These homemade paleo and keto CBD gummies pack quite the medicinal (and nutritional!) punch! Think wonderfully chewy and yummy goodies, with soothing CBD and grass-fed collagen.
Paleo & Keto CBD Gummies
Did you guys know that CBD gummies were one of the most searched for ‘food items’ in 2018? Calling it ‘a CBD craze’ doesn’t cut it… its insanity by now right?! CBD infused everything is hitting the market (ahem… sodas, face creams!), and it can be hard to weed out the plant medicine from the rest (pun intended).
So in this post you’ll find out about my personal journey with cannabis, what products I use and recommend (not sponsored or affiliates!), and how to how to whip up some keto CBD gummies (i.e. the ultimate edibles for slower release!).
And just like my keto gummy bears, they’re packed with collagen, antioxidants (courtesy of the berry powders!), a healthy dose of vitamin C and an added bonus in the form of CBD!
On the gummies, these are actually chewy and not just flavored jello! But they are less chewy than your store-bought gummies. Still, a great compromise for super clean ingredients in my book!
Do note that the sour gummy version is absolutely everything (and more!). There’s just something about that sour punch and salivary-glands-in-action that just does it for me right?!
While I generally stay behind the scenes on the blog, it’s probably time that we begin to know each other a little better! So I would like to take the opportunity to talk to you guys a little bit more of what I’ve been going through in my personal life. (You can read a full update over here)
In June 2018 I suffered an injury to my sciatic nerve through a routine vitamin B12 injection, which has greatly limited my mobility for nearly two years. I spent quite a few months in bed lying face down, then wheelchair for about 6 more months, and then spent a year rebuilding all those atrophied muscles. Spoiler, I came through and I have full mobility back (and then some!).
But I got to understand chronic pain very well. And any of you who have gone through nerve injuries (or even just sciatica!) know, it’s extremely painful and standard pain killers barely scratch the surface.
So when doctors sent me home to ‘wait and see’ if I could regain full mobility, I instantly turned to holistic medicine. And hence why I spent so much time in LA (where cannabis is legal), trying different therapies. I’ll talk more about ketamine infusions, meditation and the crucial mind-body connection at a later date too… as I can only hope that a few of you can also benefit from my healing journey.
But this is also not a post about how CBD cured by sciatica (I wish!). Rather, over the past 10 months I’ve used cannabis to help break through the pain and to aid with my emotional symptoms (anxiety, insomnia and extreme depression have been constant guys).
I’ve tried anything from tinctures, patches, edibles and vapes. From pure CBD (great for anxiety and sleep) and CBD and THC mixtures (a 1:1 ratio is my favorite for my sciatica). So below I’ve linked my favorite products and why, non are sponsored nor affiliates as these are products I sincerely use and believe in.
The CBD (and THC)
Let’s face it, cannabis as a medicine is still in its (very exciting!) infancy. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most prevalent compound (after THC) in the cannabis plant. It’s also present in hemp, where most non-psychoactive CBD is derived from nowadays.
Will CBD get me high? Most definitely not! CBD works on other receptors in your endocannabinoid system, meaning it’s not psychoactive nor addictive. And its currently being used in the mainstream to treat anything from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, epilepsy, MS, inflammation…
Having said that, do note that certain studies have shown that CBD is much more potent when paired with some THC present (generally referred to as ‘the entourage effect’). And extensive medical research has shown that when treating pain (particularly neuropathic), a combination of CBD and THC is more beneficial.
And I can totally vouch for that, as for my sciatica pain I found greatest relief from a 30:1 CBD to THC tincture and 1:1 patches (see recommended products below).
Still, there are some pure CBD products which are also totally legit and still incredibly beneficial (think for anxiety and insomnia). But do note that the jury is still out on whether CBD derived from hemp is as effective as that from the cannabis plant.
Without further ado, these are my top picks of pure CBD (legal in 50 states) and CBD:THC compounds (available only in certain states such as California and Colorado):
- CBD tinctures have been crucial for my pain management, but perhaps more importantly to help with my anxiety and depression (I couldn’t heal my body until I dealt with my mind!). As mentioned, I found greatest relief from a 30:1 tincture (the one from Papa & Barkley is pure gold!)… but the pure CBD gel caps from UpSide are also brilliant (they’re meant to be 5x as effective as regular CBD, and I can vouch for that). And do note that even with a little THC (as in the 30:1 ratio), I still don’t feel ‘high’ at all.
- CBD transdermal patches and balms are my second favorite cannabis product. The 1:1 CBD to THC ones from Mary’s Medicinals (pictured) literally got me off the bed. I applied one at night and woke up in the morning able to move much more (it was literally insane/magical!). They are a bit pricey, but I like that you don’t need to use the whole patch at once (you can easily trim and apply little pieces to target areas). This brand also makes great balms and pure CBD products (called Mary’s Nutritionals).
- CBD for sleep has also been life changing for me, particularly with the sleep formula from Life Bloom Organics (they’ve rebranded from ‘nano CBD’ to ‘nano hemp’). Just make sure you’re ready to go to sleep, because I literally pass out within 10 minutes!
