How To Make Your Own DIY CBD Edibles
Have you ever considered making your own CBD edibles?
Yes, you’ve read that correct — CBD edibles, not the THC-infused ones.
Making your own CBD-infused food is not only a great way to save money on the greens, but it’s also the perfect option to make snacks that will please your palate and deliver precise cannabinoid content for your health needs.
This guide is your chance to find out how to make your own CBD edibles and benefit from cannabidiol through your diet. But before we get down to the core subject, let’s make sure you understand the difference between CBD edibles and THC edibles.
What’s the Difference Between CBD Edibles & THC Edibles?
CBD and THC both belong to a group of naturally occurring chemicals called cannabinoids.
However, unlike THC, CBD has no intoxicating properties, meaning it won’t make you feel high or “stoned.”
Instead, CBD edibles allow you to draw upon the various benefits of cannabidiol, such as anxiety reduction, pain relief, cognitive enhancement, clear-headed relaxation, and its anti-inflammatory properties.
THC edibles are made by infusing a carrier oil with THC from unfertilized female marijuana flowers. Unless bred for specific reasons — e.g. to treat a specific condition — marijuana has low levels of CBD, typically ranging from 0.1% to 1%.
CBD edibles, on the other hand, are made by extracting CBD from the flowers of hemp plants. This variety of cannabis contains significant levels of CBD and usually less than 0.3% THC.
If you don’t want to smoke, can’t smoke, or find marijuana too strong, cannabidiol edibles can be the perfect alternative.
Now, let’s find out how to make your own CBD-infused edibles.
How to Make Your Own CBD Edibles
Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, hydrophobic substances.
In other words, both CBD and THC can be incorporated into fats, but they are not good friends with water.
To make your CBD edibles, you first have to either purchase CBD-infused oil or make one yourself, which brings us to our most favorite method of cooking with cannabis.
1. Craft Your Own CBD-Infused Oils And Cook With Them
CBD-infused oil can serve as a base for cooking literally any food.
You can use it to bake delicious ooey-gooey brownies, make a hearty CBD-infused stew, or drizzle some oil into your salad dressing.
At this point, CBD extraction is the name of the game. Without extracting cannabidiol from the cannabis plant, you won’t be able to infuse your oil with its therapeutic properties.
How to Extract CBD From the Plant
There are three different ways to prepare CBD-infused oil: you can either use CO2, a solvent, or a carrier oil.
- CO2 extraction ensures the maximum potency and purity of your CBD-infused oil; it’s also the safest of all methods. However, it requires special equipment and most average cannabis consumers simply can’t afford to have one at home.
- The solvent method is the old-school way to extract CBD from the plant. It requires certain expertise and precision, and because solvents are highly flammable, it’s not recommended to do it in-house.
- Using a carrier oil (coconut oil, butter) to extract CBD is the easiest of the three methods and it comes with plenty of health benefits.
Instructions for Homemade CBD Oil Extraction
Only certain cannabis varieties offer high CBD content.
If you’re growing your own cannabis plants, pick a strain with high CBD/low THC levels or find some hemp seeds to grow.
Also, make sure the area you’re extracting CBD in is well-ventilated. If you’re making CBD edibles for medical reasons, you should have a decent understanding of how much CBD you actually need for your condition and calculate it ahead of time.
To extract 250 ml of CBD oil, you will need a cup off carrier oil (we recommend coconut or butter) and 14 g (½ oz) of dried CBD buds.
Here’s the process to making a CBD carrier oil step-by-step:
- Grind up your CBD buds to semi-fine crumbles and put them in a canning jar along with the carrier oil; once done, place the lid on tightly.
- Grab a saucepan, put the jar in it, fill the dish with a few inches of water, and bring it to a light simmer (don’t let it boil!), leaving it over the minimum heat for 3 hours and refilling the saucepan with water if it evaporates.
- Shake the jar about every half an hour with tongs or oven mitts. You can also crack the lid from time to time to avoid a buildup of pressure inside the jar. This will prevent it from breakage.
- When the time is up, turn off the oven and cover the saucepan with a towel.
- Let the jar cool for the next 3 hours, then repeat the process once again.
- Leave the saucepan with the towel on it for the entire night.
- If you try the oil and it’s not as potent as you expected, you can repeat the process over the course of several days.
- Finally, strain the oil through a cheesecloth to get rid of any plant residue. Bottle it up and store in a cool area.
Pro Tip: Remember, making pure CBD edibles this way at home is close to impossible. Still, you can make them high in CBD by doing a wash to get rid of the THC first. THC is much more soluble than CBD, so you can separate a lot of it out by cooking it in the oil or butter for about an hour and straining. Once you strain the oil, cook the herbs again for 4 to 5 hours to draw the CBD from the plant in the second wash.
8 Simple Yet Brilliant Ideas For Using CBD-Infused Oil in Edibles
- Add the oil to sauces or salad dressings
- Use CBD oil just like any other cooking oils to saute vegetables or sear the meat
- Add the butter or oil to your favorite cookies and cakes
- Roast veggies or potato chips in the oven, drizzling them with CBD oil
- Substitute the regular oil with the CBD-infused oil in Thai or Indian curry dishes
- Mix CBD oil with pasta — it will spice up the taste of cream sauces
- Add the oil to your morning smoothie to deal with anxiety
- Top your potatoes, toasts, popcorn, chips, or steak with CBD-infused butter
That was the first of our three methods of making your own CBD edibles and it makes for a full-spectrum extract with CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes for enhanced therapeutic effects.
