This no-fail recipe for CBD or THC gummies made with tincture is the perfect recipe for delicious cannabis gummies that are made with an alcohol-based tincture, full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO/RSO, or other cannabis concentrates.
If you haven't already, evaporate the alcohol from your cannabis tincture. Directions below, if needed. While doing this, 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 over medium-high heat. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and let simmer.
Add the reduced tincture, prepared FECO/RSO, or other concentrate and the lecithin (if using) to the top of the double boiler. Allow the mixture to warm slightly. Turn off the heat while working on the next step.
In a separate small saucepan on the stove, add the remaining ½ cup of water or juice. 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 mix into the double boiler with the reduced tincture/FECO 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 vigirously for 3-5 minutes. 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 later on a wire baking rack. Allow the gummies to dry at room temperature for 24-72 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.
Evaporate the alcohol: Take extreme caution when evaporating the alcohol from a tincture as the fumes are flammable. Ensure proper ventilation and common-sense safety measures are in place. If you are using a gas stove, check out these alternative safe evaporation options. Be sure to sway from an open flame. Allow at least 75% of the alcohol to evaporate from the tincture before using in this recipe. The tincture will significantly reduce in volume, leaving a sticky black oil known as FECO.
Using other concentrates: If you are using cannabis concentrates instead of FECO/RSO, check this guide first to see if the concentrate needs to be decarbed.
Unflavored gelatin: If you want an extra firm gummy, use 1¼ ounce (5 Knox packs) of gelatin.
Lecithin: Optional, as these gummies don't separate like the oil-based ones. If you have it, you can use liquid lecithin. If you skip this ingredient, your gummies will be fine as we are only using a small bit of concentrate.
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.