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How To Make Your Own CBD Edibles
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own CBD edibles? Making your own CBD edibles is not only a great way to save money; it’s also the perfect way to make snacks you love that contain exactly the right cannabinoid content for your unique health needs and taste.
If you’re curious about what it takes to make your own CBD edibles, now’s your chance to find out! Here is an overview of how to start making these tasty treats in the comfort of your own home.
Difference between CBD Edibles and THC Edibles
CBD is a cannabinoid just like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), both of which are found in marijuana. Eating THC can be very intense, but CBD oil only has small amounts of THC, so it does not produce the “high” associated with THC.
What’s so great about making CBD edibles, anyway?
CBD edibles are great alternatives to THC-based edibles because they can offer relaxation and pain relief without the intense high that is often felt with smoking marijuana or eating THC-based food.
Cannabidiol edibles make the ideal alternative for those who don’t want to smoke, who can’t smoke, or who find normal marijuana-based products too strong. Edibles also tend to have a more gradual onset but last longer.
CBD edibles can make up a healthy part of your regular diet as CBD oil is rich in Omega-3 oils and amino acids. Edibles are also a great option for people with food restrictions or even those who are just plain picky when it comes to food.
Making CBD edibles is a fun way to experiment in the kitchen. When you have a bit of time and the right ingredients, it’s a rewarding way to spend a couple of hours.
Preparing to Make your CBD Edibles
As fat-soluble, hydrophobic substances, cannabinoids are best combined into oil-based products like butter and oil. To make CBD edibles, you first have to either buy CBD oil or make the oil or butter yourself.
So, which should you make? It depends on your end goals and preferences.
There are three different ways to make CBD oil: CO2, solvents, or oil.
- The CO2 method is safe and clean; however, it requires special equipment.
- The solvent method requires specific expertise and precision and is not recommended to the general public.
- Extracting CBD oil using a carrier oil like olive oil is probably the simplest of the three and is also very beneficial for your health.
Instructions for extracting CBD oil at home
Only certain strains of cannabis offer the best-quality CBD. If you are growing your own, you should know that some strains have a high content of THC and CBD as well. Two good examples of high CBD/low THC strains are Avi-dekel and industrial hemp.
Find a strain of plant with a high CBD and low THC level. As you prepare, you will need to ensure that you have a well-ventilated area. You should also have a solid understanding of how much CBD oil you would like to have in each treat and calculate this ahead of time.
To extract the oil, you will need a cup of carrier oil (virgin coconut oil is great) and 14 g of the right type of CBD buds.
CBD Extraction Instructions: (adapted from naturalon.com)
- Grind the entire hemp plant, and put it in a canning jar with the carrier oil, placing the lid on tightly.
- Put the jar and a washrag in a saucepan with a few inches of water, and bring it to just below boiling, leaving it there for 3 hours and replacing water if it evaporates.
- Using tongs or oven mitts, give the jar a shake about every half an hour.
- When 3 hours are up, turn off the burner, and cover the pot with a towel.
- Allow the jar to cool for 3 hours, then repeat the process, leaving the jar in the pot with the towel on it overnight.
- Repeat the process over the course of a few days for stronger oil.
- When you have your oil, you can strain it through a cheesecloth.
If you are using CBD oil to cook, you should note that the boiling point is a maximum of 180 degrees C. These types of oils are sensitive to light and heat, so you should store them in a dark glass bottle and in a cool area.
DIY edibles aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer not to deal with the hassle of cooking and choose to buy CBD edibles. CBD comes in a wide variety of formats, including capsules, concentrates, and topicals. Looking to purchase CBD oil? Check out our list of the best CBD oil products.
What Recipes Can I Make With CBD Oil?
Now that you’ve made or purchased CBD oil, you can start to make edibles. CBC oil is an extremely versatile substance that can be mixed into many different foods, including smoothies, salad dressings, and sweet snacks such as chocolates and lozenges. Or take a look at our high CBD edibles.
