How To Make Cannabis Hard Candy With THC Or CBD
Making cannabis hard candy is an easy thing to do at home. You only need a couple tools, basic ingredients and some patience. The advantage of infusing THC or CBD into hard candies is that you can dose your edibles very easily. It might also help if you are looking to take weed edibles discreetly.
The basic ingredients for making cannabis hard candies
The only ingredients you require to start making cannabis hard candies are sugar, water, corn syrup and cannabis tincture.
The first thing you will need to decide on, is if you want to make THC hard candy or CBD hard candy. Simply use a THC tincture If you are looking for THC edibles or a CBD tincture for CBD edibles. You can also use both, it is all up to you!
You will be able to put in any flavor extract or coloring you want to customize your cannabis edibles. In turn, this is where you can experiment and get creative with your weed edibles.
Start to cook cannabis hard candy
Follow this recipe and use creativity to start experimenting with new flavors, colors, and shapes. Once you have a good grasp on how to make hard candies, you can start experimenting even further with different colors and shapes. Remember that cannabis candy is cooked at a very high temperature and it sticks, so never touch the hard candy with your hands.
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A simple cannabis candy recipe that is easy to follow and never fails. These THC hard candies only require 4 basic ingredients.
- 2 – 3 Tbsp cannabis tincture 500mg THC
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 2/3 Cup corn syrup
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/2 Tsp Flavored extract optional
- Food coloring optional
Once it reaches 250F, you need to stop stirring and let it come to approximately 305F. ( this happends quick)
Add cannabis tincture, flavor extract and food coloring. Stir it up and poor into your candy mold or baking sheet.
Tip! If the hard candies are cloudy or foamy looking: once the mixture is taken off the heat, let it sit for 30 second untill all foam has gone down, before pouring into molds.
Serving: 1 Candy | Calories: 44 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 3 mg | Sugar: 11 g | Calcium: 1 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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Hello this will be my first time making hard candy, can I use coconut infused oil with Nate as of tincture? Where can I find a candy thermometer? I have read to make infused oil it is 1:1 how do I make it more potent then that? Please do you have these answers. Thank you.
You can make cannibus corn syrup. It’s pretty simple in a crock pot.
Yes u can I have made best o es and also I used more oil than recommended and still was great
Use 2 oz, to 1 cup of liquid.
I ordered my thermometer on Amazon. It’s digital and works great. I think I paid less than $20. Hope this helps.
Go to Lorann Oils on line to get a really nice candy thermometer.
I have yet to get the oil to mix thoroughly with the candy mixture, I have tried added it at different stages to where it’s not being burned off but the oil doesn’t like to mix with the sugar
Coconut infused oil can be mixed with water and sunflower lecithin. The lecithin helps the water and oil to bond, thus allowing it to be used for candy
I had the tincture at the beginning.
I oil the pot well so when it goes to the sides I gently (very very gently) scrape down the side so it keeps getting added back into candy.
Lecathin will help the fats bond with the water, and would probably help in this situation. Usually about a tablespoon per batch dies the trick.
If i was to use only thc sugar, how does the recipe differ?
Your going heat the sugar past a recommended decaroboxylation temperature. By adding a tincture after removing from the heat you provide stagnant heat and a pretty rocking high.
305 and dropping vs heating up to 305 . Also the alcohol will evaporate at 170f. So its convenient enough and a fairly passive extraction/infusion technique.
Everything will end out the same. I regularly make candy with cannasugar and coconut oil tincture, with no difference in product.
Ur just gonna have an extra powerful candy
When I make this it comes together nicely. My problem is it gets soft and sticky after a couple of days. Am I doing something wrong?
I’m just wondering how many times it has to be said that oil infusions won’t work.
For combining use LETHICIN!! AT ANY HEALTH FOOD STORE. IT WILL MAKE YOU VERY HAPPY COMBINES . I USE THE CAPSULES AND CUT THE TIPS OFF A FEW AND BLEND WELL WHILE AT THE LOW COOKING STAGE.
I always use liquid coconut oil for my hard candies… never once have I had an issue in the over 10 years I’ve made them.
Today is October 11th I just did recipe with oil it made a semi hard semi hard soft chew not bad
It sounds like you almost made taffy. Try pulling it until it turns cloudy – like 15 mins or so to get air in it and once it’s opaque you’ve got taffy.
Why do you say this ? I have used coconut oil extracts and made hard candy. They seem to be a winner according to friends and family. I am a newbie and learning by doing, I find adding food coloring, flavoring an canna oil at temperatures above 300* F to be risky. I have slightly burned a batch, called it “toffee” flavor and moved on. However, I am still looking for the sweet spot. I have had batches harden quickly when I have waited to for temperatures, below 250* F . Eating the errors is the only bright side. It’s been a learning process for sure and alcohol based tincture may be a better way to go but not available option for me. I have burned several batches of sugar along the way. The temperature moves quickly once the sugar hits 250. Pay attention is my best advice. I’m still fine tuning and probably need better equipment but, it’s just a hobby. We enjoy the low doses and stabality of the final product, shelf life, etc… I just worry about burning off all my oil and cannabis if added at too high a temperature. It’s a learning process that has a cost for sure. Any ideas readers .
