For the past few weeks, when I’m not changing diapers or pretending I remember the last time I took a shower, I’ve been exclusively focused on cannabis gummy recipe development (because life is still pre-tty awesome as a stay at home mom who writes about edibles). I’ve made vegan gummies, anti-anxiety-anti-inflammatory-gut-health gummies, and these amazing paleo gummies.
The verdict is in… gummies are the BEST. edible. EVER. I’ll be making hard candy and lollipops next week and my verdict has been known to change, but I can’t imagine a homemade edible that is this cute, simple and good for you. I just. can’t. even.
I mean, look at these…
Arggh.. Don’t you just want to eat them?
And yeah… I did put them in a little pot gummy bear smoke sesh, because I’m an adult.
Even though all of the cannabis gummies I made turned out, I wanted to start by posting this paleo cannabis gummy because they’re so simple, tasty and (dare I say it?) good for you.
I don’t eat a strict paleo diet, but I love these because they’re a whole food and I can’t imagine a better way to consume cannabis. I used a berry puree for my base and a little honey for sweetener, but you could definitely use stevia or monk fruit sweetener to cut the sugar down or to make these ketogenic.
You can also substitute the puree and water combo for juice if you want to get your sugar high on… but we’ll get to all of that in a minute.
I was barely able to take photos of a few of these before they disappeared. I think one of the reasons these vanished so quickly is that I made them with a very low dose of cannabis tincture. They tasted fantastic and no one was afraid they would get too high, so testers and family members gravitated back towards the fridge for another gummy every couple of hours or so. I’ve been micro-dosing almost exclusively for over a year and I think this is a great opportunity to share some more information about it so you can decide if it’s worth a try. If you just want the recipe… scroll on down!
Micro-dosing + Edibles
I was inspired to micro-dose these cannabis gummy bears because of this really good point made by Joe Rogan:
Joe Rogan: “How much should I eat of this pot gummy?”
Budtender: “JUST THE LEG!”
While it’s funny, Mr. Rogan’s commentary rings so true. As an edibles writer, I hear so many stories about people getting feel-like-I’m-gonna-die high from one pot brownie.
I also hear from people who avoid edibles entirely because they never know what the effects will be and hate the feeling of couch lock, paranoia, and/or brain fog.
While a solid dose of cannabinoids is what some people need in order to alleviate their symptoms enough to feel good, many people might have better results using cannabis if they use much less than they think they need to.
Micro-dosing is both an art and an unstudied science. Its the best way I’ve found to manage pain in the long term and stay clearheaded, but figuring out your perfect micro-dose takes patience and experimentation.
Instead of eating a whole edible or even half, try eating small pieces and taking time in between (about 30 minutes to an hour). Once you start feeling the effects, stop eating infused foods until the effects begin to taper off. Then eat another small piece to sustain your dose. You can also put small amounts of cannabis coconut oil, tincture or butter into your meals or beverages.
I love making low-dose edibles so I can eat enough infused food to feel full and satisfied without feeling like I could have a meaningful conversation with a dolphin.
This great article about micro-dosing from Green Flower included some opinions from doctors:
Dr. Dustin Sulak, medical director of Interg8 Health out of Maine, has found that many patients indeed achieve enhanced, more sustainable results with micro-dosing while others still find it better to consume higher doses (i.e. a whole joint).
“I discovered that most people have a certain threshold dosage of cannabis, below which they’ll actually experience a gradual increase in health benefits over time, and above which they’ll start building tolerance, experiencing diminishing benefits, and more side effects,” he told United Patients Group last March.
Meanwhile, Dr. Allan Frankel, who runs GreenBridge Medical Services out of Santa Monica, in that same article, revealed some interesting insights of his own. He talked about how he has seen cancer patients respond positively to significantly lower than recommended doses of Rick Simpson oil, whereas heavier doses seemed to make the situation worse.
But Dr. Frankel also points out that as of yet there is no exact science for cannabis and cancer treatments, which could really include a variety of strains and doses.
These gummies were mellow enough that I could eat at least three big gummy worms over the course of a few hours and be at full function.
If you’d like to be able to eat more or experiment more with micro-dosing, just cut the amount of tincture you add in half or double the rest of the ingredients.
Making Homemade Cannabis Gummies
I made these gummies using an alcohol based cannabis tincture. You could also substitute a 1/2-1 gram of decarboxylated cannabis concentrates or hash if you’d like them stronger. I’m going to experiment using cannabis coconut oil and I’ll get back to you on whether or not that works.
I got this kit by the Modern Gummy and LOVE using it. Every time I make cannabis gummies, I do two batches (one with cannabis and one virgin one) and that fills the entire kit. One of these recipes would probably fill two of these gummy bear molds.
If I could only afford one mold, I’d get the gummy worms or the bricks and robots. The gummy worms are easy to fill and the bricks are crazy fun to play with. Although cannabis gummy bears are pretty cute too.
If you have juice and you’d rather use that than the pureed berries, go for it! Just add 1/2 Tablespoon more of the Gelatin. This makes them sweeter, so if you want something that satisfies your sweet tooth a bit more, juice is your friend.
We loved concord grape and tart cherry.
Paleo Berry Cannabis Gummies
In a saucepan, combine the following ingredients over medium-low heat:
2/3 Cup Pureed Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries or Blueberries (if using frozen berries, let them thaw first) [If you have juice and you’d rather use that than the pureed berries, go for it! Just increase the Gelatin by about 1/2 Tablespoon]
1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Honey (or maple syrup or other sweetener)
2-3 tsp Cannabis Tincture
Slowly whisk in:
Keep whisking until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Turn off heat. Using a dropper, fill your silicon mold with your gummy mixture (you could also a pan lined with parchment paper if you’re in a pinch).
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the freezer or 15 in the fridge.