This tried and true, no-fail recipe for cannabis gummies made with oil is the perfect recipe for delicious CBD or THC gummies that do not sweat or separate. This guide includes options for different infused oils, flavorings, sugar-free options, and more.
Table of Contents
- Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Ingredients Notes
- Step-by-Step Instructions
- Storage Instructions
- How To Air Dry Cannabis Gummies
- Alternate Oil Infusion Options
- Notes & Expert Tips
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Determine The Dose
- More Recipes You Will Love
- Cannabis Gummies Made With Oil or Butter Recipe
- A tried and true recipe with over 300+ 5-star reviews
- Easily customizable, this recipe can feature any color or flavor you wish
- Infusion options include cannabutter, coconut oil, MCT oil, and more
Why You Will Love This Recipe
With so many cannabis gummy recipes available online with different instructions and methods, it can get overwhelming to pick the perfect one.
Luckily, I have tried them all and worked to put together this no-fail guide on making the perfect cannabis gummies made with oil or butter.
By following these easy directions, you can create a delicious cannabis gummy with perfect texture and consistency, with no separation or sweating.
However, gummy taste and texture preferences are subjective, so I recommend you first try this recipe with *non* cannabis-infused oil.
That way, you know you like the taste and texture of this recipe before adding in your hard-earned cannabis products.
If you don’t have cannabis-infused oil available or are looking for a gummy alternative, I also have these different gummy recipes available:
- 1 cup water or juice – juice adds more flavor, but it is also more susceptible to mold
- ¾-1¼ ounces unflavored gelatin – For this recipe, we will be using ¾-1¼ ounces of gelatin, equivalent to 3-5 Knox packs. See notes below to decide how much to use. This recipe will not work without adding gelatin
- ½ cup of cannabis-infused oil – I’ve covered every type of cannabis-infused oil or butter you can use below. Just pick your preference and get cooking.
- 2 teaspoons lecithin – Lecithin is used as a binder to keep the oil and water together. You can use liquid, granulated, or powdered form. If you skip this ingredient, your gummy’s will separate and leave a hard film of oil on the bottom
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice – or ¼ teaspoon of alternative mold inhibitors like Lorann mold inhibitor or potassium sorbate
- 3 ounces flavored gelatin – Any flavor you want! Note that flavored gelatin typically comes in two different package sizes, a 3-ounce and 6-ounce package. For this recipe, we will be using one 3-ounce package
- 5-10 drops of flavoring oils – Available in a wide variety of flavors, these oils can help mask the cannabis taste and make the flavor pop
Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.
- Step 1 – Prepare your workstation. Gather your equipment and measure out your ingredients.
- Step 2 – In a small bowl, add ½ cup of water or juice. Stir the unflavored gelatin into the liquid. Set aside to bloom.
- Step 3 – Prepare a double boiler. Once near boiling, turn to low and simmer.
- Step 4 – Add the oil and lecithin, allow to melt, and whisk. Leave over low heat while working on the next step.
- Step 5 – Bring the remaining water or juice to a boil in a separate pan.
- Step 6 – Add the mold inhibitor and the flavored gelatin. Mix well to dissolve, then turn off the heat.
- Step 7 – Pour the flavored gelatin mixture into the double boiler containing the oil and lecithin. Whisk well.
- Step 8 – Add the reserved bowl of bloomed gelatin to the double boiler.
- Step 9 – Add the flavoring oil drops.
- Step 10 – Whisk consistently for 10 minutes. This step is very important!
- Step 11 – Add the gummy mixture to your molds of choice.
- Step 12 – Allow the molds to sit and set for at least 30 minutes before removing the gummies from the wells.
- Step 13 -Remove the gummies from the molds.
- Step 14 – If air drying, place the gummies in a single layer on a wire baking rack. Allow the gummies to dry at room temperature for 12-72 hours. *See air drying notes below.
- Step 15 – If you plan to add sugar or citric acid to your gummies, do so after they have been fully air-dried. Do not try to do this immediately after they come out of the molds, they will melt.
