Recipes May 12, 2021

How To Make CBD Gummies (DIY Recipe & How-To)

by Kit O'Connell

How to make CBD gummies using CBD and honey

Ever wondered if you can make your own CBD gummies at home? This article offers a step-by-step process towards do-it-yourself CBD gummies, and it’s simpler than you might think.

There’s just something delightful about a sweet and chewy CBD gummy. Unfortunately, a lot of these gummy treats are packed with artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and other ingredients that come from a lab. And that’s true whether or not they contain CBD!

As an alternative, we’ve created a simple, delicious gummy you can make at home that contains only healthy, natural ingredients. Scroll down if you’d like to see our homemade CBD gummies recipe. First, though, we’ll look at a bit more about why people enjoy taking CBD gummies in the first place.

What Are The Benefits of CBD Gummies?

Whoever first combined gummy candies with beneficial products like CBD was something of a genius, in our minds. Today, people take all kinds of supplements in gummy form, including vitamins.

When it comes to CBD, there’s several reasons people enjoy taking CBD gummies. First, flavor and texture. While we design Populum CBD to be easy to take, with a fresh orange taste, some people still prefer getting their CBD as a sweetened gummy instead. If you’re already used to enjoying a little treat after dinner or other meals, it might be appealing if that treat helps you feel better, too, which is another reason to add CBD to homemade gummies.

It’s also possible you’ll feel somewhat different benefits from taking CBD in this way. When you take CBD oil, you typically hold it under your tongue so that some of it can absorb through the mucous membranes. Some people report feeling varied effects after taking CBD gummies (or CBD capsules) because they pass through the digestive tract before taking effect. In the end, this will come down to personal preference.

As we mentioned above, commercially-made CBD gummies are often full of preservatives and other artificial ingredients. In addition, many of them are made with inferior CBD. For example, many commercial CBD gummies are made with CBD isolate instead of full-spectrum CBD oil. In some cases, CBD gummies are made simply by spraying a CBD isolate on the outside of the candy and letting it dry. This tends to result in an inferior experience compared with gummies that contain CBD throughout, like our homemade CBD gummy recipe below.

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What Did We Put In Our Homemade CBD Gummies?

Populum cares about only using clean, natural ingredients, so we challenged ourselves to create an all-natural CBD gummy that’s easy to make at home. We love the results!

Here’s what we included in our homemade CBD gummies, and why we think it’s a good choice:

  • Orange juice - Just like the cold-pressed orange oil we use in our CBD oil, orange juice is a good source of Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. You can easily substitute another juice here.

  • Gelatin powder - This is what makes gummies possible, helping everything gel up into a flavorful, chewy treat. However, we were surprised to learn that gelatin can have health benefits too, including potentially improved skin and hair, and improved joint health.

  • Raw honey - By using raw honey, you’ll preserve more of the antioxidants and flavonoids found in honey. Multiple studies show honey may improve your levels of “good” cholesterol while reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol, too. And, if you use honey from a small farm like the one we selected for Populum Orange + CBD Raw Honey, you’ll ensure that you’ll be making a sustainable choice for the planet too.

  • Populum CBD oil - One reason you can trust Populum to be pure and clean is that we provide printed third-party lab results with every order. Here’s a recent explanation of CBD lab results and why they matter so much.

In addition, you’re also going to want a silicone mold to take full advantage of this homemade gummy recipe. They come in all kinds of fun shapes, from bears to hearts, and you’ll need a mold to calculate how much CBD is in each gummy.

CBD gummies recipe

Recipe: Make Your Own CBD Gummies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Waiting Time: About 30 minutes in the freezer


  • 1 cup orange juice (or other juice)
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • CBD oil (see below for amounts)


  • 1.Place a clean, dry silicone mold on a cookie sheet and set aside for later.
  • 2.Heat the juice in a saucepan to just a very low simmer.
  • 3.Add the gelatin and honey over low heat, and whisk together until they’re combined. Don’t stop mixing until the mixture is completely smooth.
  • 4.Turn off heat and gradually mix in your selected amount of CBD oil (see below for advice on how much to add).
  • 5.Pour the mixture into the silicone mold. This part is much simpler if you first transfer it into a liquid mixing cup or other small pitcher.
  • 6.Place your mold on the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • 7.Pop your new homemade CBD gummies out of the mold, one-by-one.

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They’ll stay fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

How Strong Are Homemade CBD Gummies?

It’s important to start slow with CBD, and increase the amount you use once you know how you feel. Even if you’ve taken CBD before, you might feel a little different taking it in a new way. And it's easy to make the next batch a little stronger, if you need.

To figure out how much CBD is in each gummy, you’ll need a little bit of math. Our CBD guide will help you figure out how much CBD is in each dropperful of Populum CBD, based on the size you purchased.

Try starting with about 5-10mg per gummy. Multiply the amount by the number of spots in your silicone mold to get the total amount of CBD you’ll need. Then divide by the strength of your CBD oil to figure out how many dropperfuls to add.

Here’s an example: If you want 5mg gummies, and have 20 spots in your mold, you’ll need 100mg of CBD total. If you’re using Populum’s 500mg bottle, you’ll get about ~17mg of full-spectrum hemp extract per dropper. That means you’d want to add 6 dropperfuls of CBD to your recipe.

Using our CBD honey will also increase the final amount a little bit.

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Are They Vegan Or Gluten Free?

As long as your kitchen is free of traces of gluten, these CBD gummies should be gluten free too.

Homemade CBD gummies aren’t vegan, because they contain gelatin and honey. It would be possible to substitute a vegan gelatin substitute with a little experimentation, and you could swap in a different sweetener too.

These gummies are pleasantly sweet and have a soft, chewy texture we enjoyed. Let us know if you find any creative ways to use Populum CBD!

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