How to make your own CBD Oil

Posted on September 4th, 2020 to Default blog by


Although there are tons of ready-made CBD oil products on the market, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you made some top quality CBD oil on your own. CBD oil is a non-intoxicating herbal remedy made from hemp flower. It is rich in cannabidiol, a type of compound found in cannabis that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. One of CBD’s benefits is that it conveys the beneficial properties of cannabis without the high since it contains little to no THC.

CBD oil can be used in a few different ways. Here are some popular methods of absorption:

Topically— meaning on your skin and absorbed thorough your skin.

Sublingual— where you place the oil under your tongue for a moment and letting it absorb into your system/bloodstream.

Ingestion— where you infuse it with food and/or beverages and your body digests it. You can also infuse it in cooking oils, butters, or even vegetable glycerin.

Inhalation— rolling it up and smoking it, putting it in a bong, etc.

With your chosen method of absorption the effect on your body would range from reducing inflammation, improving your stress response, or even soothe your pain. Since you are using Premium CBD to make your oil, you are opting for a non-intoxicating herbal remedy to combat any discomfort that you may have! I know you’re all too excited to find out how to feel amazing, so let’s get to it.

I guess the obvious and biggest question would be— 

How many grams of CBD and how many ounces of oil should I use?

Typically, to make a decent sized batch, 1oz of CBD flower or 28 grams its ideal, and 10-16oz of your carrier oil of choice is suffice.

You can use these amounts in the “slow”, “medium”, and “fast” ways that are explained below in this DIY Project.

TIP: If you want to make a super strong CBD infused oil, double the amount of decarbed buds into the oil and repeat the process(es). Alternatively, if you want to a milder experience, use smaller amounts of CBD.

To make your CBD oil from the comfort of your home or personal space, you will need a few ingredients. The first one is patience, since this process is broken down into two necessary yet major steps.

Main Ingredients:

The first part is to decarboxylate your CBD flower. The next part is the infusion process. You can do the infusion process “slow”, “medium”, or “fast”.

So— decarboxylation; what is that? All it means is that you activate the CBD and any other cannabis compounds and terpenes in the plant so that it can be at its maximum potency for infusion.

(Terpenes is a fancy word to describe the compound that gives the cannabis plants it’s flavor profiles and smell)

The compounds in the cannabis plants aren’t activated naturally; they need heat to do that. When you smoke the cannabis, that is like an instant decarboxylation process because you used the lighter spark the fire to create the smoke and vapors that you inhale.

First Part

Other Ingredients:

  • Baking sheet


You will need to lay out your CBD nugs our on a baking sheet. The higher the potency of the CBD, the better. City Hemp has some great options for this particular DIY project.

Set your oven to about 230°F, no more than 250°F so as not to burn the hemp flower, and let it bake for about 20-30 minutes.

Congratulations, you’ve started to “decarb”!

You’ll know when those precious nugs are ready when they start to look a light greenish-brownish color with a crisp texture. It should appear darker in color – usually, a light brown/yellow color, and not as green as fresh flower.

Now for the next part:

Other Ingredients:

Carrier Oil

You’ll want to choose a carrier oil such as olive oil or organic coconut oil. 

If you use fractionated coconut oil it’s not recommended to eat this. Keep that CBD infused batch for your skin and hair.

(To get in-depth information about choosing different types of oils to use for your homemade CBD oil, be on the lookout for that blog post. We’ll link it here once that’s edited and ready to go.)

Examples of carrier oils you can cook with* and use topically:

  • Organic Coconut oil
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Olive oil, some prefer extra virgin
  • Oil of oregano
  • Avocado oil
  • Almond or Sweet almond oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Rosehip seed oil

*Do your research for this list, and always check for allergies!

It is best to use organic, cold pressed oils.

The “slow” infusion way— No Heat:

Other Ingredients:

  • Mason Jar(s)/Canning Jar
  • Cheesecloth

Carrier oils that can withstand room temperature or cooler temperatures are best for this, as organic coconut oil will solidify in cooler temperatures.

