10 Oct How to Make CBD Oil With Coconut Oil
Did you know that you can easily make a high-quality CBD infused oil at home in your kitchen? Some people are really surprised to find out that this is an option! It is actually very easy to make a CBD oil that you can use to make your own tasty edibles, skin balms or salves, put into capsules, or even just eat with a spoon.
In this article, we will provide you with an easy, do-it-yourself, CBD coconut oil recipe that you can make at home yourself in addition to providing you with some really helpful information that will help to demystify the world of CBD infused oils.
What is CBD Infused Oil?
You’ve probably done a lot of research by now and have seen the incredible variety of options that are available online for CBD oils. These options include tincture oils that are meant to be taken sublingually, an incredible variety of ready-to-eat edibles for every taste, and even creams and ointments meant for topical use.
You’ve probably read about all of the benefits of full-spectrum oil, and maybe you even researched the different extraction methods.
What you may not have read about is that you can easily make a CBD infused oil that is just as “full spectrum” and just as concentrated as some of those more expensive options available in the CBD market. Commercial CBD oils are basically full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolate mixed in with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil, sesame oil, and very commonly coconut oil.
Homemade CBD infused oil is essentially the same thing as these fancy extract tinctures. The major difference is that you are skipping the high-tech CBD extraction process and are infusing the oil with CBD and all the other compounds found in hemp through a process known scientifically as decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is essentially the process of heating your hemp or cannabis plant material so that the cannabinoids such as CBD (and THC when present) are changed and become bioavailable to the consumer. By heating the hemp or cannabis plant matter together with your chosen oil for a drawn out period of time, you successfully “activate” all the cannabinoid compounds in the hemp and infuse them into the carrier oil.
Homemade CBD infused oils function in pretty much the same way as all other full spectrum CBD products. One thing to take note of though is that these oils do not work for vaping.
Why Would I Want to Make CBD Oil With Coconut Oil At Home?
There are two main reasons why you might want to know how to make CBD oil with coconut oil.
The costs of CBD extract in tincture can be prohibitive for some. A 15ml (about 1 tablespoon) bottle of high-quality organic CBD (THC free) tincture can cost around $40. Some companies sell bottles that measure one fluid ounce, or about 2 tablespoons, for as much as $125. For people on a tight budget, that is a really hard investment to make.
On the other hand, high-quality organic hemp flower buds can be found for as low as $60 an ounce (28 grams) and even more expensive varieties can be found for less than $230. An ounce is a lot of hemp flowers! Some hemp farmers and companies sell high-quality hemp shake and trim (leftovers from the pruning and drying process) for as little as $30 an ounce. If you want to use a THC containing variety of marijuana, you can expect the price to go up a bit. Even still, you will end up with much more product for a similar investment.
Coconut oil is also very widely available and is quite economical. If you want unrefined, organic high-quality coconut you can pay as little as $7 to around $15 for a 15 – 16 oz container (2 cups) depending on the brand.
For as little as $60, you can make around two cups of high-quality CBD oil with coconut oil using our simple CBD coconut oil recipe that we provide below.
If you like to know exactly what you are consuming, no matter what the product is, you know that the only way to be 100% sure of the quality and purity of a product is to make it yourself. By learning how to make CBD oil with Coconut oil at home you have absolute control over the variety of hemp or cannabis that you will be using and can choose the best quality carrier oil.
Are there any disadvantages to making your own CBD infused coconut oil at home? Sure. If you don’t have the best equipment and need to improvise, you will find yourself tied to the house for a few hours during the decarboxylation process.
There might also be legal implications if you choose to create a product using THC containing cannabis. While hemp-type cannabis is legal in all 50 states in the US, there are still states which prohibit marijuana type cannabis and products derived from it.
You should also know that when you make CBD oil with coconut oil at home, the final product will contain all cannabinoids present in the plant matter that you are processing. Even if you use a low THC hemp variety cannabis, any THC present in the plant will make it into the final product. This could potentially cause you issues if you need to pass a drug test.
Why Use Coconut Oil?
