Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is gaining popularity as a promising remedy for many common ailments.
Recent laws on CBD and CBD extracts has made CBD see an increase in its research visibility, and many scientists and researchers have admitted to its successful medicinal uses, and numerous benefits. CBD extracts, such as oils, creams and tinctures are commonly used as a method to incorporate CBD in daily lives.
A growing method to ingest CBD is CBD gummies.
CBD gummies are a popular alternative method to consume CBD, and have good reasons to be adapted widely as a form of ingesting CBD.
CBD Gummies have no phycoactive properties, which means that it does not give you any kind of ‘high’ when you consume it. This is mainly due the absence of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol in them. THC is one of the main constituents of psychoactive products.
CBD products, like these CBD gummies, have actively been known to use for the treatment of epilepsy. Uses of CBD also include relieving anxiety, inflammation and pain caused due to various ailments like arthritis, and is helpful in treating insomnia. CBD has also been known to relieve nausea and vomiting associated with cancer.
CBD also interacts with cannabinoid receptors found on cells in the nervous system and immune system, and stimulates the endocannabinoid system, which keeps all these vital systems and processes in the body functioning healthily and efficiently.
With CBD products gaining approval from FDA and a good reputation as a remedial drug from reputed firms after numerous trials and research, it is being used actively for daily consumption by many people. CBD is also used as a relief for animals, specially pets, to alleviate certain ailments.
CBD gummies are readily available in market, and various brands manufacture a variety of these gummies in various shapes and flavors.
So why make your CBD gummies at home?
Making these CBD gummies at home gives you direct control over the ingredients being used, giving you a high quality end-product. Natural flavoring agents can be used instead of the artificial ones.
The process is not a difficult one, and you can directly control the amount of CBD oil, according to your dosage, that goes inside these CBD gummies. This makes it very easy to make the best suited gummies suited to your taste and requirements.
Thus, we share with you a few DIY CBD gummies recipe, which are easy, efficient, and taste delicious.
Few recipes to try out!
1. The Vegan CBD gummies recipe
Since a lot of people choose to follow a vegan diet, we have a vegan CBD gummies recipe just for you. In this, we use agar agar, an algae extract. The other things that you’ll require are:
▪ CBD oil (as per your requirement)
▪ Food flavoring extracts (again, as per your liking. We found the orange one to be delicious, so we’ll recommend that, if you don’t have any specific preference)
▪ Food coloring (optional)
If you require a sweetener, we recommend agave or dates syrup. Both are vegan options, and are healthier alternatives than processed sugar. These can also be used as sugar substitutes in non vegan recipes.
The recipe is quite easy to follow.
Take one cup of water in a small saucepan. lightly lukewarm water is preferred.
Mix agave or dates syrup into it, as per your taste or the required sweetness.
Now dissolve about one tablespoon of agar agar powder into the saucepan. Add a few drops of your favorite flavor extract simultaneously to this.
If you want your CBD gummies to be of any specific color, add a few drops of food coloring of your choice at this point. Whisk the mixture using a balloon whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Put the sauce pan over medium heat, till it comes to a gentle boil, working the mixture once or twice.
As soon as the the mixture starts to thicken up, turn off the heat.
As soon as you turn off the heat, the mixture cools up very quickly.
So while it is still hot, add required amount of CBD oil into the mixture, and whisk thoroughly, till the oil is combined completely.
Once the CBD oil is thoroughly incorporated into the mixture, pour the mixture into molds of your desired shape.
Keep the molds in a freezer and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.
And viola! Your vegan CBD gummies are ready!
This recipe makes about fifteen gummies. Store them in a cool , dry place in an airtight container, and it should last you for about a week.
2. CBD Gummies with your favorite sports drink
Have you really enjoyed the flavor of your favorite sports drink, and cannot quite get over its taste?
Well, here is a recipe for you to incorporate that taste into your CBD gummies.
There are a plethora of options and flavors of sports drinks available in market, and it gives us a wide options for flavors for our gummies. And trust us, these gummies taste just delicious.
