How to make CBD oil at home? Without breaking a sweat!
Yes, making a homemade CBD oil is absolutely possible and can be done with affordable and easy-to-find supplies.
Why DIY? Well, there are several advantages.
First, you have control over the quality and purity of the ingredients you use and the potency of the product. Second, it’s a more economical option. And third, there’s that certain pleasure when you make things yourself, right?
Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with getting quality CBD products from reputable suppliers, but if you’re feeling creative and have some time to spare, these instructions will help you learn how to make your own CBD oil.
How do you make CBD oil?
Let’s talk about ingredients first.
In order to make the best CBD-infused oil, you need to start by selecting a CBD-rich hemp strain. By doing so, you’ll be able to reap all the targeted cannabinoids along with naturally-occurring components like antioxidants, omega fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins and get a full-spectrum CBD product.
Then, you need to choose a carrier oil. The two most commonly used carrier oils are coconut or MCT oil and olive oil, but you can use other cold-pressed oils such as grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil or hemp seed oil even.
The reason behind using a carrier oil is that it aids the extraction and solubility of CBD in fats and increases its bioavailability or, in other words, helps the body to absorb it more efficiently.
Also, when you use a carrier oil, you create a homogenous product with a more pleasant taste and you get to absorb all the good ingredients from the oil itself.
It’s completely up to you which carrier oil you choose but keep in mind its final use. For example, if you’re planning to add CBD oil to your salads and pasta, extra virgin olive oil could be a better choice. And if you’re making cookies or brownies with it, coconut oil would probably taste better.
Next stop, equipment.
As we mentioned earlier, you’ll need things you probably already have at home.
- Baking tray or pan
- Parchment paper
- Double boiler or crockpot or a regular pot and metal bowl
- Thermometer – optional
- Air-tight container – glass jar, dropper bottles
- Disposable gloves
How to extract CBD oil – the procedure
The process can be broken down into five steps:
- Prepare the CBD-rich hemp buds
Take 1 ounce of cannabis buds and use a grinder to break them into small pieces. Be careful not to grind them too much as you risk spoiling your cannabis in the following step.
- Decarboxylate the hemp
Use a baking tray and parchment paper. Spread the cannabis evenly. Put the baking tray in a preheated oven at 240°F/115°C and heat the material for 30 to 40 minutes. Toss and stir the material every 10 minutes until it reaches a light-to-medium brown color. Take the tray with the material out of the oven and let it cool.
- Soak in oil and put in a double boiler
Get a double boiler or make one by using a regular pot and a metal bowl. Add enough water so that it doesn’t evaporate, as this step takes approximately 2 hours to complete, but not enough to touch the bowl. The bowl should be heated only by the steam.
One possible hemp-oil ratio is 1/2 oz of decarboxylated hemp per 1 cup of oil, but you can choose the ratio depending on the potency you want to achieve.
Add the carrier oil and the hemp material and simmer at the steam temperature below 212°F/100°C. The temperature just below the boiling point of liquids is great for infusion and it doesn’t destroy the beneficial compounds. You can use a cooking thermometer to make sure you get the right temperature.
As mentioned before, simmer for 2 hours with occasional stirs.
- Squeeze the oil out using a cheesecloth
When you complete Step 3, let the CBD-infused oil cool down so that the oil is not hot to the touch. Get a glass jar, put the cheesecloth, and pour the oil and the herbs over it.
Put on disposable gloves, make a bag out of cheesecloth, and squeeze the oil out. The leftover herbs can be used for making edibles such as brownies.
- Store in a dark and cool place or use right away
As CBD oil doesn’t have a long shelf life, it’s best to store it in an airtight container or dropper bottle and put it in a dark and cool place like a refrigerator or store it for longer in a freezer.
How to use CBD oil
As CBD is not psychoactive, you can use your homemade CBD oil and incorporate it into your daily routine easily. You can use it with your salads, pasta, smoothies or you can bake with it and add it to cookies, brownies, and cakes.
The best thing about CBD oil is that it’s inconspicuous and has long-lasting effects when you digest it, even though it can take up to an hour until the effects kick in.
There you go! Hope this helped you learn how to extract CBD from hemp and make your own CBD oil at home.
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