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How to Make CBD Oil

How to Make CBD Oil

How to Make CBD Oil

Buying Cannabis oil from a dispensary can be expensive depending on the brand and the type of product that you buy. You do not have to spend all your money on buying from outside sources, you can instead make your own. It is important to note that how you use CBD oil can have different effects and side effects on you. For example, the effects of smoking cannabis are different from consuming edibles. It usually takes longer to feel the effects with edibles as they have a slow release by first having to go through the digestive system. 

This can take between 1 to 3 hours depending on how fast or slow your metabolism is. A high from eating an edible can last up to 12 hours and is referred to as a “body high” this is much more intense and you can experience disorientation, a racing heart, and even nausea.

Smoking or vaping is a quick high as it takes effect as soon as inhaled and doesn’t last as long as it leaves the body just as quickly as it has entered. 

Be patient to not overdo it when either smoking or eating an edible. Always use small dosages, to begin with, to ease into using the products and give your body time to adjust to the new drug. 

What is Cannabis Oil? 

By lightly heating and adding cannabis extracts to a carrier oil you create cannabis oil. The Cannabinoids known as CBD and THC are both hydrophobic, this means that they don’t like water and are repelled by water molecules. Adding the cannabis leaves in the carrier oil allows for the THC and CBD molecules to leave the plant and mix with the carrier oil instead. Coconut and Olive oil are the most used carrier oils when taking CBD oil as they have other properties that are beneficial to humans. 

CBD are great on the skin and can be infused into foods. They also have antifungal and antimicrobial properties. These properties help prevent mold from forming when stored in a jar and extend the shelf life. CBD oil can be made from either hemp plants or marijuana plants.  There are different types of CBD forms, you can make it into gummies, capsules drop, and can be infused in cocoa butter, dairy butter, cooking oil glycerine, and other skincare products

It is recommended for medical use such as herbal therapy and requires a prescription. 

freshly opened cbd oil bottle

Why Make Cannabis Oil? 

Cannabis oil has become the foundation ingredient for ultra- healing lotions and ointment. It can help fight acne, straighten wrinkles, and balance natural skin oils. It can also soothe redness; irritation and it can reduce pain. Also, cannabinoids (THC) are analgesic- meaning they reduce pain. Making cannabis oil is one of the best ways to create medicated edible cannabis products. There are many CBD products that can be purchased online but there are some who prefer to synthesize their own formulations.

Can Anybody Make CBD Oil?  

There are many producers and sellers of CBD oils and other CBD products, and the number keeps rising as the product has been made legal in many states and has been on the rise in the medical industry as chronic pain treatments among many others. Anybody can make CBD oil and its products as long as they have the correct ingredients. However, it is difficult to determine the exact potency of homemade cannabis oils and edibles is especially tricky. Here are a few things that are contributing factors. 

Each plant has different variations within them and that plays an important role in the results of your cannabis oil. How long you have been using the pot you use to perform the extraction and how you store the CBD once completed either counts for or against the CBD products. The time and the temperature at which you did the decarboxylation as it is possible to further decarboxylate the cannabis plant. The process you used to make the oil edible also affects how potent it is. If you cook the edible further the weaker it might be as the CBD cannot stand the heat for a long period of time. 

These factors can either increase or decrease the active THC and CBD components within the CBD Oil and its products and thus give it potency or not. 

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Is It Legal To Make CBD Oil? 

In most countries, there are viable seeds that are being planted to be purchased from certified seed companies to ensure that the correct hemp variety is being cultivated.

Hemp can only be grown agriculturally in outdoor fields and is forbidden to be grown indoors. Some countries such as the Netherlands only allow hemp to be grown with the intent of fibers and seeds being produced. This means that harvesting the fibers to produce CBD oil is a violation of their narcotics laws.  New Cannabis types cannot be cultivated freely, and they need to be registered officially and this process can take up to seven years before it becomes legal. 

The farm bill passed in 2018 made hemp legal in all the fifty states in the USA. This includes products such as CBD oil. Although hemp is legal in all the states in the USA, there are also various laws within each state that differ from others such as on the medicinal uses and the recreational laws. The federal government does not allow Cannabis to be consumed. CBD products that have been derived from Marijuana and have a percentage of 0.3% THC makes it illegal. The Federal law recognizes any products that contain less than 0.3% only hemp-derived CBD oils are considered legal. 

It is legal to make your own CBD oil, make sure to use pure CBD isolate and a carrier oil that makes the process legal. 

Hemp oil will only contain CBD and very little traces of THC but if you have derived the CBD oil from marijuana the oil will be infused with both THC and CBD components. 

What is The Process of Producing CBD Oil?

There is a specific process that you need to follow to make your own CBD oil. Firstly, you need to decarboxylate the cannabis to extract the compounds you need to make the CBD oil.  

Most CBD recipes state that you should already use CBD that has been decarboxylated first. A quicker way to achieve this is by putting the cannabis plant into the oven and then adding oil to it over a very low heat afterward. 

