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Canna-Candy: Cannabis Medicated Hard-Candy
This was my first time making candy and I was honestly expecting disaster, but it turned out pretty good despite my best attempts to blow it. I followed this very helpful explanation of the hard candy making process; http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/04/26/make-hard-candy-jewels/. For those making this medicated hard candy for the first time I highly recommend reading that post. The process is not overly difficult, but it requires close attention and expedient execution.
I mostly followed the recipe and process from Chica and Jo contained in the above link. The only change was the addition of canna-oil from 1/2-ounce of flower (Lemon Cush) made using the Source by Extractcraft (extractcraft.com). The key piece of knowledge is knowing how to incorporate the canna-oil into the candy for not only best potency but also even distribution. We will achieve the best potency and most even distribution by adding the canna-oil just as the candy mixture reaches 300ºf and is most liquid viscosity. Incorporate the canna-oil into the candy mixture and mix throughly. Luckily, the candy mixture cools quickly to help us hopefully restrict any additional decarb.
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- decarboxylated canna-oil extract as needed for desired potency (please click here decarb blog if you are unfamiliar with decarbing)
- 1 tsp of extract flavoring (I used French Roast Coffee extract made with the Source)
- food coloring as desired
- small pot
- small spatula
- pyrex measuring cup (min 2-cup)
- hard candy molds
- candy thermometer
- aluminum foil / convection paper
- non-stick cooking spray
- hands with the speed and agility of an angry ninja
Prepare the work area. Cover the area with aluminum foil or convection paper. Spray molds with non-stick cooking spray to coat well but not puddle. If it does puddle use a paper towel to remove the excess. Set the molds on the covered work surface in a way that will insure you will be able to quickly and easily maneuver a measuring cup over and around them to fill with the candy mixture when the time comes. Lastly, have the measuring cup handy for its turn to spring into action.
Put the granulated white sugar, corn syrup, and water over high heat in a small pot that will maintain enough depth to accurately use a candy thermometer.
Stir the mixture often and closely monitor the candy thermometer as the heat rises toward our target of 300ºF. When the mixture first starts to boil it will froth like mad and appear to be out of control, but it’s just a quick phase that will settle down quickly and turn into a simmering clear liquid. So, when choosing a pot, it has to be large enough to contain the initial exuberant froth and small enough that the candy thermometer will function properly.
After the initial froth the temperature will advance quite slowly for a little while but don’t let this fool you and DON’T leave it unattended. The temperature can begin to advance quickly as it goes through 260ºf.
When the temp is 300ºF add the canna-oil and mix very well. Next, move the mixture from the pot into the pyrex measuring cup to stop the heating process, combine desired flavoring, quickly add coloring if using, and expeditiously pour mixture into molds. The mixture will cool quickly and begin to harden at the same time causing problems if performed to slowly.
The pictured canna-candy are brown from the French Roast Coffee extract I made and used for flavoring. No coloring was added.
Allow the candy to harden in the molds for about 30-minutes, then test a couple out and enjoy!
With edibles you always want to know what the dosage per unit. This begins by knowing how much cannabinoid content is in the extract you are using. 1) If you purchased the concentrate you know exactly the mg per gram as stated on the label, however, if you made the extract yourself and can’t have it tested you will need to estimate. A good estimation for concentrate potency is by observing the quality of the concentrate: dark black in color and no clarity is around 55% (550mg per gram of oil), dark to light brown decent clarity 65% (650mg per gram of oil), light amber and very clear 80% (800mg per gram of oil). The more clear the higher potency, lower clarity implies undesirables and will reduce potency. 2) Total the number of grams you used, and determine the total number of mg included in the recipe. 3) Take the total liquid volume of the candy mix (you will know this when you transfer the liquid from the pot to the pyrex measuring cup) and divide it by the total mixture volume to give you how many mg per volume unit. 4) Determine the volume of a single pice of candy (this should be provided with the candy mold you are using) and multiply it by the mg per candy volume.
- Light amber and very clear and estimated to be around 800mg per gram of concentrate.
- Using 2 grams of oil with make a total of 1,600mg (800mg x 2g = 1,600mg) in the recipe.
- When transferring mixture to measuring cup there is 16 fl oz in volume. This makes 100mg per 1 fl oz (1,600mg total / 16 fl oz = 100mg per 1 fl oz).
- Each candy mold cavity is marked as 0.35 fl oz so each piece is approximately 35mg (100mg x 0.35 fl oz = 35mg per piece).
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CANNA-CANDY This was my first time making candy and I was honestly expecting disaster, but it turned out pretty good despite my best attempts to blow it. I followed this very helpful explanation of the hard candy making process; http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/04/26/make-hard-candy-jewels/. For those making this medicated hard candy for the first time I highly recommend reading…
- April 3, 2020
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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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- 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
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If i was to use only thc sugar, how does the recipe differ?
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
I’m just wondering how many times it has to be said that oil infusions won’t work.
Today is October 11th I just did recipe with oil it made a semi hard semi hard soft chew not bad
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 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.
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.
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.
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. 🙄🙂
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?
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.
How do you find out how strong your thc is?
Learn how to make a simple cannabis hard candy using cannabis tincture. This candy recipe never fails so you don't waste your weed edibles.