If you’ve tried CBD and enjoyed its benefits, great! This incredible product is steadily becoming more popular around the world. And here’s some more great news: you can make your own CBD oil products at home! All you need is olive oil and CBD extract. Here’s an easy guide for how to make CBD oil with olive oil.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main compounds present in the cannabis sativa plant. It’s a safe, non-addictive substance with a huge range of health benefits. CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as the ECS. Your ECS plays an important role in regulating many of the processes that keep your body functioning every day: blood pressure, mood, energy production, immune function, glucose metabolism, appetite, pain management, and more.
Benefits of CBD
CBD comprises more than a hundred phytocannabinoids, which are similar to the cannabinoids your body produces. The two main cannabinoid receptors in the body are CB1 and CB2. CB1 is most closely associated with the nervous system and CB2 with inflammation. By mimicking your own cannabinoids, CBD encourages your body to provide relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and even chronic illnesses.
Users of CBD say that it helps to induce a sense of calm and wellbeing, which makes it ideal for anyone with a stressful lifestyle. Those with chronic pain disorders also report that CBD helps to relieve their symptoms while providing a wonderful natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Most importantly, CBD is free from the harmful side effects associated with many medications.
Using olive oil for CBD extraction
Adding CBD to a healthy fat such as olive oil is a highly effective way to reap the benefits of the compound. Although purity and quantity are also important, oil allows the body to access the medicinal properties more efficiently.
Like all cannabinoids, CBD is lipophilic. This means that its components love fat and are better absorbed when added to an oil. We’ll guide you through the process of olive oil CBD extraction. It’s fairly simple, but you’ll need some specific ingredients and materials.
- 1 cup ground cannabis buds or trims
- 1 cup high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Slow cooker (Crockpot or similar)
- Storage jar
Ready to create your first CBD olive oil? Let’s go!
- Preheat your oven to 220F.
- Use the grinder to grind the cannabis buds and trims.
- Spread the ground buds and trims on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
- Bake in your preheated oven for one hour. This process is called decarboxylation, which activates the compounds present in cannabis.
- Add the olive oil and decarboxylated cannabis to the slow cooker. Let it simmer on the low setting for about three hours.
- Turn the slow cooker off and let the mixture cool down until it’s warm enough to handle. Do not let it cool to room temperature, as the oil can solidify.
- Put the mixture into the cheesecloth and squeeze it through into a storage jar. Make sure that every last ounce is squeezed out.
- Store it in an air-tight container.
This process should yield about half a cup of CBD olive oil.
What to do with CBD olive oil
The great thing about CBD oil is that there are many different ways to consume it. The most popular methods include inhalation (through smoking or vaping), sublingual absorption (by placing drops under your tongue), ingesting it as edibles, or by applying it as a topical treatment.
One of the easiest and most effective ways of using CBD olive oil is sublingual absorption. Simply use a dropper to apply a few drops under your tongue and hold it in your mouth for around 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing. The CBD is absorbed quickly and efficiently via the sublingual glands in your mouth. You can take your CBD dosage at any time of the day, anywhere, and you’ll have complete control over how much you’re taking. Best of all, the effects should be felt fairly quickly—within around 10–15 minutes.
Another way to use CBD olive oil is topically. This means you can apply it to your skin and anywhere on your body as you would any topical treatment. Topical CBD is great for sore muscles and skin irritations such as acne or rashes. Olive oil harbors its own anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes it ideal for treating inflammation and pain. CBD olive oil is also said to be useful for treating migraines— simply apply a few drops of the oil to your temples.
Adding CBD olive oil to edibles is also highly popular, although it may take longer to feel the benefits. Because olive oil is a food product, CBD olive oil can be easily used in recipes such as CBD brownies, gummies, cakes, cookies, salad dressings, and more. Get creative!
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