CBD and Delta 8 THC gummies are now widely available on the market, and although there are countless options you can choose from, you may still find it challenging to find ones that meet all of your needs. For example, perhaps some aren’t the best match for your taste buds, or you don’t want to consume some of the ingredients like sugar, artificial additives, or animal-derived ingredients, or you are looking for more potent gummies. On the other hand, maybe you simply prefer homemade hemp-derived edibles, and if you are a skilled cook, you may want to spend quality time in the kitchen and try making your own CBD and D8 THC gummies. Luckily, making CBD and D8 gummies is simple with the right ingredients and recipes, and here’s everything you need to know for making your homemade hemp-derived gummies.
CBD vs. Delta 8 THC
Before getting started with making your gummies, you may want to decide which compound to use in your homemade edibles. Although both are hemp-derived ingredients, CBD and D8 THC produce different effects on the body and mind.
CBD is a wellness hit, and it’s widely available on the wellness market. Its popularity has been on the rise since the legalization of hemp-derived products. CBD derives from the hemp plant in the cannabis plant family, which, unlike marijuana, doesn’t cause psychoactive and mind-altering symptoms. Instead, it interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and is not psychoactive.
Δ8 THC, on the other hand, is an analog of THC – the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp-derived Δ8 THC is about half as psychoactive as Δ9 THC in marijuana and produces a smoother high. Both compounds are federally legal per the 2018 Farm Bill when they don’t contain more than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC. However, some U.S. states restrict all types of tetrahydrocannabinol, including Delta 8 THC, so it’s best to check local laws before purchasing and acquiring it.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Now that you’ve decided which compound you’ll use for your gummies let’s begin making the savory hemp-derived edibles. You won’t be using any artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or even sugar.
Here’s what you need:
- Fruit Juice
- Honey (or agave nectar if you want to make vegan gummies)
- Unflavored Gelatin or Vegan Gelatin such as Agar-Agar
- CBD/Delta 8 THC oil, tincture, or concentrate
- Storage bags
- Parchment paper
The first step in making gummies is to heat the juice of your choice in a saucepan.
Choose the juice according to flavor and the desired sweetness. If you want your gummies to taste sour, use green apple, cranberry, green mango, or citrus juice. Use strawberry, pineapple, peach, or similar fruit juice if you want them to taste sweet. You can also mix juices to combine different flavors.
Once the juice in a saucepan begins to steam, turn off or down the heat, add gelatin and honey, stir until all the ingredients mix, and turn off the heat if you use low heat for mixing. Take the saucepan out from the heat and pour 10 ml of oil or tincture (the amount you use depends on the desired potency) while stirring. In case of an isolate, stir until it dissolves well.
Pour the mixture into the mold of your choice but don’t overfill. Put the molds into your refrigerator for about 30 minutes. After that, remove and place them into storage bags. Gummies can stick together, so you can use parchment paper in between them to avoid this.
How Long Do Homemade Gummies Last?
Homemade CBD and Delta 8 gummies have no preservatives, which means they have a much shorter shelf life than those commercially made edibles. You can keep your gummies in the fridge for up to two weeks. After that, gummies can get mold on them and spoil, so make sure to enjoy every bite until two weeks pass.
How much is CBD/Delta 8 THC in each gummy?
The potency of your homemade gummies depends on the oil, tincture, or isolate of your choice. For example, if you used 10ml of full-spectrum CBD or Delta 8 THC tincture from the Hemp Doctor to make 30 gummies, each would contain 11 mg of the compound. If you want to make more potent gummies, increase the amount of the oil, tincture, or isolate you use.
How Many Gummies Should I take?
The number of gummies you should consume depends on their potency and your daily dose of CBD or delta 8 THC. Because there’s no universal dose that works for everyone, we recommend starting small and gradually increasing the intake until you see desired outcomes.
Choosing High-Quality Hemp-Derived Ingredients for Your Homemade Gummies
Although there is no shortage of CBD and Delta 8 THC products you can use to make gummies at home, not all provide the same quality. Some products may not even contain the indicated amount of cannabinoids or feature harmful ingredients like heavy metals, residual solvents, bacteria, and pesticides.
Even when labels claim to provide the highest-quality product, that’s not always true. Nearly 70% of CBD products might be mislabeled, which means your time spent in the kitchen could be wasted or drive unwanted results. In addition, mislabeled products can contain more than the federally legal amount of Delta 9 THC and cause unwanted side effects, or don’t have the indicated amount of CBD or Delta 8 THC so that you won’t experience the expected outcomes. The best way to shop for premium ingredients for your homemade gummies is to:
- Shop from reputable brands
- Buy products made from U.S.-grown hemp.
- Look for third-party lab test results confirming the quality and purity of a product.
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