- Step 16 – Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Once removed from the gummy molds, you can either air-dry these gummies or simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
How To Air Dry Cannabis Gummies
While it’s an extra step, many people prefer to air dry their gummies for enhanced texture, less moisture, and better shelf stability.
To successfully air dry, or cure, the cannabis gummies, you first need to remove them from the molds.
The time frame is your choice based on your preferred texture and consistency. Try one every few hours to find what you like best.
Many people will drape a piece of cheesecloth over the gummies to prevent any contaminants from falling on them. If you do this, ensure you are using a breathable fabric.
If you have a food dehydrator available, you can place the gummies to speed up the process.
Note: If you use a food dehydrator to dry your gummies, you must ensure it does not use heat. Low-temperature dehydrators (~90°) will cause your gummies to melt.
Finally, some people prefer to lightly dust their air-dried gummies with a small amount of cornstarch to remove any last bits of moisture.
A Word of Caution When Air Drying
Humidity will cause an issue of oil sweating if you air-dry your gummies, especially if they are made with MCT oil.
If it is humid where you live, you must air dry your gummies in the refrigerator, where the temperature and humidity are better controlled.
If you use a food dehydrator to dry your gummies, you must ensure it does not use heat. Low-temperature dehydrators (~90°) will cause your gummies to melt.
Alternate Oil Infusion Options
As you can see from the visual above, your gummies’ final texture and appearance will vary slightly depending on what type of ingredients you use.
Below I will go over all the infusion options that will work with this recipe in detail, including the pros and cons of each option.
Infused MCT Oil
Our favorite option for making these gummies is to use a cannabis-infused MCT oil.
Many people prefer liquid MCT oil for infusions because it is tasteless, remains liquid at room temperature, is completely clear with no color, and has no flavor.
Using infused MCT oil for your infusion will result in a more clear gummy that is less dense and more ‘jiggly’ than a gummy infused with traditional coconut oil.
If you haven’t made MCT cannabis oil yet, click here for full instructions. You will need to have this ready before starting the gummy-making process.
Infused Coconut Oil
Our next favorite option for making infused gummies is traditional cannabis-infused coconut oil.
Coconut oil remains solid at room temperature, is opaque in color, and has two primary options: unrefined and refined.
Many people prefer refined coconut oil because it has a less prominent coconut taste.
As noted in the image above, when gummies are made with traditional coconut oil, they tend to be more opaque in appearance, are slightly more dense in texture, and have an almost creamy texture and mouthfeel.
Gummies Made with Cannabutter
These gummies work perfectly when made with cannabutter in place of MCT or coconut oil.
However, they had a much noticeably strong cannabis taste compared to the previous two options. They also had a creamier mouthfeel, similar to the coconut oil gummies.
Other Cannabis-Infused Oils
Whether allergic to coconuts or simply looking for a different oil to infuse, this recipe will work with just about any cannabis oil you desire.
You can try the following cooking oils to experiment with: avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, safflower oil
Notes & Expert Tips
- Test batch: As always, I recommend you make one *non-infused* test batch of gummies before trying with your actual product to ensure you like the taste, consistency, and process. This means using regular coconut oil instead of cannabis coconut oil, etc.
- Unflavored gelatin: Using butter or solid coconut oil, use ¾ ounce (3 packs) of Knox gelatin. If you use liquid oil, such as MCT oil, use 1 ounce (4 packs) of Knox gelatin.
- Mold inhibitors: You can also use ¼ teaspoon of LorAnn Mold Inhibitor or potassium sorbate instead of the lemon juice if you need a longer shelf life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some of the most important frequently asked cannabis gummy questions that I get from my Well With Cannabis Community.
Yes, you can easily freeze them. Freezing gummies does not alter the potency and may even help preserve potency.
Yes! We made these gummies with sugar-free flavored gelatin, which was fine. Simply swap a 0.3oz packet of sugar-free gelatin for the traditional 3oz packet of regular flavored gelatin. The weight difference comes from the lack of regular sugar.
Yes, but only after they have been cured or air-dried for at least 24 hours. If you try to coat them in sugar before air drying, they will melt and turn into a wet soupy mess.
