This article by Zora Degrandpre was originally published in Leafreport and appears here with permission.
I don’t know about you guys, but to me, some commercial CBD jelly leaves leave a lot to be desired! Some have sugar (don’t want to), some have artificial colors (don’t want to) and some have all sorts of artificial additives, fake sweeteners and preservatives (don’t want to). So here’s a simple, natural recipe for homemade CBD jelly beans. You can use the molds you want and make rubber balls, rubber hearts or a variety of rubber shapes. These CBD jelly beans can be used just as you would use commercial jelly beans: to help with sleep, anxiety, depression or pain. Keep them away from children under 16 unless under the advice of a healthcare professional.
What do you need
- I like to keep my life as simple as I can, it never works, but I try, so I only need 4 ingredients:
- Natural honey (I prefer local because it helps the local economy and can help with some allergies)
- Your favorite fruit juice.
- Tasteless gelatin. I use gelatin derived from pasture-fed cows, but if you prefer, you can use vegan agar as a substitute.
- CBD oil, tincture or isolate
- Casserole and mold / shapes along with a stirrer (or whisk) and measuring cups / spoons
How to make your own CBD jelly beans
Heat 1 cup of your favorite fruit juice in a saucepan. Turn off the heat when the juice starts to smoke and add 2 tablespoons of gelatin and 2 tablespoons of honey. Stir until everything is well mixed; you can stir while using low heat, but be sure to turn off the heat as soon as everything is well mixed. Remove the pan from the heat and add 2 ml of your oil or tincture while stirring; this usually means 2 glasses, but as a reference, 2 glasses are 2/5 of a teaspoon. I know, I don’t have spoons measuring 1/5 teaspoon, but don’t worry, if you go with ½ teaspoon of oil or CBD tincture, this will work.
If you are adding your CBD isolate, stir until all the CBD dissolves or disperses evenly (the CBD isolate is fat soluble and may not dissolve very well. Again, don’t worry as long as be well mixed)
Pour immediately into the chosen mold, do not overfill! Add enough to mainly fill the mold. Place the molds in the refrigerator to rest for about 30 minutes. Take it out and store it in bags! You may want to put a piece of parchment paper between each eraser so that they do not stick. You can also freeze the jelly beans although they don’t always look good when you take them out, they still taste good. These jelly beans should be good in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and good in the freezer for up to 6 months.
For most molds, you should end up with about 30 jelly beans with this recipe.
To determine how much CBD is in each jelly, take the total amount of oil or tincture or the total amount of isolate added and divide it by the number of jelly beans, so if you started with 100 mg of CBD in oil, tincture or isolate and made 10 jelly beans, you have 10 mg of CBD in each gum.
You can use almost any fruit juice you like, I tend to let the juice shrink a bit to give the gum a more intense fruit flavor, again, I don’t know if this has been your experience, but I’m I’m not thrilled with a gum that says it tastes like orange, but when I try it, it barely tastes good!
If you prefer to avoid honey, try replacing the two tablespoons of honey with 20-30 drops of liquid stevia. You can also replace the honey with 2 tablespoons of agave.
If you prefer a vegan or vegetarian gum, replace the gelatin with 2 tablespoons of agar.
You can also use a blender and add freshly mixed berries or fruits; mix as desired, but keep the volume of the juice / mixture at 1 cup.
These jelly beans can be a little softer than the commercial variety; if so, slightly increase the amount of gelatin (or agar) used.