Why are gums the preferred edible weed?
The world of edible cannabis has seen many innovations over the years. What originally started with weed brownies, homemade cookies and rice krispie treats has turned into a focus on mints, cakes and candy. There are even novel foods like beef jerky and potato chips.
But one type of edible has made it to the top of the charts in every legal market: gums. What makes these little chewable weed tablets such a hot commodity?
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Why rubbers are great
For one thing, gummies are delicious and quick to eat. The same reason we love Gushers or Sour Patch Kids is the same reason we love Smokiez Sour Blue Raspberry Fruit Chews. But after their deliciousness, there are some technical aspects that also make them great.
They are easy to dose
When it comes to precisely dosing cannabis, there is no easier method than gums. They’re easy to make uniform and get an accurate dose every time. Foods like chocolate and fruit can be of different sizes, making it difficult to consistency and making it difficult for them to pass the potency test.
You can eat them anytime
You have to be in the mood to have a brownie or a few cookies. Pretty much everyone is always in the mood to consume a little candy, so gummies are great anytime. Even edibles like pies and mints are occasionally eaten.
In addition, gummies have far fewer calories than brownies, cookies, or candies. It’s a trend that seems to be mirrored outside of the cannabis market. “Even Skittles will come out with one [non-cannabis product] Gummy Bears… Everyone understands what a gummy bear is: it’s an easy way to take a medicine and something to eat, ”said Chef Matt Kulczycki, Edible Products Manager at CannaCraft in California.
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They keep well over time
Over time, baked goods get old and stale. However, gums and sweets in general have a much longer shelf life. You’re probably not going to eat an old brownie that you found under your car seat, but you will definitely be eating a gummy bear in a sleeve that you found in an old coat pocket.
You won’t melt and die
Chocolates will melt in your car, ruining the cannabinoids and terpenes, and hugely weakening the effects and experience. However, gums, especially those made with pectin over gelatin, have a much higher melting point. You can take gummies anywhere without worrying about storage.
Produce gums against other foods
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In addition to being a consumer favorite, gums are also food manufacturing companies. Each gum in a batch must have the same percentage of THC. If not, they fail the tests. This process is much easier with gums than with baked goods and chocolates.
“Water, sugar, gelatin or pectin, some flavor, something to add color; It’s definitely not rocket science. Chocolate is more of a craft. Chocolate is a very handy panning process. A lot of it is how you handle the chocolate, the temperature, and how you shape the actual piece, ”said Adam Grablick, chief operation officer of Kiva Confections in California.
That means it’s much easier and faster for companies to make gums than chocolates. When making absoluteXtracts vegan gummies versus Satoris pralines, Chef Kulczycki said, “Currently five or six people can make gummies in a day, and we do 3,000 units a day, so that’s 60,000 individual gummies we’ll buy in be able to do it in 11 hours today. When we go through our chocolate washing process, it could take a person four days to make our chocolate strawberries. “
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Different types of rubbers, now and in the future
There are different types of rubbers and many production methods behind these types. Some are made from pectin and some are made from gelatin. some are made with distillate, others with living resin; Some contain additives like melatonin, others natural plant terpenes. It’s all a reflection of the modern cannabis state: finding accurate formulas and recipes to achieve specific effects on a consistent basis.
In the near future, cannabinoids, terpenes, and gum production methods are sure to increase. “I think we’re going to start seeing THCV gums. Delta-8 rubbers are great too. And I think you will see CBN and CBG in the future. Right now the cost is so high that it’s difficult to add [CBN and CBG] About the rubbers, said Chef Kulczycki.
“Our number one product at Kiva is our sleeping rubber. It’s made up of 5 mg of THC, one milligram of CBN, plus chamomile and lavender and some other indica-like terpenes, ”said Grablick.
In brief, Grablick told me he had just launched a strain-specific live resin confection called Lost Farm, and in the first quarter, Kiva is rolling out a fruit chew that is similar to Starburst and Mamba. “It will be interesting to see if this shape works as well as a gummy bear,” he said. “We believe it will be.”
Danté Jordan is a former member of the Leafly Subject Matter Expert team and is currently a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to this little green flower. Contact him at Smokingwithdante on Instagram or at dantenetworks (at) gmail (dotcom). His website is www.dantejordan.com.
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