How to make CBD vape oil


Do you demand complete control of your CBD vape oil?

If you’re wondering how to make CBD vape oil, it’s probably worth mentioning that the ideal qualification would be a chemistry degree. Did you think you could never be a chemist?  Actually, we’ve had chemists for as long as humanity has had control of fire.  It all began millennia ago when someone discovered that “bad” meat could be eaten if it was left adjacent to the fire for a while.  The heat could kill bacterial colonies and fire had this amazing effect, which we have come to know as the Maillard Effect. This causes various components (like sugars and amino acids) to break down and develop brand new flavours!  That’s why “browned meat” tastes so much better than raw meat.

Well, this amazing skill of altering substances spread beyond mere fire, and soon we were growing grains that became infected with air-borne yeasts and grew to enormous size when they were mixed with water and sugars and were then heated.  Bread became much softer and sweeter. We didn’t know it was caused by yeasts, but our first chemists (cooks) knew that if you put some of the earlier bread dough in a new batch, the effect could be transferred.

So, if you have ever made a dumpling, or biscuit, or homemade soup, you are already a chemist!  That means you probably already possess the skills required for making your own CBD e liquid.

What you need for your kitchen CBD laboratory:

First, you will need to obtain some basic materials.  You will need:

  • An accurate, load-cell based gram scale for weighing your material (they can be ordered from China for just £3.00 with free delivery)
  • a clean, sterile container in which to create your CBD e liquid
  • funnels, non-absorbent stirrers, and other ordinary kitchen tools
  • appropriate sterile bottles in which to store the finished product
  • a supply of vape oil (unflavoured if you want to add your own terpenes later)
  • a mortar and pestle (or your own personal “make-do” solution if this is a one-time experiment)
  • a mild, low-level heat source, such as a pan of medium-hot water, or even the top of a radiator in the winter time
  • an assortment or terpenes for flavour, or enhanced effect
  • And, most importantly, some CBD Isolate

The latter ingredient is widely available online or in local dispensaries, if you have them in your area.  It is important to note that good quality CBD Isolate is quite white powder or translucent clear slabs, and is often rated as 99.9% pure CBD Isolate.  If it is yellowish to brown it may still legitimately be called 90% pure (or considerably less) but could contain all sorts of undesirable things such as leftover solvents from the extraction process, or unwanted terpenes.  In the case of unfamiliar suppliers, any number of noxious substances might be present so pay the “extra” and get the “good stuff”.

How much CBD to use?

Now don’t just jump in there half-cocked.  You want to plan your activity carefully. If you have a target (just a suggestion; not a recommendation) of 500mg in 30 ml, then that is exactly what you will need to start.

Which vape liquid should I use?

We’ve all heard the rhetoric about PG (Propylene Glycol) vs VG (Vegetable Glycerine, or simply Glycerol).  Refer to our earlier article about the trivial differences between these two essentially benign substances called “How to Vape CBD Oil” 

Glycol is inexpensive and feels more like traditional smoking when you inhale.  About 20% of e-liquids are made with Glycerol instead because it is sweeter tasting, provides a smoother inhale, and produces more vapour.  These are desirable features for some users. You can experiment, of course, and you might find that a mix of 80% propylene glycol and 20% glycerol provides your best experience or it might be 50/50.  Remember—you’re the chemist here—you get to decide!

Add some vape fluid

In your clean container add your 30 ml of plain, unflavoured vape fluid.  Set it on a mild heat source (such as in a shallow pan of very hot tap water) for several minutes until it is well above room temperature.  Suggested Caution: do not microwave the vape fluid as it can quickly overheat and vaporize suddenly—be gentle—you’re in no rush.

Measure your CBD

Take your CBD Isolate and measure 500 mg (half a gram) for this particular example, with your gram scale.  If it’s the solid type, grind it with your mortar and pestle; if it comes in pre-powdered form measure the quantity you need and add it to the warmed vape fluid.

Stir it, taking your time—again, you’re in no rush—until the CBD has completely dissolved.  Small crystals might be hard to see, but you can feel them with your stirring implement, so keep at it until you can no longer detect them.  Keep the liquid warm while you stir to make it as efficient as possible.

Plain or Flavoured vape oil?

At this point, it is time to make a decision.  Are you going to add terpenes? If so you’re going to be delayed for a while.  You’re only going to need 0.5 ml of a terpene in such a small quantity, and adding it doesn’t mean it automatically diffuses throughout.  It is best to leave it for several hours so that it can disperse evenly.

To shorten this step, you can obtain vape liquids that are pre-flavoured or have terpenes pre-mixed, but with no other cannabinoids, nicotine, or additives.  With those, it is just a matter of making sure the crystals are completely dissolved and you are ready to go. Do you want absolute control or convenience?  It’s up to you.

Bottling your CBD vape oil

Funnel your completed product into storage containers, and now you’re ready to try out your new vape liquid!  Did you charge it up with caryophyllene, humulene, linalool, limonene, or even pinene? There are lots of good terpene choices and each is said to confer a particular advantage to your CBD use and results.

The Takeaway

If you are using a name brand CBD vape liquid from a reputable manufacturer, you’re likely getting a good product that is safe, inspected, laboratory approved, and healthy.  If finding a reliable supplier is difficult, you may be best off creating your own product according to your own specifications.

Aside from that, you may want a stronger or milder product than is typically available.  Maybe you love spearmint vanila flavour, and no one makes that…

Whatever the reason you now have the knowledge and a list of needed tools so that you can be your own chemist, making it precisely the way you desire.  There’s a reason that people love Mum’s homemade dinners over-and-above what you can get in a restaurant, or the frozen dinner section of your local shop.  Sometimes there is simply nothing better than doing it yourself!

To discover more about CBD vape oil and vaping CBD be sure to check out our new CBD vape oil guide

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Rafael Castro