How To Make CBD Gummies (Vegan-Friendly & Easy)
Date 15th Jul 2021
While there are a lot of CBD gummy products out there, not all brands take care to ensure their formula is effective or healthy. Often times you'll find that the CBD potency is much too low to provide any effects, or it's filled with nasty chemicals or they're extremely high in sugar.
The good news is that making homemade CBD gummies is easy and incredibly rewarding. Making your own CBD edibles can give you more control over your desired doses, and it's especially handy for those who may have dietary restrictions (keto, vegan, paleo, allergies).
This article is a step-by-step guide for easy-to-make vegan CBD gummies. Because we're using agar-agar powder made from algae, the texture of these gummies will be softer than gelatin-based gummies, but they taste great all the same.
If you don't mind using animal-based gelatin, you can kick up your gummies up a notch by using gelatin from grass-fed cows that's free from artificial colors and preservatives, which can help support your gut health.
Ingredients & Materials For Homemade CBD Gummies
- BPA-free silicone molds
- Condiment dispenser bottle
- CBD Oil
- 1 Cup Fruit juice or fruit puree
- 2 Tbsp Agave nectar or maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp Agar-agar powder
Step 1: Plan The Strength For Your CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are sold at various strengths online—when you make your own, you have complete control over how much CBD you want in your gummy mixture.
Dosing CBD is a personal affair, so it may take some experimentation to get your dose right. The good thing about gummy bears is that you can always halve or quarter the gummies if they're too strong, or take multiples to hit your dose.
Here's a general dosing guide for gummies:
To determine how much CBD oil you'll need for your recipe, count the number of molds you're making and multiply that by the desired dose you want from each gummy.
Check the concentration of CBD in the Neurogan CBD oil you're using to determine how much you'll need.
Our ultra-high-strength 12000 MG CBD oil in full spectrum or THC-free broad spectrum hemp extract is the most potent CBD tincture on the market and is the most cost-effective option for making large batches of gummies at $0.02/MG of CBD.
Step 2: Freeze Your Gummy Molds (Optional)
We found that placing the silicone molds in the freezer for a couple of hours before you get started on making the candy helped to set the vegan gummy formula faster, but you can skip this step if want.
Step 3: Making Your Gummy Candy
The instructions for your gummy candy will depend on what you've got on hand. You can start with concentrated juice or pre-packaged fruit puree, but our favorite way to make CBD gummies is by making our own puree with in-season fruit in a blender.
In a small saucepan, combine your fruit juice and puree with your agar-agar powder and bring it to a gentle simmer—don't let it boil or it might come out mushy.
Make sure you watch your mixture and stir often to avoid clumps from forming until it starts to thicken and the agar-agar is well incorporated (3–5 minutes).
Remove from heat and let the candy mixture cool slightly. Using the dropper on your CBD oil bottle, measure out your desired CBD strength into the mixture and whisk until it's well incorporated.
Pour the mixture into a condiment dispenser bottle, and use a spatula to make sure you've scraped the saucepan clean. A dispenser bottle will make it easier to fill in your molds with precision, especially if they're small gummy bears.
Next, you'll have to set your candy in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to harden.
Step 4: Storing Your Homemade CBD Gummies
You'll want to store your CBD gummies in an airtight container to make them last. Mason jars work well for this. Your homemade CBD gummy bears should last for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
To get the best results from your CBD gummies, you'll want to take them daily to supplement the endocannabinoid system. These gummies are delicious, so don't expect them to last longer than 2 weeks in the fridge.
Other Tips For How To Make CBD Gummies At Home:
- You can add vitamin C powder to your candy formula to give you a boost of flavor and vitamin C in every gummy.
- Oil and water are don't mix well. Use a high potency CBD oil so you're using less oil. To make sure your CBD is incorporated into your fruit juice or puree, you'll need to work fast at whisk rigorously to keep your oil from separating.
- Opt for larger molds for your first go at making CBD gummies. They require less precision when pouring your candy into the mold.
- Don't let your candy get too hot on the stove. High heat can cook off cannabinoids and beneficial terpenes in your CBD oil.
FAQs: CBD Oil & Gummy Bears
Can CBD Gummies Get You High?
CBD is a non-intoxicating compound and this recipe uses hemp-derived CBD extract with less than 0.3% THC, which means you won't get high from this recipe.
THC is the main psychotropic compound in cannabis. To make sure your gummies don't get you high, use hemp-derived CBD oil and read the company's certificate on analysis to verify the THC content
What Do CBD Gummies Feel Like?
CBD can affect everyone differently depending on your dose strength, genetics, experience with CBD, and health conditions. For the most part, many people report CBD feeling relaxing and calming.
If you don't feel anything with your CBD gummies [hyperlink to article still in draft], you may need to increase your dose or continue taking it daily to notice its effects as your endocannabinoid system adjusts.
What Are The Side-Effects Of CBD Gummies?
CBD itself is relatively low-risk. It's actually considered a safe and very well-tolerated compound. However, CBD may affect everyone differently, and you can have allergic relations to the candy ingredients, so be sure to test your products before taking a full dose.
The side effects of CBD often occur when you take high doses, but it shouldn't last longer than the duration of the gummies 5–6 hours, and the effects are quite mild and include digestive issues, lethargy, nausea, and dry mouth, and headaches.
Want An Easier Way To Enjoy CBD Gummies?
If you're not interested in making your own gummies, you can purchase pre-made CBD gummies from a trusted brand. Our CBD Gummy Squares are made with premium quality, sun-grown hemp extract in a variety of potencies and flavors to suit your taste.
Unlike many other CBD brands on the market selling CBD gummies, we're not interested in making a high-sugar snack. The point of our CBD gummies is to make delivering a healthy dose of high-quality CBD with comfort and convenience.
Our CBD Gummy Squares are artisan-made with premium quality natural ingredients to maintain its freshness for when it arrives at your door.
The Takeaway: How To Make CBD Gummies
As you can see, making your own CBD gummies is fairly easy and an incredibly rewarding treat.
Making your own CBD edibles, using high-grade CBD oil or hemp flower, allows for more customization in terms of potency and diet restrictions (paleo, keto, vegan, etc.,). Additionally, homemade CBD gummy bears are much more cost-effective than purchasing pre-made gummies.
When using an ultra-high potency CBD oil such as our 12000MG option, you're paying as low as $0.02/MG of CBD. If you're looking for more articles like this on how to make CBD edibles and recipes, you can check out our blog or sign up for our Insider Scoop e-newsletters.