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CBD oil is widely known for its awesome benefits. From boosting the body’s response to stress, curbing inflammation to soothing pain, there is more and more demand for this oil in the world today. In today’s article take you through a step to step guide on how to make CBD oil in the comfort of your home.
It’s totally worth while to read this if you have been considering making your oil. It’s actually easy to make with the correct procedure.
Let’s get started!
Why Make CBD Oil?
Before anything else, let’s get you familiar with CBD (cannabidiol) oil.
CBD oil is mainly made from cannabis. Cannabis accounts for both hemp and marijuana.
CBD is primarily non-intoxicating and create some pretty powerful health benefits when taken. For example, many people report it as a strong anti-inflammatory compound. It’s also useful for sleep, and anxiety management, among other things.
The oil allows you to enjoy the useful properties of cannabis without getting high since it doesn’t contain hardly any THC (the amount is too little to trigger any intoxicating effects).
Overview in Making CBD Oil
For you to quickly and effectively make CBD oil at home, use this simple two-step procedure: First decarboxylation, then infusion.
Decarboxylation: includes accurate heating to activate the beneficial components in cannabis. Remember, when it comes to cannabis, precision is crucial as overheating or underheating might lead to uneven activation, giving you imperfect results. Or even worse destroy the CBD
Infusion: helps to release the already activated compounds into a carrier oil. This makes the oil easy to take and use. It’s also easy for the body to absorb and utilize infused oils.
What You Will Need
Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make a quality CBD oil item.
First, you need the plant.
And the best and lawful way to go about it is by purchasing a top-quality CBD flower derived from hemp. A quick search online will lead you to numerous companies specializing in the growth of craft CBD strains. Most of them ship to various states, so you can be sure to get yours on time. Be careful to order from a legit company.
Check customer reviews to be sure.
If marijuana use in your state is authorized, go for the high-CBD hybrid strain. It’s easily accessible in various cannabis dispensaries.
Oil is an important ingredient that you cannot overlook. The most commonly used oils are MCT oil, olive oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, Canola oil, among others. If you prefer CBD oil in liquid form, olive or liquid coconut oil are perfect choices.
However, if you like it solidified for spreading, or spoonful eating organic coconut oil will come in handy.
Another commonly preferred oil is MCT oil as it contains saturated fatty acids, which boost the absorption of cannabinoids.
The most necessary things include:
- A jar with a lid for storage
- Slow cooker or double boiler
- Probe thermometer
- Heatproof bowl
- Fine mesh strainer
Activating Your CBD
As already mentioned earlier, the first step of making CBD oil is activating the cannabis to derive most components through decarboxylation. If you have extra money to spend, you can invest in special decarboxylation machines, professionally referred to as the decarboxylators.
These machines are best for commercial CBD oil production, so if you don’t need much oil, you really don’t need them.
Instead, consider using less expensive, and readily available appliances in your home such as your oven. Also, a slow cooker will perfectly serve the purpose.
Yes, they might not be as accurate as the industrial machinery, but they are still efficient.
CBD Decarboxylation Using the Oven
Things you’ll need to use your oven in this manner:
- Craft CBD strains/ CBD hemp flower
- Baking Tray
- Parchment Paper
- Herb Grinder
- Use the herb grinder to grind the hemp flower buds. Your aim should be to break them into smaller manageable pieces, and not powder form.
- Get your baking tray and quickly spread the parchment paper on it. Now get your crushed hemp and spread it on the parchment paper. Ensure the content is evenly spread out for effective results.
- Preheat your oven to 240 degrees, and then let your CBD heat for about 45-60 minutes or a little longer. The timing depends on the dryness of the hemp buds, and the pieces should be brownish.
- Once done, transfer the CBD into the glass jar.
How to Make CBD Oil
Now that your CBD is ready for extraction, it’s time to get ready to make your CBD oil at home. The idea is to soak the hemp buds in the oil, allowing pulling out of all the useful compounds. Let’s take you through the home CBD oil extraction process, using your preferred oil:
How to Make CBD oil Using Coconut Oil
Since we already listed the kitchen equipment you will need in the previous section, we will go straight to the extraction process:
Note: For 7-10 grams of CBD, you will need a cup of coconut oil. So measurements vary according to need.
- Get your double boiler and fill its bottom dish with water. Mix the coconut oil with the hemp buds, and place them into the boiler. Gently simmer the mixture for around 3 hours. (Avoid bubbling boiling as this will raise the temperature to over 150 degrees destroying the essential compounds) The end mixture should be darkish than the fresh oil.
- Now remove the top part of the boiler, and carefully take out the jar. Get your cheesecloth and place it over the collecting dish. Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth, and press the buds with a spatula to drain everything.
- Pour your freshly made CBD oil into a jar with a lid. Seal the lid tightly, and place it in a cool, dry place.
Congratulations! You have made your first jar of homemade CBD oil and can use it as you please.
Common Questions About Making CBD Oil
Here are some of the more common questions we run into when making CBD items at home.
How can I get the most out of my CBD extraction?
First, always go for a high-quality organically grown CBD flower, and healthy carrier oils, such as the ones we mentioned earlier.
Second, ensure you use the correct combination of oil and CBD in infusion.
Third, add your favorite natural flavoring to the CBD oil for a personalized touch.
Lastly, keep your oil safe by storing it with your other home use herb-infused oils.
In Which Ways Can I use My Homemade CBD Oil?
Add your CBD oil to meals, during cooking, or when serving.
If you have to take your CBD oil without mixing it with anything else, place it under the tongue first (sublingually to boost absorption
Add a few drops of CBD oil to your body cream, and enjoy your CBD cream!
Is It Legal to Possess CBD Oil?
As long as your product contains less than 0.3% THC content, it is federally legal to own CBD oil. Check out our state by state guide on the legalities of CBD for more information on this subject.
How Should I Store It?
Storing CBD products is super simple. Just store your items in a dark place away from direct heat and sunlight. A pantry, medicine cabinet, or similar place will work just fine.