A step-by-step guide to making CBD oil products from home is simple.The oil can be used in different ways, from applying it topically, adding it in an edible recipe, or having it on its own. Read on to discover the procedure to follow.

The Ingredients

There are two main ingredients;

  • Hemp flowers that contain high CBD content
  • Carrier oil, e.g., olive oil or coconut oil.

Source the hemp flowers locally or order them online. They should contain high CBD content so that a homemade CBD oil may have most of the beneficial compounds. An individual should choose the right carrier oil for CBD oil. Olive or coconut oil can be found for the infusion. However, highly refined oils like vegetable and corn oils are not recommended for a homemade CBD oil.

The Activation Process

Before making the CBD oil, obtain the CBD from hemp. Then, activate it and the other compounds through decarboxylation. This process involves heating the compounds of the cannabis plant to activate them. Traditionally, this could be done by smoking the plant. However, an alternative means is through heating. An affordable method of activating the plant compounds is baking the hemp flowers in a slow oven, for one hour. A slow cooker is another option. Unfortunately, using a slow oven or cooker might not activate all the CBD in the hemp. A precision cooker, or a decarboxylator, is a more precise way of activating the CBD. It maintains the temperatures required for all the compounds of cannabis to be activated and in a higher percentage. Therefore, a precision cooker is ideal for consistent CBD oil. Once the hemp flowers are decarboxylated, they are ready to make CBD oil.

The Instructions

At this point, have these ingredients ready;

  • 5 grams of hemp flower with high CBD content
  • ¾ cup of olive oil

Also, these utensils are essential;

  • A decarboxylator, e.g., precision cooker.
  • A mesh sieve
  • Storage container

With all that ready, follow this procedure;

  • Place the 5 grams hemp flower in the precision cooker and initiate the cycle at around 280F. Once the cycle is complete, allow it to cool for around 30 minutes.
  • Then make the oil infusion by pouring the olive oil over the hemp flowers, seal and activate the infuse cycle.
  • When the cycle is done, let the machine cool down completely. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the oil.
  • Store the oil in a container and place it in a dark room at room temperature.
  • In the absence of a precision cooker, use the following procedure;
  • Bake the hemp flower at temperatures of 280F for 1 hour to decarboxylate it.
  • Transfer the hemp flower into a saucepan and add olive oil.
  • Have the lowest setting and allow the oil to infuse for around 2 hours.

However, this is not the best method of obtaining useful compounds.

Why Make Your Own CBD Oil?

CBD oil is popularly used for a variety of benefits. Its healing and anti-inflammatory properties have seen it through as incorporated in body creams, lotions, and ointments, which are applied topically. Some use it to reduce pain, acne, anxiety and depression. Therefore, with homemade CBD oil, it can be applied on ankles, knees, or any other external body part that is aching. Additionally, when making CBD oil, create an individual medicated product. Unfortunately, knowing the potency level of homemade CBD oil is tricky, making it easy for one to overdose and experience side effects. Therefore, maintain low doses of homemade CBD oil for protection. Having a homemade CBD oil for personal use is convenient since one can easily use it in foods, drinks, or recipes. You can have a cannabis dish or never go wrong with taking it on its own. However, watch out not to add raw cannabis in the recipe for this will prevent fat-soluble cannabinoids to bind for consistency. Moreover, one can use homemade CBD oil for a long period, anywhere between 6 months and 1 year. When it has no mold, the oil is safe for use. However, it can reduce potency over time because some THC will be naturally converted to CBN, another cannabinoid.  If you want to know the amount of CBD in a homemade CBD oil, check the percentage of CBD in the hemp that was used, the amount of hemp flower, and the amount of carrier oil used.

How to Use a Homemade CBD Oil

CBD oil is versatile, and can be used in different ways. This includes;

  • Consuming it on its own.
  • Adding a small dose in tea, coffee, or any other beverage
  • Incorporating it in a smoothie of your choice
  • Add it to body care regimen for topical application
  • Add it to meals
  • Substituting a small amount with olive oil in food and drink recipes
  • Apply it directly to the skin

The right dosage isn’t constant for each individual. Rather, first talk to a trusted healthcare provider to get advice on the right amount to take.

Tips For Your CBD Oil

To ensure you get the most out of your CBD oil, try doing the following;

  • Choose a high strain of CBD so that the CBD oil has a high content of beneficial compounds.
  • The fat used should be of high quality, e.g., olive oil. Other good options are avocado oil, coconut oil or even butter.
  • Store the CBD oil properly. When using olive or coconut oil, store it in a dark room out of reach of children.
  • For personal preference, enhance the flavor by adding vanilla, mint, or citrus extract. The flavors aren’t necessary if you strictly want CBD oil for cooking.


Making CBD oil at home offers convenience and versatility since it can  be used in different ways; in ointments, edibles, smoothies, different recipes, or even have it on its own. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine the potency level of the oil. Moreover, the more it stays over time, the more it loses its strength. Also, the plants have variations, and different variables affect the potency, e.g., storage, method of preparing the oil, etc. It is important to begin with small doses even when taking homemade CBD oil until you figure out a perfect dosage.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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