However, some people use CBD isolate and they wonder if the product can be used to make cannabidiol-infused food.
Long story short, yes, they can!
Here’s how you can pump up your meals with a CBD isolate powder:
2. Sprinkle Some CBD Isolate Into Food
The fastest way to infuse any food with CBD is to simply sprinkle some CBD isolate into your favorite dishes before you sit down to the table.
Since CBD is fat-soluble (it’s best absorbed when it binds to fats), we suggest that you add the isolate into foods with fatty ingredients for increased bioavailability.
Keep in mind that CBD isolate is typically 99% pure, so each mg of your powder equals one mg of CBD. This can prove invaluable for measuring your servings to meet the recommended daily dosage.
3. Incorporate CBD Isolate Into Honey
Adding CBD isolate to honey or agave nectar is a great way to create a sweetly satisfying method of administering your CBD supplement.
All you need is some high-quality organic honey, a double broiler, and, of course, the CBD isolate.
As the honey is treated with light heat, the isolate will dissolve, incorporating itself into the honey. Once it fully dissolves, your CBD infused honey will be ready.
You can use it to sweeten tea, coffee, desserts, or top it over granola, fruit bowls, or a toast.
By using CBD-infused sweeteners, you avoid the risk associated with their artificial counterparts and, at the same time, deliver the therapeutic compounds from both honey and your CBD isolate.
What Is the Best Temperature for Cooking With CBD-Infused Oils?
If you want to use CBD oil for cooking, you can substitute some part of your regular oil with it (or the entire portion) and you’re good to go.
Please note that the boiling point of CBD is between 320–356 F (160–180 C); if you cross that line, some CBD will be lost in the process, compromising the effectiveness of your CBD edibles.
When cooking with CBD oil or isolate, maintain lower temperatures and cook your dishes a bit longer than you usually do. This will help you avoid the degradation of the CBD.
Top 5 Reasons to Make Your Own CBD Edibles
To give you the rundown on why making your own edibles is so great, we’d like to introduce you to our top 5 reasons to bake these delicious goodies.
1. CBD Edibles Bring Up Long-Lasting Relief
Before CBD makes it to the bloodstream, it has to pass through the digestive system and the liver.
This is why it takes a while for CBD edibles to kick in — it can be anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
On the other hand, as the food is digested, CBD is released slowly over a long period of time, which ensures long-lasting effects, typically between two and four hours longer than vaporized CBD.
2. CBD Edibles Won’t Get You High
While CBD interacts with your cannabinoid receptors, it doesn’t directly tap to them, which means cannabidiol can’t produce a psychoactive high or mood alteration.
Instead, cannabidiol offers consumers a clear-headed sensation combined with a mellow mood uplift and effective pain relief.
People use CBD to curb anxiety, stave off stress, fight inflammation, and alleviate different pains and aches.
CBD edibles are a great option for those cannabis users who want to enjoy the benefits of cannabis but don’t handle the psychoactive effects of THC well.
3. CBD Edibles Will Balance the Psychoactive Effects of THC
Let’s say that you actually enjoy the effects of THC but you’re afraid of the negative side effects of consuming too much cannabis at a time, such as elevated anxiety or paranoid thinking.
You can help yourself out by eating some CBD treats before your next weed session. They will take effect after some time and mitigate the psychoactive experience provided by THC as studies suggest.
Alternatively, you may consider mixing your CBD oil with THC-infused oil in a reasonable ratio if you’re aiming at getting the best of both worlds.
4. Edibles Are Low-Profile
The popularity of CBD edibles might be in its infancy, but it’s hands down the most discreet way to consume cannabidiol.
Even handheld vaporizers can be too large for you to enjoy your CBD extracts conveniently.
CBD tinctures, on the other hand, are difficult to dose in places other than your apartment. After all, measuring out the right amount of CBD outdoors can get annoying.
Those needing long-lasting pain relief during a long travel or a focus enhancement during the workday will appreciate the convenience of chewing on some CBD gummies or brownies to be up and about.
No need to go outside and pull out the vape.
5. CBD Is Well Tolerated And Doesn’t Have Serious Side Effects
CBD can cause some mild side effects in high doses, such as dry mouth, lowered heart rate, dizziness, or — in the worst case scenario — diarrhea.
There’s also evidence suggesting that using high doses of CBD may intensify the effects of pharmaceutical drugs, making it necessary for users to cut down on their doses.
Other than that, CBD is considered safe and well-tolerated even at high doses. A 2006 study from the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research concluded that cannabidiol was safe regardless of the dose in both healthy and epileptic subjects.
Final Thoughts On Making Your Own CBD Edibles
CBD is a safe and versatile compound with no serious side effects regardless of the dose.
The beauty of incorporating cannabidiol into your food is that you can choose the precise amount of CBD oil or butter that you want to add to your dishes.
The world of CBD edibles is amazing. You can make a range of delicious treats that are not only tasty but also beneficial for your health.
Unlike their THC-infused counterparts, CBD edibles allow you to experience the relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and focus-enhancing properties of cannabis without worrying about feeling high to the point where you may start to feel comfortable.
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James Reed is the founder and editor-in-chief at iSum. He’s a big advocate of marijuana and spent most of his time writing about these topics, sharing what he learned over the years.