How To Make CBD Oil For Beginners
Though the media continues to focus on marijuana products infused with THC, CBD products are quickly growing in popularity. This element that was once believed to have little to no purpose is an incredibly powerful component that can be helpful when utilized as a therapeutic agent.
CBD oil can be taken as a supplement to prevent certain conditions, as well as a treatment for both chronic and short-term issues. However, the most incredible thing about this element is, it can benefit patients, typically healthy and pain-free individuals and recreational consumers when taken correctly. Here you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD oil, including a step by step guide on how to make this oil at home.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil consists of an extractor like cooking oil or alcohol infused with the cannabinoid CBD. It will also include other elements like terpenes and cannabinoids that can be beneficial. However, it is important to note that most cannabis strains and CBD oils that are made using terpenes or cannabinoids will contain at least some amount of THC, which is the psychoactive element in marijuana plants.
The benefits of CBD are vast and range from physical changes to help with mental health issues. Below is a list of the most common conditions and symptoms that might improve with CBD oil treatment.
- Blood pressure
- Chronic pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Muscle spasms
- Spinal cord injury
Negative side effects
Unfortunately, though rare, there are a few side effects that you should know about before using any kind of CBD oil product. Some of the most commonly reported adverse effects include:
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of appetite
How to use CBD oil
Whether you are smoking, vaping, eating or topically applying CBD oil, bear in mind it is non-toxic, so there is no need to be concerned with overconsumption. However, there are a few recommendations and tips that you might want to consider implementing for the highest chances of success.
1. Start small
Even if your symptoms are severe, it is always a good idea, to begin with, the lowest dose of CBD, which is generally around 5mg. A low dose allows the consumer to assess how they will be affected and helps to keep adverse reactions to a minimum.
2. Slowly increase CBD doses
The goal of a CBD microdose for beginners is to see how they will initially react to the element, but this isn’t only important in the infancy of experimentation. If at first, you find that a low dose is ineffective, then allow for a 5mg increase at a time and wait at least a few days before making that change. Doing so can help you to build a tolerance and comfortability with CBD while seeking the perfect dosage for yourself.
3. Be patient
A lot of consumers expect products like CBD oil to work instantly on a problem, but the thing is, CBD is a component that doesn’t always induce noticeable sensations immediately. It may take hours, days, weeks or even months to notice any significant difference, depending on the problem at hand. So be patient and remain consistent with dosing guidelines. It might take a while, but you will find it eventually.
4. If at first, you don’t succeed, then try a different cannabis strain
Some hope to achieve the same results from CBD as they would from THC, and that isn’t always possible. However, no success with one batch does not mean that all hope is lost. If you are not pleased with the outcome, then try using CBD oil made from another cannabis strain. Remember each one contains a unique concoction of powerful elements that help to prop up and enhance specific qualities, as such the effects of each one differ greatly from the next, so it might take a few tries to find the perfect one for you.
5. Consider different methods of ingestion
Some people can garner relief more effectively from the mere topical application of CBD oil. However, many others are unable to achieve the same effects without pure oral ingestion, and this is generally caused by personal tolerance and the rate at which the body absorbs cannabinoids. If you don’t have luck with treating a symptom using one method, then it might be time to switch things up. This particular CBD oil can be made into a topical agent using cream, lotion or salve. It also works perfectly in baked goods, as well as mixed into beverages or absorbed by rubbing it onto the gums. Since it is non-toxic, it is entirely safe to experiment.
How to make CBD oil
iStock / Tinnakorn Jorruang
This might seem like a simple question until you realize just how many different types are out there. CBD oil can be made using almost any fat-based ingredient as long as it is safe for the method of ingestion that you prefer. Each different type of CBD oil serves a different purpose, with those like coconut oil made for both edible and topical options, and CBD tincture or vape juice designed for safe inhalation or ingestion.
How to make CBD oil with coconut oil
The most important thing to remember is, working with cannabis strains does increase the possibility of psychoactive effects. CBD oil is typically manufactured using hemp plant materials, and they contain little to no THC and plenty of CBD. This makes them the ideal option, for anyone who must pass drug testing or that wants to avoid all the foggy euphoric sensations that comes with it.
The trouble is most people have an easier time accessing hundreds of different marijuana strains than they do getting possession of tasty hemp flowers. Many would benefit from a measured dose of THC as well, as such most will learn how to make CBD oil at home using cannabis buds instead.
This guide will work with either plant’s flowers or cuttings, but if you’re looking for a potent CBD oil that consists of mainly just one element, then you will need to select the strain very carefully. Most marijuana strains produce very little CBD, so it is important, to begin with, the right one.
- 1 oz cannabis flowers, hemp buds, or leaf trimmings
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 1 weed grinder
- 1 baking sheet
- 2 mason jars
- 1 small pot
- 1 small clean dishcloth
- 1 thermometer
- 1 elastic
Preheat the oven to 220°F and grind up the plant materials while you wait.
Spread the bud grind across the baking sheet, then bake for 60-90 minutes. This step is necessary, as it decarboxylates the buds, which converts THCA and CBDA into their activated forms. Without it, you will not obtain the same benefits from your homemade CBD oil.
Once the bud grind is decarboxylated, dump it into one of the mason jars.
Pour coconut oil into the jar, ensuring it’s enough to saturate the plant matter. Bear in mind too much room for breathing will result in a less potent CBD oil.