It should be noted that you can actually use any kind of carrier oil in this process. Hemp seed oil, olive oil, and even butter all make great options for infusing CBD. Coconut oil is particularly great, and most recommended, for a couple of different reasons.
First, coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fats. This abundance of the right kind of fats are perfect for the cannabinoids to adhere to. This means that your CBD infused coconut oil will have a much higher concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids than, say, olive oil.
Second, coconut oil is a fantastic option because it stays solid at room temperature. This makes it the best option for use in ointments and topicals. It also allows for easy dosing and measurements when you use your CBD infused oil in other preparations.
As a bonus – coconut oil is really good for your skin. It is an amazing moisturizer for dry skin and even has properties that protect you from the sun, just like a low-level sunscreen.
And lastly, coconut oil is just plain healthy. It is generally recognized as a “superfood.” Those saturated fats are the healthy kind, proven to actually boost fat burning in the body and provide your body with quick and easily accessible energy. Coconut oil is also very high in certain fatty acids that are proven to be antimicrobial and healthy for gut health.
Overall, we feel that coconut oil is the ideal choice for those who want to make CBD oil at home.
Making CBD Oil with Cannabis or Hemp – Strains to Consider
The question of which strain to use when making our CBD coconut oil recipe a very personal decision. You must ask yourself a couple of questions first and then do a little research.
Do you want your CBD oil to contain THC? If so, how high of a concentration do you want of each cannabinoid? Be sure to investigate carefully your different options to know what you will be consuming in your CBD oil.
A couple of really great high CBD/THC containing strains that you may want to consider when you make your CBD oil with coconut oil are:
is known for being uplifting, this strain has a fairly low THC concentration at around 8% relatively high CBD concentration of around 13%. This is a great medicinal variety that is perfect for insomnia and pain relief.
is a great variety well known in the medical marijuana community for providing pain relief and helping to control stress. This strain contains about 8% THC and 8% CBD and is known for helping its users to feel happy, more focused and uplifted.
is a variety that is really low THC (around 1%) and fairly high in CBD (up to 18%). This strain is recognized as being particularly great at relieving stress, pain, depression and even seizures. The very low THC levels make it ideal for someone who wants to take advantage of THC in the entourage of cannabinoids while avoiding the effects of a full-on “high.” It is great for enhancing focus and upping productivity while at the same time leaving the consumer feeling completely relaxed.
This is a strain that has a higher concentration of THC of 14% and CBD levels of about 12%. This balance of THC to CBC makes for a very balanced “high” while providing notable medical benefits, mostly in the treatment of pain, depression, and stress. It is worth noting that this strain is particularly good at stimulating the appetite.
If you are looking to avoid THC, be sure to stick with a hemp variety cannabis option. High-quality hemp flowers, as mentioned above, are widely available in Canada and across the US with the legalization of industrial hemp.
Some notable hemp strains, developed to have a high CBD content, include:
an outdoor variety hemp that has an 18.2% CBD content. It is reportedly very effective for those who suffer from insomnia.
This strain also has a CBD content of over 20% and is known for producing calm and relaxing “indica-like” effects, without the THC. It reports having very high levels of terpenes such as caryophyllene, myrcene and humulene that give it a great flavor.
is a strain of hemp that has just over 17% CBD and quite a list of measurable terpenes. It is recommended for relaxation, without the high.
So, Here’s the Recipe! How to Make CBD Oil with Coconut Oil
So now that you’ve decided on what kind of cannabis variety you want to use, you are ready to get started here is our own CBD coconut oil recipe for you to prepare at home!
- 16 grams of hemp or cannabis flowers
- One container of 15 to 16 oz coconut oil
First, you’ll need some basic equipment
The best option is a slow cooker. If you don’t have a slow cooker, look for a stove-top double boiler. If you don’t have access to either of these options, you can easily invent a double boiler or if need be, process the oil in a saucepan.
Make sure to have a kitchen thermometer, a spatula, and a strainer.
Next, prepare your cannabis plant material (we recommend hemp or cannabis flowers).