I prefer liquid sunflower lecithin because I feel it mixes in better. Many members of my Well With Cannabis Community report that powdered lecithin works great in this recipe.
If you want to skip the flavored gelatin, add a sweetener.
No. Gelatin is a colorless, flavorless, protein-based ingredient that helps to create the gummy texture we are looking for in this recipe. It can easily be found in the baking section of your local grocery store or purchased on Amazon.
They’re not 100% necessary, but for those who want the extra flavor boost to help cover the taste of the cannabis in the gummies, these super-strength flavoring oils are the perfect addition.
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Cannabis Gummies Made With Oil or Butter
- 1 cup water or juice divided
- 1 ounce unflavored gelatin 3-5 Knox Packets *see notes below
- ½ cup Bliss cannabis oil or cannabutter
- 2 teaspoons lecithin powder or liquid
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice or mold inhibitor *see notes below
- 3 ounces flavored gelatin 1 small box
- 10 drops LorAnn super-strength flavoring oils
- Prepare your workstation before getting started; this recipe moves quickly. Gather your equipment and measure out your ingredients. Place your gummy molds on baking trays, so they don't flop when being moved.
- In a small bowl, add ½ cup of water or juice. Stir the unflavored gelatin into the liquid. This is called blooming the gelatin. The mixture will become very thick. Set aside.
- Next, prepare a double boiler by putting one cup of water in the bottom pan. Add the top pan and place over medium-high heat. Once near boiling, turn the heat to low and let simmer.
- Add the cannabis oil (or cannabutter) and lecithin to the top of the double boiler. Allow butter or oil to melt as needed, and then whisk to incorporate. Leave over low heat while working on the next step.
- Add the remaining ½ cup of water or juice to a separate small saucepan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the lemon juice or mold inhibitor and the flavored gelatin packet to the hot liquid. Whisk well to dissolve. Turn off the heat.
- Carefully and slowly, pour the flavored gelatin mixture into the double boiler that contains the melted oil (or cannabutter) and lecithin. Whisk consistently until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Take the reserved bowl of bloomed gelatin and add it to the double boiler.
- Add your desired amount for flavoring oil drops.
- Whisk consistently for 10 minutes, ensuring no clumps form. This step is very important! You can use an immersion blender to speed up the process if desired.
- Working quickly, using a squeeze bottle, pipette, or piston funnel, add the gummy mixture to your gummy molds of choice.
- Allow the filled molds to sit and set for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or in the refrigerator before attempting to remove the gummies from the molds.
- Carefully remove the gummies from the molds. Decide whether you want to store them in the fridge immediately or allow them to air dry.
- If air drying, place the gummies in a single layer on a wire baking rack. Allow the gummies to dry at room temperature for 12-72 hours, depending on your texture preferences. *See air drying notes below.
- If you plan to add sugar or citric acid to your gummies, do so after they have been fully air-dried. Do not try to do this immediately after they come out of the molds, they will melt.
- Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
- Run a test batch first: I recommend you make one *non-infused* test batch of gummies before trying with your actual infusion to ensure you like the process, taste, and consistency of the final product. This ensures no good stuff gets wasted.
- Unflavored gelatin: If you are using butter or solid coconut oil, use 3/4 ounce (3 Knox packs) of gelatin. If you are using a liquid oil, such as MCT oil, use 1 ounce (4 Knox packs) of gelatin. If you want an extra firm gummy, use 1¼ ounce (5 Knox packs) of gelatin.
- Lecithin: You can use powdered or liquid lecithin in the exact same amount. If your infused oil was already made with lecithin, you should still add the additional lecithin called for in this recipe.
- Mold inhibitors: You can also use a ¼ teaspoon of LorAnn Mold Inhibitor or potassium sorbate in place of the lemon juice for longer shelf stability.
- When air drying: Humidity will cause an issue of oil sweating if you are air-drying your gummies, especially if they are made with MCT oil. If you use a food dehydrator to dry your gummies, you must ensure it does not use heat.