How To Make CBD Oil
Have you ever wondered how to make CBD oil at home, and if it’s possible do it yourself?
Cannabidiol (CBD) tinctures are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re convenient, portable, and easy to use. It’s among the most effective ways to take CBD, because CBD tinctures are highly bioavailable. Best of all, they’re easy to make yourself, without any expensive or hard-to-find supplies.
What is CBD?
In case you don’t already know, CBD is a cannabinoid — a type of natural compound derived from cannabis or hemp — which interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a variety of effects. The endocannabinoid system is made up of receptors all over the body that regulate processes like digestion, mood, sleep, and pain, working with specialized neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids.
Like other neurotransmitters, endocannabinoids can become unbalanced. Abnormal endocannabinoid levels have been connected with disorders like fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, post-traumatic stress disorder, and irritable bowel syndrome. CBD and other cannabinoids mimic these neurotransmitters and stimulate their production, which is likely how CBD is able to improve sleep, mood, anxiety levels, pain, and more.
CBD also has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and neuroprotective properties. Plus, it’s non-psychoactive, so you can experience the therapeutic effects of cannabis without the high.
Why use hemp flower to make CBD oil?
Recent changes to U.S. law — the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill — made hemp federally legal. In turn, this led to an explosion in popularity of hemp and related products. This includes hemp flower, which is another name for the buds produced by the hemp plant.
Buds from both hemp and psychoactive cannabis (aka, “marijuana”) look almost identical and can be utilized in the same way. That means you can smoke hemp flower, or turn the buds into concentrated tinctures and oils. The only real difference between the two is the cannabinoid content; specifically, hemp contains 0.3% or less THC.