Even though marijuana is widely accessible nowadays, people prefer to buy products that are exclusively CBD. This is mainly because CBD is purified to remove THC — the psychoactive substance in cannabis known for causing a high. CBD oil available to buy in markets can also be made at home. Some studies have shown that THC can cause some concerning side effects and aggravate underlying mental disorders, such as schizophrenia.
Because of CBD’s excellent safety profile, the trend to simply smoke weed to benefit from CBD’s therapeutic effects is changing. Now, the CBD market is much more diverse than bongs and smokes. From CBD edibles to tinctures, you’ll get a lot of options when you go out to shop for CBD products.
One CBD product that is available in many physical and online stores is CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant because it is rich in high-quality CBD. Some manufacturers also produce CBD from the cannabis plant. However, this process yields much higher THC concentrations, which most consumers find unfavorable in their CBD products.
If you don’t want to get your CBD oil from external sources, you can conveniently make it in the comfort of your home. It doesn’t take a lot of effort. Moreover, with home-made CBD oil, you’re in much better control of the end product. You can make the CBD oil to have the flavor and potency you want. All you need is a couple of things, and you’re good to go.
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to make premium-grade homemade CBD oil:
What You’ll Need To Make Homemade CBD Oil
To get started, you’ll need a couple of things. These will include:
- Hemp or cannabis flower
- a good carrier oil (MCT oil is our recommended choice)
- Equipment to extract and store the CBD oil
- flavorings (to add some flavor to your CBD oil)
There are many methods you can use to get the CBD oil of your liking. If you want both THC and CBD’s effects in your oil, you can use a CBD-dense strain of marijuana. One such strain is CBD Rene. It has an equal (1:1) proportion of THC and CBD, meaning you’ll get many of THC’s euphoric effects, alongside CBD’s therapeutic properties.
One benefit of using a strain rich in both THC and CBD is the entourage effect. The entourage effect is a synergistic relationship between CBD and THC that balances out and improves these two cannabinoids’ performance.
If you don’t want any THC in your product, instead of weed, opt for the Hemp Flower. You can grow hemp in your backyard or buy it from an online or retail store — the choice is up to you. Though buying it will save you a lot of time and effort.
When it comes to carrier oils, MCT oil is the best there is. Cannabinoid compounds need fats to activate their structures and become ready for consumption. Since MCT oil is sourced from raw coconut oil, it is a treasure trove of long-chain fatty acids. This makes it an excellent ingredient for making CBD oil at home.
Lastly, your choice of equipment depends on your method of extraction. If you’re new to this, we suggest using the oil method.
The oil method won’t require a lot of stuff. All you’ll need is a double boiler and some containers for storage, along with your MCT oil and hemp flower. If you want to extract your CBD oil with alcohol, you’ll have to get your hands on an additional ingredient — 99.5% ethanol.
How to Decarboxylate Hemp Flower
One thing you’ll need to take care of before making your CBD oil is the decarboxylation of the hemp flower. Without this, your CBD will contain high levels of cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). You’ll need to heat the hemp for some time to convert CBDA to CBD. Once this is done, your carrier oil will bind to the CBD and promote digestion in your body.
Here’s how you can easily decarboxylate your hemp flower:
- Cover a baking tray with parchment paper
- Spread some hemp buds on it
- Preheat oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put the tray in the oven.
- Shake it from time to time to promote even heating
And that’s it. Your hemp is now decarboxylase. If you’re using a cannabis flower, repeat the same process with one little modification. Instead of preheating the oven to 220 degrees, preheat it to 245 degrees. As cannabis contains THC, it will take a bit more time and temperature to activate its cannabinoids.
Best Way To Make Homemade CBD Oil (Oil Method)
After having all the ingredients and equipment by your side and decarboxylating the hemp buds, you can easily use the oil method to make CBD oil at home. This is the most convenient and safest method. It’s what we would recommend the most for DIY projects.
Here’s another rundown of what you’ll need for this method:
- Decarboxylated Hemp Flower (or High-CBD Cannabis Flower)
- Coconut Oil (or MCT Oil)
- A double boiler
- A baking tray and parchment paper
- Cheesecloth or strainer
- A glass container for storing your CBD Oil
And here are the steps for your extended guidance:
Heat some water in the double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, a stockpot will also work fine. But, you’ll need to place a small bowl underneath it to make sure it doesn’t overheat fast.
- Please wait for the water to simmer but don’t let it boil.
- Put this powder into the upper section of your double boiler.
- Cover this section with 16 Oz of MCT oil (for every ounce of hemp)
- Stir your hemp powder and oil gently and then leave it to simmer for at least 2.5-3 hours. Keep the heat low during this time. Overheating may denature your oil and yield a low-quality product.
- Add your favorite essential oils to give your oil the aroma and flavor of your liking.
- As your hemp turns brownish-green, turn off the heat.
Your homemade CBD oil is ready at this point. Now, all you have to do is put it in a safe container. Make sure the container is not made of glass. Otherwise, the hot oil will break it, and the oil will spill all over, pouring water over all your hard work.
Use nylon or cheesecloth to strain the CBD oil into your container gently. Once you’ve done this, close the container and keep it stored in a cool and dry place.