CBD oil is a non-psychoactive oil that is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD oil has a wide range of benefits, including reducing anxiety, relieving pain, and improving sleep. In this blog post, we will show you how to make CBD oil from cannabis.
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Decide what kind of CBD oil you want to make
The first step in making CBD oil is to decide what kind of oil you want to make. CBD oil can be made from either hemp or marijuana, depending on your preferences. If you want to make a high-CBD oil, you will need to use a strain of marijuana that is high in CBD. If you want to make a low-THC oil, you will need to use a strain of hemp that is low in THC.
Choose your cannabis
Start with a high-CBD cannabis strain or hemp. To extract CBD oil from cannabis, a solvent is passed through the plant material, pulling the compound out of the plant as it dissolves. Cannabis strains used for CBD oil production are very low in THC, the compound responsible for marijuana’s notorious high. These strains are also very hardy, meaning they don’t require much in the way of pesticides or other chemicals during growth. This makes them ideal for hemp production as well.
Decide on the extraction method
The most popular methods for making CBD oil from cannabis are solvent extraction, supercritical CO2 extraction, and lipid extraction. Each of these has their own advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll explore below.
Solvent extraction is the most common method used to make CBD oil. It’s also the simplest and most efficient. The plant material is mixed with a solvent—usually ethanol, but sometimes propane or butane—and then heated to extract the cannabinoids. Thesolvent is then evaporated, leaving behind a concentrated CBD oil.
Supercritical CO2 extraction uses pressurized CO2 to pull the desired compounds from the plant material. This method is often used for CBD oil because it’s very efficient and produces a pure product. But it’s also more expensive and complicated than solvent extraction, so it’s not as common.
Lipid extraction is similar to supercritical CO2 extraction, but instead of using pressurized CO2, it uses another lipid—often coconut oil—to pull the desired compounds from the plant material. This method is less efficient than supercritical CO2 extraction, so it’s not as common either.
Follow the recipe
-1/8 ounce (3.5 grams) of cannabis flower or trim
-1 cup (240 ml) of olive, coconut, or hemp oil
-Double boiler or slow cooker
-Cheesecloth or coffee filter
-Jar for storage
1. Decarboxylate your cannabis. Preheat your oven to 245°F (120°C). Grind your cannabis and spread it out on a baking sheet. Bake for 40-60 minutes, stirring a few times throughout. This process will activate the THC and CBD in your cannabis so that it will be more effective in the following steps.
2. Choose your oil. Any type of oil will work for this recipe, but some may be better than others depending on your desired effects. Olive oil is a good all-purpose option, while coconut oil may be better if you’re looking for a stronger effect. Hemp oil has its own distinct flavor that some people prefer.
3. Combine cannabis and oil in the double boiler or slow cooker, and heat the mixture until it reaches 245°F (120°C). Keep the temperature at this level for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. If you’re using a double boiler, be sure to check the water levels frequently and add more as needed to prevent it from boiling dry.
4. Line a coffee filter or cheesecloth over a bowl or jar, and pour the mixture through it to strain out the plant material. Squeeze the cheesecloth to remove as much oil as possible.
5. Store your CBD oil in a cool, dark place like a pantry or cupboard away from any light or heat sources that could degrade the quality of your oil over time
Filter the oil
Pour your cannabis oil into a glass jar. Place a coffee filter over the mouth of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Pour the oil into a saucepan and heat it over low heat until it is warm to the touch. This will help to filter the oil and remove any impurities.
Store the CBD oil
CBD oil can be stored in a number of different ways. The best method for storing CBD oil is to keep it in a cool, dark place like a fridge or freezer. You can also store it in a dark cupboard or pantry.