I picked the most requested recipe that I’ve gotten this week and it was to vegan-ify those cannabis gummies we made last week. Done and done.
Making Homemade Vegan Cannabis Gummies
Before we start, I have a few notes. Admittedly, I’m no longer a strict vegan, so these might not matter to those of you who are vegans, but I feel like I should share anyhow.
A note on flavor: IMHO, this recipe requires a strongly flavored fruit juice. Organic Tart Cherry Juice concentrate works great for these because not only is it super tasty and a bit sour, it’s also anti-inflammatory, an aid to sports recovery, and it helps fight insomnia (odd but true). Make sure to add water to taste. Grape is also very delicious and reminds me of throwback lunch box fruit snacks. The first few times I made these, they tasted like agar because I was using way too much. It makes for a firmer bear/LEGO/robot, but it’s not worth it in terms of flavor.
A note on texture: These pass for gummies, and they’re as easy to make as gummies, but they reminded me more of a fruit snack. They’re not stretchy or jiggly like the grass-fed gummies, but that’s to be expected. I remember letting all sorts of things pass as “cheese” when I was a vegan without blinking an eye, so if you’re here because you follow a strict vegan diet- cashews are cheese, flax is eggs and these are gummies. Ta dah!
And… If you accidentally let them dry out on the countertop, they shrink down and have the texture of Lucky Charms marshmallows. Also odd but true.
Fun fact… Agar is the main ingredient of a fad diet in Asia. Apparently, when you eat flakes or powder, they triple in size and absorb a bunch of water which makes people feel fuller. You can also see the next note about why agar probably causes weight loss.
And this last note is super important so I’m going to make it bold: I didn’t read this until just now, but it turns out that Agar shouldn’t be used by people with digestive issues. It’s considered a mild laxative (not too big a deal when you’re just eating a few gummies or you’re on an Asian fad diet), and it can irritate the stomach. I wouldn’t eat these every day, or pound a whole jar of them, but I didn’t have any notable issues while testing them and I’m pretty sensitive. Avoid these if you have IBS or serious digestive problems and try the paleo gummies instead.
Vegan Weed Gummy Recipe
*Just like the last gummy recipe, these are micro-dosed, so add more cannabis tincture if you’d like to make stronger gummies (or you can head to that recipe and learn all about the almighty micro-dose). These can also be made with honey tincture (not vegan), but I don’t think they’d work with cannabis coconut oil.
In a saucepan, combine the following ingredients over medium-low heat:
1 Cup Strongly Flavored Organic Fruit Juice (I like this one and this one)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (optional, to taste)
2-3 tsp Cannabis Tincture (Green Dragon, Vodka/Brandy or Vegetable Glycerine all work)
Slowly whisk in:
1 Tablespoon Agar Powder
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 20 in the fridge.
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Will agar agar flakes work?
how do you store these? we have noticed that when we stored them in the fridge, the potency took a nose dive. is this normal?
Will try this!
What is interesting about this recipe is that it’s all low temp. (I make brownies by first simmering herbs in oil at boiling water temps and then baking at 240F for 70 minutes). This leads to this question: does baking with infused oil extend the decarbing effect? Will extra time above 240F result in THC breaking down into CBNs?
Do you know about how many these make? I’m looking for something like keto gummies, if I sub swerve for the maple syrup and a lower carb juice?
That would work! Let me count next time 🙂
Yes I am interested in the amount it will make as the tincture is only a couple tablespoons I am thinking the milligrams per bear?? i know it depends on the potency but I need to figure that out 🙂
Stupidly didn’t read all of this and made it using coconut oil… I mean, I’m going to find out either way but what will happen? lol Damn i feel dumb now!
Add soy or sun flower lecithin it an emulsifier will combine all the ingredients together with out separating
Hey gary just add some soy or sunflower lecithin when you make your next batch its an emulsifier it will keep everything from separating, but coconut oil will work no reason to feel that way you’re doing it correctly.
So, what happened when you used the coconut oil? I wanted to try these but that’s the infusion I already have too.
Thanks for all the great info on your site!! Questions: how many gummies does this recipe make and what is the dosage of each??
I love the recipe however I have cbd oil, not tincture. Do you think this will work in the recipe or do I need to convert in into a tincture and do you know how to do that?
Made this recipe using CBD oil and beef gelatin instead of agar agar. I also used my plastic candy molds…..wiping them with a little bit of coconut oil first. They came out great…..popped right out. This is an easy recipe and I was very happy with the results. Thank you for the simplicity.
Why are you only using tsps of tincture??
That is not a dose for a batch.
I want to try your recipe but I’m sure if I use more tincture it will throw entire recipe off?
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Made these as ice cubes since they never set to become ‘gummies’.
Mixed in 1 tbsp agar powder as directed. Maybe it needs more agar?
I’ve since found another recipe using 1 cup juice and 2 tbsp agar powder and the entire mixture is simmered while whisking for 3 minutes. Maybe a similar step is missing in this recipe?
Thanks for trying to make a vegan version 🙂
Agar is actually commonly used in Asian / South Asian / South East Asian countries to make a variety of things, including fruit flavored jellies, very similar to jello but much more refreshing. I’ve eaten entire bowlfuls of agar jelly & have never experienced any stomach upset of any type for anyone who might be concerned with that issue. It’s very common for everyone, from very young to the elderly, to eat agar-agar in many countries, and in many different dishes.
Very happy to see an alternative to beef gelatin in a nice, simple gummies recipe. Beef gelatin has always skeezed me out. I’ll be giving this recipe a try within the next week using some long forgotten budder (not cannabis infused butter in case anyone would ask) which I’d like to use up. Should be loads of fun trying to dissolve that pool of solidified, resinous goo in my stash can ? ?
If you use oil you need to use guar gum, soy lecithin, sunflower lecithin etc to be able to emulsify it into the gummies or you may get one real heavily dosed gummy and the next may not be much at all.
Did you figure this out by any chance?
Figure what out? 🙂
-Maddie (Team Wake + Bake)
These did not work at all for me. I followed the recipe exactly, but they never firmed up.
Sorry to hear that!
Maybe try using more Agar?
-Maddie (Team Wake + Bake)
I wish you guys answered all these comments of questions. Just made a batch. Hope it worked. I have a few questions, that have already been asked but seems like asking is in vain
Hi Lovelala! I’d love to hear your questions. It’s been a crazy few years trying to keep up with comments, but I’m trying my best to catch up now. Let me know how they went and what questions you have so I can update the post 🙂