CBD or cannabidiol is a natural substance found in both cannabis and hemp. It’s an active ingredient that helps relieve pain, improve sleep, and even lower anxiety.
So if you’re looking for ways to take your daily dose of CBD but don’t want to swallow it (or have trouble swallowing it), then gummy bears might be the answer. But how do you make CBD gummies last longer?
Here are three tips that will help you create CBD edibles that will last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
Don’t use oil to make your CBD gummy bears
Many people think that they can just add a couple drops of CBD oil to their favorite candy recipe and call it a day. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. The reason why this isn’t a good idea is because CBD oil is not edible by itself.
If you try to mix the CBD oil with sugar or other candies, you end up with a sticky mess. This makes it very difficult to get into the gummy bear shape, and as soon as you eat it, all the flavor goes away.
Instead, choose CBD-infused chocolate and/or coconut oil instead. These things will stay solid and will work much better when mixed together.
Use CBD-infused coconut oil as your base
For best results, you need to start with pure coconut oil. If you use anything else, such as butter or shortening, you’ll lose most of the CBD content once you melt it down.
To make your gummy bears, you’ll first need to infuse some CBD in the coconut oil. You can either purchase CBD oil specifically made for food products (such as Charlotte’s Web) or you can find CBD oil infused with coconut oil on Amazon. Either way, follow these simple instructions to infuse it.
Mix 1 part CBD oil with 3 parts coconut oil. Use a microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave until the mixture is warm. Then, let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes before putting it into a refrigerator to cool completely.
Once it’s cooled, you should now have a solid mass that you can shape into gummy bears. To do so, simply roll them out onto a flat surface (like wax paper) and flatten them.
Once your gummy bears are shaped, you can pop them into the freezer for a few minutes to harden them. Once hardened, store them in the fridge or freezer for later consumption. They’ll keep for at least one week in the fridge and up to six months in the freezer.
Add some CBD-infused honey to your gummy bears
Honey has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, including toothaches, cold sores, and digestive issues.
While honey won’t provide any medicinal value to consumers, it does contain many antioxidants and antibacterial properties that promote overall health. And while you don’t necessarily need to ingest honey every day, adding it to your gummy bears can help increase the duration of their shelf life.
To make your gummy bears, combine 1 part CBD oil with 4 parts honey. Mix thoroughly and put the mixture into a small saucepan over low heat. Cook it for 5 minutes. Remove it from the heat and let it cool completely. Add a drop or two of essential oils (if desired).
You can also opt to add a dash of cinnamon for added flavor. Now, place your gummy bears in the fridge and enjoy!
Make your own CBD gummy bears
If you want to go even further to ensure your gummy bears last as long as possible, you can make your own.
To begin, you’ll need to make your own CBD oil. To do so, you’ll need to buy a CBD vape pen or vaporizer. For best results, you’ll want to use a high-quality CBD product that contains 0% THC. To learn more about how to buy the right CBD products for yourself, check out our guide here.
After getting your CBD oil, it’s time to infuse it into something delicious. Your options include using vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, or even peanut butter (for a healthier option).
Now, it’s time to get rolling with making your gummy bears. Start off by making a batch of CBD gummy bears using your CBD oil and whatever flavor combination you prefer. Once you’ve got your gummy bears ready, you can freeze them for later consumption or refrigerate them for immediate consumption.
The important thing to remember when making your own CBD gummies is to use only enough oil to coat your hands. This will prevent your fingers and nails from absorbing too much of the oil. Also, don’t make your gummies too big — you want them to resemble actual gummy bears. Remember, smaller is better.
Overall, adding CBD to your diet doesn’t have to be complicated. All you really need to know is that CBD works with your body to produce endocannabinoids, which naturally balance hormones around the body. With all of this knowledge, you can easily incorporate CBD into your lifestyle.