This article was originally published on SundayScaries.
Research has shown that CBD oils have been used in more recent years to help people and animals with a plethora of mental and physical illnesses. Hemp oil differs from CBD oil in that it contains no cannabinoids. Hemp oil and CBD oil are derived from the hemp plant, but they come from different parts of the plant.
If you’ve ever bought a bottle of CBD oil tincture, you know how expensive it can be. To lower costs, we wanted to share with you a couple of ways you could make your own. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make CBD tincture!
Is it Legal?
Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to make their own CBD tincture. You do need to live in a state where cannabis is legal, as these methods require you to use the cannabis plant in the recipe. President Trump passed a farm bill in December of 2018 that you can take a look at to help you understand how CBD is legal and the future of cannabis in the United States.
CBD is legal in most states, and doctors may even suggest it to their patients as a natural medicine route for alleviating things like pain or anxiety. Check to see if your state has legalized CBD and cannabis use before getting started with the recipes.
What Strains to Use
There are plenty of different strains available, and they’re good for different things. Consider what you’ll be using the tincture for before choosing a strain. Pay attention to the THC to CBD ratio when looking for a strain to use for a CBD tincture. If you don’t want to feel any euphoric effects, opt for one with little to no THC.
- If you struggle with headaches, anxiety, or inflammation, you’d do best to use a strain of ACDC.
- Targeting stress and anxiety is what a Harlequin strain will do. It’s known for calming people down, but it’s good to keep in mind that even though it has a high CBD content, it also has a high THC content.
- If you want something that won’t give you the effects of feeling high, consider a strain of Charlotte’s Web. It’s one of the most popular strains in the world and is great if you struggle with eating disorders.
- Harle-Tsu is the best fit for people looking for pain relief. It’s known for having a high CBD amount while having less than one percent of THC. In addition to helping with pain, this strain also helps with inflammation. Due to its low THC content, this strain is also good for those that don’t want the effects of feeling inebriated.
Two Methods of Making CBD Tincture
The two methods we’ll be covering today are the oil method and the ethanol method. Please follow these directions as closely as possible to get the best homemade CBD tincture.
Some people will call this the alcohol method because it uses ethanol. Just about anyone can use this method, and it’s great if you’ve never made CBD oil before. You don’t need any special equipment or set of skills to make CBD oil this way.
The two main reasons you want to use alcohol is because it won’t leave a gross smell or taste in the final product. Follow the directions below to make CBD oil this way!
What you’ll need:
- Ceramic bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Straining bag/sieve
- Double boiler
- Container for the CBD tincture
- Get your preferred strain of hemp and place it in a ceramic bowl
- Pour in the alcohol until the hemp is covered
- Stir continuously for around six minutes
- Take your spoon to remove the resin
- Use your sieve or straining bag as a filter, squeezing as much out as you can
- Repeat step five until you think all of the oil is out
- Take the oil extract and pour it into your double boiler
- Put the double boiler on the stove until you begin to see bubbles
- Keep doing this until all of the alcohol has evaporated
- With a low flame, allow it to simmer for around half an hour
- Mix the substance in your double boiler
- Once it’s cooled, transfer into an appropriate container with a proper seal
Before you start with the oil method, you’ll need to choose a carrier oil that you prefer. There are benefits from different oils like sunflower oil, coconut oil, and more. The oil method is much more time consuming, but many people prefer it over the alcohol method. Choose which oil you like best and follow the directions below for your own homemade CBD oil!
What you’ll need:
- Carrier oil
- A pan
- Container for CBD oil
- Using your choice of cannabis, place the buds in the oven at 220 degrees for an hour and a half
- Once cooled, use a grinder to grind up the buds and separate the stems
- Take your jar and mix in the ground up hemp with the carrier oil you chose
- Make sure the oil covers the hemp completely
- The amount of oil you use depends on how potent you’d like the final product to be—more oil will make it less potent and vice versa
- Put water in a pan and place on the stove
- Place the jar with the mixture inside the pan until the water begins to boil
- Make sure the jar has a lid to keep the contents secure
- Take the jar off the heat and place it on a towel
- Take the temperature of the oil, making sure it’s reached at least 200 degrees
- Place it back in the pan and continue letting it “cook” for a few hours on a low heat
- Check occasionally to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated
- After three hours, turn the stove off and allow the mixture to sit for an additional three hours while the CBD continues to extract from the cannabis
- Repeat steps 11-13 again and then leave the oil overnight
- The next day, take a cheesecloth to strain the extract into a proper container and store with a tight lid
If after reading this you’re feeling a bit intimidated, that’s normal. If it all seems too much, you can always buy a bottle of CBD oil online. Your finished oil can now be ingested in several ways. The most popular ways are orally, topically, or with a vape pen. Following either set of directions above exactly will get you a much more cost-efficient bottle of CBD oil to help you with pain, anxiety, stress, or whatever ailments you choose to use it for! Good luck!