How to Make Easy Cannabis Infused Lollipops
Medical cannabis in Florida is in it’s infancy. Current legal limitations prevent us from buying marijuana plants, buds, flower, or edibles. It does not, however, make it illegal to use the products we are permitted to buy in our own recipes. It is also not illegal to enjoy making your medicine so let's have some fun with cannabis infused lollipops.
Working from plant matter, the process for making an extract or concentrate can be quite complicated. Fortunately we have access through Trulieve to a product called TruClear concentrate. It’s highly concentrated. You get approximately 875mg per 1ml of product. This makes it incredibly easy to cook with and easy to determine the strength of the edible. It’s as simple as adding the desired amount of product to your recipe at the appropriate time. You don’t need to adjust the liquid or dry ingredients to compensate for the volume of the cannabis extract. For a novice, this is perfect.
It only took a minute in my mind to decide that I was going to try making some edibles of my own with the TruClear concentrate. I have had edibles before, but they were really strong-tasting and I didn’t enjoy them. The ratio of cannabis oil to volume in the TruClear makes it easier for those of us who aren’t necessarily looking for the distinctive cannabis flavor in our edibles. The recipe that follows is pretty simple. As long as you have patience and some hot soapy water in your sink, you can probably pull this off.
- Make sure your lollipop sticks are covered by the candy. This is another reason I prefer the paper lollipop sticks: the candy adheres to it better and the sticks don’t come out while you’re trying to unmold your lollipops.
- Don’t worry if you make a mess. It will clean up, and part of the fun of making your own cannabis candy is that you get to eat whatever you spill. I think I enjoy that part of the process more than any other one!
- Make sure your molds are flat while your candy cools. If you need to move them for whatever reason, please do so slowly and use both hands. Cookie sheets are a good place to let them cool. It will take up to several hours for the candy to set. Don’t be in a rush. Make sure the molds are totally cool before removing the lollipops.
- When I remove my lollipops from the molds, I usually put a piece of waxed paper on the counter and then invert the molds to loosen the candy onto the paper. This has two benefits: first of all, the lollipops don’t stick to the waxed paper, whereas they would stick to my counter. Secondly, it’s easier to clean any broken pieces of waxed paper than it is to get it off said counter. I use a small knife or my hands to remove any extra candy hanging off the back of the lollipops from the mess I made when I put the stuff into the molds. I put it in a bag with what I scraped out of the funnel after pouring the candy and I have a little baggie full of leftovers to munch on. Things could definitely be worse.
I bought a Wilton funnel that has a manual controller on it to allow me to pour the liquid into the lollipop molds. It was probably one of the best investments I’ve ever made… or it will be, once I figure out how to use it without making a big fat mess. The nicest thing about it is that once the candy mixture cools, you can peel it right off the sides with a knife. It also soaks clean very easily in hot soapy water. You’re either going to need one of these or something else to transfer your liquid lollipops into the molds. It has to be done fast in order to keep you from ending up with a solid lollipop in your pot. I have experience with this.