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How to Make Your Own CBD Oil at Home

Cinnamon cbd oil tincture held up by womanHave you ever wondered how to make CBD oil at home? It can sound daunting, but it's easier than you might think! There are many reasons to consider making your own tinctures.

CBD oil can help with many different health issues, includingdepression, anxiety, acne, and pain.

CBD is also thought to improve the immune system by working with your endocannabinoid system, which has receptors all over the body.

CBD is known to reduce inflammation, which may help with chronic conditions such as arthritis.

On top of its many amazing benefits, CBD does not appear to cause addiction. CBD doesn't cause intoxication and will not make you feel high.

In this article we'll explain how to make CBD tincture with MCT oil as well as other great carrier oils.

Some full-spectrum CBD oils may contain trace amounts of THC. Federal law limits the amount of THC that products can contain. This makes them very unlikely to cause a failed drug test. Still, trace THC may be a concern for working professionals or those under probation or parole supervision.

This is one of many reasons to consider homemade CBD oil. Cannabis oil made at home can be high quality and you are in complete control of what goes into it!

Here are a few other reasons to make your own CBD oil:


  • You can control the potency
  • You can customize your own flavors
  • You can save money


Container of pure CBD isolate powder

How to make your own CBD oil


It's easy to make CBD oil with a CBD isolate base.

This article will walk you through exactly how to do that, but first, we'll discuss what CBD isolate is and how to choose a quality product. After all, the quality of your finished product will depend on this.

CBD isolate is an extremely purified product containing nothing but CBD extracted from the hemp plant. Isolate should be at least 99 percent purity (100% is not possible). It should come with a Certificate of Analysis somewhere on its packaging.

Sometimes, a certain manufacturer will refer you to their website, and their COA will be posted there. This is acceptable, as long as they have one, preferably from a third-party laboratory.

The best extraction process for CBD is called CO2, and hemp is best grown on organic farms within the United States. Isolate is typically sold as a snow-white powder with no odor or taste.

How to make CBD oil with coconut oil and other oils

To make CBD oil at home, you will need to choose a carrier oil to dissolve the isolate powder into. Many commercial products use MCT oil. Let's talk about how to make CBD oil with coconut oil.

Woman outdoors using cbd oil tinctureMCT stands for medium chain triglyceride. Medium-chain triglycerides are found naturally in many foods, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Let's also discuss how to make CBD oil with olive oil and other popular choices. Here are your options;


  • Grapeseed
  • Olive or avocado
  • Castor

If you decide to make a CBD lotion, coconut oil would work well for that. The skin has many endocannabinoid receptors, so CBD works well topically, too.

Flavoring and Sweetening Your Homemade CBD Products

You don't have to flavor the CBD oil you make at home, but you can. Oil-based flavorings and sugar-free sweeteners are available online at many lip balm supply websites.

Any flavoring used in lip balms must be both oil-based and edible, so these work well for CBD oil, too. These sites often have hundreds of flavors, like grape, cinnamon, bubblegum, licorice, chocolate, mint, raspberry, mango, and coconut.

Man holding up two different types of flavored CBD oil tincturesNever use honey to sweeten your CBD oil. It's not oil-soluble, and although it will appear to dissolve at first, it will come out of the solution after a while.

You can also look online for small one-ounce amber bottles with dropper tops. Your neighborhood pharmacy probably has them, too. They may be willing to sell you a few for an inexpensive price if you ask.

Items you Will Need to Mix Your Own CBD Tinctures


  • A milligram scale or measuring spoons
  • Carrier oil
  • Flavorings and sweetener if desired
  • Double boiler
  • Glass cup with pouring lip and dropper bottles
  • CBD isolate
  • A small piece of clean paper or notecard


How to make CBD oil stronger

Here is where you must decide which potency you'd like for your CBD oil. Since you already know your bottle holds one ounce, start there.

One ounce is the same as 30 ml or cc. So, for example, if you dissolve 600 milligrams of CBD isolate into 30ml of oil, that will yield 20 milligrams of CBD per ml.

In other words, 20 multiplied by 30 is 600. This is a pretty good potency.

Tincture being held up in front of industrial settingYour dropper bottle will have ml or cc markings on the side of its eyedropper cap. You know your product contains 20 milligrams of CBD per ml, so if you want to take less, say 10 milligrams, just draw up and ingest half a ml and so forth.

It's best to use a milligram scale to measure out your CBD isolate. They're not expensive. However, you can also use a measuring spoon with slightly less accuracy.

For example, one-quarter teaspoon is approximately 1.2 grams, or 1200 milligrams. This would yield 40 milligrams per ml, 20 milligrams per one-half ml, and 10 milligrams per one-quarter ml.

Finish Your Homemade CBD Product

Decide your potency and measure it. Fold the paper or note card in half and place the isolate onto the groove created along the fold of the paper or note card.

Use the folded paper or notecard to tap the CBD isolate into the bottle. Measure out one ounce of oil into a double boiler. Warm it until it's very warm but not hot. It shouldn't be smoking.

Watch the oil carefully, and when it's warm enough, pour it into the bottle and cap it. Turn the bottle and gently swirl it until all the CBD isolate is dissolved. It will stay in solution after mixing.

Uncap and add your flavoring and sweetener at the rate of about 10 to 20 drops of flavor and five drops of sweetener to taste. You can also just buy pre-sweetened flavors, too.

If you use only flavoring and no sweetener, you will not be able to taste your oil. It will smell like its flavor, but you won't be able to taste it. The sweetener tricks the brain into thinking you're tasting the flavor in the oil. Twirl the bottle to swirl the flavor and sweetener into your oil.

Woman laughing and holding up full spectrum CBD oil tinctureWhen you're ready, measure out the amount of CBD you want to take and place it in your mouth.

That's it.

You've made exactly the CBD oil you want with great taste and a lower price. The only real drawbacks for making your own CBD oil are that you must purchase most of these specialty items online, and there will also be an initial cash investment to get your basic supplies.

It will also take some time to prepare the oil, so if you're very busy, you may prefer to purchase a commercially prepared oil. It is however, cheaper and relatively easy, to make your own cannabidiol products at home. Want to learn more about make your own CBD oil? 

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