August 30, 2018 11 min read
How to Make CBD Extract from Marijuana
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main active substance of marijuana in terms of medical cannabis. It’s been linked to many health benefits which have been acknowledged by organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration. In 2003, CBD obtained a patent from the US government, which allows it to be used for treating inflammation, pain and neurodegenerative disorders.
CBD is not the same as THC, which is the psychoactive substance of marijuana used by people to get high. Cannabidiol does not alter the mind and can be used any time of the day as it has trace amounts of THC content. It comes in the form of capsules, CBD oil, tea, vape pen liquids, but it can also be extracted at home.
What is hemp oil?
Concentrated marijuana extracts, also known as hemp oils, are often used to support the quality of life on a daily basis. The extraction process of hemp oil is quite simple and its goal is to obtain cannabinoids and other beneficial components, such as terpenes, in a highly concentrated form. Cannabis oil is usually taken orally by dosing a small amount of drops several times a day.
Can I extract CBD oil at home?
Cannabis oil is obtained through a variety of extraction methods, but the most popular one involves using solvents and evaporating them to acquire cannabis extracts. However, this is not the best method, because it may leave behind residual solvents. In order to obtain the perfect composition and purity of hemp oil, a CO2 extraction technology system has been introduced to the extraction process. It allows obtaining the CDB extract in the most natural way possible without the use of solvents and additives.
Cannabis concentrate is obtained from Cannabis sativa – commonly referred to as medical marijuana. Pure hemp extracts are becoming the most popular CBD products as their effectiveness is often times greater than of other products. This is due to the synergistic interaction of individual cannabinoids. As the industry develops, it’s becoming easier and easier to acquire special equipment that enables at-home cannabinoid extraction methods. The only thing required is a CBD extraction kit.
When using the CBD extraction kit (cannolator), it only takes two hours to enjoy handmade CBD oil. Extracting marijuana concentrates with the device also allows to reduce the amount of alcohol involved in the process up to 50%. This gives you a much richer active substance. Smaller amounts of solvent used during the extraction process guarantee a higher quality of CBD oil.
How do I prepare the CDB extract?
The CBD extraction kit can be used to produce non-psychoactive CBD oil from legally available cannabis plants. 20 grams of Cannabis sativa marijuana will provide about 2 grams of pure extract. The extract thus obtained is usually diluted with olive oil or hemp seed oil to make dispensing easier.
The products available on the market as “CBD oil” are ready-mixed blends of cannabis extracts and other essential oils. With 2 g of pure CBD extract obtained, you can get any amount of the final product, depending on the desired concentration.
You can buy ready-made oil extracting sets containing the necessary instruments online. These include test tubes, a thermometer, a heater and bowls. Of course, such sets do not contain the dried hemp.
How to extract CBD oil? Follow the instructions below:
-prepare 20 grams of Cannabis sativa; do not use roots and stems; make sure you use this exact form of marijuana, as it naturally contains 0,2% THC and therefore won’t be psychoactive due to its low THC concentration;
-dry the hemp very carefully and shred, preferably by hand;
-insert a dried sample into the test tube and crumple it to the bottom;
-put the air tube (included in the kit) through the hole in the test tube – the tube must not be immersed in alcohol;
-pour 120 ml of 95% alcohol into the test tube to obtain a ratio of 6:1;
-set the device to 100°C, the machine heat the alcohol to 79°C and evaporate;
-as the amount of alcohol gets reduced, gradually add water; when it evaporates, air bubbles will begin to form;
-check the weight, if you receive 2 g of pure extract oil, add a few drops of sunflower oil, hash oil, honey oil or olive oil, which will make dosing easier;
-If everything goes well, after adding another oil you should get 10 ml of oil which means over 250 drops.
Easy! Making your own cannabis oil will ensure you’re getting the purest product on the market.
Disclaimer: Please note that all products containing CBD which are available at Bionativa are food supplements. Their goal is to support the maintenance of your health and well-being. All the information provided at bionativa.co.uk is for informational purposes only and should not be treated as medicinal claims.