The things you’ll require are:
▪A sports drink of your choice (a 250 ml bottle should be sufficient
▪Unflavored gelatin (powdered or sheets, as per your preference)
▪CBD oil (as per your requirement)
▪Mold of your choice (We recommend silicon molds)
Here is an easy recipe to make about thirty gummies with your favorite sports drink:
Take one cup (about 240 ml) of your favorite sports drink into a microwave safe jar.
Do note that we will have to heat our mixture in a microwave, so make sure to use the right kind of utensil. To this, add two tablespoons of corn syrup, and give it a light stir.
Now, add about 7 grams of gelatin into the jar.
We recommend unflavored gelatin, since it won’t change the taste of the drink, and the taste of the final CBD gummies that you’ll get.
Stir the mixture well, till the components in the jar are completely mixed.
Note that if you are using powdered gelatin, it may not dissolve completely.
But that is nothing to be worried about since the gelatin will hydrate anyway, and dissolve later in the process.
Now microwave the jar with the liquid for about one minute.
Stir it once at the thirty second mark, and then put it back and microwave it for the rest of the thirty seconds at high heat.
Stir the mixture again.
The gelatin should have completely dissolved by now. If you see any residue or small grains of gelatin left, heat it in the microwave for another thirty seconds and stir thoroughly.
Let the mixture cool down and rest for fifteen to twenty minutes, or till it starts thickening to a gel-like consistency.
Do not stir the mixture, else it will thicken up very fast. At this point, add required amount of CBD oil into the mixture, and stir gently, till it is completely incorporated.
Take a mold of your desired shape, spray in some non-stick cooking spray and set aside for ten minutes.
Then pour the mixture into the mold, and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes, or till they are completely set and firm.
And there you have it! Your favorite drink, now infused with CBD oil, and in cute gummy bears!
The best part about this recipe is you do not have to add any extra sugar (although you may, if you want to) to your recipe, since most sports drink already have some kind of sweetener in them.
Also, no food coloring is required, as these gummies will retain the color of your drink!
You can store these gummies in an airtight container and store it in a cool and dry place to make them last for up to a week.
3. CBD gummies with fresh fruit juice
Let’s face it -nothing beats the flavor and freshness of fresh ingredients. And when it comes to flavors, fresh fruit juice, even your go to summer drink – the humble lemonade, can bring a refreshing burst of flavors to any table.
So why not try making your CBD gummies with fresh juice and fruit extracts?
Not only are they healthy and delicious, you get an all natural alternative to artificial flavoring substances and sugars (if you want to avoid them, that is), they can be customized to so many different flavors!
Here is the list of ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
▪1 cup fruit juice of your choice
▪1 tablespoon lemon juice
▪3 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin
▪2 tablespoons of honey/agave (you may use sugar if you want to)
▪CBD oil (as per requirement)
▪Silicone mold of choice
Here are the steps to the quick and easy recipe to your fruit flavored CBD gummies:
Take a small saucepan and add the fruit juice and lemon juice. Put it over low heat on a stove top.
Add 2 tablespoons of honey, agave or dates syrup into the mixture, and stir well.
You can use sugar if you want to, but we recommend to use healthier alternatives, and it goes very well with fruit juice.
Put the saucepan on a stove top, and raise the heat to medium.
As the mixture starts to heat up, slowly add the gelatin into the mixture.
Make sure to stir the contents of the saucepan gently and constantly with a whisk.
This avoids the formation of lumps in your gummy mixture, and gives it a smooth consistency.
Continue this till the gelatin is completely mixed, and the liquid achieves a smooth consistency.
Now, drop by drop, add required amount of CBD extract or CBD oil into the mixture at this point.
Keep whisking gently till the oil is thoroughly incorporated into the mixture. Turn off the heat at this point.
Let the mixture cool down for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Once it has cooled down, pour the mixture into molds, and put it into freezer for at least thirty minutes, or till it holds up firmly.
