In a world of virtually endless CBD products, there’s something to be said for the people who want to go through the steps to make it at home. When you buy a bottle of CBD oil, you might feel a disconnect as to how a cannabis plant was transformed into the bottle of liquid you see in front of you.
Making CBD oil at home is actually a lot easier than it might seem. Once you understand the basics and have the right tools at your disposal, there’s not much standing in your way from creating your own personal batch of the good stuff.
Updated: March 10, 2020
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The Only CBD Oil Recipe You’ll Ever Need
If you do a quick search, you’ll probably find hundreds of CBD oil recipes, each one as complicated as the next. If it’s your first time making CBD oil, it’s best to take a simple approach and gain a foundational knowledge of the process before you get fancy with the type of oil you make. Our CBD oil recipe is about as simple as it gets.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- CBD (cannabidiol) isolate or concentrate
- Cooking oil (The best choices are coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil, or canola oil)
- Pot and Stove Top
- Optional: Food thermometer
Step 1 – Gathering your ingredients
If you live in a state where growing is legal, you might have already gotten your hands on some marijuana seeds, and are planning your first grow. While this is a great way to take the entire process into your own hands, you don’t have to grow your own marijuana to make CBD oil.
With this recipe, we recommend you start with CBD isolate or concentrate. The purest CBD isolate usually comes in the form of crystals. If you’re having a hard time finding CBD crystals, we’ve made some recommendations for our favorite CBD crystals and concentrates. Check out that list here.
Once you have the CBD content, it’s time to choose a carrier oil. Depending on your preferences, you can select virtually any type of oil, but most people use either coconut oil, olive oil, or canola oil. If you want to use this CBD orally, it’s best to choose a carrier oil that you won’t mind tasting. If your main priority is for topical use, coconut oil works great on the skin and is not as pore-clogging as canola oil or olive oil.
The last thing you’ll need is a large pot and a stove or burner.
Step 2 – Mixing your ingredients
Add 1 cup of your carrier oil to a pot. Put the pot on the stove, on low heat, and wait for the oil to simmer. You’ll know it’s ready when it starts to form small bubbles on the bottom of the pot. Then, crush 1 gram of your CBD crystals or concentrate into a powder form, and put the concentrate into the pot. Now, stir the mixture until the CBD has completely dissolved. To know your CBD is completely dissolved, there should be no more powder or chunks of crystal in the oil. If you notice that your crystals are not dissolving entirely, you can also use a cheesecloth to strain the oil and remove the excess crystals.
Note: Do not let the oil exceed 118°C/245°F, as this will burn the CBD. This is where a thermometer will come in handy. If you let your oil get too hot, the CBD will dissolve and burn, leaving you with just plain oil.
Step 3 – Let the mixture cool
Turn off the stove and let the mixture cool down in the same pot. Once the oil is cool, then you can transfer the oil into another container and store it at room temperature.
That’s it! If you follow the recipe, your final product will be 48 teaspoons of homemade CBD Oil at 20mg of CBD per serving. Of course, you can adjust the recipe to make higher or lower quantities. You can also add more isolate or crystals if you want to make a high-CBD blend.
To do this, simply divide the amount of CBD you used by the amount of oil you used in teaspoons. For example, 600mg of CBD isolate in 48 teaspoons(1 cup) of oil would result in potency of 12.5 mg CBD per teaspoon.
When stored at room temperature, CBD oil can last at least two months. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can also keep it in the fridge.
How to Use Homemade CBD Oil
We mentioned choosing a carrier oil that supports how you want to use the CBD you create. All four of the carrier oils we recommended (MCT, coconut, canola, olive) are edible, making any of them an excellent choice for adding CBD to your food or drink or taking the CBD orally. The benefits of CBD oil are endless, so you can use the oil you’ve made in a variety of ways.
Taking CBD oil orally
To take CBD orally, just add one teaspoon of the oil directly onto your tongue or into your favorite food or drink. Wait about 5-10 minutes after the first dose, and see if it’s working. If you need more, go ahead and take one more teaspoon, or a half, until you achieve your desired dose.
