How to Make THC Gummy Bears Infused With RSO/FECO
Gummy bears Infused with RSO/FECO are one of the best ways to make your gummy bears stronger, taste more like store-bought, and save you a ton of money.
One of the easiest ways to improve your confections is to use Full Extract Cannabis Oil, also known as FECO or Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). Feco allows you to add a higher dose of cannabinoids without compromising taste, texture, or looks.
Another pitfall of home recipes is that your gummies will begin to mold if left at room temperature or if stored for too long in the refrigerator. This updated recipe will solve these issues with the addition of a mold inhibitor.
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- Try making this recipe without any cannabis first. Once you are confident, you can begin with the real deal. Use a neutral oil or sweetener as if you were adding cannabinoids to get a feel for how the process goes.
- You don’t have to stick to THC dominant “strains.”
- Properly label and package gummies to avoid accidental consumption. (mylar bags & stickers are a huge help)
- Refrigerate or freeze gummies to preserve potency and shelf life.
- This recipe is very forgiving and adaptable, so take notes on what you tried, and don’t be afraid to be creative as you get more comfortable.
Equipment needed for infused gummies:
- Square Silicone Candy Mold
- Gummy Bear Silicone Candy Mold
- Cannabis Leaf Silicone Mold
- Candy “dropper pipettes” or Silicone Squeeze Bottle (or whatever you find that works to fill the cavities)
- Cooking spray
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
- Silicone rubber spatulas
This cannabis gummy recipe makes approximately 120 bears or 96 square pieces from the molds mentioned.
- 2 Tbsp. Bulk Unflavored Knox Gelatin or 2 envelopes
- 1 Small box 3oz.- or ½ cup bulk Jello flavor of your choice
- ½ Cup water
- 2 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
- 1 Dram LorAnn Oil of your choice to compliment Jello flavor
- 1-2 tsp Sunflower Lecithin (see notes)
- ⅛ – ¼ cup Food Grade Glycerin (see notes)
- FECO/RSO syringe of your choice (see notes)
- ¼ tsp LorAnn Mold Inhibitor (see notes)
- Combine unflavored gelatin and water in a small to medium saucepan. Stir to mix with a spoon or silicone rubber scraper. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to dissolve or “bloom.”
- While the gelatin “blooms,” mix 1 tsp of lecithin into ⅛ cup of glycerin and ½ syringe of FECO. Warm the mixture to help emulsify. I use a mug warmer to achieve this step. You’ll need to stir a lot! Note: If you use a full syringe of FECO, use ¼ cup of glycerin and 2 tsp lecithin.
- Stir in flavored jello and corn syrup into the saucepan with jello. Turn the stove burner to low to medium-low, depending on your stove. Keep stirring your ingredients until well mixed. Do not boil.
- Once your mixture seems incorporated, turn the stove burner off and add the entire 1 dram bottle of LorAnn Oil flavoring of your choice and the optional LorAnn Mold Inhibitor. Stir well. ( Work quickly to keep the mixture warm enough to pour into molds. Keep the pan on the heating element that’s turned off to help)
- Add your cannabis oil mixture and stir and stir until you are confident it’s incorporated as evenly as possible. Although many recipes warn against using a whisk and causing foamy bubbles, I find it necessary to get the cannabis oils to mix in. Mixing can take 5-10 minutes, depending on the amount of cannabis oil you add. I sometimes briefly warm up the pan on low if I feel my mixture is getting too cool.
- Set your silicone molds on a tray or cookie sheet. If your molds are new, wash and dry completely beforehand. To condition the molds, spritz lightly with a neutral cooking spray such as coconut oil. Wipe out any excess oil with a lint-free towel. Do not overspray. Use a dropper or silicone squeeze bottle to fill your molds quickly. Count how many pieces your batch made. You’ll need to know this number to estimate the strength of your edible.
- When your molds are firm enough to be moved, place them into the refrigerator until set. I have also put them in the freezer with no problems. The trays may be necessary to keep them level and avoid spills.
- When the candy is firmly set and ready, “pop the squares out.” I always work over a silicone mat. At this point, you can choose to take an additional step of air drying to improve texture. (See notes on how to air dry) I always skip this step and am very pleased with the outcome. If you skip the air dry process and the pieces seem to stick together a bit, you can lightly give a spritz of oil. Hold coconut oil spray 10-12 inches above and give a quick spritz. Alternatively, you can spray your hands and lightly toss the pieces around.
- Package and label your gummies in an airtight container or bag. To preserve the integrity of the cannabinoids, store gummies in the refrigerator or freezer long-term, although If you use the mold inhibitor, you may leave room temperature. Label well with warnings and dosage if known. I use these medical cannabis labels.
- Divide the strength or milligrams of cannabis by the number of pieces to determine the approximate strength of each. I can’t stress enough to package and label with warnings that your candy is medicated. Store safely away from children or unsuspecting adults.
- Start Low and Go Slow! The medicated edible rule is to start with a very low dose of THC and slowly increase until you know the effect. Edibles can take up to 3 hours to peak in some individuals. Learn to know your body and your dose. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different. Some people prefer 2mg and others feel nothing after 200mg. Also, DIY gummies aren’t uniform in size or dosage, so keep that in mind.
To use FECO or RSO
Combine and warm:
⅛-¼ cup Glycerin, or you can use additional corn syrup or honey in a pinch
1 tsp Sunflower or Soy Lecithin ( liquid or granules)
Add the desired amount of concentrated Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO/RSO). Choose THC, CBD, or any cannabinoid your dispensary offers. You can make your own combinations or ratios!
I use a glass or metal measuring cup on an electric mug warmer to mix these ingredients. Heat and stir often until the mixture is well combined. Do not boil. If you don”t have one of these handy warmers, you’ll need a very small saucepan and stir the mixture constantly until you’re satisfied. I prefer to heat these ingredients separately to limit my cannabis from extra heat, and this step helps to emulsify the oils into the main candy mixture. You don’t want to overheat and degrade any of the cannabinoids.
A mug warmer or candle warmer, as they are called, is amazingly handy for mixing cannabis oils at home. They are inexpensive, and I can usually find them in thrift stores!
Glycerin is an odorless, colorless syrup-like liquid made from fats and oils. It adds sweetness to foods and helps prevent the crystallization of sugars in foods like candy. I used to use a neutral oil such as MCT oil as a carrier to dissolve FECO, but found glycerin far superior. In addition, the added sweetness helps hide the unwanted taste of the oil.
Lecithin is used widely in commercial baking, but you often don’t hear it used in home baking. Lecithin comes in granules or liquid forms. According to WebMD, “Lecithin is a mixture of fats that are essential to cells in the human body. It can be found in many foods, including soybeans and egg yolks.”
Lecithin is an emulsifier, which is an ingredient that will help other ingredients not only mix well but remain mixed. Since oil and water don’t like to stay mixed, we add lecithin to our gummy recipe. I prefer liquid lecithin that is derived from sunflowers. The soy-derived lecithin is known to be an allergen to some and avoided. This recipe is very forgiving, so use the amount and type you are comfortable with.
How to air dry gummies
Drying is said to improve texture and make them more like store-bought candy. Since drying removes moisture, this step will naturally extend the shelf life.
To air dry, individually place each piece on a drying rack or a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Cover the gummies with a flour-sack towel or other breathable lint-free cloth and allow them to dry for 24 to 72 hours. Turn pieces as needed.
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