Here's how to make your own hemp seed oil at home, and why you should
With CBD oil steadily on the rise, it’s no surprise that hemp is getting a lot of attention. Hemp has a big reputation, and is usually used synonymously with marijuana. Though these two come from the same plant (think of them as really fun siblings, their mom being cannabis sativa), their uses are completely different.
Hemp Seed Vs. CBD
So, cannabis sativa has two primary species (children). They’re hemp and marijuana. CBD, short for cannabidiol, uses the stalks, leaves, and other components of the cannabis plant to create an oil that relieves pain and calms anxiety, because we can all use a little bit more calm and less anxiety. Where it starts to get confusing is that hemp oil and CBD oil are often used interchangeably. Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant, and has another set of unique benefits. Both use a part of the cannabis plant that has very low (almost 0%) THC levels. Which is basically not even enough to get any kind of party started.
There are beneficial properties to hemp seed oil
Now that we have the sibling dynamic squared away, hemp seed oil has a huge list of benefits. In addition to its rich vitamins (D, B, and E), it’s packed with omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is also an anti-inflammatory food, similar to turmeric. Thanks to the fatty acids in hemp seed oil, it’s helpful for skin conditions including acne and rosacea. An added bonus, if you need to polish things up around the house, is that a mixture of hemp seed oil with a tangerine essential oil can give your wooden furniture a refreshing treatment. It’s time to throw those not-so-eco-friendly, petroleum based products out the window.
Make your own hemp seed oil at home
Making your own hemp seed oil so you can avoid any additives that might come in a commercial product. This recipe from Hemp Seed Health is an easy, step by step guide on how to make it at home:
What you’ll need:
- 4 cups of shelled hemp seeds
- Home oil press
- Bottle lamp with wick
- Lamp fuel
- Lighter or matches
- Jar for oil collection
- Bowl for expelled refuse
- Make sure the press is secured tightly to a table or surface. Set up the lamp and light it. Wait about ten minutes, or until the lamp has started to heat up.
- Add hemp seeds to fill the hopper a third of the way
- Begin turning the hand crank at a slow, even pace.
- After a few cranks, you’ll notice oil starting to pour out.
- As you continue to crank, slowly add more hemp seeds and continue to crank. The oil should be a rich, dark color.
- The last step is to thoroughly take apart and clean the machine to clean out any build up.
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Have extra hemp seeds left over? Here’s 15 different ways to snack on ’em.
- Hemp Seed Health: How to Make Your Own Hemp Seed Oil
- Health.com: Every Question You Have About CBD—Answered
- Encyclopaedia Brittanica: Hemp
- Bluebird Botanicals: CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil
- Medical News Today: Hemp oil benefits list
- Healthline: 6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
- USA Today: How to Use Hemp Seed Oil (and what are the benefits?)
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How Do You Extract The Oil From Marijuana Plant?
Do you want to know how to extract the oil from a marijuana plant? The best way is by using heat and water. This method can be done at home, but you must use the proper equipment.
You can use either decarboxylated flower or kief as your starting material. However, it will be easier with flowers since they have already been broken down into smaller pieces that are more easily processed by heat. If you choose kief, just make sure it has been finely ground to melt evenly when heated up.
You will need a collection vessel with hot water, two jars (one smaller than the other), and a strainer or filter of some sort. It’s also helpful if you have gloves on hand if your hands get too warm while handling the jar filled with hot water.
Here’s what to do. Fill one jar about halfway full with cold water and place it in an area that won’t be disturbed for several hours. Then put your cannabis into another jar, filling this one full of weed.
Pour enough boiling-hot tap water over the top of the cannabis to cover all surfaces by 1/2 inch or more of liquid. Screw-on lid tightly and shake well for 30 seconds or so. Remove lid carefully without letting any steam escape (steam may condense inside lid). Replace lid after putting hot boiling water with an interval of ten minutes, allowing pressure to dissipate slowly as vapors cool down inside container.
Repeat this step every 10 minutes until no more bubbles appear when adding fresh boiling-hot tap water (this could take up to 2 hours). Now strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a second jar containing cold tap water. Discard contents remaining in the first jar used for the heating process because they are spent material that contains very little THC.
The oil will start floating on the cold water jar. Your cannabis oil is ready for use.
The process of extracting THC and other cannabinoids is known as “
.” This means applying heat (usually around 100 degrees Celsius) for a certain amount of time to activate the compounds within your cannabis.
To learn more about extracting different components of cannabis, visit our blog section.