If you’ve decided to use CBD to promote better health and wellness, it can be tempting to make your own CBD products at home. Making products with CBD oil seems easy and straightforward, and sometimes it is. It’s important, however, that you know and understand what you’re doing, how to do it correctly, and how it may affect your body, or you could be wasting money or risking your health. With some research and care, you’ll know what products are safe to make at home, what to avoid, and how to make sure you’re doing it safely and effectively.
Homemade Vs. Purchased CBD Products
The first question you need to ask yourself is do you really need to make your own CBD products? As interest grows in cannabis-infused products, more and more are becoming available in an ever-increasing range and variety. Both homemade and purchased products have their strengths.
- Homemade products can be crafted to your specifications, possibly creating something that is not currently available from a manufacturer or that avoids a specific allergen. If the type of product you need is not offered by very many producers, you can make your own CBD products, sometimes at a lower cost. Finally, there’s the satisfaction of making something yourself and learning a new skill.
- Purchased products are scientifically formulated to deliver a set dosage in a consistency that’s hard (but not impossible) to achieve with homemade products. Manufacturers also include additional ingredients, making the imitation of a specific product harder to replicate at home due to formulation difficulty and cost. Quality manufactured products are also made on state-of-the-art machinery in clean or sterile environments. Finally, it’s easier and faster to buy a completed product than spending hours or days creating it.
When Not To Make Your Own CBD Products
There are some things you should leave to the professionals. While most CBD products benefit from food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade production standards, anything you intend to use on a wound or internally in raw form should be handled by manufacturers who have the tools and experience to make production safe. While there are some who do produce these products for themselves, it is not recommended.
You also want to be responsible when you make your own CBD products about how and where they are stored and who has access to them. CBD lollipops are easy to make and visually indistinguishable from other homemade lollipops. Store your CBD projects away from where kids or other adults who may not want to use CBD could mistakenly pick them up and partake of them.
Quality CBD Oil
If you’re going to make your own CBD products, you need to start with a quality ingredient: professionally manufactured CBD oil. Don’t be tempted to go “farm to table”. While it is theoretically possible to find your own raw industrial hemp, have it tested to verify it meets legal THC levels, process the plant, extract CBD oil, and have it tested again to verify its purity, CBD and THC levels, and establish the concentration of terpenes, this would not be within most space, time, or budgetary constraints.
CBD oil processed in a medical grade facility is readily available at an affordable cost. When making products with CBD oil, look for CBD derived from naturally grown hemp with published analytical lab results. That way when you make your own CBD products you eliminate the risk of chemical and biological contaminants. Starting with CBD oil from a reputable manufacturer gives you a consistent concentration to start with.
Calculating Your Concentration
You add one more step to the process when you make your own CBD products. You’re actually going to use this formula twice–once forward and once backward. Once you’ve found your CBD oil above, you’ll need to figure out how much you need to put into your new product to deliver the dosage you want. To do this, you start with the concentration you want, then multiply it times your total volume containing it. For instance, if you want a concentration of 16.67mg/ml and you will be creating 30ml of product, you’ll need to put 500mg into it.
A Practical Example
If that seems clear as mud, don’t worry. We’re going to put it to work right now with an easy project to illustrate making products with CBD oil. Bulletproof-style coffee is popular and making your own CBD coconut oil is a great way to add a CBD boost to your morning brew. We’ll look at making a half-cup, which is about 120 ml, of CBD coconut oil with a concentration of 15 mg per tablespoon, about 15 ml–a 1mg/1ml ratio. We’re using the same bottle of CBD oil as above, 500mg/30ml, which has a concentration itself of 16.67mg/ml. If you noticed all those “abouts” in the last paragraph, you see why manufactured CBD products offer more precise dosage than when you make your own CBD products.
1mg/ml X 120ml = 120mg
You need 120mg of CBD to give you the desired 15mg in a single tablespoon to mix in with your morning joe. We know our CBD oil has 16.67mg/ml.
120mg / 16.67mg/ml = 7.2ml
Adding 7.2 ml of CBD oil to our half-cup of coconut oil gives you an approximate concentration of 15mg/tbsp to get you going in the morning.
Create With The Best
If you make your own CBD products, start with quality. Order the best CBD oil on the market online from Core CBD.