Making CBD-Infused Edibles: Extracting The Facts

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Creating a tasty CBD-infused edible is not much different than making any other cannabinoid rich treat.

First and foremost, the baker/cook needs to select a strain of marijuana with an elevated CBD percentage. Then after extracting the beneficial cannabinoid from the selected plant material, the cook will need to mix the extracted CBD cannabinoid into their favorite cooking oil. Think coconut oil, olive oil, or butter. Generally speaking, these CBD infused oils provide the best results when cooking with marijuana’s heat sensitive cannabinoids.

The Chef de Jour will then need to combine the cannabinoid-rich plant material (either ground-up flower, or trim byproduct) with the cook’s selected oil or butter. Then, by exposing the mixture to very low heat over a prolonged period of time – as a means of avoiding the non-psychoactive compound from breaking down and/or mass evaporation – in approximately 2 hours your canna-butter will be righteously infused. Once the residual plant material has been strained from the still warm liquid, the cooled and solidified CBD-rich canna-butter or canna-oil can be utilized in the preparation of your favorite recipes.

Why CBD Edibles?

The CBD compound has recently been shown to have substantial medical benefits. In addition to mitigating THC’s “stoned” sensation, the CBD cannabinoid offers an appealing treatment option for those patients looking for anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, or an anti-spasm effects minus the help of Western pharmaceuticals.

Recent research underscores CBD’s budding potential as a treatment for a wide range of medical conditions; including pediatric epilepsy, arthritis, PTSD, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, alcoholism, chronic pain, schizophrenia, antibiotic-resistant infections, as well as other neurological disorders.

This miracle compound has continually demonstrated its neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and currently its anti-cancer properties are being investigated at several university research centers around the United States.

Other CBD Extraction Techniques

Today’s more modern CO2 extraction technique is slightly more complicated than the above-mentioned kitchen extraction. The supercritical CO2 method utilizes carbon dioxide under extreme pressure and critically low temperatures to separate, preserve, and maintain the cannabinoids purity of the medicinal oil. This method necessitates high-priced equipment and an elevated understanding of the equipment. But, when successfully done, the CBD oil is safe, effective, and free of chlorophyll.

Last but not least, there’s the ethanol extraction technique: By utilizing high-grade grain alcohol the DIY patient can effectively create a high quality CBD oil that is both functional and safe for vape pen cartridges, as well as others vaporizing devices. Caveat: unfortunately this slightly volatile extraction method also obliterates the plant waxes, potentially eliminating some helpful compounds favored by some.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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  1. Hi Monterey, once you have cooked an edible with CBD oil, what is the shelf life of the CBD. We are looking to create CBD chocolate – the chocolate has a 1 year shelf life, but how long would the CBD last?

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