Love CBD, and curious about making your own CBD products? A while back, we shared a simple recipe on making your own CBD tincture. It’s a pretty straightforward process, and it can be fun and rewarding for those who like to enjoy their own homemade creations. Today, we’re going to cover the basics on making CBD oil. The formula we’ll use is quite similar to the tincture recipe, and we promise it’s just as quick and easy to make. Let’s get started!
- 1 oz hemp flower
- 16 oz MCT oil (i.e., a carrier oil of your choice, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or hempseed oil)
- Baking sheet
- Double boiler or slow cooker
- Cheesecloth or food-grade strainer
- Grinding apparatus
- Glass jar or bottle
Preheat the oven to 220-240 degrees Fahrenheit. While waiting, take the hemp flower and grind it as finely as possible. Spread the ground hemp flower evenly across a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Next, we’ll bake the hemp flower in the oven for 60-90 minutes – typically until the herb is golden brown. This step is what takes the CBD-A (cannabidiol acid) in the hemp flower and turn it into just CBD through the release of some of its carbon dioxide (CO2). It is a critical process called decarboxylation.
Let the decarbed flower cool before continuing.
Place your golden-brown herb into the top portion of the double boiler, then mix in your carrier oil. Set the stove on low heat so that the water in the bottom pot is simmering – not boiling. Alternatively, you can place your herb and carrier-oil mixture into a slow cooker.
Allow a minimum of 2-3 hours for the CBD to fuse with the carrier oil. During this time, stir the mixture occasionally and check on the color to see its progress. You’ll want the final product to be a rich, earthy brownish green.
When your concoction is ready, strain the mixture into a glass jar or bottle through a cheesecloth or food-grade strainer.
The Final Product
And there you have it, folks! A super simple and easy way to make your own CBD oil. Keep your mixture in an airtight container and store it in a cool, dark place after each use.
Enjoy your homemade CBD oil on its own, add it to your favorite foods and drinks, mix it into your go-to body-care products, or massage it directly onto your skin for a relaxing massage or relief from aches and pains.
We always recommend starting with one drop and gradually increase your dosage each day until you find that sweet spot that works best for you. As a reminder, homemade infusions lack the precision in dosages that professionally made CBD products offer. But, with some patience and trial and error, you can absolutely find out exactly how much of your CBD oil to take that will get the job done.
Do keep in mind that the final product will be a full-spectrum CBD oil, which includes a whole range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other nutrients. This can include trace amounts of THC, which is the cannabinoid in cannabis that is responsible for producing a high in users. If you want a CBD oil with absolutely no THC (broad-spectrum) or with pure CBD (isolate), it would probably be better for you to purchase, as these options will involve a more complex process and require specialized equipment.
If you want to stick with full-spectrum CBD oil but would prefer to skip the hassle of making your own – hey, we totally get it. That’s why we offer a variety of premium CBD products online, so all you have to do is click a button and wait for your ready-to-enjoy CBD items to be delivered right to your door.