I make and use my own alcohol based thc and cbd tinctures. Use to use oil based tinctures to make candy and they weren’t bad, but when i got into making my own tinctures that were alcohol based i found out how much more potent i could get my candies. Not to mention the flavors were really there. My wife loves my wintergreen mints i make. I myself love my mint chocolate chip candies the most.
I’ve read that temperature that high will burn off the turpines. (About 250* F) I have yet to make a successful batch. Alas, I continue to try…
I used the recipe using just tincture, and the oil came to the top.
I’ve made this kind of candy every year minus the THC for Christmas and its always been perfect. So….I’m a bit perplexed.
Lecathin should hold it together better
I noticed that to so i looked into making my own tinctures and found out alcohol based ones work better. Cause the alcohol burns off almost instantly leaving behind the sweet stuff.
Put a teaspoon of sunflower/soy lecithin into the mix to help the oil infuse with the water in the mix.
This will help with the oil/water barrier and help meld the mixture together
I used an alcohol based tincture as is hyperlinked in Jacob’s recipe and did not have this issue. Candies came out stellar. Stop wasting your oil tincture on this process.
What kind of tincture did you use? Because tincture is not oily
If you are using a high dose tincture – it will be oily because the THC is an OIL. That’s the problem with people having medical issues, they need better and stronger recipes. May I suggest you as the writer, look into this? Honey is a beautiful thing to work with in making candies and bonding the thc to at higher doses.
Would glycerin tincture work?
I used an alcohol based tincture, reading that people are using oil tinctures with no success, I would just stick to the alcohol tincture that the author has linked in his recipe.
My cannabis tincture is infused in everclear alcohol. Will the alcohol burn off when I mix the tincture into the hot mixture?
How do I get your book
You can get it here Pamela:
The last time I cooked candy, after it came to temp, I removed it from heat & added my tincture (1oz alcohol based). The room temp tincture mixing with the hot candy caused a lot of spitting and splattering of tincture all over my stove. At what temp can the candy be cooled enough before adding tincture to try to minimize this?
Thanks. I just decided to give it a go again & found your site.
Did you wait for the candy to stop boiling? I use canna sugar that I make from tincture. Food coloring at 260 degrees. Remove it from heat at 305. I use high-sweet instead of corn syrup because it’s very humid where I live and it holds together better. But the key to not burning everything out is wait until it stops bubbling completely. I also add just a little extra flavoring to replace any that did burn off and some Tart & Sour to fruity ones to bring out the flavor.
You can just leave the candy for about 30 seconds of the heat, and than slowly pour in the tincture As showed in video.
It is important that the tincture is not cold, as the spattering than might happend. Try to warm up the tincture a bit next time and you will be fine.
If I want stronger candies, do I just add more tincture? Sorry if that’s a stupid question.
Tried using this recipe. The tincture came out great (used the link attached) but as soon as I add the tincture, food coloring, flavor, the candy instantly ceased to to the point where it couldn’t be poured into mold. Why is that happening? I even made sure the tincture was warm….
Can i use cbd oil if so, how much should b used ? . Low dose. Use it to manage shoulder pain
Use alcohol based tinctures for this method. He has a recipe hyperlinked above.
Is there any reason why the tincture (coconut oil base) would not completely mix? It seemS like I’m wasting oil because it just sits on top on the candy, no matter how much I stir which I don’t want to do too much of. Will adding the tincture at a lower temperature help?
I believe liquid lecithin is necessary with the THC oil to emulsifi the oil. I am going to use lecithin when I am making a water-based product. Lecithin might help make the THC more bio-available too?
Tincture and Coconut oil are two different infusion methods. If you use a Fat such as coconut oil, than yes it floats on the candy. Therefore, the recipe calls for Tincture, which is alcohol based. Not fat based.
Will this recipe work if I substitute lemon juice for the water?
It won’t hold up if you use too much citric acid. Same for gummies.
Can I pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle to get it into the molds or will it harden too quickly? I just feel like I’ll make a mess trying to pour out of the pot.
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If you’re looking for a delicious way to consume CBD oil, create your own gummies! These chewy bites are quick to make and simple to customize. Heat juice, lemonade, or a sports drink along with sweetener and your choice of gelatin or agar powder. Then, fill a silicone gummy mold with the mixture and refrigerate it until the gummies are firm. Peel away the mold and enjoy your fruity treats.
