One of the most troubling aspects of this entire CBD industry is its paltry number of legitimate companies making it, and so many scammers are eager to profit from selling fake products. That is why it’s always recommended that anyone looking to purchase CBD tincture look for reputable brands and do serious research before buying.
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For first-time users, one of the biggest disappointments is the fact that it’s challenging to find high-quality CBD extractions at affordable prices. No one wants to risk losing money and endangering health by buying fake or poor-quality CBD tinctures. So why not make them at home?
Get Quality Material
With the cost of medical marijuana and related products rising, many people want to know how to make their own. In the case of tinctures, it’s not as hard as one might think. It just takes some time to turn plant CBD into a great product.
The best thing about making tinctures at home is that you can use any hemp strain you want. In other words, you can choose a ratio of CBD, THC, terpenes, etc. If you have your yield, you probably breed strains of your choice. You can have them cross-bred, high in CBD, THC-free, and many others. Any of them can be a material for making CBD tincture.
If you are the type who prefers to make tincture through the pure method, then one option would be to buy CBD granules from stores. Make sure you buy granules that contain an adequate amount of CBD. These are expensive and hard to find, but they can be a great substitute if you can’t find quality raw plant material.
Preparing Raw Material
Still, if you have lots of free time, you can get buds of your choice and prepare them using a mortar and pestle. It’s also a handy option if you want to save money. First, you bake, then you grind dry CBD content.
Whether you use granules or hemp flowers, it’s necessary to heat them before further use. This process is professionally called decarboxylation and is nothing more than ‘baking’ raw material. You can do it in the oven, in a mason jar, or using an immersion circulator. The first two methods are practical and don’t require any costs. On the other hand, the mentioned device can be a good investment if you regularly make CBD tinctures at home.
Baking in the oven, you need a tray lined with wax paper and a pre-heated oven. Set the temperature between 220 and 240 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s enough for the CBD molecules to wake up and start during the hour of baking.
This decarboxylation method is effective, but it has certain drawbacks. First, the pungent smell during baking will spread all over the house. Second, the terpenes will simply evaporate from the mixture. You can prevent both ‘issues’ by putting granules or buds in a mason jar, which you will use later. During evaporation, the terpenes will stick to the inner walls and stay there even after you pour the alcohol in.
Different ways on how to make CBD are available. One way is to get the raw materials and do the extraction through alcohol. It’s a slower process since you have to wait until all the sediments are filtered out. You can also combine alcohol with water, in case it’s more concentrated. Opt for any type of alcohol you want; just make sure it’s safe for consumption.
Or you can use any food-grade or carrier oil as a solvent. Some even use apple cider. Glycerin will do, too, as it’s a compound that contains a certain percentage of alcohol. But it has the drawback of not binding to plant material entirely. Tinctures on the basis of glycerin are usually mild and not so potent.
You will have to experiment to get the right combination. But it’s good to know that alcohol-based tinctures are more stable and have a longer shelf life than oily ones. Oils tend to spoil after some time, while alcohol acts as a preservative.
Mixing All Together
After preparing the dry material, place it in a jar with a high-quality lid. Pour in as much alcohol as needed. The volume is about 1 liter per 2 ounces of dry content, which is enough for one mild solution. If you want a more potent tincture, reduce the alcohol content by a quarter.
Do not overfill the jar with the contents. Leave it in a dry and cool place for the next few weeks. It’s a good idea to shake the contents a little every few days by shaking the jar. Do not open it too soon because oxygen can destroy the preserving feature of alcohol.
Strain the Contents
When the time comes, strain the contents of the jar through cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Now is the time to add flavor if you want, if you don’t want your CBD extract to be too bitter. Think of mint, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, etc. Use the tincture as described on this link.
If you know how to make these at home, you’re on the right path to enjoy cannabidiol benefits the most. You can make tasty CBD extracts, and you don’t need any specific tools or material. What you need is patience, as it takes several weeks for the hemp-based solution to become the treasury of health.