Fasten the lid onto the mason jar. Place a towel in the bottom of a pot and fill the pan halfway with water.
Place it on a burner and set to medium heat.
Rest the mason jar on top of the towel, and wait for the liquid to hit 200°F.
Once it hits that ideal temperature, lower the burner, setting enough to avoid boiling over, while maintaining the 220°F. Allow simmering at this temperature for 3 hours. During this time, it is vital to check on the water level to avoid scalding and adding more water if needed to keep it from going dry.
After 3 hours of brewing, remove the jar from the pot and allow it to rest for 2-3 hours.
Reheat the mixture for another 3 hours at the same 220°F. (Some people skip over this additional extraction time, but this will result in a much less potent CBD product).
Once the oil has finished cooking for a second time, remove from the pot and allow to cool.
When the mixture is completely cool, and you can safely handle the jar, the mixture is now ready to be strain. Do this by placing a few layers of cheesecloth over the spout of the filled jar and fasten it into place using an elastic to create a filter, then slowly pour the CBD oil into the clean jar, and it will finally be processed and ready for use.
* Important note – This cannabis oil recipe is intended for topical and oral consumption, and not meant to be vaporized or smoked. *
How to make CBD vape oil from isolate
Vape oil is great for those who prefer vaping over smoking, and it’s relatively easy to make with almost any kind of vape juice and a few additional ingredients on hand. For those who don’t have vape juice, we have included a recipe from scratch for how to make CBD vape oil from isolate.
Best Cannabis Strains For Beginners
Join our Text Club for Exclusive Specials and updates on new Strain Drops!
November 15, 2021 by Pure Oasis
The first experience you have with cannabis is a defining experience. For many, an unpleasant first encounter with cannabis can lead to a life-long hesitancy towards this beneficial medicine. This makes it important to approach your first session with some caution to make sure you do not take too high of a dose.
In this guide, we will provide some tips on how to have a great first experience while also sharing some of the best strains for beginners.
How To Prepare For The First Time
Congratulations! After hearing about all of the benefits, you’ve decided that you want to give cannabis a shot. Before you take that first hit, there are some important things to keep in mind.
For starters, brace yourself to not get high your first time. Depending on your age and any previous drug experience, your first time may not be too exciting. For this reason, it is important to be patient and not lose hope after just one try. It is common and something that can just happen!
Adding onto that, we also recommend making sure that you inhale your first time. For many first-timers, this is an easy step to miss. For many people, the first time they really inhaled was the first time they really felt it. So, during your first try, make sure you get a full inhale of smoke and allow it to take you to infinity and beyond!
Finally, make sure you hydrate! Dehydration is one of the easiest ways to cause your body to tense up and become anxious. Coughing and smoke can make your mouth and throat very dry, so be sure to keep some fresh water on hand in order to keep yourself grounded.
Top Cannabis Strains For Beginners
Without further ado, here are the best strains to consider as a newcomer to cannabis:
The obligatory “popular” weed strain is Blue Dream. Blue Dream is famous due to its well-balanced and euphoric effects that keep newbies and veterans alike hooked. BD is known for its mellow experience and balanced, full-body effects. Lovers of Blue Dream enjoy the calming yet creatively invigorating mental state that it can breed.
While Harlequin can be strong at higher doses, it is a great choice for beginners due to its high CBD:THC ratio. This creates a very smooth environment that is very unlikely to become overwhelming. The effects for most people include a calming yet euphoric high that soothes the mind.
For many smokers, OG Kush was their first introduction to weed — and for good reason! The strain really is the OG of cannabis. With a delicious smell and flavor, OG Kush is able to provide a very balanced head and body high that helps to wash away stress and anxiety while creating a positive and goofy mental state that can help you to enjoy any activity in a new light. OG Kush is an Indica dominant strain, making it best to enjoy in the back half of the day leading to bedtime.
Jack Herer became famous back in the 70s when cannabis was making its rounds in the hippie community. This strain achieved legendary status due to its light yet captivating effects. This strain is perfect for new users because it welcomes you to cannabis with open arms, showing you the delights of being high without plunging you too deeply into the rabbit hole. It is known to cause a warm, invigorating euphoria that can help you feel delighted with any task without the chance of overstimulation.
If you enjoy meditating and enjoying dreamy, calming experiences, then God’s Gift may be a fun option for your first session. While this strain can be a pretty strong experience at higher doses, just taking a few puffs can get you a very fun, relieving, yet stimulating high that anyone will enjoy. Be careful with how much you use, though, as this strain contains a good amount of THC.
A fun and interesting choice for first-timers, GDP is a fun, purple-flowered cannabis strain that provides a sleepy, dreamy, pain and anxiety-relieving high. GDP is an Indica strain that is best saved for users who want to relieve stress and anxiety or get to sleep more easily.
This strain is a great option for newcomers because it provides a very relaxing, tiring, and munchie-fueled high that can give you that classic stoner experience with your friends.
Get Cannabis From Pure Oasis
No matter what strain you go with, the fact is that various strains affect people differently, and everyone’s tolerance for cannabis varies. With this in mind, just pick a strain that interests you, be safe, and have fun!
Pure Oasis is Boston’s original cannabis dispensary. Their boutique cannabis dispensary offers a user-friendly experience with knowledgeable staff and a wide variety of high-quality cannabis products.