How to Make CBD Hard Candies and Lollipops: Easy Homemade Recipes
People often want to know how to make CBD candy and lollipops after tasting CBD-infused confections for the first time! Is this something you can do at home? You can actually make CBD treats at home using some simple ingredients combined with high-quality CBD oil if you’re a motivated baker.
Of course, not everyone finds making homemade CBD sweets and treats quite as rewarding as simply ordering their favorite gummies, candies and lollipops online. It’s still very fun to experiment with some CBD candy recipes in your own kitchen even if you don’t necessarily have the time to become your own full-time CBD confectioner. Take a look at everything beginners should know about making CBD candies at home before diving into two great recipes for CBD candies!
Why Make Homemade CBD Hard Candy?
Learning how to make CBD hard candy is simply fun once you have a basic hard candy recipe with oil to work with. Most people like to try it at least once simply to have the experience. The benefits of learning how to make candy with CBD in your own personalized batches include:
- You can customize your own dosages.
- You can purchase CBD oil in bulk for use in your recipes.
- You can try different flavor combinations if you don’t like the flavors that CBD manufacturer offers.
- You can use fun, interesting molds to make unique shapes.
- You can enjoy the slower absorption that goes along with taking edibles instead of using a CBD tincture sublingually.
You know you want to try making your own CBD candies at home. However, you may not know where to start with making CBD hard candy that’s going to taste good, look good and give you the perfect amount of CBD in every pop! Your candy-coated dreams are about to come true! Take a look at two great CBD candy recipes that are simple enough for beginners to try without getting into a sticky situation.
How to Make CBD Hard Candies?
Recipe #1. Sunny Day CBD Lemon Drops
Using this recipe, you will make 50 CBD candy pieces with 10 mg per count.
- Your favorite candy mold
- A candy thermometer
- 50 cellophane candy wrappers (optional)
- 500 milligrams of your preferred CBD oil
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure lemon extract
- Yellow food coloring (optional)
- Blend sugar, corn syrup and water together in a saucepan.
- Bring the pain to a boil while slowly stirring the mixture. Use your candy thermometer to keep tabs on the mixture’s temperature.
- Wait for the mixture to reach 250 degrees Fahrenheit before you stop stirring. The temperature should quickly reach 300 degrees Fahrenheit from there.
- Remove the mixture from the heat while keeping it in the pan.
- Next, blend together with your CBD oil, lemon extract and food coloring (optional) in a bowl.
- Pour the CBD oil mixture into your heated candy mixture.
- Finally, pour the completed candy mixture into your mold.
- Wait for your candies to cool down for one to two hours to reach a fully hardened state.
- Once you’re confident that your candies are hard, gently remove them from your mold.
- Wrap each candy individually in a cellophane wrapper. If you’re not using wrappers, store them in a glass jar with a lid for freshness.
How to Make CBD Lollipops?
Recipe #2. Sour Apple CBD Suckers
You will make 18 CBD lollipops with 25 mg CBD per one candy.
- A lollipop mold
- A candy thermometer
- 18 lollipop sticks
- 18 cellophane wrappers (optional)
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 450 milligrams of CBD oil
- 2 teaspoons of sour apple flavor concentrate
- 4 drops of green food coloring (optional)
- Bring sugar, corn syrup and water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan.
- Stir the mixture until you reach 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Allow the mixture to sit until it cools to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Next, add in the sour apple concentrate, tincture and food coloring (optional). Stir the ingredients until they are completely mixed.
- Pour your mixture into the mold.
- Add lollipop sticks.
- Allow the mold to cool for one to two hours.
- Gently remove the lollipops from the mold. Add cellophane wrappers (optional) for freshness.
Tips for Making CBD Hard Candies and Sweets
Good presentation all comes down to using the best molds possible. Silicone molds are recommended over plastic molds when making CBD candies because they are generally easier to work with. They are also much easier to clean than plastic. Most silicone molds can go in the dishwasher!
It’s also important to note that you can customize your CBD dosage however you like when adapting these recipes for your own needs! Just keep in mind that you’ll need to do the math to divide the amount of CBD you’re putting in by the number of candies per batch to figure out how much CBD will be in each hard candy or lollipop. Lastly, the most important tip to remember is to blend your candy mixtures evenly. This is important for ensuring that you get an even amount of CBD in every single candy! Good blending also helps to create even flavoring and texture in every candy!
Final Thoughts on Making Your Own CBD Candy
What does CBD candy do that makes learning how to make candy with CBD oil on your own worth it? People looking for CBD edibles love the slower release that’s delivered in a tasty, tangy package when they take CBD candies.
The benefit of making CBD-infused candy on your own is that you can go wild with your favorite flavors. In fact, you can even consider adding some real fruits and fruit extracts using things you grow in your own garden for true artisan CBD suckers that you simply can’t buy anywhere else. The final thing to remember is that good CBD candies start with a quality CBD oil tincture that offers enough potency to be spread out over an entire candy batch!
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