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How to Make CBD Oil

May 08, 2021 4 min read

how to make cbd oil

If you’ve made DIY marijuana edibles before, you will quickly get the hang of making CBD oil. The process is very simple and it only requires a few ingredients and materials. CBD hemp oil is very versatile and provides a variety of health benefits including anti-inflammation, pain management, relief from insomnia, and more. The best park about making CBD oil at home is that you can whip up a large batch and use it over many months.

What is the best carrier oil for CBD?

When making DIY CBD oil, it’s important to choose the right carrier oil. When making this decision, think about what you’ll be using the CBD oil for and how you will be consuming it. For example, if you always take your CBD oil directly in your mouth sublingually, you may prefer certain tastes over others, while this won’t matter as much if you apply it topically or mix it into food. If you have allergies to nuts or specific plants, this is also important to note since some oils contain these ingredients. A few of the most common oils are medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil (sometimes called fractionated coconut oil), hemp seed oil, olive oil, regular coconut oil, and avocado oil. All of these carrier oils are easy to find online and at grocery or specialty stores.

How to make CBD oil at home

While the process does have a learning curve, CBD oil is very easy to make at home. First you will need to visit your local dispensary to pick up some dry herb that is high in CBD. Some of the most popular high CBD, low THC cannabis strains are Harlequin, Ringo’s Gift, AC/DC, Charlotte's Web, Cannatonic, and Harle-Tsu. Since hemp (cannabis with 0.3% THC or less) is federally legal, you can purchase CBD hemp flower anywhere in the U.S., not just in marijuana legal states. If you use hemp flower instead, you’ll have more CBD content and almost no THC at all.

What are the main ingredients in CBD oil?

It’s easy to make CBD oil at home. All you need is dry herb and a carrier oil, plus a few household kitchen items or a decarboxylator like the Magical Butter Machine that can infuse butters, oils and tinctures. Using a decarboxylator not only makes clean up easy, it’s also less work since you don’t have to keep an eye on the stove, and you’ll get the most out of your bud.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 5 grams of High CBD flower or hemp flower
  • ¾ cup of your carrier oil of choice
  • Magical Butter Machine or a baking sheet, pot, and thermometer
  • Strainer
  • Glass jar with a lid

Weed decarboxylation

The first step to create any type of cannabis product such as THC oil, CBD oil, or weed edibles is to decarboxylate your plant material. The naturally-occurring chemical compounds within your pot needs to be activated with heat. If not being smoked, the cannabis can be heated in a variety of methods such as on the stove, in the oven, or even in a crock pot or pressure cooker. Investing in a decarboxylator made specifically for cannabis is a great idea if you make cannabis products often since the temperature and time is  more precise, allowing for more cannabinoids to be activated.

CBD oil recipe

  1. If you have one, it’s time to use your decarboxylation machine. If not, break apart the buds and lay it evenly on a baking sheet. Bake the dry herb for 45 minutes to one hour at 220°F.
  2. If using a decarboxylator, pour the oil directly into the machine and choose the infusion setting. For the stovetop method, combine the decarbed flower and carrier oil in a pot and simmer on low for at least two hours. The longer the better. Be sure to check the temperature intermittently and never let it rise above 200°F or you will lose some cannabinoids.
  3. Let the oil cool before straining into a glass jar with an airtight lid. If kept in a cool, dry place with an airtight lid, your CBD oil can last between 8 months to a year.

How to make CBD oil stronger?

There are a few ways to make your DIY CBD oil stronger. The most straightforward is to add more CBD hemp flower to the recipe without increasing the amount of oil. Like mentioned earlier, you can also splurge for a decarboxylation machine made specifically for cannabis, which will keep your infusion at the perfect temperature to preserve more cannabinoids. Another method for making more potent CBD hemp oil is to use or add CBD isolate. CBD isolate is cannabidiol in a pure form, usually around 99% CBD, and is in the form of a powder. If you only want CBD and don’t care much about the other cannabinoids, then you will benefit from using or adding CBD isolate to your CBD oil or tincture to increase potency.

Now you know how to make CBD oil! However, if it turns out you don’t have the time or energy to make CBD oil at home, you can always check out our online CBD shop. You’ll find some of the best CBD products like full-spectrum CBD oil, creams, tinctures, CBD gummies, CBD for pets and more.


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