it might seem somewhat daunting, pulling off this recipe isn’t that difficult.
In fact, you’ll need only 5 simple ingredients.
- 1 cup (235 ml) of sugar
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) of corn syrup
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) of filtered water
- 2-3 THC tincture tablespoons (Note that different tincture recipes contain different amounts of THC)
- 1 tablespoon of flavor of your choice
- Candy thermometer
- Lollipop/Candy mold
- Lollipop sticks
Weed Lollipops Recipe
- Over medium/high heat, mix sugar and water in a pot or a saucepan.
- Keep stirring until the sugar completely dissolves. Once the ingredients combine and start boiling, put the thermometer in the pot/pan and pay close attention until the temperature reaches 300°F (150°C).
- Once that happens, remove the pan from the heat without removing the thermometer.
- When the temperature drops to 250°F (120°C), add the cannabis tincture/oil and the flavor, and stir until everything mixes together.
- Pour the mixture in the molds, add the sticks and leave them to cool down for 15/20 minutes. Enjoy your homemade lollipops, and be careful not to eat too many!
How to Make THC Gummies
Weed gummies are even easier to make than lollipops.
For this recipe you’ll need just 4 or 5 ingredients and an ice cube tray which you can use as a mold.
- 1 cup (235 ml) of fresh fruit juice, or fruit puree (flavor of your choice)
- ¼ cup (60 ml) of cold water
- 1 teaspoon agar-agar powder (this is a vegan option, instead of gelatine)
- 1 cannabis tincture tablespoon
- Sweetener, or a pinch of sugar
- Silicone gummy molds (or ice cube trays)
THC Gummies Recipe
- If you’re going to use fruit puree, stir it a bit to improve its consistency before you get started.
- Afterwards, pour the puree/juice in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat, and leave it to boil. In the meantime, add a teaspoon of agar-agar and stir it with water (this is done in a separate dish).
- Carefully pour the water and agar-agar in the boiled fruit juice (or fruit puree), stir the mixture for 3 minutes and add some sweetener/sugar if you want.
- Remove the pot/pan from the heat, and let it cool down a bit before you add the cannabis tincture.
- When you pour the mixture into the molds/ice cube tray, let it cool down for 20 minutes at room temperature, before you leave it in the fridge for another 20 minutes.
- Remove the gummies from the molds and sprinkle them with powdered sugar so they don’t stick together.
How to make cannabis hard candy with ingredients you already have at home.
- Candy thermometer
- Cannabis tincture (CBD or THC)
- Corn Syrup
- Powdered Jello
- Candy Molds or Lollipop Sticks
These days, it seems like everyone loves edibles! And what used to be THC brownies or These are popular among just about every demographic. While everyone has their favorite edible, there is something to be said for convenience and ease of these sweet treats. Even more, you can add THC or CBD from mind-bending recreational treats with over a hundred milligrams of THC to tiny microdoses of 2.5 milligrams of CBD found in cannabis hard candy.
Patients, in particular, love edibles because they are simple to dose, easy to make, and avoid some of the lingering (if unwarranted) stigma associated with smoking. For patients new to the medical cannabis experience, they also represent a delicious introduction. When dosed right (low and slow), edibles ease patients into the therapeutic benefits carefully and gently.
The Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis Hard Candies
Cannabis hard candies, whether purchased from a dispensary or made at home, generally have a few properties in common: small dose, fast absorption, and discretion.
The goal of medical cannabis is to settle on a dose that delivers the most therapeutic benefit with the least adverse effects. Unlike a hard-hitting hundred milligram dose of THC, which may be useful for chronic issues before bed, small cannabis hard candies are excellent for daily maintenance doses.
Throughout the day, cannabis-infused candies help maintain a long-duration of benefits without having to take a large single dose. After taking their initial treatment in the morning, patients may feel the effects wear off after three or four hours. By consuming a small cannabis hard candy at intervals throughout the day, it’s possible to keep the therapeutic benefits going for longer.
Furthermore, the cannabinoids contained in hard candies absorb quickly — likely much faster then what patients might expect from an edible. So long as it’s sucked on (and not chewed and swallowed), the therapeutic value is absorbed sublingually and avoids the delays of the digestive tract.
For patients with zero experience with cannabis, especially with the intoxicating cannabinoid THC, it’s best to start experimenting with cannabis hard candies at the lowest dose possible. What does a low dose mean? Most would suggest under five milligrams. For those patients familiar with the effects of THC, a ten-milligram dose will likely be quite manageable.
How to Make Cannabis Hard Candy – Recipe
The following is a simple recipe to make cannabis hard candy at home. Hard candies are an easy way to administer a dose of medical cannabis without smoking or vaping. Like all edibles, cannabis hard candy is a very discreet way to ingest cannabis, with no smell, vape cloud, or paraphernalia needed to consume. Keep a little container in your purse, pocket, or desk drawer and dose on the go.
Whether it is for others or yourself, be mindful of the dosage in the candy.
- 1-2 tablespoons of cannabis tincture
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 box (3 oz) Jello of any flavor you like
- Candy thermometer
- Small heavy saucepan
- 20 lollipop sticks (or candy molds)
If you do not have mold, its ok there is a work around. Simply create a layer of icing sugar by spreading it on a pan. Create dents in the icing sugar the size that you would want to make the candy into, and you have your candy mold.
- Candy making is time-sensitive, gather all your equipment and ingredients before starting. If you need to make a powdered sugar mold, do so in advance.
- If you are making lollipops or using a proper candy mold, grease them before you start with coconut oil. This step does not apply to the powdered sugar mold.
- Over low heat, mix sugar and corn syrup in the saucepan. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
- Slowly bring the mixture to a boil. Watch the mixture at all times. Stir frequently, and be extremely careful. Hot melted sugar can cause serious burns.
- Place the candy thermometer in the pot and let the mixture boil until it reaches 300°F to 310°F degrees. Keep stirring frequently.
- When it reaches 300°F to 310°F degrees, remove the thermometer. Pour in the jello and cannabis tincture and rapidly stir until combined. This is the heat range for hard crack.
- Remove from the heat. Using a metal spoon, pour the mixture into the candy molds. You have to move fast during this stage as it sets extremely quickly. Also, remember hot sugar burns. Be very careful.
- Allow the candy to cool at room temperature. Do not place the candy in the refrigerator or freezer. As the candy cools, it will harden.
- Once the hard candy or lollipops have cooled, you can lightly coat them in icing sugar. This will prevent them from sticking to each other when packaged.
- Store in a glass or metal container, in a cool dry place.
How to Dose with Cannabis Hard Candy
Unlike the Jolly Ranchers stashed at the mechanics or the bowl of peppermints at the doctor’s office, don’t overindulge on these cannabis hard candies. The first dose of every batch should represent a taste test but also a dose test.
While it’s unlikely that cannabis-infused hard candies will knock you off your feet, there is always a chance. Maybe you made the candies larger than usual, or maybe it wasn’t evenly mixed. Try one hard candy, wait for the peak of effects at two hours, then reach for more if needed. The golden rule of medical cannabis is start low and go slow, and the same rule applies to cannabis hard candy.