Convenient and discreet, these lollipops are the perfect way to medicate on the go and are completely customizable with your choice of flavor and color. Keep reading to find out how to make these with a cannabis tincture!
- The perfect sweet edible recipe
- A discreet way to take cannabis with you on the go
- Only 5 ingredients needed including your choice of cannabis tincture
- Fully customizable with your choice of flavors and colors
- Dietary features: gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Lollipops are a classic treat for anyone with a sweet tooth!
So, why not upgrade them with the incredible healing compounds of cannabis while also being able to fully customize the flavor and taste to your liking?
This cannabis candy is the tasty, sweet, and crunchy lollipop of your dreams, and, it's made with only 5 simple ingredients.
Whether it's to help tame muscle spasms, chronic pain, or another serious medical condition, my Well With Cannabis Community members are always looking for different ways to make fun edibles that are easy to take on the go.
They asked I listened, and voila the cannabis lollipop was born. However, there are a lot of things to know before making lollipops for the first time.
In this post, we will explore how to make your own cannabis lollipops with the exact recipe, easiest method, expert tips, and fully answered FAQs. Enjoy!
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- Food coloring: Use whatever fun and creative color combinations you'd like. While I haven't tried myself, you can use all-natural food coloring here, if desired.
- Sugar: To add sweetness to the lollipop. I haven't tried, but I would guess you could use cannabis sugar here, too. Organic sugar works as well.
- Lite corn syrup: This ingredient is necessary for this recipe, I do not have a substitution. You can find this at the grocery store.
- Tincture: This ingredient is what infuses this recipe with cannabis. Choose from your choice of a Green Dragon or Golden Dragon tincture. Learn more about the difference here. Make sure you use decarboxylated cannabis, first!
- Flavoring: Customize this to whatever you like! Strawberry lime? Sounds great! Coconut pineapple? Totally doable. Choose from these flavoring options here.
Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.
- Step 1 - Calibrate your thermometer and prepare your workstation ahead of time. Put the molds on a baking tray and the sticks in the molds. This is very important. This entire process can be tricky to work with as the sugar heats up and hardens very quickly.
- Step 2 - Add the sugar, corn syrup, and water to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat on your heat source of choice. Stir with a silicone or metal spoon until the sugar dissolves.
- Step 3 - Attach the candy thermometer, ensuring the bottom does not touch the pan.
- Step 4 - Allow the mixture to come to a boil while keeping a close eye on it. Do not stir.
- Step 5 - If sugar crystals form on the sides of the pan, wash them down with a silicone or wet pastry brush.
- Step 6 - Continue to cook until the temperature reaches 260°F.
- Step 7 - Without stirring, drop in your desired amount of food coloring.
- Step 8 - When the hard crack temperature of 300°F is reached, remove from the heat. When boiling has ceased, add in your flavoring
- Step 9 - Here comes the tricky part. Carefully pour the liquid candy mixture into molds and put the lollipop sticks in place.
- Step 10 - If there is extra, pour it on parchment paper to make easy weed candies. Work fast, the temperature drops quickly. Let cool completely.
- Step 11 - Once cool, wrap the lollipops in bags and secure them with twist ties. Congrats, you just made your own lollipops!
- Step 12 - Now it's time to enjoy! If you don't enjoy this lollipops recipe today, store in a room temperature, dry space.
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
The most effective way to store these delicious weed lollipops is to wrap each sucker individually. Store them in an airtight container in a cool spot in your pantry for up to several months. There should be little to no weed smell this way. Do not refrigerate at any time.
Notes and Expert Tips
- Be prepared to work quickly. Having all of your ingredients and tools ready to go BEFORE starting the cooking process is your best bet for a successful outcome.
- Get a candy thermometer and calibrate it first to degrees Fahrenheit. It is very important to have accurate temperature controls in this recipe, especially for monitoring the boiling point and reaching the hard crack stage of the sugar.
- This process is sticky and once cooled, the hardened sugar will leave little hard candy trails and be very difficult to get off of your pan and utensils. The easiest way to clean them is to soak them in hot, soapy water until all of the stubborn hard candy has dissolved.
- Be sure to dose your cannabis edibles appropriately. Too much of the psychoactive cannabis ingredient, THC, can make you feel unwell. While this is many people's favorite way of consumption, it is important to take caution with this cannabis preparation method.
Frequently Asked Questions
Making marijuana lollipops can be brand new to even the most seasoned cannabis consumer, so here are some of the most common FAQs I get asked about this weed lollipops recipe from my Well With Cannabis Community.
