CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent ingredient of medical marijuana without any of the components that cause a “high.” It is nearly impossible to avoid marketing for CBD products no matter where you go and this is due to its many health benefits, ranging from pain management to antiinflammatory properties. What exactly does CBD do, and is it possible to make at home? Read on for all our answers and learn how 2mag magnetic stirrers can play a part!
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound derived directly from the hemp plant, making it a naturally occurring substance used in products like oils, edibles, and creams to impart a feeling of relaxation. However, it provides no psychoactive effects unlike its cousin, THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gives the feeling of a high. There is some evidence that suggests that CBD is an effective product for managing pain and anxiety, amongst other things, though this industry is still burgeoning.
What forms does CBD come in?
CBD comes in a variety of forms – some more effective than others – many of which can be purchased from vendors, or even made at home! Most commonly, CBD can be purchased as an oil which is created by infusing cannabidiol with a carrier oil, such as coconut or hempseed. These oils can be consumed directly, or they can be mixed into food and drink. Additionally, CBD comes in vapes, edibles, and topicals, all of which are used to apply the calming effect of cannabidiol.
How can I make CBD at home?
Fortunately, CBD can be made entirely at home with few ingredients and the right tools! All you need are ground buds of hemp flowers and food-safe grain alcohol to make your very own CBD oil. To start, you must decarboxylate your plant matter by grinding it into a fine and even consistency and baking it on a tray lined with parchment paper for an hour at 225ºF. This eliminates a carboxylic acid group from the plant matter. Then, you will need to mix the ground hemp with enough alcohol to completely submerge it and stir it for upwards of 10 minutes. Here, it is best to utilize one of our 2mag stirring systems to guarantee an even and reliable stir
without any of the work! This stirring will pull the desired components out of the hemp, including the CBD.
Next, you will need to separate the CBD-laden alcohol from the ground hemp by straining the solution through a cheesecloth or other fine sieve. Repeat this process a few more times with fresh alcohol until your extract starts to appear clearer in color, from its previous dark green color. Then, the extract will need to be kept over gentle heat and stirred for another 15-20 minutes to evaporate more of the alcohol. Our stirring hotplates are perfect for this function, as they can simultaneously heat and mix any solution. Once all the alcohol is removed, the extract should display a thick and tar-like consistency and while it is still warm, draw it up using a large syringe. After these simple steps, you finally have your very own homemade CBD oil that is safe for use!
Before you begin this process, make sure you are fully equipped for it by having the best equipment possible. 2mag magnetic stirrers are leading the industry by ensuring even and effortless stirs each time. Many of our stirring systems utilize magnetic drives containing stationary coils that generate electromagnetic rotating fields, resulting in zero motors and zero moving parts. View our catalog online today to look over all our stirrers and see which one best fits your needs, whether you are making CBD oil at home or conducting research.