Cannabidiol oil, best known as CBD oil has a variety of health benefits. It is known to be very useful in relieving pain, reducing depression and anxiety, treating nausea, fighting cancer, treating skin conditions such as acne, regulating mood, and reducing inflammation. Knowing the benefits, you might have an interest in knowing how to prepare CBD oil.

It is important to note that there are two ways you could go about it: using the oil method or the alcohol method.

This method involves also using a carrier oil: olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil, or MCT oil are popular choices. You can choose your oil to get to benefits from the CBD and the carrier oil at the same time. Do some research and find out what would be best for you and your needs.

Materials: Cannabis plant material, carrier oil, jar and pot OR double boiler, cheesecloth, (optional: tincture press).

Step 1- Select leaves, buds, and stems of a quality cannabis plant. The quality of your plant material will directly impact the quality of your oil product.

Step 2 – Decarboxylase the parts by baking them at 220 degrees for about 100 minutes. Grind up the decarboxylated plant material. (Note: you can also use previously vapourized cannabis flowers, which will be weaker but still contain cannabinoids).

Step 3 – Put the plant material in a jar or small pot of a double boiler. Pour enough carrier oil into the jar or pot to saturate the plant material. At minimum, the plant material should be covered by the carrier oil, with no plant material above the oil. If you want your CBD oil to be weaker, you can add more oil.

Step 4a – IF USING A JAR: fold a small towel and place it at the bottom of a pot. Place th jar on the towel, to prevent direct contact of the jar with the heat. Fill the pot with water, making sure the water will not boil over the edge of the jar. Do not cover the pot with a lid, as this will introduce water into your oil and cause it to go rancid later!

Step 4b – IF USING A DOUBLE BOILER, place your small pot filled with oil and plant material on top of the larger pot filled with water. Do not cover the pot with a lid, as this will introduce water into your oil and cause it to go rancid later!

Step 5 – Let the water boil for about 3-6 hours, making sure to top up the water levels during this time and checking to ensure that no water is introduced into the oil mixture from steam or condensation. After approximately 4 hours, you should see the colour of the oil change. Make sure to keep the heat at an even temperature so the oil doesn’t get too hot and turn rancid.

Step 6 – After 3-6 hours, turn off the heat and let the mixture settle overnight.

Step 7 – Use food-grade cheesecloth to strain the plant material out of the oil. All of the medicine from the plant material is now contained in the oil. Make sure to squeeze all of the oil out of the cheesecloth and plant material. You can use a tincture press for this, if you have one.

Storing your CBD Oil

Use an airtight food-grade container to store your oil. If keeping it for more than 6 months, consider storing it in the fridge. It is best to make fresh CBD oil every 6 months – 1 year, as it’s effectiveness will decrease over time. The best container for storage and dosage is an old dropper bottle that has been cleaned and dried thoroughly.

Enjoy the health benefits of your homemade CBD oil or order your CBD oil online now.