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CBD oils and tinctures are a great way of consuming CBD. It’s a practical, quick and effective way of getting the benefits of CBD without the need for breaking down and rolling CBD buds.
In this article we look at how to make your own CBD oil from hemp flower at home. It’s really not as difficult as it sounds but it takes a few tricks to learn how to do it right.
- What is CBD oil?
- Is making your own CBD oil a smart choice?
- The DIY route: How to make CBD oil
- Storing and using CBD oil
The Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Hemp-derived CBD oil is rich in cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. CBD oil has seen a rise in popularity in recent years — to the point where people are beginning to produce their own.
Unlike cannabis products derived from marijuana plants, hemp-sourced CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC and allow users to consume cannabidiol with none of the intoxicating effects of cannabis. The 2018 Farm Bill makes hemp federally legal in most states and therefore widely available to consumers.
CBD oil, which is made from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of hemp plants, differs from both hemp seed oil, which comes from cannabis sativa seeds, and from cannabis oil that contains considerable amounts of THC. Hemp CBD oil has potent levels of CBD but won’t give users the “high” normally associated with cannabis.
CBD oil is a popular way to enjoy CBD thanks to its convenience, simplicity of use, and effectiveness. CBD tinctures offer high bioavailability and are easy to add to foods and drinks and unlike CBD flower, you don’t need to look for a private smoking place.
And the best part is that you can easily make CBD oil at home using regular supplies that you might already have lying around in your kitchen.
Take a look at our CBD infographic to learn how most people enjoy their CBD.
DIY CBD Oil: Learn How to Make CBD Oil from Hemp Flower in Your Kitchen
Commercial-grade CBD oil is made in large batches using advanced machinery. However, there are simple, home-applicable methods of making CBD from hemp flower.
Why should you even bother making CBD oil at home?
As any hemp consumer knows, each hemp flower strain offers a broad spectrum of cannabinoid compounds, terpenes, flavonoids, and other substances that affect the aroma, taste, and benefits of the product.
Commercial CBD oil from your particular favorite strain of hemp flower might not be available on the market. Making CBD oil in your kitchen allows you to concentrate the effects of your favorite strain in a compact tincture bottle, creating your own customized CBD-rich supplement (or CBG for that matter).
Making CBD oil at home always requires a step that involves cooking. Commercial methods of CBD oil and tincture production entail a direct extraction process of oil from hemp plant material. Extraction is not something you should attempt at home, as it requires high-grade equipment and can be dangerous.
Making CBN oil is a far more complex process. Read more about what CBN oil is here.
Different Ways to Make CBD Oil at Home
All homemade CBD oil recipes use the same basic preparation process: cooking hemp flower buds in fat or oil. The choice of carrier oil will influence the taste and properties of the final product. You can use olive oil, butter, coconut oil, or MCT oil.
Keep in mind that while butter and coconut oil will be solid when refrigerated, olive oil will thicken but usually won’t solidify completely, which may make the product easier to use.
The most important ingredient in CBD oil is fresh, premium-quality hemp flower with a high CBD content. Choose the best buds you can get. Superior strains, optimal growing conditions and harvest time, and a precise curing process will give you quality material to work with.
You can use smaller CBD buds that come at a better price but with the same high potency for your homemade tinctures. Just make sure to pick a Sativa or Indica strain according to your desired effects.
Always decarboxylate your CBD buds before cooking them. Decarboxylation transforms CBDA, a cannabinoid precursor, into its stable and beneficial form of CBD. Decarboxylation gives a more predictable result and a more stable product.
This stage is simple: tear or grind your hemp buds and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Place the cookie sheet in an oven preheated to 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 45 minutes. The heat will decarboxylate your hemp buds, a process that will continue while you cook.
People who want to take their CBD product making to the next level may want to try a precision cooker, or decarboxylator, for this stage.
Using a decarboxylator will enable you to reach and maintain an optimal temperature for maximum CBD activation. If you plan to make homemade CBD oil regularly, a precision cooker might be a worthwhile investment for a high-quality product.