You can use either the Green Dragon or the Golden Dragon recipes. If you make a CBD dominant tincture, you can make CBD lollipops. You can get CBD flowers from my online store.
No, this is the main ingredient and you need it for this recipe to turn out correctly.
No, it is not a good idea to try and use cannabis oil in this recipe. Regardless of whether it is CBD oil or THC oil, the recipe won't set right.
Wrap each candy individually in plastic. See the picture above for an example.
You can use any shapes or molds that you'd like, just be sure they're silicone! I found mine here on Amazon. They also have cannabis lollipop molds. Your local store like Walmart, Target, and Michael's, should have molds as well.
You sure can! Adding edible flowers like rose petals is a perfect way to jazz up these easy THC lollipops recipe. Just be sure to work quickly when adding them in with the hot candy. Just note that some people may find the whole plant material unpleasant at the end.
Each candy mold holds a different volume, so your final dosage will depend on that. This recipe makes 12 ounces. If your candy mold holds one ounce each, you would get 12 servings from this recipe. You then want to ask yourself how many mg of THC you want in your own lollipops as a single dose. If you wanted each sucker to have 5mg of THC, you would want to add 60mg of THC through the tincture. How much THC should you add? That depends on your own personal tolerance. Estimating the potency of any homemade weed edibles will always be a guess, but my edible dosage calculator can help.
Yes! You do not need to make lollipops with this simple edibles recipe. This process is one of the main methods for making hard candies.
Many people worry that the 300°F temperature will harm the THC, but thankfully it won't. THC won't boil until 315° and vaporizes at much higher temperatures. The temperature will not affect the potency of this recipe.
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How to Make Customizable Cannabis Lollipops
- 1 cup white, granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup light corn syrup
- 6 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons cannabis alcohol tincture
- 2-5 drops food coloring or gel food coloring
- ½ teaspoon LorAnn flavoring oil
- It is important to calibrate your candy thermometer and prepare your workstation ahead of time, before starting the cooking process. I recommend you put the lollipop molds on a baking tray and add the sticks to the molds. This is very important because the recipe can be tricky to work with as the sugar heats up and hardens very quickly.
- Add the sugar, corn syrup, water, and tincture to a heavy-duty 1-quart saucepan. Place over medium heat and then stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pan, ensuring the bottom of the thermometer does not touch the bottom of the pan.
- Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Do not stir. If sugar crystals form on the sides of the pan, wash them down with a wet silicone brush.
- Continue to allow the mixture to cook until the temperature reaches 260°F.
- Without stirring, drop in your desired amount of food coloring (2-5 drops). Continue to allow the mixture to cook, watching the temperature carefully.
- When the temperature reaches exactly 300°F, remove the pan from the heat. When the boiling has ceased, add in your flavoring. Be careful when pouring this into the hot sugar, rising steam may cause burns.
- Carefully pour the mixture into molds and put the lollipop sticks in place. If there is extra, pour it onto parchment paper for candy. Let cool completely.
- Once cool, wrap the lollipops in bags and secure them with twist ties.
- Enjoy! Store in a cool, dry place if not enjoyed immediately.
- This process is sticky and once cooled, the hardened sugar will be very difficult to get off of your pan and utensils. The easiest way to clean them is to soak them in hot, soapy water until all of the sugar has dissolved.
- A note from my reader Christy for high altitude cooks: "since water boils at a lower temp in high altitudes, don’t forget to decrease your temps in this recipe. I follow the “2 degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level” rule. I’m am 6,500 ft so I reduce the temp by 13 degrees. So for instance, instead of my candy going to 260 degrees, mine should go to 247 degrees. And 287 instead of 300. This has solved my problem of my candy being ridiculously hard to work with! I was overcooking!"
Could I use Honey instead of sugar in this recipe? Would I just subsitute the sugar quantity for honey?
Hey Paula! I haven't tried it myself, and I don't know if honey will have the same "hard-crack" properties that sugar does to make the lollipops solid. If you try, I would use the same amount (but I would also try a virgin batch first to ensure it works out!). Let us know if you are successful 🙂
This recipe is perfect, thank you! Lollipops turned out spectacular and it was super easy.
Awesome, I am so happy to hear this recipe worked out for you so well, Carissa! Thanks for the feedback!
Does the higher temperature of 300 degrees degrade the strength of the cannabis any? I was thinking I read somewhere it shouldn’t to go over 250.