And you are ready to go! Pop out the delectable chews you just prepared from the mold, and store them refrigerated in an airtight container.
These CBD gummies can be preserved for two to three weeks!
How to make CBD gummies: A few tips
All these recipes are easy to follow, and produce a pretty good yield.
And although you are free to experiment with flavors and shapes with these DIY CBD gummies, there are a few thing you should keep in mind to make the process a little easier for you:
Although you can use any kind of mold, we always recommend the use of silicon molds.
They are flexible, and make popping out your gummies a lot easier once they are set.
If you do not have molds, spread the mixture into a lightly greased baking sheet. Cool it down, and cut it into shapes of your choice using a knife or cookie cutter.
The CBD gummies obtained in this way may be a little thinner though. To remedy that, you can use a smaller tray with a lesser surface area.
Do not forget to take into account your daily CBD consumption, and measure the amount of CBD oil that goes into the gummies accordingly. This prevents the amount of CBD oil in your gummies being too high, reducing the risk of any side effects.
Always check the concentration of the CBD oil being used, and procure CBD oil from trusted sources only.
You can swap gelatin from any of the recipes above with agar agar, if you want to opt for a vegan option.
Although the result will be similar, do note that the texture of your CBD gummies and may vary a little. Their setting time may vary too, so keep it in the refrigerator a little longer if required.
When taken off of the heat, your mixture will start to coagulate and set.
Do not stir vigorously at this point, as it will hasten the setting of the mixture, and the mixture will solidify rapidly. This may hinder the consistency of the mixture, and will be difficult to pour the mixture into molds.
If you encounter problem in setting up your mixture, it may be possible that you have added excessive amounts of agar agar or gelatin.
Use these ingredients in mentioned quantities only, as excess amounts of these may make your mixture overtly gelatinous and lumpy.
Any type of whisk, such as a balloon whisk or a roux whisk can be used.
But as mentioned earlier, do not whisk vigorously, else the mixture my cool down and set too fast, giving an inconsistent end-product.
Electric hand mixtures are also advised to be avoided for the same reason.
Fruit juices can be swapped with fruit extracts, purees and concentrates to give a richer and more intense flavor.
Although we recommend you to avoid juices or extracts that contain fruits like mango, kiwi, pineapple, ginger root, figs or papaya, since the enzymes in these fruits will make it difficult for the gelatin/ agar agar to set and solidify.
A good way to measure all ingredients efficiently is to use a microwave-safe measuring cup to whip up your mixture. This can come very handy to measure ingredients to their exact proportions.
For a healthier option for a sweetener, opt for honey. And if you want to go vegan, agave is an excellent choice. Both of these can be incorporated into any of the recipes as per your taste.
Do take into account the amount of sweetener that you add, since the sweetness achieved by these may not be the same as that of sugar. So adjust accordingly.
CBD is gaining popularity as a promising substance to treat many ailments. With its recent FDA approval and rising attention in media, many states have legalized the use of CBD extracts, due to its numerous medicinal properties.
Since CBD or its extracts do not cause a psychotic effect, it can be safely consumed by people at home too.
With research intensifying in these fields recently, it is not surprising that the benefits of CBD oil is being recognized widely, and more and more people are using CBD products like oils, edibles and creams on a regular basis.
These CBD gummies are a popular way of consuming and incorporating CBD into your daily routine. With a wide variety of flavors, these treats are a safe and fun way to consume CBD.
With the three recipes presented here, you can try these DIY recipes from the comfort of your home. Not only are they easy to follow, but give you a wide variety of options in terms of flavor, shapes and colors.
What’s more, you can easily control the amount of CBD oil that goes into these gummies, making it a perfect fit as per your needs and requirements. Moreover, you can even monitor the quality of CBD oil that goes into your gummies, or if you want to, make your own CBD oil at home too!
Therefore, these tasty chews in the form of CBD gummies are a perfect DIY recipe to craft up your evenings, create mouth watering gummies and a simple method to incorporate CBD into your life in a safe, efficient and appetizing way!