One of the many ways to enjoy cannabis and its cannabinoids is via gummies. Gummies are discreet and delicious, giving you a straightforward method of ingesting THC. You can make THC gummies with or without CBD, depending on your goals.
There are multiple ways of adding THC to your cannabis gummy recipes, but cannabis oil distillate is among the most popular. It is of high-quality, easy to find, and can be as pure as you want. It is also simple to incorporate into non-THC gummy recipes if you want to get creative.
To get you started, consider these recipes for THC gummies made from cannabis oil distillate, after a quick review on why you might want to make THC gummies and the other options you have.
You Can Also Buy THC Gummies
If you aren’t sure whether you want to put in the effort to make THC gummies at home, you can also buy them. When you buy the gummies, you will not have to worry about dosing, as the manufacturer will have taken care to be precise – and the product is likely lab-tested to confirm the dose. This lets you overcome one of the potential challenges of making gummies at home.
Additionally, buying gummies can be a more convenient option. You do not have to spend time making the gummies or waiting for them to set. You do not have to buy the molds or any ingredients you may not have on hand.
On the other hand, making gummies at home is a good choice if you want a specific flavor or to use distillate from a particular brand or strain. It is also ideal for those with uncommon allergies, as you can choose the ingredients that are safe for you.
You should always be at least somewhat aware of the ingredients you use in any recipe, especially if they provide the potency that cannabis oil distillate gives your THC gummies.
The distillate is a highly potent and concentrated extract from cannabis. Making distillate typically involves short path distillation, a process that relies on vacuum pressure, heat, and steam along with the boiling points of the cannabinoids. This combination of factors allows for isolating and purifying the cannabinoid.
Distillation provides highly potent THC (or other cannabinoids like CBD, depending on the goal), without any toxins, impurities, or even terpenes or other compounds.
Because the only thing left in the distillate is the THC (or another cannabinoid), it is flavorless and odorless. This makes the oil incredibly popular for producing edibles since it will not affect the flavor or color of your chosen food item.
Using Distillate Over Other Infusion Methods
There are also other ways that you can infuse your edibles like gummies with THC, such as butter or oil that has been infused with cannabis.
Dosing Is Easier
The popularity of distillate comes from several factors, including the ease of dosing. Because distillate is highly concentrated and has clear dosing, it makes it relatively straightforward to accurately dose your edibles. By contrast, if you use the flower to make canna-oil or cannabutter, dosing will be harder to measure.
THC-infused Gummies Using Fruit Juice or Puree
This recipe is pretty straightforward, and you will likely have most ingredients on hand, except perhaps the gelatin.
To make this recipe, you will need:
- 1 gram of distillate (or your desired amount)
- 1 cup of fruit juice or fruit puree
- ¼ cup of water
- 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon of pink salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons of gelatin or agar agar
Start by heating up your fruit juice or puree on medium heat in a medium saucepan. As it heats, mix the water and gelatin in a bowl together.
As the puree starts a low boil, add the pink salt and granulated sugar, mixing until they are fully dissolved. Add the gelatin and water mixture slowly. Make sure to stir constantly for around three minutes.
Now you can add your cannabis distillate, stirring thoroughly so that the ingredients are mixed throughout. If you have a candy thermometer on hand, confirm that your puree or juice never reaches 350 Fahrenheit or higher.
For ease of pouring your gummy mixture, scrape it into a turkey baster syringe, then use that syringe to fill the molds. Remember, it will be hot and may set quickly, so you have to work fast.
Let the molds sit for 20 minutes and then put them in the fridge for 15 minutes or more. Once the gummies set, take them out of their molds. Toss the gummies in the granulated sugar to sweeten them and prevent them from sticking to each other.
Simple THC Gummies From Jell-O Mix
If you have a Jell-O mix on hand and want to keep the recipe a bit simpler with fewer ingredients, then this is a good choice for THC gummies.
- One box of Jell-O mix
- 28 grams of gelatin (4 packets)
- ½ cup of cold juice or water
- ¼ cup of sugar
- Distillate based on desired dosage (2 grams per batch can be a starting point)
Start by mixing all of the ingredients in a pot and stirring them thoroughly. Cover the pot and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. This will make it mostly solid. Now, you can heat it at medium until the mix dissolves completely and is about to boil but not boiling.
Take it off the heat and add any flavoring you want as well as your distillate. Pour it into the molds and then place the gummies in the freezer or fridge until they harden.
Once you get the hang of this recipe for watermelon gummies, you will also be able to try out some delicious variations.
- ½ teaspoon of watermelon flavoring
- 3 tablespoons of gelatin
- 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Several drops of food coloring (optional)
- Distillate based on the desired dose
- 1 teaspoon of sunflower or soy lecithin
Add the above ingredients, except your cannabis distillate and lecithin in a saucepan. Whisk the ingredients until your gelatin blooms, or when it absorbs all the added water.