Once you’ve got your CBD oil or butter, what’s next? A quick Google search will lead you to a gazillion recipes for a whole range of sweets — and there’s so much more to make than just brownies!
Here are a few ideas (remember not to heat your oil above 180 degrees C):
- Top your popcorn, potatoes, or toast with CBD-infused butter
- Add the butter to your favorite brownie or cookie recipe
- Use CBD oil just like other cooking oils to saute vegetables
- Add the oil to sauces and salad dressings
- Add CBD oil to pasta — it tastes especially good in cream sauces
- Use CBD oil to make oven-baked vegetable chips or roast veggies
- Use it in spicy Indian or Thai curries to hide the taste of the oil
- Use your oil in your morning smoothie to help you combat daily anxiety
- The oil can also be used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and can even be brewed into beer!
There’s so much you can use CBD oil and butter for — the possibilities are endless.
It’s a good idea to start with very small amounts when you’re first experimenting with CBD oil in the kitchen as the flavor can be quite strong. And don’t forget to get creative and have fun!
Why Make Homemade CBD Edibles?
CBD is safe and versatile with no side effects. The beauty of making your own edibles is that you can choose the exact amount of CBD oil or butter that you want to have in your food. And you can make a range of edibles that are not only tasty but even healthy.
Unlike THC-based edibles, you’ll be relaxed without having to worry about feeling “stoned” to the point where you may experience paranoia or anxiety.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Making CBD Edibles
Let me just preface this post by saying that I am biased when it comes to CBD edibles. A good edible may be my favorite way of taking CBD for a number of reasons.
- Are more accessible than other ingestion methods
- Last longer than any other ingestion method
- When prepared properly, they taste absolutely amazing
As someone who’s been making and perfecting their own recipes, I wanted to share some tips for making great CBD edibles that I’ve picked up over the years. While not an exhaustive list, hopefully the following list of do’s and don’ts can help you make effective and tasty CBD edibles.
In This Post, We’ll Talk About
- What CBD edibles are
- Dosing your CBD edibles
- Infusing oils with CBD
- And more…
What Are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are snacks, gums, sugars, beverages, or any food that’s been infused with CBD. They can be formulated differently depending on what experience the manufacturer is trying to offer. For example, Sunset Lake CBD offers coffee beans infused with CBD meant to curb the morning jitters common with caffeine consumption. We also sell full-spectrum CBD Fudge that’s a great before-bed treat.
CBD edibles are different than your average recreational cannabis edibles. CBD edibles that you can buy online usually won’t contain significant amounts of THC — to be considered compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill , CBD edibles must contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC on a weighted basis.
Many CBD edibles don’t contain any THC, meaning they are made with CBD isolate— a form of purified CBD. Our CBD Sour Gummy Bears are one such example.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Making CBD Edibles
Don’t Fly Blind
So you have some CBD Hemp Flower and want to make some CBD edibles? How much flower should you use for your oil infusion? How much oil should you use?
Because edible CBD is metabolized differently than when you smoke it or topically apply it, it’s important to be as precise with your CBD dosages as possible. Unless you’re a seasoned CBD edible user, don’t fly blind.
Do Use a Dosing Calculator for Your CBD Edibles
Making accurately dosed CBD edibles takes a bit of math and plugging in numbers. Luckily, the good folks over at Veriheal.com have created this free-to-use edible dosage calculator that can do most of the heavy lifting for us.
You’ll need a few things:
- A kitchen scale.
- The certificate of analysis that came with your CBD hemp flower.
Using the certificate of analysis, you can figure out your flower’s CBD% and THC% and plug those directly into your edible dosage calculator. You’ll also want to convert the amount of fat (butter, oil, etc.) in your recipe from whatever measurement is given in the recipe to teaspoons, as that’s the unit of measurement our edible calculator uses.
