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CBD Gummies With Secret Ingredient: Beeswax

Matt Weeks
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Give your CBD gummies the beeswax treatment for longer shelf life and reduced stickiness.

Cannabis gummies have become the standard bearer for store bought edibles. It’s the first thing people imagine when they think of cannabis treats, and for good reason. Cannabis gummies are colorful, delicious, and, amazingly, easy to make at home. But there’s one ingredient that often gets left out of CBD gummies. In doing so, you could nearly ruin this delightful snack.

That ingredient? Beeswax.

Beeswax has many benefits and functions, including lowering cholesterol, relieving pain, managing ulcers, and more. While those are all good reasons to add it to your cannabis gummy bears, its primary use in this particular food may be to function like a Ziploc bag. Beeswax keeps your candies fresh and tasty for a longer period of time. In the same way that CBD gummies can keep your body healthy, beeswax keeps your goodies fresh and safe for consumption.

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If you don’t know, beeswax is the substance that actually forms the structure of the honeycomb, where the bees store their sticky, sweet concoction. Like honey, it’s made by the worker bees, who use special wax glands in their abdomens to construct the substance. In its purest form, beeswax is white, but gains a yellowish hue when it’s exposed to pollen and honey.

The Long and Secret History of Beeswax

Beeswax has a storied history in the foods we eat — not just cannabis gummy bears. It’s been in use for thousands of year as an additive and its powers are no less relevant now than they were in ancient Egypt.

Preindustrial societies quickly recognized the myriad uses of beeswax, which was used in both construction (as a sealant) and for its medicinal properties (beeswax is a strong anti-microbial agent). The ancient Greeks and Romans used beeswax in cooling ointments. Similarly, first-century Chinese healers believed that beeswax had properties that enhanced the blood and energy systems within the body.

It has even become fashionable among today’s chefs, who seemingly can’t get enough of the flavor, texture, and ability to trap in moisture (helping to make delicate pastries extra crispy). 

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Candy makers, too, have long known the benefits of adding a little buzzy goodness to their confections. Haribo, the standard bearer in gummy bear mass production, has included beeswax as an ingredient since its founding.

Beyond adding a protective layer to your CBD gummies, beeswax has other benefits as well.

Just like the honey it is created to store, beeswax is characterized by myriad therapeutic properties, including healing bruises, inflammation, and burns.

Beeswax in CBD Gummies

Beeswax isn’t a one-size-fits-all product.  The price per pound depends on how refined it is, its origins, and how nutrient content. As with almost any natural product, the best stuff usually comes from local, organic producers. The kind of beekeepers who practice sustainable farming and hang around farmers’ markets usually have plenty of rich beeswax to unload.

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But if you’re not lucky enough to find any local apiaries, don’t fret. The internet has made smart shoppers of us all. High-quality, straight-off-the-farm beeswax costs anywhere from $5 to $15 per pound. It’s readily available from an array of respectable websites.

While you can purchase medical- and food-grade beeswax for less, the mass-produced stuff is usually inferior. High-quality wax is the best choice for cannabis gummy bears. But really any kind of wax that isn’t loaded with insecticides or pollutions should do just fine. If you’re concerned about quality, stick to certified organic wax.

Adding Beeswax to CBD Gummies

Being naturally malleable and with a melting point of 64 degrees Celsius (145F) beeswax is easy to use in the kitchen. If you want to add it to your next cannabis gummy bear batch, simply drop in two tablespoons of beeswax just before you pour your mixture into the molds. Each mold should get two tablespoons mixed in before you pour. Beeswax will add a shiny coat to your cannabis gummy bears. Protection with pizazz!

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It can also make the final product a bit easier to handle, thanks to the rigidity inherent in beeswax. Sometimes, CBD gummies can be a little too sticky for their own good and can make it tough to manage the mixture. Beeswax helps with that problem, adding a harder internal consistency that should reduce the stickiness and formlessness of your cannabis gummy bears.


Matt Weeks

A writer living and working in Athens, GA, Matt's work has appeared in various newspapers, books, magazines and online publications over the last 15 years. When he's not writing, he hosts bar trivia, plays in local bands, and makes a mean guacamole. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's degree in organizational theory. His favorite movie is "Fletch."

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    Florence Kellman

    That’s interesting! I will make sure to add some beeswax to my CBD. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    May 10, 2019 at 12:10 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      It makes all the difference!

      May 10, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
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    Bart Dluhy

    You say add a couple of tablespoons of the beeswax, but to how much gummy mixture? Also, it looks like wax is used to coat candies, such as haribo, but I can’t find any recipes where the wax is added to the candy mixture.

    May 26, 2019 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      That’s a great point. Every recipe can include 2 to 3 tbsp of honey, but you are right, there needs to be clarity. I will have it revised to include specific measurements.

      May 27, 2019 at 10:36 am Reply
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        So the beeswax goes in the mixture right? or do u coated it with once the gummies set?

        January 9, 2020 at 10:32 am Reply
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          Haven’t found eatable beeswax. Just cosmetic grade n here n there that beeswax gets coated outside from some companies.

          January 9, 2020 at 10:47 am Reply
        • Jennifer Grant

          Yes, it goes into the mixture.

          January 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm Reply
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    So, when are you going to “revisit to include specific measurements”?

    October 22, 2019 at 9:39 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Hi Joe – it’s been added. Thank for the poke.

      October 23, 2019 at 10:26 am Reply
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      Any measurement yet 😔

      December 18, 2019 at 11:26 am Reply
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    Jing Liu

    I have the same question that a couple of tablespoons of the beeswax in how much gummy mixture? Thank you.

    December 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm Reply
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    I was always told to coat them with a mixture carnauba wax and bees wax and tumble them in a confectionery coating pan?

    Your way sounds much easier if it works the same. Is it 2 table spoons per 5lbs?

    February 14, 2020 at 2:21 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Good suggestion though! 2tbsp for each mold pour. I have messaged the writer for clarification. He says Putin 2tbsp just before you pour into the mold, which is a little vague. I assume he means the silicon molds to mini gummies.

      February 14, 2020 at 10:28 am Reply
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        Javier Velez

        Did you get back from the writer about how much Beeswax per the total weight of the blend?

        June 10, 2020 at 8:44 am Reply
        • Jennifer Grant

          Hello – I was able to reach out to a cannabis cook who looked at the recipe on for gummies on the site:

          \1/2 Cup Cold Filtered Water
          1 3-OZ Package Jell-O Gelatin packet(Choose your favorite flavor, we went with strawberry)
          4 packets Plain Gelatin
          6 Grams of Decarboxylated Hash Oil
          1-3 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin

          And he said 1 tbsp of beeswax for the above recipe. So, if your recipe is going to modify wet and dry ingredients (some ppl like to use real juiced fruit, for example). This is an interesting resource I found that could help with that. It’s for making cosmetics with beeswax, but the same ratios would apply in cooking up gummies.

          June 11, 2020 at 8:59 am Reply
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    Javier Velez

    Thank you Jennifer, it is a really valuable information to have.

    June 18, 2020 at 7:09 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      You are most welcome.

      June 20, 2020 at 4:40 pm Reply

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