How to make CBD Oil
The method extracting CBD oil that is actually known as the “Oil Method” is considered to be one of the safest ways of doing so. With this method, you simply need to use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, or even olive oil can work. This method is gaining popularity due to its simplicity and safety. This method is also cleaner than some others and your end result will be free of additional unwanted residues.
Before getting started with this method, it’s important to understand that the quality of the starting materials you use (particularly the quality of the cannabis) will dictate the quality of the final product. This is why it is best to pick a high-quality strain that was sourced from a reputed retailer.
First your will need to decarboxylate your cannabis. If you aren’t familiar with the process of decarboxylation. To get started, choose buds, leaves, and stems of a high-quality cannabis plant. Then, bake the buds and leaves at a temperature of approximately 220°F for about 90 minutes. This process heats the plant at a certain temperature for a specific period of time in order to activate the plant’s chemicals.
Next, use a mason jar to mix the ground-up cannabis with the carrier oil of your choice. Be sure to fully saturate the decarboxylated cannabis with the oil. You can adjust the quantity of oil depending on how potent you want the end result to be. Secure the jar lid.
Place the mason jar over the top of a pot similar to the way you would use a double boiler. Heat the water in the pot use a thermometer until reaches a temperature of at least 200 degrees.
Regularly check the pot to ensure the water is not evaporating too quickly, if it’s necessary to add more, make sure you do so carefully to avoid splashing.
Turn off the stove after letting the oil mixture simmer for three hours. Then allow it to sit and cool for another three hours.
Once this is done, it is recommended to heat the oil mixture again for another three hours, then leave it to cool again overnight.
Your CBD oil will be ready to use the next morning, but first make sure you strain the mixture through cheesecloth and store it in a cool, dark and dry place.
The alcohol method, also known as the ethanol method, does not require special skills or advanced equipment, making it a great choice for beginners.
One of the pros of this CBD oil-extraction process is that it uses simple alcohol as the extracting agent. This process does not leave an unpleasant taste or odour as opposed to some other agents.
Start by placing the cannabis in a ceramic or glass bowl. Then cover it with alcohol and stir for approximately six minutes. Once this is done, use a wood spoon to extract the resin produced as a result of the process.
Place a straining bag or sieve in the bowl in order to filter out the solvent. Squeeze out as much of the extract as possible. If you think that more oil extraction is possible you can repeat this process until you aren’t able to get any more.
In a double boiler, pour the extracted oil and heat it until bubbles start to form. The aim is to make the alcohol evaporate without raising the temperature too high. Wait until the oil simmers for about thirty minutes on a very low flame or setting. Once the alcohol evaporates completely, stir the mixture and turn off the flame.
Once cooled, transfer the concentrated extract to a storage bottle with a tight lid in a cool, dark and dry place. It’s recommended to allow this to sit for at least two to three hours before use.
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NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR
Compliance Director at Cannabidiol Life
The first step in making any product should always be checking local and State laws to be sure of your legal rights. CBD Oil is an excellent product to make at home for yourself or as a gift.
It is my hope that you have been able to learn a bit about some of the ways CBD oil is produced, and a better understanding of if it sounds like something you may try to recreate at home.