Making DIY CBD oil at the comfort of your home is easier than you think, especially when you have the right ingredients by your side. It may not be as potent or powerful as professional extracted CBD oil but can still harness enough of hemp’s power to keep you satisfied.
You can enjoy the benefits of CBD in many different forms, but most people like it in the form of oil. You can get access to CBD oil as dispensaries or health shops, depending on where you are located. Individuals who do not have the luxury to access CBD that easily can consider making it at home. If you have the right equipment, some hemp flowers, and a few extra ingredients, you will be able to make awesome CBD oil without much hassle.
What Options Do You Have for Making DIY CBD Oil?
If you have made up your mind that you want to go through with it, you will have to decide on the approach you are going to use. For an amateur, there are two options available, and choosing either of the two will not make an extreme difference. However, you should note that there will be a difference as both come with their own sets of pros and cons.
The first would require you use food-safe alcohol for extracting CBD from the hemp flowers. The second method implements a gentle process utilizing natural plant oils for extracting CBD, making it a more preferred method of extraction.
There is also a third method of extraction which uses CO2. Though this technique is the most controlled, verifiable, and potent extraction available today, but would require a lot of space, expensive equipment, and extensive knowledge on your part. Because of this reason, this article will mainly focus on the two relatively easier methods of extraction.
Method I – Making CBD Oil Using Alcohol
- Food-safe, high-proof grain alcohol
- Approx. 60-100g CBD trim or 30g ground buds
- Baking tray
- Mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- Fine strainer, such as a sieve or a piece of cheesecloth
- Double boiler
- Catchment container
- Plastic syringe
Step 1 – Initially, you will have to make sure that your CBD trim is decarboxylated. In order to do so, you have to grind it finely into an even consistency and place it on a baking tray on a parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 110ºC (225ºF) and place it to cook for an hour.
Step 2 – Place the decarbed trim or buds in a mixing bowl and pour enough alcohol to submerge the matter completely. Stir the material using a wooden spoon for about 5-10 minutes. At this time, the alcohol will pull out the much-desired compounds, such as terpenes and CBD. Stirring will help in accelerating the process as well as dislodge the trichomes responsible for producing these substances.
Step 3 – In the third step, you need to operate the plant matter from the CBD-rich alcohol extract. Start by straining the solution using a fine sieve or piece of cheesecloth into a bowl. You will notice that the alcohol has a distinct green colour. Repeat the process with the strained alcohol several times to clear out most of the plant matter. Eventually, you will notice that the alcohol is appearing clearer.
Step 4 – In the fourth step, you need to set up your double boiler. If you don’t have a proper setup, you can try filling a saucepan’s bottom with water and place a stainless steel bowl inside the saucepan that can fit snugly but doesn’t touch the pan’s bottom.
Now you have to pour the extract into the bowl while gently heating it. At a low temperature, high-proof alcohol will easily evaporate. Make sure that there aren’t any naked flames nearby, especially because the vapour will be highly flammable.
Make sure you stir the extract for about 15-20 minutes.
Step 5 – When all the alcohol is gone, you will be left with a thick, tar-like extract. All you need to do is store it and administer in small doses.
Method II – Making CBD Oil Using Carrier Oils
- Approx. 450g carrier oil (coconut and hemp seed are the best, but you can use any edible plant-based oil)
- Approx. 28g hemp flowers
- Baking tray
- Double boiler
- Herb grinder (or knife)
- Parchment paper
- Glass jar with a lid
- Coffee filter, cheesecloth, or something similar
Step 1 – Use a grinder to turn your hemp flower into an even consistency. It doesn’t have to necessarily be dust-like, but small and even enough for the extraction process. You could also use a knife for this process.
Step 2 – Use parchment paper to line a baking tray and place the hemp extracts on it. Preheat the oven to 110ºC (225ºF) to bake the extracts for an hour. The process is meant to initiate the decarboxylation process, which allows the inactive CBDA to transform into active CBD. The lengthy baking time would also ensure that there is no loss of terpenes. By the end, the flowers will appear crisp and light brown.
Step 3 – Now, you all set to mix the carrier oil and flowers for the extraction. Place the mixture in the top portion of the double boiler, while the bottom is filled with some water. Apply heat to a simmer, which is very important because going past 150ºC will end up evaporating the terpenes. The process will take around 2-3 hours, making the product look brownish-green.
Step 4 – Remove the bowl that contains the mixture and filter it using a sieve or cheesecloth to pour the refined oil into a container. Repeat the process multiple times to ensure the oil is free from plant material. Seal the container and store it in a cool and dry place.
Making CBD oil at home is not only a viable option but also quite simple and effective. If you would like to reap the benefits that CBD has to offer, you should definitely give these extraction methods a try.