Add your cannabis distillate along with the lecithin, which acts as the binding agent. Whisk the mixture thoroughly. Leave your new mixture simmering at low heat for two minutes.
Pour the mixture into your molds. Let them set for at least two hours at room temperature. Store them in the fridge to help them stay fresh for around three days.
Strawberry-lemonade, Sugar-free Variation
One of the many variations of the above recipe is this strawberry-lemonade version without sugar. To make it, swap out the first five ingredients in the above recipe for the following:
- 1 ounce of unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup (or 1 packet) of strawberry sugar-free gelatin mix
- 1 cup of cold water
Then follow all of the same directions as above.
You can also enjoy grape gummies by swapping the first five ingredients in the original recipe for:
- 3 tablespoons of gelatin
- 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of 100% unsweetened grape juice
For the flavor of blueberry, swap out those same first five ingredients for:
- 4 tablespoons of gelatin (unflavored or flavored)
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of blueberry juice
Cherry and Green Tea THC Gummies
The following recipe will give you about 50 gummy bears, so you can use that information to help calculate how much cannabis oil distillate to use.
- Cannabis distillate to the desired dosage
- 2 green tea bags
- ½ cup of coconut water
- ¾ cup of tart cherry juice
- 3 tablespoons of creamed honey
- 1 ½ tablespoons of gelatin or agar agar
- 1/8 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
Start by putting your coconut water in a small saucepan. Let it boil and then steep your green tea bags for 4-10 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Add the creamed honey, salt, and cherry juice to your saucepan. Stir gently, so it is thoroughly mixed. Let the mixture reach a boil again before lowering the heat to a simmer.
Add your gelatin or agar agar, and then whisk it continuously for three to four minutes. Add the distillate and whisk it thoroughly. Transfer the liquid to your gummy molds. Put them in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before removing them from the molds and storing the gummies in an airtight container.
Tips for Filling the Molds
No matter the THC gummy recipe you use, you will have to get your mixture into your gummy molds without making a mess. To make this extra challenging, the liquid will be hot, and the longer you take, the greater the chance that it will set.
Use a Turkey Baster or Condiment Bottle
The most commonly recommended method of achieving this with minimal hassle is to use a funnel to pour your finished mixture into a condiment bottle or turkey baster. You can then use the nozzle on that bottle or baster to easily get the gummy mixture into the molds with minimal mess.
A Note on Dosing
If you make THC gummies yourself using cannabis oil distillate, you will need to do some basic math to calculate the dosage per gummy. This is as simple as dividing the total THC in milligrams in the distillate by the number of gummies you make. The result is the amount of THC in milligrams per gummy.
Consider a Test Batch Without THC
If you want to plan your dose ahead of time but are not sure how many gummies the recipe will make, consider making a THC-free test batch. Follow the same recipe but leave out the distillate.
This has several main advantages. From a dosing perspective, you will be able to tell how many gummies the recipe makes. You can then multiply that by your desired dose per gummy and know how much distillate to put in the recipe when making your THC gummies.
It also gives you a chance to test out the recipe, reducing your chances of making a mistake when using the cannabis distillate. After all, you do not want to waste the distillate with a ruined recipe. As a bonus, making a test batch gives you THC-free gummies to snack on, which may be particularly helpful if you already ate your desired dose but want to eat more gummies.
How You Digest and Process THC Gummies
Now that you have some recipes for THC gummies that are ready to be customized to fit your flavor preferences, you may want to understand how your body will process the gummies. As with any other edible, you absorb the THC via your gut. The gummies go into your digestive system to reach this gut absorption point. Then the liver takes care of metabolizing the compounds. The liver will convert the THC into 11-hydroxy-THC.
Keep in mind that 11-hydroxy-THC is more potent than THC. Because of this, it is common for edibles to have a slightly different effect on people compared to smoking or vaping cannabis.
It typically takes between 45 minutes and two to three hours for you to start noticing the effects after consuming THC gummies or other edibles.
Start With a Small Dose
Whether you choose to make THC gummies or buy them, it is always wise to start with a smaller dose and work your way up, if necessary. Remember that because of how your body processes it, you may have a stronger reaction to lower quantities of THC in edibles than in other methods.
Additionally, by starting with a smaller dose, you reduce the chances that you will have a negative reaction or be overwhelmed by the dose. There is also the bonus that you will save money as the part of THC gummies that costs the most, whether bought or made at home, is the THC distillate.
On top of that, gummies with smaller doses make it easier to pinpoint your exact dose. After all, if you have gummies that are 10 mg each, you can only have 10, 20, 30, or so on. If you have gummies that are 5 mg each, you double the options to include 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and so on. Smaller doses increase the possibilities even more, making the gummies even more adaptable.