- CBD vapes are also great for my type of neuropathic pain (not pictured). So while pure THC actually increases my sciatica pain (I’ve literally tried everything guys!), a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio gives instant relief when I feel an ‘attack’ looming.
How To Make Keto CBD Gummies
There’s not much to these keto gummies, in fact they’re shockingly easy! All you need to do is mix the ingredients, sweeten to taste, heat up until everything has dissolved and pour into silicon molds.
The hardest thing will probably be to know how much CBD oil to add, as the dose will vary from person to person (and oil to oil). So it’s crucial that you first test what dose works for you. For instance, my low dose is 0.25 ml (1/4 of a pipette). So with the leaf molds I got 20 leaf gummies, so I multiplied my standard dose by 20 ( 0.25 ml x 20 = 5 ml = 5 full pipettes).
The (Other) Ingredients
Honestly all you need is gelatin, a fruit juice (we’ll get to that) and a sweetener. I also really enjoyed adding some pure vitamin C powder though, as it gives it that ‘artificial’ gummy kick (but its actually really healthy… you know, vitamin C!).
Nothing fancy or pricey, but do check out my findings to ensure you get the ‘best tasting’ keto gummy bears! So here are my ingredient tips:
- You absolutely want to make sure you’re procuring gelatin and not collagen, which won’t gel. I love and always use this grass-fed one (arguably much more nutritional benefits!), but standard packets from Knox will work the charm too.
- For the fruit juice, you can take the powder route: raspberry being my favorite. For these I actually tried something a little different and simply used some lemon extract (can use lemon zest too) and a bit of matcha powder (optional, for color). And you can also use the powders to flavor chia puddings, make yogurt a bit more fun, turn yourcheesecake-for-1 fruity, similarly for the buttercream fat bombs, or vanilla ice cream (turned raspberry!), added to milkshakes … i.e. endless possibilities guys!
- But if you don’t want to buy powdered berries, you could also use a tea infusion (something like this raspberry tea would work, for instance). Or you can make your own fruit juice with fresh fruit too (duh right?!).
- For the vitamin C powder (i.e. citric or l-ascorbic acid) I used this organic one. While it’s totally optional and you can use lemon juice instead, I also highly suggest it. Also indispensable for the sour gummy version (see below!). And for the home run: I also mix the pure vitamin C powder with my face and body lotions at night for extra glowy skin!
You’ve got a couple options here, and know that the recipe was thoroughly tested with xylitol, monkfruit, allulose and erythritol. And these are the findings!
1. Allulose is my top choice for best texture (no crystallization!) and closest taste to sugar (no aftertaste whatsoever!). Just note that this sweetener is 70% as sweet as sugar (i.e. you need to add 30% more). And you can always use it as a base and add some pure monkfruit (or stevia!).
2. Pure monkfruit extract (love Lakanto’s!) or stevia would work too if that’s your jam. Just remember that its roughly 300x sweetener than sugar, so start with only 1/8-1/4 teaspoon!
3. Xylitol works just as well as allulose, I’m just adding it in third place as its slightly higher GI and not pet friendly (I just personally find the other two to be ‘cleaner’ options, if you know what I mean). Note: I’ve been testing different brands of xylitol and have noticed Health Garden and XyloSweet are two solid ones (particularly if you tend to get occasional tummy pangs with the NOW brand which is corn derived).
And honestly just don’t bother with erythritol. As per usual when melted, you’ll likely get heavy crystallization (its really rare if you don’t).
If using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or kitty!) around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys!
How much sweetener? Now this is the question, and the good thing is that you can definitely sweeten to taste. My top tip is that you add a notch more than you think of sweetener, as the gummies do lose a tad once set.
For Sour Gummy Candy (!!)
I repeat, in all honestly I cannot believe how great these taste… and with suuuper clean ingredients! All you need to do is mix some allulose (my top choice for this) and vitamin C powder. Bonus fruity notes if you mix in a tad of fruit powder here too… sooo yum!
So if the keto gummies are good solo, these are actually terrific.
The one caveat? Because the gummy candies are not dried and we’re not using anti-caking agents etc, you need to coat them and eat them right away. Otherwise the moisture from the gummies dissolves into the coating (still yum though, I would know!).
(Homemade!) Paleo & Keto CBD Gummies
For the keto CBD gummies
- Make a batch of our keto gummies, whisking in your CBD oil at the very end (see note below).
- Pour into a bowl right away and, using the gum drop, begin to fill up the silicon molds.
- Allow the molds to come to room temperature, about 15 minutes, and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until set. Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
- Note: The hardest thing will be to know how much CBD oil to add, as the dose will vary from person to person (and oil to oil). So it's crucial that you first test what dose works for you. For instance, my low dose is 0.25 ml (1/4 of a pipette). So with the leaf molds I got 20 leaf gummies, so I multiplied my standard dose by 20 ( 0.25 ml x 20 = 5 ml = 5 full pipettes).