You would add the decarbed buds to the carrier oil of your choice. A dark glass jar is preferred, but any durable glass jar with a tightly sealing lid will do

Keep the mixture in a cool dark place for several weeks, rather than heating it at all. Four, Six, or Eight weeks is a good start.

Strain with cheesecloth once infused for desired amount of time.

GET FANCYRead this to add some herbs to your infused CBD oil.

The “medium” infusion way— Mason Jar Double Boiler Method

Other Ingredients:

  • Mason Jar(s)/Canning Jar(s)
  • Metal rings from mason jars, or canning jars.
  • Medium sized stainless steel pot (or similar durable material)
  • Slightly smaller pot
  • Cheesecloth

Add decarbed nugs to carrier oil of your choice.

Simply put the metal rings from the mason jar in the bottom of a medium-sized stainless steel pot for the base of the double boiler or anything similar, like a pan (or slow cooker) and fill with pan with water. You can fill the pan to just above the metal rings, or fill the pot/pan just enough so that the mason jar doesn’t start to float.

You want to keep the mason jar with the CBD and oil off of direct heat. Heat the water, making sure that the jar is sitting on the rings and not the bottom of the pan. An ideal temperature is when the water starts to simmer, although I have come across some articles that say no more than 160°F.

You will do this for 2-4 hours; the longer the better. Bare minimum is an hour and a half. Keep adding water as it steams and evaporates

If you choose to close the lid on your jar, be sure to open the jar every half hour or so to release the steam buildup. Stirring is optional.


Mason Jar Method articles with good visuals:

Mason Jar Method 1

Mason Jar Method 2

Mason Jar Method 3

Mason Jar Method 4

NOTE: this process can be done with butter, coconut oil, olive oil and other oils, syrup, honey, cream, soy milk or other vegan milks, etc.

 Read this to add some herbs to your infused CBD oil.

Strain with cheesecloth.

The “fast” infusion way— The saucepan method

Other Ingredients:

  • Saucepan
  • Potspoon/Long handle Spoon
  • Mason Jar(s)/Canning Jar(s)
  • Cheesecloth

With this process, you will simmer your decarbed CBD nugs, carrier oil, and water on the stovetop in a saucepan.

Mix and saturate your decarboxylated cbd flower with the carrier oil.

You will use a 50:50 ratio of the infused oil and water. Add to the saucepan, THEN turn on the heat. Keep increasing the temperature until the mixture starts to simmer. You will know it’s simmering when you see small bubbles coming to the surface. Maintain this heat, no more than 230°F. Keep cooking the CBD oil until most of the water has evaporated.

Once you see your CBD particles begin to float, take it off the heat and let it cool. Once it is at a safe handling temperature, strain and transfer to a suitable container.

Leave the mixture for a few hours, overnight, or place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This will separate the remaining water and CBD oil, with the oil at the top, and water at the bottom.

Drain the water and enjoy your home made Premium CBD Oil!

This article has great photo references for the separating of oil and water.

Congratulations! You got some cool tips and tons of mini facts about CBD and the Oil making process!

Here are some links to find the ingredients used and listed throughout DIY Project:

Note, some of these links are affiliate links, as I am an Amazon Associates affiliate. Your interest is appreciated.

Premium, (high percentage) CBD:

Bubbaz Remedy

Mendocino Purp

Pineapple Kush

Cooking and Prep Materials:

Mason Jars


Baking Sheet

Canning Lids

Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil

Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

This Blog was written with tons of google searches and some help from the following articles:

Some of these articles will use cannabis “weed” for their ingredients. CBD and Weed, or THC look the same on the outside; it’s just that their internal compounds are different, thus the same measuring amounts can be interchanged for your preference of CBD or THC.…………

Mason Jar Method articles with good visuals:

GET FANCY: add some herbs to your infused CBD oil

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