So you want to make your own cannabis CBD oil at home. It’s actually not as hard as you might think. It does take a little time and energy, but nothing that’s unmanageable if you’re committed to making your oil at home.
What you’ll need:
- A large glass jar
- The oil of your choice (olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil work best)
- Lots of patience! The process to make your own oil takes six weeks or more
It’s a great do-it-yourself project for those who can’t or don’t want to purchase CBD oil, and it’s a way to see the process through from start to finish – and to know exactly what you’re putting on your body. When you’re able to see the project through yourself, it can be more comforting to know what ingredients you’re using and how the product was made, instead of trusting an online manufacturer that ships it to your home.
But wait – we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start from the beginning, and learn more about what CBD oil is, and why people are using the oil at home. How did the industry get started, and where is it headed?
What is CBD oil, and what are people using it for?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s a rapidly expanding segment of the cannabis industry, and has already been gaining a positive reputation as a way to reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression, or seizures. This CBD oil isn’t the same as the marijuana that you might immediately associate it with – it doesn’t make you high or produce a euphoric effect. Users remain completely sober as they utilize the oil on their skin to relieve aches and pains, cramps, headaches, and even epilepsy. It can soothe common aches and pains and relieve the symptoms of common ailments and, according to some users, conditions like seizures or chronic health conditions. All in all, users who utilize the oil and have reported how its effects have seen benefits from the pain for various reasons.
Is it safe to use CBD oil to treat common ailments that I have?
It’s not scientifically proven that CBD oil has any effect on treating aches and pains and chronic illnesses. There have been a limited amount of studies conducting scientific research on the validity of these claims and the CDC has not confirmed the results that some claim to have seen while using CBD oil.
However, many people have seen significant results and health benefits from the use of CBD to treat common illnesses and pains, which is common for the marijuana industry. It’s up to the user to choose whether or not they believe they are healthy enough and are not using other medications that may conflict with the use of CBD, to decide whether or not they’re going to try it out to see if it works for them.
If you are using other medications to treat your illnesses or pain symptoms, it’s best to pause the use of the medications before using the CBD oil, or to refrain from using the CBD oil at all in order to avoid any counter effects that may occur. You may want to speak with your primary care provider to make sure that you’re not using any medications that could have an effect on your use of the oil before you begin the process.
So, if you want to try to make your own cannabis at home, first make sure that you check local marijuana laws before you begin. Know what areas of your state or country have legalized the use of CBD oil before starting any process of creating your own at home.
Steps for creating your own cannabis CBD oil
To start out, you’ll need dried buds to begin the process at home. Begin the process by baking your buds on a sheet pan for about 40-45 minutes at 230 degrees in your oven. Make sure that your buds are spread out and that they have enough space between them. Don’t trim them before you put them in the oven, either – leave the leaves on them so that you don’t waste any. You can lay them out on a sheet of aluminum foil, or lay them flat on the sheet pan – it’s up to you.
After you remove them from the oven, take the buds and pop them into a jar with a lid. We recommend using a large jar, so that you have room for the oil you’ll add in during the next step.
Oil it up
Next, you’ll want to add in the oil of your choice to act as the carrier oil. The carrier oil is the base that will essentially carry what you’re putting in it – in this case the cannabis. You can even mix oils if you’d like – anything from almond oil to olive oil to coconut oil will work for these purposes. As long as you’ve got what you feel is a healthy mix, you can do almost anything. However, it is important to choose something high-quality so that you’re able to get the most out of your cannabis, and so that you put something that’s high-quality on your body. This is not the time to be frugal – you’ll want a quality product.
Let it sit
Next – you’ll play the waiting game. After you mix in your oil with the buds you’ve placed in the glass jar and screwed on your lid, you’ll need to wait. The magic number is six weeks, but you may even want to give it a little more time to be sure that your oil is perfect when you’re done. The longer it sits, the longer it seeps into the oil, which makes the end result even better. It may feel like a long amount of time to create your CBD oil, but we have to say – we warned you up front to make sure you have your patience! It’s important to make sure you let it sit for the right amount of time, otherwise it won’t seep into the oil as well, and you won’t receive the end results that you’re hoping for. So, put it in your pantry where it can sit on a shelf at average room temperature, and mark your calendar for six weeks later to pull it out again.
After you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time to let your buds seep through with oil, it’s time to scoop them out. You’ll need to strain the buds out of the jar with the strainer of your choice – it may be easiest to scoop the buds out of the jar with a spoon with holes.
You’ll want to put the buds into a mesh strainer where the remaining oil can seep out into a bowl that you place underneath. Be sure that you let it sit for a while to make sure that you catch the oil that might take a while to slide off of the leaves – it may take hours, or even a day or so.
Are there other ways to make my own CBD oil at home?
Of course! People have tried many different methods of creating their own CBD oil at home, and there isn’t one right way and one wrong way. Those who have created their own might have their specific preference in the oil used, some might let the oil sit for more than six weeks (sometimes letting it sit even up to 12 weeks is common), and some people might even skip the baking process in the first place.
There are several other tried and true methods to creating your own CBD oil at home, but in the end, it’s a DIY project that takes time, some money and investments on your part, and it’s not cheap. It may take some trial and error to determine what method works best for you, and you might find a method that you like better than another, or it might take three or four tries to find something that works best.
What if I don’t have time to do it this way?
You can always purchase your own CBD oil online if you don’t feel like you have the time to wait out the process of creating your own at home. However, creating your own is the best way to go about it, since you’re in charge of the ingredients and you get to see exactly how your product is created. If you don’t have time for this specific method, you can also research other ways to create your own oil at home to see if there’s a shorter method that works better for your deadline.
Check out another way to make your own CBD oil at home, using a similar, but slightly different method in the video below.
Watch the video to learn another way of creating CBD oil.