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.
CBD can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana.
There’s also a third extraction method. However, this one is reserved for professionals, as it involves the use of pressurized CO2. This method requires a lot of space, extremely expensive equipment, and scientific knowledge to perform properly. It’s by far the best method to produce CBD oils, but since it can’t be performed under home conditions, let’s stick to the first two.
1. Make CBD Oil Using Alcohol
Speaking of which, let’s take a look at how to pick the right strain for making CBD oil at home.
If these two aspects are your priorities, then making CBD oil at home is a viable option.
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.
Keep stirring the extract for 15–20 minutes while the alcohol evaporates. The mixture should turn extremely viscous.
Making DIY CBD oil at home is pretty easy if you have the right ingredients. It will by no means be as powerful or as potent as professionally extracted and produced CBD oil (which is actually quite an in-depth and complicated process), but with a few easy steps, you can still harness some of the power hemp has to offer.
• Mixing bowl
• Baking tray
• Parchment paper
• Fine strainer such as a piece of cheesecloth or a sieve
• Catchment container
• Double boiler (a set of two fitted saucepans/pots stacked together with space between them)
• Wooden spoon
• Plastic syringe
• Around 30g ground buds or 60–100g ground dried shake or trim
• High-proof, food-safe grain alcohol
Before we get into that, though, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right strain. As many strains nowadays are bred to have high THC and low CBD levels, you’ll need to pay attention to what you select. If you’d like our suggestion, though, we have a couple in mind. Strains such as Nebula II CBD, for instance, are CBD-dominant, while others, like CBD Critical Mass, have a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC. Both are suitable options; it just depends on your preference. There are even some strains now with CBD heavy ratios, containing next to no THC at all.
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.
Want to hear the best part of this idea? CBD oil is an organic product, and by making it yourself, you will have peace of mind that there are no harmful additives used in the preparation process. Remember, not all manufacturers prepare high-quality and premium CBD products like we do here at Tanasi. Nor do they provide proof of contents, as Tanasi does with a certificate of analysis (COA) for every product we sell. Sadly, to make higher profits, some CBD oil manufacturers cut corners in the preparation process, exposing you to the risk of health complications. We use our Tanasi products too, and know and respect many of our peers and competitors as we try their products. Our understanding of why CBDA and CBD as a one-to-one formulation, and our patent-pending formula, have us trying and using hemp extract products often.
Ready to learn more? Here are some of the suggested health benefits associated with consuming or applying CBD oi l or products infused with cannabinoids.
How Do You Prepare CBD Oil?
It is very hard to point out the exact dosage of homemade CBD oil that you should consume. This is because the potency of each batch varies depending on the purity of your preparation process, as well as the concentration of cannabinoids in the primary ingredient used. You can send your CBD out for testing, but that can be expensive for the hobby hemp farmer.
Not sure if CBD oil is right for you? Here’s the deal. If you are suffering from any of the ailments listed below, studies suggest that CBD oil may be beneficial:
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.