Finely chop or grind the plant matter. You can do this with an herb grinder, blender, scissors, or with a simple knife. Chop the cannabis finely, but avoid turning it into a powder. If the particles are too small, they’ll pass through your strainer into the final product.
Prepare the Pot
Turn on your slow cooker to maintain a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can play with the temperature a bit here, understanding that lower temperatures will prolong the process and higher temperatures will speed it up. Whatever you do, never let the oil reach a temperature higher than 240 degrees, because you will ruin all of the cannabinoids!
If you are using a double boiler, add the water in the bottom pot and set up the top pot. Make sure to not overfill the water! The water should not touch the upper pot. Put the pot on medium-high heat on the stovetop until it comes to a boil, then lower the heat so that the water maintains a lively simmer underneath the pot.
If you are using a saucepan over direct heat, we recommend starting at a medium-low setting on the stove and then adjusting the temperature as needed.
No matter what kind of pot you are preparing your CBD oil in, use a standard kitchen thermometer to keep track of the temperature of your oil.throughout the entire process.
Mix the Ingredients
In your pot, put the finely ground cannabis together with the oil and let it all melt together, stirring it so that it mixes evenly.
If you are using a slow cooker or double boiler, check on the oil every so often to make sure the temperature is stable and give the oil a stir.
If you are using a saucepan over direct heat you will need to be more vigilant, stirring more frequently and checking the temperature to make adjustments as needed.
This recipe is so easy! All you have to do now is wait. Let your cannabis simmer in the coconut oil for a minimum of three hours. Four to six hours is best, though some folks recommend leaving the mixture on heat for up to eight hours. During this time your cannabis is slowly undergoing the decarboxylation process and all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds are being released into the coconut oil. Be patient. It’s worth the wait!
Cool and Strain Your Oil
After the appropriate time has passed, take your oil off the heat or turn off your slow cooker. Allow the oil to cool down to about room temperature and prepare to strain the plant matter out of the oil before it cools enough to solidify.
Using a metal strainer, or better yet a cheesecloth, filter out the plant matter and pour your coconut oil back into its original container. Be sure to give a light squeeze or pressing to get the last bit of oil out of the plant matter.
You can expect your CBD coconut oil to have a slight greenish color and smell similar to the strain you decided to use in your infusion. The oil should last at least two months before going off, longer if you store it in the refrigerator.
What to do with all that leftover cannabis?
There’s not a whole lot of anything left in the plant matter when all is said and done. But still, that is a lot of flowers to just throw in the compost. Some people recommend storing it and mixing it into other foods; adding it to smoothies, brownies or other edibles. Waste not, want not, right?
A Word About Dosing and Potency
The strength of the final product of this CDB coconut oil recipe has everything to do with the strain of cannabis you choose to use. Calculating the potency and dosage of your homemade CBD coconut oil can be complicated and a little inexact. www.howtoedibles.com has an easy-to-use edible dosage calculator that can give you an idea of how strong your oil will be if it contains THC.
If you are using a strain of cannabis that contains 14% THC or more, the recipe you have just prepared will make a pretty strong oil. You could easily make about 200 moderate dose oil capsules using a strain with 14% THC.
If you have made a THC containing CBD oil, it is really important to test your product a little at a time until you know how the dosage will affect you. Keep in mind that even using a 1% THC cannabis strain, with this recipe you will make about 20 low doses of containing about 8 mg of THC each.
If you have made a pure CBD oil using a hemp variety of cannabis, it is still wise to “get to know” your oil starting with small doses until you find the dose that works best for you.
Now You Know How To Make CBD Oil with Coconut Oil At Home!
Congratulations! You’ve discovered that high-quality, high potency CBD oil does not have to be an expensive investment. With this CDB coconut oil recipe, you can create a high quality CBD oil to use via sublingual dose, packaged up in easy to take capsules, used to create other edible delights like cookies or brownies, mixed into your smoothie, or even used to create soothing ointments and rubs.
Good luck in the kitchen!