How to Make CBD Oil in Three Ways

How to Make CBD Oil

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is growing in popularity as a supplement and an alternative way of soothing the senses. But what is it, and how is it made? And what is its relationship to THC?

CDB is short for cannabidiol, which is one of around 85 compounds found in cannabis. CBD oil is the product of extracting CBD-rich oil from marijuana or hemp plants. People choose to take CBD oil for many beneficial reasons. Some of the most common reasons are the desire to enhance general state of wellness and to relax after a long and full day.

Understanding how to make CBD oil is a good way to understand CBD, how it differs from THC, and how it impacts the body.

How to Make CBD Oil: Three Methods

CBD oil can be extracted in three different ways:

  1. C02 method – By pushing C02 through the plant at high pressures and low temperatures, CBD can be extracted in its purest form. This process is often thought of as the best and safest as it cleanly extracts CBD, removing substance like chlorophyll and leaving no residue. CBD oil extracted in this way has a cleaner taste, but it is a more expensive method than alternatives.
  2. Ethanol method – CBD oil can be extracted using high-grain alcohol. However, this method destroys some of the beneficial natural oils.
  3. Oil method – This method of how to make CBD oil is growing in popularity. The method involves extraction using a carrier oil. Olive oil is most commonly used in this process. The rise in popularity of this method is due to the added benefits of the nutrients in the oil used and the fact that it is safe and free of unwanted residues.

Extracting CBD Oil From Hemp vs Medical Marijuana

It is possible to extract CBD oil from either a hemp plant or medical marijuana. There are differences in the CBD oil produced from these plants. The main difference between the two, and the most important, is the amount of CBD and THC found in the oil produced. First, let’s look at the difference between the two compounds.


THC is the compound found in marijuana, the one that causes psychotropic effects. CBD is different; it has a lot of the opposite effects of THC, and it’s the compound that has caught more attention during recent years. While they are similar in that they are both cannabinoids, CBD is legal whereas THC is still controlled by the law in most places.

There are many negative implications of THC, such as its correlation with psychological disorders. CBD, on the other hand, is not implicated with any such negative effects. Due to the similarities in their makeup and where they come from, it can be easy to confuse the two compounds. However, the general public are now becoming wise to the popular misconceptions of CBD and are realizing its benefits!

The Difference

Hemp is bred to contain the lowest concentrations of THC and the highest concentrations of CBD. Medical marijuana is grown specifically for its high THC content. For this reason, when you buy CBD hemp oil rather than that made from medical marijuana, you are getting oil high in CBD with negligible amounts of THC. Therefore, CBD hemp oil is incapable of causing the psychotropic effects associated with THC.

Another benefit of using hemp plants to extract CBD rather than marijuana is that these legal plants are often used to produce other products such as paper and clothing. Often, CBD is in the by-products of this manufacturing. So producing CBD oil from hemp actually involves recycling, which is better for the environment.

How Does CBD Oil Work in Your Body, and How Can it Benefit You?

CBD is a type of cannabinoid, and our brains are already wired up to respond to them. There are special receptor sites, which these cannabinoids bind to in places like the brain, other organs and the immune system. When cannabinoids bind to these receptor sites, they have influence over some part of the function or activity of what this site controls.

Research has shown that the way CBD interacts with these receptor sites can have beneficial influences. In addition, it seems that adding CBD to your everyday diet can have positive impact on general health and well-being. There are many reasons to make CBD oil part of your diet, from its richness in omega-3 to its role as a natural source of amino acids.

If you’re thinking of buying CBD oil, it’s great to read a little about the cannabidiol effects in your body so you know exactly what you’re buying and how it can help you.

So Now What?

Now you know how to make CBD oil in the various ways, it’s up to you decide what will work best for you. Healthy Hemp Oil are passionate about selecting high-quality CBD products and bringing them to you online. If you are looking for a safe and legal source of CBD oil with minimal amounts of THC, then choose CBD oil produced from industrial hemp.

What are your thoughts on the benefits of producing CBD oil from hemp in comparison to medical marijuana? CBD hemp oil is rapidly becoming more and more popular as an everyday supplement. But CBD is still somewhat in the shadow of THC. As we become more familiar with the process of making CBD oil and how it differs from THC, do you think we’ll see this popularity grow even more?

