Friday January 18, 2019
Cannabis-infused gummy snacks are awesome for many reasons – they’re tasty and healthy, they store easily and make dosing a breeze – but traditional gummy recipes call for gelatin which puts them out of the running for our vegan friends. Fortunately, you can make cannabis-infused vegan gummies at home just by switching gelatin out for a different ingredient: agar powder.
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What is Gelatin?
Gelatin is a key ingredient in many gummies, turning liquid fruit juice into a jiggly Jell-O or gummy substance. It comes from animal tissue (bones, cartilage, meaty tissue and other bits of the animal) and is the reason hearty soups tend to coagulate when left in the fridge overnight.
When it’s refined, gelatin is odorless and tasteless making it a favorite ingredient for things like marshmallows, non-fat yogurt, candies and most brands of gummy snacks. However, gelatin isn’t the only option for making gummy snacks at home. Though not quite as “bouncy,” another thickening agent, plant-based agar agar, is a great vegan substitute and can be used in almost any recipe calling for gelatin.
DIY Cannabis-Infused Vegan Gummies Recipe
The best thing about gummies is how easy they are to make. With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of infused vegan treats that rival the quality of anything you’d find in a dispensary. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Cup Fruit Juice or Fine Fruit Puree
- ¼ Cup Cold Water
- 1 Teaspoon Agar Agar Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Cannabis Tincture (here’s a step-by-step tincture recipe if you need it)
- Sweetener (to taste)
- Silicon Molds, if you have them (otherwise, ice cube trays or a lined sheet pan will suffice)
- Begin by heating your fruit juice or puree in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat
- If using puree, we suggest straining it first to improve consistency
- While the juice/puree is heating, mix one teaspoon of agar agar with ¼ cup of cold water in a separate dish until completely dissolved
- Once dissolved and the fruit juice is at a low boil, slowly add the agar agar and water mixture, stirring constantly at medium-high heat for three minutes, adding extra sweetener if desired
- After three minutes, remove mixture from heat, cool slightly (make sure mixture is below 350°F), then add one tablespoon of cannabis tincture and thoroughly incorporate
- Pour mixture in molds (or in ice cube trays/lined sheet pan) and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes then refrigerate for another 20 minutes or until the mixture is set
- Once gummies are set, remove from the molds (or cut into bite-sized pieces if using a sheet pan) then toss in powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together
There you have it, your very own vegan cannabis gummies! Once made, you can store your gummies in an air-tight container for up to three weeks. Remember to clearly label your gummies – especially if they contain THC – and store away from minors.
Knowing Your Gummy Dose
Homemade edibles tend to be tricky to dose because of all the variables that can affect potency (strain type, grow methods, decarboxylation, and so on) but using store-bought tinctures instead of homemade tinctures can help. An easy way to determine the dose of each individual gummy is to compare the milligram amount on the tincture bottle with the amount of tincture added to the recipe. For example, if a tincture bottle contains 15 milliliters of liquid (roughly one tablespoon) and 100 milligrams of cannabinoids, then the whole batch of gummies will also contain 100 milligrams of cannabinoids. To find the dose of each piece, simply divide the number of pieces you have with the amount of cannabinoids you added to your batch (in this case, 100 milligrams) and note the dose on your storage container. Using our example, one batch of gummies containing 15 milliliters of liquid and 100 milligrams of cannabinoids would get you 10 gummies at 10 mg each or 20 gummies at 5 mg each.
Living a vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you can make your own treats and medicines at home. By substituting agar agar powder for gelatin, you can have homemade vegan cannabis gummies in less than an hour’s time. Enjoy!
Do you have any homemade edible tips for our vegan readers? Share them in the comments below!