Furthermore, making cannabis oil is one of the most reliable ways to create medicated edible cannabis products. Even so, it is extremely difficult to determine the exact potency of homemade edibles or cannabis oil. Because of this, it is suggested to consume with caution in very small doses at first. Cannabis oil can be consumed on its own, or added to other edible cannabis recipes.
I personally like to use strains that are high in both THC and CBD to make oil and salves. To learn more about the differences between strains, CBD and THC, see this article: “Sativa, Indica & Autoflowers, the Differences Explained”.
Are you interested in making your own cannabis-infused oil? I don’t blame you! Making homemade cannabis oil is a great way to create a highly healing, concentrated, and versatile cannabis product. It is ready to use in edible recipes, topical salves, or even enjoy straight on its own. Especially if you use organic homegrown cannabis like we do, this is an excellent way to use up any extra or “fluffy” stuff too. It also happens to be very easy to make cannabis oil at home!
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Therefore, our cannabis oil recipe calls for decarboxylated cannabis as well. I provide very brief instructions on how to decarb raw cannabis below, but you can read further information about exactly how and why to decarb cannabis in the oven in this article.
The cannabinoid compounds found in raw cannabis (THCA and CBDA) are not the same as those found in cannabis that has been heated – such as those inhaled (THC and CBD) when you ignite or vaporize cannabis, or when cooking with cannabis. The process of heating and “activating” cannabis is called decarboxylation. It is what makes cannabis psychoactive, and also more potent for medicinal applications.
Yet when it comes to heating cannabis, it is best to do so low, slow, and methodically. There are time and temperature “sweet spots” where raw THCA and CBDA are converted into active THC and CBD. But without a precise process, over-heating or under-heating cannabis can lead to uneven activation of THC and CBD. Even worse, it may even destroy the THC or CBD altogether!
Most cannabis oil recipes call for cannabis that has already been properly decarboxylated first. The most common and fuss-free way is to decarb cannabis in the oven, and then add it to oil over a very low heat afterwards – avoiding further decarboxylation. Some folks choose to decarb their raw cannabis on the stovetop simultaneously with the oil infusion process. However, that requires significantly more careful monitoring to hit that time-temperature sweet spot (and not ruin it).
When choosing a THC-free CBD oil product, it's important to consider factors such as the type of hemp extract used (specifically, broad-spectrum versus CBD isolate), as well as where the hemp was grown (those grown overseas are not as tightly regulated as in the U.S.). States such as Colorado have especially strong hemp programs that spot-test hemp plants in the field to check THC levels and will investigate the use of any illegal pesticides.
According to the World Health Organization, THC-free CBD oil has no effects that indicate it may have abuse or dependence potential. Not to mention, there have been no findings of any health-related problems linked with pure CBD use. This means that you can gain the mental and physical benefits of the cannabis plant through CBD oil without the potential concerns associated with marijuana use.
If you've been considering adding CBD to your wellness routine but are concerned about possible side effects, THC-free CBD oil is a great place to start. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the part of the cannabis plant that's responsible for psychoactive effect (in other words, the feeling of being 'high'). While some types of CBD, or cannabidiol oil, contain very trace amounts of THC, an oil that's completely THC-free ensures you're not ingesting even the tiniest bit of the ingredient. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of CBD without worrying about any psychoactive effects that may impede your work or home activities.
Benefits of taking CBD without THC:
Keep in mind that you don't always have to ingest CBD by dropping it under your tongue. You could also add your CBD drops to your food and drink to make it more palatable, or if you have localized pain or soreness, you may want to try a topical CBD product.
When you're starting to take any CBD product, you'll want to begin with a very low dose and gradually increase only as tolerated. The amount of CBD a person may take in a day will vary depending on weight, how long you have been taking CBD, and the desired effect, for example. Research shows that those with anxiety may require single doses of 300 to 600 milligrams daily to feel benefit. You should work with your healthcare provider to find the dose that is right for you.
Other things to consider:
Overall, THC-free CBD oil is safe with few, if any, adverse effects. However, some people may experience mild side effects, but this can typically be reduced by lowering the dosage as needed.