And you know what?
You can easily make CBD oil at home if you want to save money.
The Benefits of Making CBD Oil at Home
If you’re ready to make CBD oil at home for the first time, you’ll first have to decide which method you want to use. Amateurs have two options to choose from: food-safe alcohol or carrier oil.
First, you need to consider your extraction method and check if you can get some quality hemp flowers somewhere near you. If not, look for high-CBD strains online; there’s a lot of great companies shipping their flowers to all 50 states.
If you’re looking to make CBD oil at home, you’ll need just two ingredients: high-CBD hemp flower and a carrier oil such as MCT oil, hemp seed oil, or olive oil. Alternatively, you can use alcohol as the solvent, which we’ll also cover in the article.
Place your decarbed buds or trim into the mixing bowl and pour in enough alcohol to completely submerge the plant matter. Use the wooden spoon to stir the material for 5–10 minutes. During this time, the alcohol will pull out the desired constituents such as CBD and terpenes. Stirring will help to accelerate the process and dislodge the trichomes that produce these substances.
The first requires using food-safe alcohol to extract CBD from hemp plant material. The second, which has become popular due to the gentle process involved, utilises natural plant oils to extract CBD. Hemp seed, olive, and coconut oils are popular choices here and are fairly effective solvents.
You might be wondering about a third extraction method using CO₂. It’s true, this has become the industry standard for quality CBD oils due to its “clean” nature. CO₂ extraction provides the most potent, controlled and verifiable extraction currently possible, but it requires extremely expensive equipment, a lot of space, and extensive knowledge to perform properly. For that reason, we’ll stick to discussing the first two.
Pour the alcohol extract into the stainless steel bowl/top of the double boiler and apply gentle heat. High-proof alcohol is highly volatile and will evaporate at a low temperature. Keep the heat down and turn the heat on and off where necessary. It’s important to carry out this process away from any naked flames and ideally under an extractor fan or outdoors. The vapour produced when the alcohol evaporates is highly flammable and poses a real fire hazard.
Now it’s time to set up the double boiler. If you don’t have a setup like this already, an easy makeshift option is to fill the bottom of a saucepan with water, then place a stainless steel bowl into the saucepan that fits snugly, but doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan.
To begin, you need to ensure your plant matter is decarboxylated. To do so, grind it up until it has a fine even consistency, and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Place it in a preheated oven at 110ºC (225ºF) and allow to cook for one hour.
CBD is enjoyed in many forms, but oil is one of the most common ways to take it. People usually buy their CBD oil at health shops or dispensaries, and, depending on where you live, you may be spoilt for choice. However, for those with far fewer options, or those looking to avoid the expense of certain store-bought products, making CBD oil at home is a viable solution. Yes, you read correctly. With some hemp flowers, the right equipment, and a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a great homemade CBD oil in no time.
Homemade CBD oil doesn’t have a very long shelf life, so it should be consumed within a year. Remember that shelf life will decrease if you don’t store the CBD oil properly.
Not interested in consuming your CBD oil? Try applying cannabis oil topically to relieve your muscle aches! You can also add CBD oil to creams or other lotions for added benefits.
So there you have it: two simple recipes for preparing your own CBD oil. All from the comfort of your own home. It is challenging to create our formulation, and why you should experiment with CBD until you find what you prefer. It takes time, and you should enjoy your CBD discovery.
Recipe 2: Making CBD Oil Using Olive Oil
Some of these methods, such as the use of carbon dioxide, only work when you have sophisticated and expensive equipment. That means they’re best reserved for an industrial or commercial setting.
Of course, that’s not to suggest that you can’t enjoy CBD’s benefits in a water-soluble product. In fact, at Tanasi, we have perfected and patented innovative water-soluble CBD powders, all of which you can purchase in our online CBD store . Still, CBD oils are far more common. And learning about their production process can be a great way to truly understand this product!
When choosing a primary ingredient for your CBD oil, you should also check to see if your ingredient is legal in your locality. There are only eight states that treat marijuana as an illegal substance, which means there are 42 states with some level of legal marijuana laws either decriminalized, or fully recreational. You do not want to run into trouble with authorities because you started experimenting with CBD oil. To check whether cannabis is legal in your locality , you can click on this link.
If you are looking for an oil concentrate that has little to no amounts of THC, and more cannabidiol, use hemp flowers. Remember that THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid compound that gives one a ‘high’. Hemp flowers only contain trace amounts of THC, meaning that they produce more potent CBD oil concentrate.