CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps

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The CBD Olive Oil offers multiple benefits like reduction in anxiety, stress, and inflammation and also aids in immunity and neurological protection.


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CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps If you’ve been part of the cannabis community for any length of time, especially for medical purposes, you’ve likely heard a good deal about the therapeutic effects of CBD. Also known as cannabidiol , CBD is a cannabinoid with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic effects. It can treat chronic pain and inflammation, regulate mood and sleep, ease nausea, and treat seizures and muscle spasms, just to name a few applications. There is an overwhelming abundance of retailers selling CBD Olive Oil on the open market, but it can be hard to determine the quality and purity of the product you’re buying. Unless you’re buying from a trusted retailer (see our CBD Buyer’s Guide to learn what to look for when buying CBD), sorting out the good products from the junk can be difficult.


CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps First, we need to talk about choosing your starting material. This is what determines the cannabinoid content of your finished CBD oil. This is especially important when using the method we'll outline below, because it’s not possible to extract only CBD without taking other cannabinoids, like THC, along for the ride. This means that if you start with a high-THC flower, you’ll end up with a high-THC oil. There is no way to separate the THC from the CBD without specialized laboratory equipment. Therefore, depending on your starting material, your finished CBD oil may or may not also contain THC; it all depends on the cannabinoid content of your starting material.


CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps This method works because CBD is soluble with nonpolar molecules, meaning it can’t dissolve in water, but can dissolve in fats and alcohols (technically a polar molecule overall, but alcohol has a special ability to bond with nonpolar molecules in ways that water cannot—polarity is a spectrum, and while water is far off to one end, alcohol is close enough to the middle to, well, go both ways). The Science of At-Home CBD Extraction


CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps How to Make CBD Oil Step 1: Choosing Your Ingredients Using a carrier oil as your solvent—we recommend MCT or coconut oils for increased bioavailability, but you could much more easily use olive oil, hempseed oil—heck, you could even use butter! Ultimately, The resulting oil is much easier to work with than what the alcohol method yields, and there are fewer precautions you need to take throughout the process. To do this, you’ll need: 1 oz of flower of your choosing, finely ground. We recommend using a grinder, but even chopping up the herb with a knife beforehand is better than nothing. The smaller the pieces you can get the herb into, the more efficiently the CBD will be extracted. 16 oz MCT oil, coconut oil, or other oil of your choosing. A double boiler or crock pot—the key to this method is keeping the heat low, slow, and uniform, allowing the mixture to cook for several hours over indirect, consistent heat without risking it getting too hot and burning all your hard work away. Cheesecloth, for straining the finished oil. Utensils—use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowls and silicone spatulas for ease, as well as to keep potentially harmful plastics out of your oil.


CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps How to Make CBD Olive Oil Step 2: Decarboxylation Since you’ve ground the herb up finely, the next step is to decarboxylate , or decarb, the flower, which changes the CBD into its active form, thereby making it more available to the body. To clarify, the CBDA found in dried flowers is in its non-active form; thus, it needs to be decarboxylated into its active form, or what we traditionally think of as CBD.


CBD Olive Oil at Home in Easy Steps How to Make CBD Olive Oil Step 3: Extraction 2-3 hours is sufficient time for the CBD to dissolve into the oil; though, there is no harm in going longer. You don’t need to monitor the oil too closely: checking in every half hour or to stir and monitor its color should be sufficient. When it’s a deep, earthy brownish green, you’ll know it’s ready. Once you’ve decarbed the starting material, mix your carrier oil and decarbed flower into the top of a double boiler and place over a pot of simmering water. Low heat on most stovetops should be sufficient to get the water bath hot enough to extract the CBD without risking scorching the oil.


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