2. Prepare Your Kitchen
Before you start cooking, clear your countertops and stovetop, remove all fire hazards, and open a window or check to ensure that your kitchen exhaust fan is working properly to get rid of any unpleasant odors or fumes.
You will need the following ingredients and equipment:
- 3-10 grams of your best strain of CBD flower (you may want to use a precision kitchen scale for measuring)
- 1 cup of carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or butter
- A crockpot or double boiler for cooking on low heat
- A mesh strainer
- A cheesecloth
- A mixing bowl
- A storage container, preferably a glass jar
- A probe thermometer
3. Cooking the buds
Set your crockpot to low or, if using a double boiler, pour water into the bottom section and place over a low flame on the stovetop. Place your carrier oil in the crockpot or the upper section of the double boiler. If you are using a solid oil or fat, wait for it to melt fully before adding the hemp flower.
Next, take your pre-decarboxylated ground-up organic hemp flowers and add them to the crockpot or double boiler.
Using your probe thermometer, monitor cooking temperature while stirring occasionally. Your goal is to stay between 130 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit and to never exceed 200 degrees. This helps preserve the beneficial properties of hemp flower.
Continue simmering for 30 to 60 minutes before removing your CBD-infused oil from heat. Place a strainer over a mixing bowl and line it with a cheesecloth to catch all excess plant matter. Carefully, pour the CBD oil through the strainer and allow it to reach room temperature in the mixing bowl. Transfer your final product into a mason jar or other storage container.
Storing CBD Oils
Properly stored CBD-rich tinctures can have a very long shelf life, losing none of their benefits. For optimal results, store your CBD-infused oil in the refrigerator with a clear label on the container.
To keep your CBD oil fresh for as long as possible, minimize its exposure to oxygen and light. An opaque glass container is ideal, though a regular mason jar is a good option as well. Plastic containers are not advisable, as they may compromise your infusion.
Always re-seal your container and replace it in the refrigerator as soon as possible after using the CBD oil.
Another great option for CBD oils is freezer storage. You can pour the oil into an ice cube tray, optionally adding herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or sage for variety. Remove one cube at a time to use in cooking. Stored this way, CBD oil can retain its beneficial properties almost indefinitely.
How to Consume CBD Oil
You can add your homemade CBD oil to a wide variety of food products. If you choose to cook with your high-CBD oil, do it carefully to preserve the product’s beneficial properties.
Just as you prepared CBD oil over gentle heat, don’t overheat it when you use it in cooking.
CBD oil isn’t suitable for sautéing or frying. One method many people enjoy is using the oil in light poaching with careful temperature control or including it in salad dressings like vinaigrette. Hemp-infused butter will add an interesting twist to your breakfast as you spread it on your morning toast.
How to Make CBD Oil Taste Better
CBD oil or butter made from hemp flowers, as opposed to neutral-tasting CBD isolate, will have a very distinct, grassy flavor, and using it in the kitchen may require a certain level of adventurousness. It is usually better to start small and increase quantities as you get used to the taste.
Another option is to add CBD oil to foods or drinks that have their own strong flavor, which can mask the taste of hemp. Lots of cooking herbs and acidic fruit or vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and oranges can keep the hemp flavor from dominating a dish.
However, keep in mind that if you only use CBD oil as a minor ingredient in a dish, it will dilute any beneficial properties.
You can also add extracts such as mint, citrus, or vanilla to your CBD tincture to improve its flavor. If flavor is really an issue, you can eat CBD gummy bears instead (or even make them with CBD oil yourself). They taste great and work perfectly 30-40 minutes before bedtime to promote a healthy sleep pattern.
Green Unicorn Farms: Quality CBD Products, Packaged and Sold with Love
At Green Unicorn Farms, we strive to bring you the best hemp-derived CBD in the form of superbly clean, aromatic buds and full-spectrum CBD tinctures that are high in CBD and only contain trace amounts of THC.
Whether you venture into making your own CBD oil at home from our fresh harvest CBD flower strains or buy our high-quality full-spectrum CBD tincture, you can be sure of getting great results.
Reach out to us if you have any questions!