Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. Among the 113 known cannabinoids, it is the second most prominent in the plant, the first being THC. It is a prevalent herbal compound, especially in the USA, with projected sales of USD 47 billion by 2028 and goes with the trade names Epidolex and Epidyolex. Cultivators extract the mixture from the Hemp plant, a botanical class of the cannabis plant. One can consume the extract by smoking, using it as an oil, or as a cream. Its edible products are also available in the market.
The extract may help relieve pain, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, chronic joint pains, etc. These medical benefits require more research to prove whether or not the extract is beneficial to humans. The legal status of various countries shows that the ‘extract’ has medical approval. In the UK, it is a prescription-only drug. In the USA, it falls under Schedule V. In Australia, it is a Pharmacist-only drug, and many such countries are there.
The article will discuss which fives one can prepare one’s own CBD oil and master the art of preparing it. Let’s check them out.
How Is CBD Oil Made?
Primarily, people separate CBD molecules using the CO2 extraction method. Cultivators extract CBD from ‘industrial hemp.’, which contains less than 0.3% of THC. Thus, the oil manufactured using hemp is non-psychoactive and produces negligible intoxication.
The process requires one to keep the hemp in a chamber filled with CO2 gas. Then, turning the gas into liquid by applying the correct pressure, the oil from the hemp gets absorbed, and the final product comes out as a mixture of the CO2 gas and CBD. Finally, the gas and the CBD oil get separated.
There are various other processes like alcohol extraction, grass, and company extraction, which can also be employed to get industrial CBD oil.
5 Tips To Make Your Cannabis-Infused Oil
There are a few tips that one should keep in mind while making their own CBD oil. Here we list five essential tips to keep in mind while preparing cannabis-infused oil.
- Choose Strains With High CBD Content
There are various strains available in the market. Some are high on THC content and low on CBD, which we never recommend using. Instead, we recommend using ‘strains’ with a high amount of both CBD and THC and a high amount of CBD but low THC content. Increasing THC content would make the strain more psychoactive and intoxicating, but the benefits remain the same.
Three of the most potent CBD strains are Moon Rocks, Hawaiian haze, and Sour Space Candy. Not only do these strains contain CBD and THC, but also other vital cannabinoids like CBN and CBG. Of course, the choice of strain varies from individual to individual, so we leave the choice up to you.
- Use High-Quality And Healthy Fat Oil
Carrier oils are an essential part of the preparation of CBD oil. The oil helps absorb the molecules of the compound so that the human body can further absorb them. Besides better absorption, the carrier oil helps easier dosing and has added benefits like protecting the heart.
The carrier oils are MCT oil, hemp seed oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. These are high-quality and healthy oils.
- MCT oil is light and contains more than 90% saturated fat aiding in better absorption.
- Besides being high quality, hemp seed oil has high oxidant levels and a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, lowering inflammation chances.
- Olive is the most used carrier oil because of its antioxidant properties and a rich supply of vitamins and iron.
- The digestive tract can easily absorb avocado oil and has antioxidants with a high quantity of essential vitamins.
- Keep The Ingredients Handy
Keeping things handy and keeping the cooking space clean are two ways one’s efficiency increases in the kitchen. The primary ingredients required to make the oil are – at least 14g of industrial hemp flower, grinder, baking sheet, foil, coconut oil, oven, thermometer, saucepan, and coffee filter.
Do everything with precision and calmly to get the maximum efficiency. Always clean the cooking space because cleanliness is next to Godliness, making cooking hassle-free.
- CBD Oil Storage
Various factors degrade the quality of CBD oil. The extract is light-sensitive. Thus, UV rays can degrade its quality. High temperature also lowers the ‘quality’ of the oil. Ideally, 21 C is the best temperature to keep the oil. One should avoid moisture while storing the ‘oil,’ so prevent humidity in the storage place.
The best place to store the CBD oil is to keep it in a ‘cool’ and dark place where there will be no water contact and temperature and light troubles. One should choose airtight containers with tinted glass and tightly closed caps. One can preserve the oil for more than six months and a year with proper storage.
- Try Adding Other Flavors
There are multiple flavors that one can try adding to the oil to spice up the taste. For example, fruit flavors include raspberry, blackberry, watermelon, green apples, strawberry, etc. In addition, there are various mint flavors like wintergreen, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc., and citrus and tropical fruits include orange, lemon, lime, etc. Applying these flavors will liven up the experience of using CBD oil.
Is CBD Legal In The USA?
In the USA, CBD lies in uncertainty regarding whether or not the extract is legal. However, at a Federal level, the 2018 Farm Bill, which made the cultivation of hemp legal in the states, legalized the cultivation of hemp. Thus, The bill also gave the extraction and use of various cannabinoids a green flag.
But many states have not recognized CBD oil as a legal product. However, things have been changing since 2018, and more and more states are showing the green flag. It may be just a matter of time before all these states accede to Federal law.
CBD has many health benefits like helping with chronic pain, joint pain, acne, blemishes, relaxing the mind, anxiety, depression, stress, etc. All these medical benefits come with CBD oil, which one can easily make at home. However, besides the good points, one should also know the side effects.
CBD oil doesn’t have many side effects if used with the correct dosage and technique. Some ‘effects’ include red eyes, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, etc. The side effects may be the reason why the legality of the extract lies in the gray area. With changing times and advancements in medical science, one can hope for better results in the research. One may use it to see the results if one feels like using it.