Before attempting any of the recipes we outline below, you must ensure that you have well-preserved hemp flowers or cannabis buds. Ideally, the raw ingredients should have a high concentration of cannabinoid compounds. Focus on using organically grown plants that have not been exposed to any contaminants or unknown soil farmland. Remember that the more concentrated the cannabinoid compounds, the more potent your final product will be.
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.
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Recipe 1: Making CBD Oil Using Coconut Oil
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.
You should also ensure that you have all the supplies you’ll need for the preparation process. Though these will vary depending on your preparation method, there are certain universal supplies required for almost all CBD oil recipes. They include:
Have you ever wondered why most of the cannabinoid products you see on the market are oil-based? It’s for one simple reason: most of the beneficial and active cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants don’t mix well with water. Instead, chemical compounds such as THC and cannabidiol (CBD), which have both been praised for their immense potential health benefits, bond well with oil.
Ideally, you should consume CBD oil in its raw state. When you use it for cooking, the heat will end up killing the oil’s cannabinoids. Still, to get the full benefits of this oil, you can use it to dress your salads or titrate with tincture under your tongue. And, at the right temperatures, you can also use CBD oil to create various baked CBD edibles.
The first crucial step in the process of making CBD oil or tinctures is deciding the desired potency. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
CBD additives come in many forms, but all fall into three major categories: CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, and CBD isolate. While “CBD oil” and “CBD-rich cannabis oil” may seem like two words for the same product, they differ significantly, mainly due to the fact that two distinct kinds of cannabis are used to make each.
The first crucial step in the process of making CBD oil or tinctures is deciding the desired potency. Assuming you want to administer your oil or tincture with a dropper bottle, it is necessary to know milligrams of CBD delivered per milliliter of oil/tincture. Most dropper bottles hold 1 fluid ounce (1 fluid ounce
Many of the tools needed for the home production of CBD oils or tinctures are likely to be things you already have in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. A jeweler’s scale that can measure grams two places past the decimal point is a must to accurately measure your CBD isolate and can be purchased fairly cheaply online. A spoon or small scoop will be needed to transfer the measured CBD isolate to a storage container. Additionally, you will need either oil or alcohol. The exact type will be your preference, but some properties of each need to be considered before making a purchase. The simplest way to dose the CBD oil or tincture precisely is by using a dropper bottle that indicates how much it delivers; these typically measure out 1 milliliter for the whole dropper. Measuring the oil or alcohol is most easily done with an oral syringe.
Due to its higher saturated fat content, coconut oil is mostly solid at room temperature (unless you’re in a very hot climate) and therefore cannot be administered with a dropper bottle. The coconut oil must be heated until liquid before dissolving the CBD. You can simply heat a measured amount of oil for your desired dose in a small pot or saucepan at a very low temperature. It is important to monitor the oil for signs of overheating and adjust the temperature accordingly. Alternatively, a double boiler can be used in place of a saucepan.
If you’re using any oil except for coconut, weigh the desired amount of CBD isolate on a notecard on your scale. Fold one edge of the notecard, place the folded angle into the edge of the dropper bottle, and carefully tap the notecard until the CBD falls into the bottle (do this over a clean tray to gather anything that may have fallen during the process). Pour your measured amount of oil or alcohol into the dropper bottle (30 milliliters or 1 fluid ounce if you follow the guide above). Shake and swirl; the heat from your hand will help dissolve the CBD, but it may take a few minutes. The final product is shelf-stable and ready to administer orally, into topicals, or into foods and drinks.
CBD oil is a refined hemp extract that has been added to a carrier oil. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps