Making CBD oil at home is a lot easier than you may think. There are a lot of advantages to making your own CBD oil. Between vendors regularly increasing their prices, the low regulation within the industry, and the difficulty finding exactly what you’re looking for, making your own is an attractive alternative.
Why Should You Make Your Own CBD Oil?
There are plenty of reasons for learning how to make CBD oil such as price, quality, and being able to control the potency of the oil. Before we dive into the recipe we recommend, let’s talk about what each of these benefits can mean for you.
- Price: By using concentrates to make your CBD oil, you can reduce your costs by over 50% compared to retail brands. 1000mg of CBD oil can cost you well over $100 from a retailer, but by using this recipe, the same amount would cost less than $40.
- Quality: Due to the lack of regulation, there is no quality control or standards for the brands selling CBD oil to follow. This means that there is no way of knowing for sure if the products contain harmful chemical additives or if the hemp was grown with toxic herbicides and pesticides. When you make your own CBD oil, there is no doubt in the contents of your product.
- Potency: You can customize the strength to be the exact dosage that you need per serving. You can also be sure that the potency is accurate. Most retail brands don’t contain the amount of CBD that’s labeled on the bottle.
CBD Oil Recipe
What You’ll Need
- CBD isolate or concentrate
- Cooking oil (Coconut, Olive, or Canola)
- Pot and Stovetop
- Add 1 cup of oil (Coconut, Olive or Canola) to a pot. Put the pot on the stove and turn the element on to the lowest temperature and let the pot simmer.
- Crush 1 gram of CBD crystals or concentrate into powdered form, and put the concentrate into the pot.
- Stir the mixture until the CBD has completely dissolved. Note: The temperature of the oil should not exceed 118°C/245°F as this will burn the CBD, and you will be left with just oil.
- Turn off the stove and let the mixture cool down, then pour the CBD Oil into a glass jar and store it at room temperature.
That’s it! You will now have 48 teaspoons of homemade CBD Oil at 20mg of CBD per serving.
You can adjust the strength and potency of the oil by using more or less CBD isolate accordingly. Simply divide the amount of CBD you used by the amount of oil you used in teaspoons. For example, 600mg of CBD isolate in 48 teaspoons(1 cup) of oil would result in potency of 12.5 mg CBD per teaspoon.
This CBD oil’s shelf life is at least two months and can be extended with refrigeration.
How to Use Homemade CBD Oil
Now that you have made your own CBD oil, you are probably wondering what the best way to use it is. Here are a few methods:
- Orally: One teaspoon of CBD oil can be directly dropped on or beneath your tongue, and swallowed. It will take about 5-10 minutes to start to work. If you hold the oil in your mouth for 60-90 seconds, the CBD will be absorbed by the receptors in your mouth and begin to work almost immediately.
- Topical: You can also apply your homemade CBD oil directly to the skin of sore muscles or feet for immediate and long-lasting effects and pain relief. CBD topicals help to reduce aches, chronic pain, and inflammation.
- Edibles: Cooking with CBD infused oil makes CBD edibles and candies such as brownies, cakes, and gummies to consume it easily.
- Capsules: Capsules are an easy and convenient way of storing and consuming your CBD oil. Just add the oil to an empty gelatin capsule, and they can be consumed like any other pill capsules.
The Difference Between Retail and Homemade CBD Oil
The difference between retail and homemade CBD oil is that retail brands professionally extract and infuse CBD from hemp plants. The CBD is then packaged for the market and distributed. Homemade CBD oil is made at home using previously extracted CBD concentrates.
The other differences can be understood by the extraction process, ingredients, price, and packaging.
- Extraction: Retails brands use professional extractors on industrial hemp plants. These extractions result in a full spectrum range of cannabinoids mainly CBD, which is available in the form of a pure CBD tincture. Homemade CBD oil is made from isolate is only CBD. The effects and benefits of CBD oil are generally the same for both, although full spectrum CBD oil interacts with the entire endocannabinoid system providing the entourage effect.
- Ingredients: The cook selects the ingredients to use, so you know what is in it and that there are no harmful chemicals involved. Retail brands are produced in a factory where chemical processes could be involved. Although they follow a certain set of ingredients depending on the recipe and all the bottles are manufactured accordingly, you can never be 100% what is safe or not. It is best to make sure the brand of CBD Oil has been lab tested by a third party for quality and safety.
- Price: There’s a big difference in the price of the oil when produced at home and when bought retail. When you buy CBD oil online or from the store it can cost 3-4 times the amount that it would cost if you learned how to make CBD oil. Many people who take CBD consistently decide to find cheaper methods to save on money, as buying bottles from companies can get expensive.
- Packaging: Homemade CBD oil is usually kept in leftover empty jars or bottles. Professional CBD hemp oil comes with a comfortable and useful bottle, along with a label which usually states the dosage amount, etc.
Other Ways to Make CBD Oil
There are a few alternative ways of making your own CBD oil. Other than using CBD isolate concentrates, you could also choose to derive your CBD from High-CBD Strains of Medical Cannabis. Essentially, making high-CBD cannabis oil.
Using Medical Marijuana strains will contain significant amounts of THC depending on the CBD, so it’s important to pay attention to the THC ratio of the strain.
Some of the most common high CBD medical marijuana strain ratios are:
- Charlotte’s Web (CBD: 15%, THC: 5%)
- Pennywise (CBD: 9%, THC: 9%)
- Haley’s Comet (CBD: 8%, THC: 8%)
- Harlequin (CBD: 15%, THC: 5%)
- Cannatonic (CBD: 15%, THC: 1%)
If you are going to use a new strain, try vaping it to make sure there are no unwanted side effects.
Alternatively, you could choose to buy Hemp leaves in bulk online and extract the CBD yourself. Hemp is sold at a relatively low price, and the leaves contain 1-2% CBD and only 0.3% THC. There are many places you could buy Hemp Leaves in bulk online. The one we recommend is Grow Hemp Colorado. They offer organically grown, pesticide-free plant extract and material.
Hemp Extraction Methods
Once you have your Industrial Hemp Plant Material, there are three main methods of extracting the CBD; CO2, ethanol, or oil extraction.
CO2 extraction is the most sophisticated and effective way if you want to know how to make CBD oil like a professional. Most of the professionally made CBD products online are made from CO2 extracted CBD because it is by far the best method. However, CO2 Extraction requires a lot of expensive equipment and some chemistry knowledge. Pressurized CO2 is used to pull out the CBD from the plant. Carbon dioxide’s task is to act as a solvent at a certain pressure possessing no other kind of dangers.
The ethanol extraction oil method is cheap and easy. However, it can destroy some CBD content in the hemp plant material, making it not as effective. The process starts by adding the liquid to the plant material, which further separates the cannabinoids and flavor. The derived liquid is then heated to evaporate it down to CBD oil.
The oil extraction method is easy, cheap, and clean making it the best method for the average person learning how to make CBD oil and extract the plant material themselves. The dried plant material is first heated up to a certain temperature to activate the cannabinoids. The plant material is then added to the oil, which is further heated to extract the CBD and what you are left with is homemade CBD oil.