CBD gummies are a favorite CBD choice of many people for obvious reasons. The level of discreetness offered by a CBD gummy and its ease of use are very much appreciated. CBD gummies are no different from traditional gummies except for the fact that they are infused with CBD.
In this article, we discuss in detail about the industrial manufacturing process of CBD gummies.
Requirements For Making CBD Gummies
Here are the requirements for making CBD gummies.
As CBD gummies are made to get the best benefits out of cannabidiol, CBD extract will be the key ingredient of the gummies. CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid extracted from cannabis plants. Because the law selectively permits the sale and manufacture of CBD products made using hemp CBD, gummies are usually made using extract obtained from hemp plants.
Extraction of CBD from cannabis plants is a quite complex process that involves the use of any extraction solvent like CO2, butane, ethanol, propane etc. Extractions using different solvents produce extracts of different quality and purity.
CBD extracts belong to any of the three spectrums, full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. Full spectrum extract contains almost all beneficial cannabinoids in the cannabis plant including a minimal percentage of THC(less than 0.3%). Broad spectrum extract has a composition similar to that of full spectrum extract except for the fact that it has zero percent THC. CBD isolate does not have any cannabis compounds other than CBD.
CBD gummies are usually manufactured using various ingredients like sugar, citric acid and fruit flavors. The fruit flavors used in the gummy making can be obtained from several sources like real fruit juice and fruit juice concentrate. Manufacturers may add artificial coloring agents to the gummy mixture.
There is no issue in adding food dyes to make CBD gummies, as they are common additives in the confectionery industry. Two main ingredients that could be used to make gummies are gelatin and pectin. Gelatin is a non-vegan ingredient and it has to be noted, especially if you are a vegan.
If you want to make vegan CBD gummies, you should use pectin and not gelatin.
CBD Gummy Making Process
Making CBD gummies is not different from the process of making traditional gummies, except that CBD extract is an ingredient. Most manufacturers employ hi-tech machinery in the mass production of CBD gummies. But you can also make them using the gummy ingredients listed previously and usual cooking equipment.
Take a look at the various stages involved in making CBD gummies.
The first step in the making of CBD is putting all ingredients together in the product hopper. It is important to ensure that the machine is in working condition after performing a thorough inspection. In order to achieve the best results, you have to add the right amount of ingredients.
After the ingredients are added to the product hopper, they move to the mixing and melting tank in a regulated manner. In the mixing and melting tank, mixers of different size blend, heat and cool all the ingredients to form a uniform mixture. It will take about 1-3 hours for compounding CBD gummy appropriately. The exact time depends on the quantity of the ingredients in the mixing and melting tank.
A sample of the product formed after compounding is taken to the quality control laboratory where it is tested for quality. The quality control process checks if the color, flavor and sugar levels of the gummy meet the requirements.
Forming The CBD Gummy
If the compounded ingredients get through the quality control tests, they are then moved from the mixing tank to the mogul/molding machine. The machine has different molds that shape CBD gummies in whatever shape is required.
Gummies can be molded into different shapes including fruits, bear, fish, or some other shape of your choice. The system will move the batch of gummies to the starch buck using conveyor belts.
At the starch buck end, the CBD gummies are dropped by the production line onto vibrating metal screens termed as sieve. The vibration of the sieve combined with the oscillation of brushes removes excess starch from the gummies.
You may add extra colors at this stage if you feel like adding more shine to the gummies. The gummies finally undergo the last inspection that checks if they meet all the product specifications.
Later, the gummies undergo the packing process that makes them delivery-ready.
Getting your daily dose of CBD using CBD gummies is quite easy. Because CBD gummy is edible, the CBD absorption rate is much low because a significant percentage of CBD fails to reach the user’s bloodstream while the gummy is digested. However, many find the discreetness of CBD gummies quite impressive. It is a quality that many other CBD products lack. View some of our best CBD gummies here.