How to Make CBD Oil at Home - 3 Simple Steps Anyone Can Follow!

Jul 23 , 2019

How to Make CBD Oil at Home - 3 Simple Steps Anyone Can Follow!

While manufactured CBD oil is great, sometimes you just want to make something for yourself. You want to know all of the ingredients in the product, what happened while it was being made, and what all the product could have been exposed to. Maybe you want to help minimize industrial practices so you make it on your own. 

Whatever your reasons for wanting to make your own CBD oil in the comfort of your own home, you’re going to need some assistance in figuring out how, exactly, to go about that. There are many cannabis oil extraction methods, but which do you use? The big companies use CO2 extractions, but if you’re trying this at home, chances are you don’t have that type of set up. 

While there are many marijuana extraction methods, making an olive oil extract is our favorite. You can also use an essential oil extractor, dry ice THC extraction, or make CBD tincture using alcohol, but we find the olive oil method to be easier to do on your own and a little more effective.

 

make own CBD oilMake your own beautiful memories as you make your own beautiful CBD oil! @Core CBD

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

  • If CBD oil is safe to make at home
  • The steps involved in making CBD oil using an olive oil extraction method
  • Pro-tips to smooth out your process and ensure a successful outcome

 

Is CBD oil safe to make at home?

First things first, let’s discuss the safety of this process. It is entirely safe to do marijuana extraction at home so long as you choose the right method. A CBD oil CO2 extraction, or "blasting," as it’s commonly known, is not a very safe method of solvent extraction of oil to try at home. However, the scaled-back method using olive oil is far safer and easier to duplicate at home.

 

How to make CBD oil at home?

While the big companies make CO2 extracts, that’s not safe or easily feasible for the average person wanting to make CBD oil in their home. This is because of both the dangers of the process and the price of fancy CO2 supercritical equipment. The olive oil extraction method we use is one of the most effective and easiest ways to learn how to make CBD oil.

 

Why olive oil?

You can use many different types of oil for your CBD extraction, but the preservation qualities and taste of the product when you’re done will vary based on the type of oil you use. We find the two most effective oils to be coconut oil and olive oil. 
 
Olive oil is particularly useful because of its versatile nature. Olive oil has long been a reasonably priced go-to in cooking, making it easy to use your CBD-infused olive oil in a variety of recipes without affecting the taste or food all that much.

 

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Step 1: Prepare Cannabis

If you’re particular about the amount of THC and CBD in your final product, we recommend researching the right strain of cannabis for you, but if not, you can use any cannabis strain. High CBD strains like Charlotte’s Web will make it easier to eliminate psychoactive properties. 
 
You have two options when it comes to preparing your flower: you can grind it as fine as possible or you can decarboxylate it. When you smoke bud, decarbing it happens naturally through the combustion process, but when you cook with it, you have to do it yourself.
 
To decarb your bud, place it on a baking sheet in your oven set to approximately 250°F. Leave it in for 20-30 minutes. Your bud should look like it’s starting to turn slightly brown and crisp; make sure you aren’t overcooking or burning it.
 
If you don’t want to go through all that and have a high-quality grinder, you can grind your bud up very finely (we’re talking a powder) first, making it easier for the cannabinoids to soak into the oil.

 

Step 2: Steep Cannabis in Oil

Before you steep your cannabis, you need to first decide which type of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil, though the most expensive, has a nice taste at first but can develop a less-pleasing bitterness when cooked at too high of a temperature. It is also more likely to burn while extracting CBD from hemp for oil. We recommend getting the highest quality olive oil you can find (not extra virgin). 
 
Choose a saucepan and add a half water/half olive oil solution. Next, add your prepared bud and prepare yourself for a slightly timely process. 
 
You want to start with your stove top on a low heat, making sure to constantly stir the mixture so that nothing sticks or clumps up. Slowly increase the heat until the water in the mixture starts to reach a boiling temperature. You’ll see small bubbles start to form, but you don’t want to bring it to a full boil. Once the mixture is at that point, lower the heat slightly and try to maintain the low boil. The ideal temperature to keep your CBD mixture at is around 200°F. Take extra care to not reach 300°F, as this will cause the cannabinoids to evaporate, rather than infuse into your olive oil.
 
Continue cooking your water and olive oil solution for around 30 minutes until the cannabis buds start floating to the top and it looks like a majority of the water has evaporated. 

 

Step 3: Cool and Separate 

Now that your oil is done cooking, you have to let it cool before you can separate it. Once it’s cooled down to room temperature, it’s time to strain the infusion using a mesh sieve. Make sure it’s very fine, as you don’t want any cannabis particles to be able to make it through into your final product. You’ll want to do this into your preferred storage container, like a mason jar or Tupperware.
 
Once you’ve successfully strained all of your product, it’s time to cool it more. Put it in the fridge for two hours or overnight, allowing it to coagulate and harden, separating the CBD oil from the water. Then separate the hardened CBD oil from the sides of the container to strain the water out. If you used a container like Tupperware, you can squeeze the sides of the container to make this happen. If you used a mason jar, you can use a butter knife or something like it to dislodge the hardened oil from the sides.

 

CBD cannabis hemp oilBefore you know it you'll have a whole jar of precious CBD oil ready for use! @Herald Scotland

 

Pro tips for making CBD oil at home:

  • This method is also one of the highly effective THC oil extraction methods
  • Be sure to keep your oil in a cool, dark place, far away from sunlight
  • You can store it in the freezer, but after you pull it out let it get to room temperature before using it

 

CBD hemp DIY recipe Feel great dosing up when you know exactly how your CBD oil was made. @Dr. Axe

 

Conclusion

Making CBD oil doesn’t have to be as difficult as the method of CO2 oil, a cannabis extractor, or a cannabis wax making machine; it can be as simple as using a saucepan on a stove top. No need to search “CO2 for sale near me” or buy a weed press! Once you’ve made CBD oil at home, you’ll see just how simple it is. 
 
There are many ways to consume your CBD oil. You can add it to your favourite dishes or your morning cup of coffee. You can make baked goods with it or even make a CBD shake. With CBD oil extracted using our olive oil method, the options are practically endless!
 
Can’t get enough? Try researching some of these other fascinating topics!
 
  • How to separate CBD from THC?
  • What is an extraction in terms of marijuana?
  • How to extract THC
  • What is CBD oil made from?
  • What are the best uses for CBD oil?
  • Where can I buy CBD flower?
 
There are also a number of Youtube videos that cover this topic. Try this one: 


Or, for an alternative method, this one:

 

Good luck in your DIY CBD Oil adventures. We hope you enjoy the process AND the end results!
 
Leave any questions in the comments section below!

 

Written by: Megan Medeiros | Cover Photo by: Bloom Hemp
MEGAN MEDEIROS IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR IN HARRISONBURG, VA. SHE’S BEEN WORKING AS A CANNABIS WRITER FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, MOSTLY FOLLOWING THE LEGAL CLIMATE OF MARIJUANA, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS LIKE CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, OREGON, CANADA, AND OTHER LEGAL AREAS. SHE HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A MASTER’S IN ENGLISH AT JMU.

 


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