Hey Robyn! I haven't ran into any issues with this recipe yet. I believe that the temperature at 300°F is not held long enough to degrade any of the cannabinoids 🙂
Hi Emily, would you happen to have a sugar free recipe for this lollipop recipe? My husband is a diabetic and I would like to make him these.
Hey Jackie! I don't at this time, but will keep my eye out for a sugar-free option to suggest in the future.
Hello! I’ve used your recipe once before and they turned out wonderfully! About the double boiler listed in the equipment… at what point do I use the double boiler? The instructions only state to use a saucepan. Thanks for what you do 😁!
Thanks so much for catching that, Nicole! I just updated the list to remove the double boiler and added the saucepan instead 🙂
Hi! I have a coconut oil based tincture. Will that work? I'm scared ! Lol
Hey Lauren, unfortunately, I don't think that will work for this recipe. But, you're always welcome to try with non-infused oil if you're curious.
Hello Obi-Wan Emily !
This recipe I just perfect. Thanks for share.
I was wondering if I can do it with FECO instead tincture. Maybe adding lecithin ? Thanks a lot!
Hey Michael, yes, you can totally do this with FECO and I don’t think you would even need the lecithin. I would add the FECO at the same time you would add the tincture. Let us know how they turn out for you 😁
Do you know how long these lollipops last? Could I use citric acid as a preservative? If so, could you recommend an amount to use?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Miranda! These lollipops will last for several months if wrapped individually and stored in an airtight container in a cool spot in your pantry. Do not refrigerate at any time. Citric acid can be added as a preservative. Recommended usage is 1/8 teaspoon per 2 cups of sugar, so half of that if you are making just a single batch of lollipops. You'll want to add once hot syrup has cooled to below 265º F. I hope this helps!
Hi Emily. Could I use more tincture and less water, as long as it equals 8T?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Yvonne. I'm afraid the lollipops won't set properly because you'll have less water and the alcohol will evaporate out. You can certainly try but I would suggest making a batch without your cannabis-infused alcohol. This way you'll know how the final product will turn out without wasting your cannabis if it doesn't work out. I hope this helps!
Good day Emily. When your uaeing tincture, are you meaning the vodka kind, or the cooked down tincture?thanks for this recipe!
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Pam. The tincture required (Green Dragon or Golden Dragon QWET) is made from high-proof grain alcohol and cannabis. I hope this helps!
Let me correct my question. Spell correct doesn’t like the word decarbed.
Can decarbed concentrates, like wax, etc. be used in this recipe?
Thank you so much for all the information you have available! You are GREAT!
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Donanne. You can absolutely use concentrates. Just add the concentrate in at the same step of adding the tincture. We truly appreciate your kind words and support! 🥰 Enjoy!
Hi EMK team,
I just made this recipe twice and made rock candy instead of the lollipops and it turned out wonderful. I had a tincture that I had reduced by about 75% that I made with trim and my candies are quite potent and delicious, and I find for me the time to take effect was only 30 minutes (but I hadn't eaten in a few hours).
Thanks for sharing all your ideas and recipes. I love this site.
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Denise! I love rock candy! My kids get so mad because I always take theirs. 🤣 Thank you for sharing your technique with us!
is it possible to substitute tincture for wax like in the gummy recipe, I saw it said no coconut oil but having not made my tincture trying to be lazy
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Danté. Yes, you can use wax as your main cannabis product in gummies, or any recipe really. Here is a guide with further information: How to Make Edibles With Cannabis Concentrates. I hope this helps!
Do you know how much Thc is in each lollipop?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Lily. The strength of your lollipops depends on the strength of the cannabis product you are using in the recipe. Do you know the amount of THC that's in your cannabis product?
Hello Emily, Thanks for your contributions to the Cannabis community !
After smoking flower every day for 50 years I've decided to stop smoking it.
I'm in California and there are lots of dispensaries in my local areas.
I love the idea of these lollipops. But I need to purchase the tincture.
And I'm having trouble finding the "cannabis ALCOHOL tincture".
What would you recommend that could do, short of extracting from actual buds.
What's up with that's cannabis butter ? Is that a possibility ?
Thank you !
Renée from Team EKN
Hi T Bro. Are you able to get FECO/RSO? You can add that in place of the alcohol tincture. Are you able to get 190-proof alcohol? You can make our own at home, easily. As far as cannabutter lollipops, I do believe it's possible, but it's not something we have experimented with. I hope this helps!