In recent years, research has revealed many uses for CBD oil. These include relief from muscle pain, easing anxiety and depression, and improving sleep, among other benefits.
But commercially available CBD products can be expensive. You may be wondering how to make CBD oil yourself.
Luckily it’s not that hard. Here we’ll walk you through the steps for making CBD oil at home.
How to Make CBD Oil
Making CBD oil is simple. You just need to have the right ingredients and equipment to do it correctly.
To make CBD oil, you’ll need two main ingredients.
The first ingredient can be either hemp or marijuana. Which you choose is going to depend on where you live, as marijuana is still illegal in many places.
Hemp, on the other hand, is legal in all 50 United States. To be safe, you can just go with hemp.
However, marijuana contains THC as well as CBD, which can have stronger pain and stress-relieving properties when combined with CBD. So many people may prefer to use marijuana when making CBD oil.
The second ingredient you’ll need is a carrier oil, to infuse with CBD as it’s fat soluble.
Most food oils will work. You can use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, over even butter. For this recipe, we recommend olive oil.
You’ll want 7-10 grams of hemp/marijuana per cup of carrier oil, depending on your desired strength.
- If you’re starting with raw hemp or marijuana, the first step will be to activate the CBD in a process called “decarboxylation” by heating it up. This is easiest done by breaking it up on a baking sheet and putting it in the oven at 250°F for 25-30 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
- Next, warm your carrier oil in a double boiler. Between 130 to 150°F is ideal, but just be sure not to exceed 200°F or you will destroy the CBD and/or THC compounds and ruin your oil.
- Take your decarboxylated hemp and stir it into the heated or melted oil. Let it steep for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your desired strength. The longer it steeps, the stronger your final product, but it’s not recommended to let it go for more than a few hours.
- Strain your mixture with a cheesecloth into a bowl. Be careful, as the oil will be hot.
- You can then transfer it to the storage container of your choice. Store in a cool, dark location. Sunlight will cause the active compounds to break down, making your product less potent over time.
That’s all there is to it!
If that seems like too much work, or you’re pressed for time and need a CBD product now, there’s a plethora of ready-to-go products on the market.
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Ready, Set, Go!
Now that you know how to make CBD oil at home, what are you waiting for?
Get started experimenting with your own oils and salves, and start reaping the benefits of homemade CBD products today.