If you cannot find decarboxylated Cannabis, here are the steps to do this,

How to decarboxylate Cannabis

You need to activate the CBD before you can extract it. You need to make sure that the CBD has been converted from its inactive form CBDA. In hemp plants there is no raw CBD therefore you need to activate it through heating the cannabis plant to get the materials you need. 

This process of heating the cannabis plant and activating the CBD is called decarboxylation. This makes cannabis psychoactive and makes it more potent for medicinal users. You need to heat the cannabis on low heat, slowly and methodically to ensure that the raw THCA and CBDA are converted into the active THC and CBD. 

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Making Cannabis Oil at Home 

The main aspect of making CBD oil at home is to ensure that you do not overheat it. There are two types of carrier oils that you can use, choose between a food-safe alcohol or carrier oil. Using alcohol means you need to soak the hemp plant in the alcohol until it strips away all the compounds you need from it. This is a lengthy process and requires you to have patience as the extract gets potent over time. 

Using a natural oil such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil uses fat solubility.  

Tips for making CBD oil at home,

  • Be precise in determining how much CBD oil you want and what your dose will be. 
  • The standard size of a CBD oil tincture is 30ml or 10z. 
  • Choose a carrier oil. 
  • Choose a high CBD flower. 
  • Use a high-quality and health carrier fat solution. 
  • Store CBD oil as you would any other herb-infused oil. 
  • Use the double boiling method to infuse the CBD isolate with the carrier oil. 

How To Make CBD Oil Using A Food-Safe Alcohol

The ingredients you need are:

  • 30 grams of hemp flower (grounded)
  • High-proof, food-grade alcohol 

Utensils and Equipment Needed: 

  • Parchment Paper 
  • Baking tray 
  • Catchment Container 
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic Syringe 
  • Wooden Space
  • Funnel 
  • Double Boiler 
  • Fine Strainer 
  • Spatula 
  • Grinder 

CBD Brewing Instructions Using Alcohol 

  1. You need to decarboxylate your plant by grinding it up to an even consistency and then placing it on parchment paper on a baking tray. Preheat the oven at 225°F (110 Celsius) and bake for one hour. 
  2. Throw the decarboxylated flower in the mixing bowl and submerge it in the alcohol completely.  Stir until it buds for 10 minutes with a wooden spoon. 
  3. While stirring the alcohol will extract the desired compounds such as the cannabinoids and terpenes. 
  4. When you stir the mixture, it speeds up the process by shaking off the trichomes that produce these compounds. 
  5. You need to strain the liquid through a piece of cheesecloth which needs to fall into the catchment container. This separates the CBD-infused extract from the remaining plant matter. The solution will have a dark clean color, you need to repeat this process until the extract is clearer. 
  6. Set up a double boiler – pour the alcohol tincture into the top of the boiler and apply steady heat. 
  7. Keep in mind, the high-proof alcohol is volatile and will evaporate at low temperatures. You can adjust the heat by turning it on and off. 
  8. Also make sure that you have a proper ventilation system, if not perform the extraction outside because the vaper of the alcohol is highly flammable and poses a risk of explosion. 
  9. The extract will have a tar-like consistency once all the alcohol is evaporated. 
  10. You can draw it up in a large syringe while it’s still warm or you can keep it in a bottle with a glass dropper. 
making cbd oil at home using alcohol

Making A CBD Oil Using Carrier Oil 

Ingredients you need: 

  • 30 grams of high-CBD hemp flower 
  • 450-500 ml of coconut oil or hemp seed 

Utensils and Equipment Needed: 

  • Parchment Paper 
  • Herb grinder
  • Double boiler 
  • Glass jar with lid 
  • Baking tray 
  • Cheesecloth 

Manufacturing Instructions

You can use the exact process of decarboxylation for the hemp flower. 

  1. After decarboxylation combines the flowers and the oil which will start the extraction process. Throw two ingredients into the double boiler, fill the bottom container with water and start a light simmer. 
  2. This simmering can take up to 3 hours and once it is done the results are darker than the unprocessed oil. 
  3. Remove the top boiler carefully and place a cheesecloth over the top of a jar and pour your mixture into the container. 
  4. Strain as much oil as possible from the hemp plant and throw away the flower. 
  5. Seal the jar and store it in a cool and dry place. 

Key Takeaways! 

Cannabis oil can be added to any recipe for body care products. It can also help in curing sore muscles, joints, treat inflammation, skin conditions such as eczema, and have even been proven to slow down and prevent some cancer cell types from growing. 

It can even be infused in meals and infused in edibles instead of just applying to the skin. Do not use any baked recipes as low heat and minimum cooking time preserve the cannabinoids and terpenes in the CBD oil. High heat can alter the results. You can also add some drops of CBD oil in tea or coffee, drop some onto your skin or just put a little under your tongue. If you want to get your hands on premium quality CBD oils, then check out the TrueMoola website! You will find a diverse range of CBD and THC products.

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