How to make CBD oil at home

Published Aug 12, 2019 09:38 a.m. ET
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Though the media continues to focus on marijuana products infused with THC, CBD products are quickly growing in popularity. This element that was once believed to have little to no purpose is an incredibly powerful component that can be helpful when utilized as a therapeutic agent. CBD oil can be taken as a supplement to prevent certain conditions, as well as a treatment for both chronic and short-term issues. However, the most incredible thing about this element is, it can benefit patients, typically healthy and pain-free individuals and recreational consumers when taken correctly. Here you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD oil, including a step by step guide on how to make this oil at home.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil consists of an extractor like cooking oil or alcohol infused with the cannabinoid CBD. It will also include other elements like terpenes and cannabinoids, that can be beneficial. However, it is important to note that most cannabis strains and CBD oils that are made using terpenes or cannabinoids will contain at least some amount of THC, which is the psychoactive element in marijuana plants.

The effects of CBD oil

If there are any felt effects from CBD oil, they are completely different from any THC products. Topically, minimal amounts of the cannabinoids make it into the bloodstream, so if full-spectrum oil is applied onto the skin, there probably won’t be the same results as you would see with methods of ingestion. Orally, the effects are typically energizing, uplifting and relaxing. Some of the less enticing adverse reactions might include an upset stomach, nausea or diarrhea, but these side effects are rare.

CBD benefits

The benefits of CBD are vast and range from physical changes to help with mental health issues. Below is a list of the most common conditions and symptoms that might improve with CBD oil treatment.

  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke
  • Muscle spasms
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cancer
  • Nausea

How to make CBD oil at home

The most important thing to remember is, working with cannabis strains does increase the possibility of psychoactive effects. CBD oil is typically manufactured using hemp plant materials, as they contain little to no THC and plenty of CBD. This makes them the ideal option, for anyone who must pass drug testing or that wants to avoid all of the foggy euphoric sensations that come with it. The trouble is, most people have an easier time accessing hundreds of different marijuana strains, than they do, getting possession of tasty hemp flowers. Many would benefit from a measured dose of THC as well, as such, most will learn how to make CBD oil at home using cannabis buds instead.

This guide will work with either plant’s flowers or cuttings, but if you’re looking for a potent CBD oil that consists of mainly just one element, then you will need to select the strain very carefully. Most marijuana strains produce very little CBD, so it is important, to begin with, the right one.

At the end of these steps, we have provided a list of where to find strains high in CBD, just for you!

You will need:

  • 1 oz cannabis flowers, hemp buds, or leaf trimmings
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 weed grinder
  • 1 baking sheet
  • 2 mason jars
  • 1 small pot
  • 1 small clean dishcloth
  • 1 thermometer
  • 1 elastic
  • cheesecloth


1. Preheat the oven to 220°F and grind up the plant materials while you wait.

2. Spread the bud grind across a baking pan, then bake for 60-90 minutes. This step is necessary, as it decarboxylated the buds, which converts THCA and CBDA into their activated forms. Without it, you will not obtain the same benefits from your homemade CBD oil.

3. Once the bud grind is decarboxylated, dump it into one of the mason jars.

4. Pour coconut oil into the jar, ensuring it’s enough to saturate the plant matter. Bear in mind too much room for breathing will result in a less potent CBD oil.

5. Fasten the lid onto the mason jar. Place a towel in the bottom of a pot and fill the pan halfway with water.

6. Place it on a burner set to medium heat.

7. Rest the mason jar on top of the towel, and wait for the liquid to hit 200°F.

8. Once it hits that ideal temperature, lower the burner, setting enough to avoid boiling over, while maintaining the 220° F. Allow to simmer at this temperature for 3 hours. During this time, it is vital to check on the water level to avoid scalding and adding more water if needed to keep it from going dry.

9. After 3 hours of brewing, remove the jar from the pot and allow it to rest for 2-3 hours.

10. Reheat the mixture for another 3 hours at the same 220°F. (Some people skip over this additional extraction time, but this will result in a much less potent CBD product).

11. Once the oil has finished cooking for a second time, remove from the pot and allow to cool.

12. When the mixture is completely cool, and you can safely handle the jar, then the mixture is ready to be strain. Do this by placing a few layers of cheesecloth over the spout of the filled jar, and fasten it into place using an elastic to create a filter. Then slowly pour the CBD oil into the clean jar, and it will finally be processed and ready for use.

*Important note- This cannabis oil recipe is intended for topical and oral consumption, and not meant to be vaporized or smoked.*

How to use CBD oil

Whether you are smoking, vaping, eating or topically applying CBD oil, bear in mind it is non-toxic, so there is no need to be concerned with overconsumption. However, there are a few recommendations and tips that you might want to consider implementing for the highest chances of success.

1. Start small

Even if your symptoms are severe, it is always a good idea, to begin with, the lowest dose of CBD, which is generally around 5mg. A low dose allows the consumer to assess how they will be affected and helps to keep adverse reactions to a minimum.

2. Slowly increase CBD doses

The goal of a CBD microdose for beginners is to see how they will initially react to the element, but this isn’t only important in the infancy of experimentation. If at first, you find that a low dose is ineffective, then allow for a 5mg increase at a time and wait at least a few days before making that change. Doing so can help you to build a tolerance and comfortability with CBD while seeking the perfect dosage for you.

3. Be patient

A lot of consumers expect products like CBD oil to work instantly on a problem, but the thing is, CBD is a component that doesn't always induce noticeable sensations immediately. It may take hours, days, weeks or even months to notice any significant difference, depending on the problem at hand. So be patient and remain consistent with dosing guidelines. It might take a while, but you will find it eventually.

4. If at first, you don’t succeed, then try a different cannabis strain.

Some hope to achieve the same results from CBD as they would from THC, and that isn’t always possible. However, no success with one batch does not mean that all hope is lost. If you are not pleased with the outcome, then try using CBD oil made from another cannabis strain. Remember each one contains a unique concoction of powerful elements that help to prop up and enhance specific qualities, as such the effects of each one differ greatly from the next, so it might take a few tries to find the perfect one for you.

5. Consider different methods of ingestion

Some people can garner relief more effectively from the mere topical application of CBD oil. However, many others are unable to achieve the same effects without pure oral ingestion, and this is generally caused by personal tolerance and the rate at which the body absorbs cannabinoids. If you don’t have luck with treating a symptom using one method, then it might be time to switch things up. This particular CBD oil can be made into a topical agent using cream, lotion or salve. It also works perfectly in baked goods, as well as mixed into beverages or absorbed by rubbing it onto the gums. Since it is non-toxic, it is entirely safe to experiment.

Top ten CBD cannabis strains

1. Critical Mass

2. AC/DC

3. Harlequin

4. Ringo’s Gift

5. Cannatonic

6. Pennywise

7. Valentine X

8. Harle-Tsu

9. Sweet and Sour Widow

10. Stephen Hawking Kush

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