Making CBD products at home is a whole lot easier than you might think!
Here are the basics – CBD can be extracted into fats and alcohols. An example of some fats are; butter, coconut oil, bacon grease, etc. If you are extracting into alcohol we recommend at least 100 proof.
Hemp contains CBDa, which converts to CBD through a process of decarboxylation. To do this it needs to be heated up to about 240 F for about 30 minutes. This can be done a few different ways. You can grind it up and bake it in the oven first, or heat the medium you are extracting it into. Also, you want to keep the temperature below 275 F so that you don’t burn up the CBD.
To extract into a fat, simply grind up your flower material and mix it in on the stove top. Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature using a baking thermometer so that you don’t burn up the CBD. When you are done, strain it through a filter and compost the plant material. Your oil/fat will now have a greenish color to it. You can now use it in whatever recipes you like!
To extract into an alcohol, the process is the same. You will want to keep a lid on the pot while the alcohol simmers so as to not let it all evaporate. If you have already decarboxylated your flower material in the oven, then you can skip the stove and just put it in a jar with a lid on it for about a week. You don’t have to be as concerned about temperature because alcohol’s boiling point is low enough that it will not burn up your CBD. When finished, again strain through a filter. You may want to pour some more alcohol through the plant material to get the last bits out.
That’s about it, its really simple. Now is the fun part where you get to make your own CBD products. You can make brownies, skin care products, etc. The only limit is your imagination!
You can also just consume it how it is. It is safe for humans as well as pets to consume.