Cooking with CBD oil
If you don’t want to consume the oil directly, you can mask the taste and texture by cooking with it. The same way that you would use THC oil to make edibles like brownies and cookies, you can do the same with your THC oil. You can incorporate CBD oil into virtually any recipe that calls for oil. Depending on the quantity of what you’re cooking, you can swap out a few tablespoons of CBD oil with the cooking oil the recipe calls for.
Using CBD oil topically
Your homemade CBD oil can be applied directly onto your body to ease sore muscles, itchiness, or chronic pain. If the texture of the oil is not to your liking, you can also mix some CBD oil into a cream or salve and apply it the same way you usually would.
The Benefits of Making Your Own CBD Oil
Now that you know the “how,” let’s talk a little bit about the “why.”
Why would anyone choose to make their own CBD oil, when there are so many amazing brands on the market? Well, for the same reasons that people cook at home, and even grow marijuana at home. The benefits come down to price, quality control, and potency.
- Price: A lot of what you pay for when buying CBD oil is branding. By making your own CBD oil, you can cut costs because all you need to do is obtain the raw materials to produce oil. While most oils around 1000mg can cost up to $150, you can make your own blend using our recipe for about $40.
- Quality: CBD oil is still highly unregulated, making it hard to test for things like quality and consistency. In some cases, there might be added ingredients that a brand does not disclose on the bottle. The best way to know exactly what’s in your CBD oil is to make it yourself using natural ingredients.
- Potency: The cost of high-potency CBD oil can be quite high. And even then, the strength listed might not be entirely representative of how well the blend will work for you. You can control the potency of your oil by formulating it yourself and testing different recipes to achieve your desired potency. You can also choose strains that contain specific potencies of other cannabinoids like cannabinol or cannabigerol.
The Downside of Making your own CBD oil
We’ve highlighted the benefits of making your own CBD oil, but the DIY route isn’t for everybody. Some downsides come with taking this process into your own hands, including missing out on professional oil extraction, fewer flavor and taste options, and a steep learning curve for first-timers.
- Extraction: Retail CBD brands use professional extractors and extraction methods to remove the CBD from industrial hemp plants. These extractions result in a full spectrum range of cannabinoids and terpenes within the CBD. Our CBD oil recipe uses CBD isolate only. Depending on your needs, you may want broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD, which tends to be much harder to produce at home, with limited resources.
- Time: If you value your time, you’ll likely want to buy CBD and have it delivered to your door. It can be fun to learn the process and go through the steps to make your own oil, but it can be a time-consuming process, especially for first-timers. If you have the budget and lack the time, it’s worth it just to order the tincture from a trusted seller.
- Learning curve: On a similar note, you may have to experience the process a few times before the oil comes out perfectly to your liking. Even though our recipe is as simple as it gets, if you want to experiment with different quantities or potencies, there is a slight learning curve involved. Just as with regular cooking, you may end up making a mistake that ruins the entire batch forcing you to start over.
- Flavors and options: One of the best things about CBD becoming more mainstream is the number of different flavors and CBD products on the market. YOu can find everything from flavored oil and gummies to CBD rice crispy treats, to CBD beverages. It’s not unheard of to make these things yourself (we even gave a few suggestions above), but for you to enjoy a CBD edible, you need to be able to produce high enough quantities and potencies of CBD for them to truly work. Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals to enjoy the results of their many trials and errors.
There are hundreds of high-quality CBD oil brands on the market. (Trust us, we’ve tried A LOT of them). Learning how to make CBD oil at home is a great way to know exactly what’s going into the CBD oil you use, and save you some money along the way. If you’re a person who likes to learn new things and take on DIY projects at home, making CBD oil is a relatively low-risk project that can lead to pretty favorable results when done right. Our CBD oil recipe keeps it simple so that even kitchen novices can follow along and make their own blend. A with any new project you embark on, have patience in the process, and most of all, have fun!