The best part? It’s not too complicated, and there are a myriad of products you can create for various uses. Plus depending on the route you take, it doesn’t have to cost much. And over time, it might even save you some money if you regularly buy CBD products! It is also great for people who are particular about ingredients and processes because it gives you complete control over your end result. Unless you grow your own hemp, you likely won’t be able to do much about how the hemp plants are grown; however, you can find a great hemp flower brand that implements growing processes you resonate with.
Of course, the most important ingredient, the star of our show: hemp or CBD. Before buying your main ingredient, it is important to determine exactly what kind of product you want to make – and determine how much you want to spend. Like anything else, preparation is the key to success – especially when you’re doing something for the very first time!
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is a non-psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant. The US federal government removed industrial hemp from the Schedule I Substances list, effectively legalizing hemp-derived CBD products. The catch? All hemp must test below 0.3% THC. If the plant tests with higher THC than allowed – the plants must be immediately destroyed and not sold or used for anything else.
You can make a product that works for your needs but doesn’t create a high. It is a plant-based product and comes with very few side effects.
We always recommend talking with a CBD-educated physician that knows your medical history before implementing CBD into your routine.
You can make your products a few different ways, either starting with raw hemp flower or an already-formulated CBD extract. Surya is one company that makes their CBD extracts available to the public: note that CBD extracts are different from CBD tinctures. Surya’s tinctures are formulated with this extract, and tinctures from other brands are made with a CBD extract, but goes through additional processes to create the final product known as the CBD tincture or CBD oil.
CBD extracts can be used in virtually any DIY recipe and make the process a lot faster than extracting the hemp yourself. If you’re looking for a simple, quick(er), less-expensive process: go the CBD extract route. It’s just like adding another ingredient into a recipe, just open the extract and pour.
Here are a few ways to utilize CBD extract at home:
Here is one recipe for a homemade CBD balm.
Here is one recipe for a thinner homemade CBD salve.
As if you needed more of a reason to do-it-yourself, homemade CBD products make amazing gifts. CBD products can easily be an upwards of $100, so gift an incredibly valuable gift at the fraction of the price! There are a plethora of recipes online for CBD products, so start with one you like as your base – then feel free to change it up in a way that works for you.
If you are in it for the long haul with your do-it-yourself CBD products journey – we highly recommend starting with hemp flower. Why? It ultimately saves you money and allows you to have more control over the final product. We also recommend that you buy the highest quality, 3rd party tested flowers—if you are going to be putting them in your body, on your body or giving them as gifts, you want the highest quality possible.
First, check out the quality of the hemp flower—ask for the results of any 3rd party testing—and if a company doesn’t test their flower, just cross them off your list—you only want to buy the best.
Here are a few more tips to getting the highest quality CBD flower—you may want to buy a small amount from a few quality companies once you have checked out their lab tests so that you can better choose between them.
What can you make? Well—you can make CBD balms, soaps, salves, lotions and massage oils.
It can be as simple as adding your CBD oil (see below) to shea butter and possibly adding a drop or two of an essential oil like lavender or eucalyptus or it can be more complex—it can include extra ingredients like beeswax for a thicker balm or more oil for a lotion.
To make CBD edibles from raw flower, you’ll need a precision cooker, which is also known as a decarboxylator. Precision cookers will consistently maintain the temperature needed to activate CBD (and other cannabinoids) and are a fantastic investment for people wanting to make consistently great CBD products. Ardent Cannabis offers sleek precision cookers for just this, and bonus: no smell & they’re super easy to clean!
This recipe from Nourished Kitchen uses just two (or three if you want to add mint) ingredients to create a potent CBD oil. Plus, you know exactly how it was made.
Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need:
Here’s how to make the CBD oil. Note: This recipe does use the Ardent Flex, however, Ardent is not sponsoring this LeafReport article. Ardent makes a great precision cooker, and the recipe we are showing you today recommends using it, too.
Place the hemp flower inside the Ardent Flex, and then press the mode button to activate the A2 mode (approximately 280 F). Allow the flex to run the full cycle and cool completely, at least 30 minutes after the cycle completes.
Alternatively, to decarboxylate the hemp flower, heat the flowers in a 225o F oven. Break up the flowers into smaller chunks, laying the flower pieces in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, remove and allow to cool. Store the cooled decarboxylated flowers in clean glass jars in a cool, dark place.
Decarboxylation removes the waxy cuticle from the plant and “activates” the cannabinoids by converting from the inactive acidic form to the active non-acidic form. (ie. Converting from CBDA CBD)
If you are not using the Flex:
This article should give you a good start in your next CBD adventure. You can try all sorts of different recipes for all sorts of CBD products. Just remember to start with the best quality of CBD flower (or extract) that you can—the rest is the easy part!