As cannabis legalization spreads edibles to consume THC discreetly and conveniently. The infused goodies and gummies are the trendiest options. Their precise dosing, fruity flavors, and chewy texture appeal to both recreational and medical users. If you want to customize THC gummies at home, the process requires more care than your average box of Jell-O. However, with the right techniques and ingredients, you master the art of DIY gummies.
Choose your base ingredients
Many recipes call for using fruit juice and gelatin as a base, but you get more creative. Consider using these alternative bases for unique homemade gummies:
- Pectin – This gelling agent from fruit makes gummies with a less rubbery texture.
- Coconut oil – Infuse this highly absorbent oil before adding it to a simple syrup base.
- Honey – Its viscosity helps bind infused syrups into gummy form.
- Fruit purees – Use purees from your favorite fruits like mango, berry, or citrus.
- Agar agar – This vegan seaweed-based gel acts as a vegetarian alternative to gelatin.
Whatever base you select, use all-natural ingredients free of artificial colors and flavors. It results in the best quality, best-tasting homemade gummies.
Calculate your cannabis dosage
The biggest benefit of gummies is precise THC dosing. Before making your infused syrup, take time to calculate your target potency. Check the THC percentage of your starting material and adjust your measurements accordingly. As a general rule, aim for 5-10mg of THC per gummy depending on whether you want a mild or strong buzz. Start on the conservative side, as homemade edibles tend to be more potent than commercial products. You also make different batches with different strengths. Just be sure to carefully label each one to avoid mixups.
Decarboxylate your cannabis
To activate thc gummies for full potency, you must first decarboxylate your cannabis. This applies heat to transform the THC-A compound into usable THC. Oven decarboxylation works best. Preheat your oven to 245°F and spread your cannabis buds or kief onto a baking sheet. Bake for 40-50 minutes, stirring halfway through. The material should turn a shade darker with a crumbly texture when fully decarboxylated. It infusion time allows the THC to fully dissolve into the mixture for maximum potency. Strain out any plant material through cheesecloth. Now your resulting cannabutter or syrup is ready to mix into gummy recipes. Ensure even distribution by carefully measuring doses for each batch of gummies.
Prep your gelatin or pectin base
Follow your chosen gummy recipe to bloom gelatin in cold water or prepare a pectin mixture. Bring the liquid to a low simmer before adding your infused oil or syrup. The precise temperature and time will depend on your recipe and ingredients. If using gelatin, don’t exceed 140°F as higher heat degrades the gelling agents. Continuously stir to fully dissolve the gelatin powder and incorporate the cannabis infusion. Once your base reaches the ideal viscosity, you add any flavorings and food coloring as desired. Get creative and mix flavors like strawberry lemon, cherry lemonade, peach mango, or other combinations. Avoid artificial additives and stick to all-natural extracts for the best quality gummies.