Make Your Own CBD

Intro

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada and most of the United States CBD seems to be everywhere. We see it in the news and your elderly neighbor raves about how it helps with her dog’s arthritis. Sure you can walk into a dispensary and order a bottle of CBD oil but where’s the fun in that? You can go to McDonalds and order up a dirty cheeseburger but isn’t it more fun to bbq your own?

Let’s look at how we can fry up our own CBD oil. It can save you money and with a little experimentation you can concoct the right oil for your needs. This is a beginners guide to creating your own CBD oil. How you use it and how potent you want it to be will be up to you. Let’s go over the basics.

Use Hemp

Before you start sacrificing your nice plump flowers from your stash be warned you are probably going to waste it. To create a nice vial of CBD oil you are going to need the extract from a hemp flower.

Hemp plants are very similar to marijuana plants as they can look the same. Hemp plants can look almost exactly like marijuana plants because they can be bred the same way. Cannabis growers who use hemp flowers will use the same techniques as growing marijuana. This involves strategically pruning the plants in order to create bigger and more potent flowers. To learn more check out our previous blog How To Care For Your Marijuana Plant. The flower of a hemp plant will have low THC but an abundance of CBD. A marijuana flower will have the opposite.

A common misconception about hemp is that it’s the male marijuana plant and that is not the case. Hemp plants can be male, female or both just like marijuana. Due to the similar process of growing the plants you might not know if you have a marijuana flower or a hemp flower because of how similar they look. One way to find out is to feel the consistency of the flower. A marijuana flower will be sticky because of the trichomes. They are tiny sticky hairs on the bud which are exclusive to marijuana flowers.

If you are growing your own hemp plants and are new to it, use the same techniques we covered in a previous blog: How To Care For Your Marijuana Plant.

Top Hemp Strains

 

If you are plant shopping these are some of the better hemp strains to look out for. These flowers are known to have higher concentrations of CBD:

  • Special Sauce Premium
  • The Wife
  • Electra
  • AC/DC
  • Cherry Wine
  • Sour space Candy
  • Bubba Kush
  • Hawaiian Haze
  • El Jefe
  • Lifter

Two Different Methods

There are two known methods to extracting CBD from your hemp plants. One method is the alcohol method. This method will use alcohol to mix with flower to extract CBD. When the extract is separated from the plant matter it is filtered through a cheesecloth or sieve.

The oil process (or oil carrier process) involves using an edible oil to mix with the plant matter. You will simmer it at a consistent temperature to extract the CBD oil.

Decarboxylation

Before deciding and starting either process you will need to “decarb” your flower. This process activates the CBD from the flower so it will be potent and ready for extraction. Skipping this step will result in oil that is ineffective.

Grind up your flower and place evenly on parchment paper on a cooking sheet. Set the oven to 225 and bake for an hour. Your bud will probably turn a light brown but that’s ok.

Decarb

Step By Step Alcohol Process

Items for Alcohol Process

Here’s what you need for the alcohol process:

  • Food grade alcohol
  • Double boiler
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking tray
  • Grinder
  • Cheesecloth, coffee filter or fine strainer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stainless steel bowl (or pot that can fit on top of another pot)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Container for extract
  • 30g ground dry hemp flower

Step 1: Decarboxylation (see above)

Step 2: Place ground up flower in mixing bowl and submerge with food grade alcohol. Stir the contents for about 5-10 minutes. This should be enough time to extract the CBD from the plant matter.

Stir With Alcohol

Step 3: Using a cheesecloth or strainer filter out liquid into stainless steel bowl. The liquid will look green. You can keep adding alcohol to the mixing bowl and stir to get all you can out of the ground flower. Once the alcohol is clear when straining there isn’t anything left to extract.

Strained

Step 4: The double boiler. I’ve never had any use for a double boiler so I don’t have one. A stainless steel mixing bowl over a sauce pan should do the trick. You need a bowl or another pan that can rest on top of a pot and not touch the bottom. Fill the bottom pot with water. Put the extract in the bowl or pot on top. Heat up the water in the bottom pot to a low heat. Alcohol is flammable so be sure to be safe and don’t turn the heat up too high. Food grade alcohol will evaporate with low temperatures.

Double Boil Alcohol

Step 5: Stir the contents in the top pot for 15-20 mins. The alcohol will evaporate and you will be left with a thick oily substance. Once all the alcohol has evaporated pour the contents into a container like a mason jar or a bottle.

Step By Step Oil Process

Items Oil

Here’s what you need for the carrier oil process:

  • Edible oil such as coconut, hemp or olive oil
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking tray
  • Double boiler
  • Cheesecloth, coffee filter or fine strainer
  • 30g ground dry hemp flower
  • Container like a mason jar to store the oil
  • Thermometer
  • Oven mitts

Step 1: Decarboxylation (see above)

Step 2: Place the ground flower into the top of your double boiler or make-shift double boiler with a carrier oil of your choice. Just make sure it’s an edible oil like hemp oil, coconut oil or olive oil.

Step 3: Heat the water but not past 150 C or 302 F. Use a thermometer to accurately set the temperature. Heating past 150 degrees Celsius will evaporate the terpenes which will make it less potent. Keep simmering for 2-3 hours. Your concoction should start to look a little green.

Double Boil Oil

Step 4: After you are done simmering remove the top of the double boiler. (Be careful it’ll be hot so use oven mitts). Cover the opening of your storage container (mason jar for example) with a cheese cloth or coffee filter. Pour the contents into the container filtering out the plant matter. Discard the plant matter.

Strain

In Conclusion

There you have it. Two quick ways to create your own CBD oil. The carrier oil method is known to be easier and safer but not as potent. The alcohol method of extracting CBD is more effective but runs the risk of being flammable. Also it might not taste as great as the edible carrier oil method.

This is just a beginners guide to either process. Feel free to experiment and show off your alchemy skills.

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