Once you know how much fat (in teaspoons) is called for in your recipe, the number of servings your recipe will make, and how much CBD per teaspoon your flower yields, it’s up to you to determine how many grams of CBD hemp flower you’ll want to use for infusion.
We at Sunset Lake CBD, always recommend starting with a 25mg dose of CBD. That includes homemade CBD edibles. Play around with the dosing calculator until you find that sweet spot.
Don’t Put Hemp Flower Directly into your CBD Edibles
My rookie mistake, I’m not ashamed to admit. One might think that you can treat your hemp flower like any other ingredient during the cooking process.
“A little shake in some brownies… what could go wrong?“
Throwing ground-up CBD hemp flower directly into your edibles isn’t the worst mistake, but it could cause your edibles to be less potent and have an unpleasant texture.
Do Decarboxylate Your Hemp
The secret to great homemade CBD edibles is the activation of CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) and infusion of CBD into a fat, like unsalted butter or coconut oil.
Decarboxylation, or decarb for short, is the process in which CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) loses its carboxyl acid group through heat and becomes CBD. This process is perhaps the most important when making CBD edibles. Without ‘decarbed’ CBD, our edibles won’t have any effect.
This is the most important step when making CBD edibles . If we don’t decarb our CBD hemp flower before infusion, our edibles won’t have any effect.
Decarbing your hemp flower for CBD edibles: step by step.
- Preheat your oven to 230 degrees F
- Prepare a clean roasting pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make cleanup easier.
- Spread out your CBD flower evenly in the roasting pan.
- Cover the pan with tinfoil (not necessary, but helps cut down on smell and keeps the good terpenes in)
- Bake at 230F for one hour. ( Warning: this step is quite pungent. Turn on your overhead exhaust— especially if you live in a shared space.)
- Don’t uncover the pan until it’s cool.
- Remove your CBD flower from the pan and pulverize it until it is an even brown shake. This can be done with a traditional grinder or a mortar and pestle.
- Your hemp flower is ready for infusion
Do Use High-Quality Fats for CBD Edibles Infusion
Using better ingredients means better food. The same is true for CBD edibles. If you want your CBD edibles to be effective and taste good, you should use high-quality fats like coconut oil, or butter from grass-fed cows.
CBD (and most other cannabinoids) are fat-soluble. Not all fats are made the same. Some are better at “latching” onto CBD than others.
The best fats to infuse with CBD are:
- Butter – 93% infusion rate
- Avocado oil- 92%
- MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) oil – 91%
- Coconut oil- 82%
Some of the above oils taste better than others in certain dishes. Plan accordingly!
Don’t Burn the CBD
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve done this before either. After a by-the-book fat infusion, I tried to use my CBD butter in a recipe that called for baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. What a tragic result.
At temperatures over 356F, CBD boils off causing your CBD edibles to become less effective.
You’ll want to stick with recipes that call for baking at 350 degrees or lower in order to protect the integrity of your CBD.
Don’t Eat Your CBD Edibles On an Empty Stomach
You’ll be tempted to dig into your CBD edibles once they’re done. By all means, do, but make sure that you’re eating some non-infused CBD food either before or while you eat your CBD edibles.
CBD edibles, and cannabis-infused foods in general, work better and are more pleasant when you eat them after a meal.
Do Wait for Your CBD Edibles to Kick In
Because edible CBD is metabolized and digested at a different pace than other ingestion methods, you may not notice them kick in right away. Generally, the average CBD edible consumer will start to feel the effects anywhere between 45-120 minutes.
CBD edibles also don’t stop kicking in for quite some time. So unless you want to end up taking a three-hour nap, it’s important to pace yourself.
Do Share Your CBD Edibles
Not much of a tip. But definitely do this!
Time to make your own CBD edibles
While you’re here, check out Sunset Lake’s selection of CBD hemp flower small buds . At a fraction of the price of our premium jarred flower , the small buds are perfect for bakers and chefs alike who are thinking about making their own CBD edibles.