  • Dee

    Decent article guys but this statement is far from the actual truth: “Hemp is bred to contain the lowest concentrations of THC and the highest concentrations of CBD.”
    only the first part of that statement is true. CBD levels in Industrial Hemp are a happy coincidence. There are NO industrial hemp plants being bred for purposes of CBD extraction, in terms of the strains that are being used to legally import Hemp oils into the US. Now, on US soil, we have MANY pilot and startup farms, that are growing FEMALE INDUSTRIAL HEMP FOR CBD PRODUCTION. However, all of these farms are either tied to university research programs, or are only legal for sale in the states that they are grown in or research purposes. Domestic hemp is still not legal to ship over state lines, except for the Hemp being grown in KY, which is fully permitted by DEA and based on CERTIFIED INDUSTRIAL HEMP SEEDSTOCK. But this is common imported seedstock, not high CBD seedstock.
    the only Hemp plants that are being grown for “the highest concentrations of CBD” are in fact marijuana/hemp hybrids, that for the most part, still tip the scales in terms of THC levels, making them illegal and still classified as marijuana instead of hemp. Strains such as AC/DC, Harlequin, Cannatonnic, etc, are examples of this. Charlotte’s Web, is one of the few examples that have been bred to reduce THC levels to the point of being reclassed by the STATE of CO, as industrial hemp. The plants oils are still unable to be shipped over state lines, prompting Realm of Caring to do a Uraguay grow in order to legally import the hemp back into the US for processing. ALL HEMP BASE must currently be imported to be legal for interstate commerce, with the exception of KY hemp.
    in summary…….hemp currently contains the recessive genetics that were largely bred out of the marijuana strains over the last 50 years. However….these genetics must still be bred and selected for in formal breeding programs to coax the maximum CBD yielding potential from these strains, and they also must be grown out as females, same as drug strains, to maximize cannabinoid production. THIS IS NOT BEING DONE IN THE LEGAL CBD INDUSTRY ATM which relys on imported hemp base, almost exclusively grown for industry, not CBD production. There are exceptions to this, but I am speaking about the bulk of what is currently being imported as legal base into the US. Whole plant is still very grey to deal with with most companies sticking to the legal stalk based material. You will NEVER get high quality, high POTENCY, cannabinoid extracts when your source material is the poorest yielding part of the plant, ie…the stalks and stems, which have very little in the way of resin glands attached to them in industrial hemp strains. It takes volumes more raw plant material to extract from seed husks and stalks, than just one female plant ripe with buds.
    Stalk based CBD is fully legitimate… is one of the only ways to buy it legally right now. But it PALES in comparison to what can be extracted by high CBD Hemp/Marijuana hybrids grown as females. Contrary to the above statement, Hemp, until the last 2 or 3 years has NEVER, EVER been bred for CBD production and any levels in the current industrial hemp crops grown in countries like india, china and Europe, are just naturally occurring, and occur in low single digit percentages, whereas you have hybrids producing 20% CBD and higher by volume.
    current industrial stains are a good source for LEGAL CBD extractions. they are far from the ideal strains for ideal CBD extraction and are not bred in any way for CBD levels. They are legal, so we work with it and at the end of the day, CBD is CBD when derived from ANY species of Cannabis and reduced and concentrated. This is all changing rapidly……before a few years ago, there was no economic reason to grow Hemp for cannabinoids, let alone grow it sinsemilla. This is no longer the case, and breeders have done amazing work with hybrids over the last few years. But that is not what is growing in the fields of Europe. Those plants are grown for seed and fibre. 5 years from now, things will look very different in the Hemp world.
    The only legitimate national product that I know of atm using select hemp for CBD production would be Charlotte’s Web botanicals. I am talking about the major players in the CBD industry. there are plenty of niche outfits doing grey area hybrid stuff, but I am talking fully legal, imported base. they are the only ones I know of. Many companies use Endoca base and I am not sure to what extent they developed their crops, but I do believe that have been running a selection now for a good half dozen years. Elixinol may use a select hemp strain. Most everyone private labels US Hemp oil base or Endoca. that is 90% of the market probably. Cannavest will be moving to select base, but this is still a ways off, they are working in KY. Since most companies source US Hemp oil base, most companies are not using high CBD industrial strains.

  • Nomi Schwartzengraber

    I just purchased a large batch of organic hemp buds. I plan on using the coconut oil method to create my CBD oil. I do have a question however. Why not grind the plant into a powder and add it to the capsules as is? Is there some additional benefit to creating the oil?

    • Mara

      Some plants need an oil extraction for certain constituents. The oil extracts some of the constituents better than water or your own body. That’s why the oil is favorable because water extraction or your own gastric extraction will not be sufficient.

  • Nomi Schwartzengraber

    I just purchased a large batch of organic hemp buds. I plan on using the coconut oil method to create my CBD oil. I do have a question however. Why not grind the plant into a powder and add it to the capsules as is? Is there some additional benefit to creating the oil?

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  • Michael Rogue

    If CBD is a by product of hemp products why do I have to take out a loan to afford taking it on a regular basis. Does it take truckload of hemp to make a little bottle or are we being hosed

    • Support Support

      Hi Michael, unfortunately hemp oil can be rather expensive. Prescription drugs are often just as expensive, but the government or employers will take care of part of the cost. That isn’t really the case with hemp oil (but at least it doesn’t have all of those harmful chemicals).

      This is exactly why we wanted to write this article, though. We wanted to give you, and our other customers who have a difficult time buying hemp oil frequently, a few different options. You can buy hemp oil from us or even make it at home (with the proper safety precautions, of course).

      Stay tuned for more articles like this one! We’re trying to make hemp oil accessible for everyone.

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