5 Easy steps to make CBD vape juice at home – DIY Cannabidiol e-liquid
Making your own vape liquid with CBD is easier than you would think. If you have the proper ingredients and some tools you are good to go. In this article we will show you exactly how to make your own CBD vape oil at home.
High concentration Cannabidiol e-liquids tend to be quite expensive regardless of the brand, and many people simply cannot afford paying $100 for a single 30ml bottle. But what if there was a way to enjoy them for a more reasonable price? If you don’t mind a bit of DIY work, here are 5 easy steps to make CBD vape juice at home.
1. Get ingredients necessary for CBD e-liquid
Any standard vape juice is made out of four main components: Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Nicotine and Flavorings. CBD eliquids are made using roughly the same ingredients, only that they swap the nicotine for CBD isolate.
CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. It’s a crystalline substance, that looks and feels like a fine white powder. It has a concentration of 99% and it contains virtually no THC or any other substances. It also doesn’t include the terpenes and organic compounds which naturally occur in the plant.
You can also find CBD isolate in the form of small translucent slabs. In this case you will need a pestle and mortar to mash up the slab into something that’s close to a powder.
Isolate should have a bright white color, and if it doesn’t then it’s probably not 99% pure. There’s nothing wrong with vaping 90% pure CBD powder, however this might have minute traces of solvents used in the extraction process or even some terpenes that might alter the taste of your juice.
CBD isolate is not soluble in Vegetable Glycerin; however VG is required to smooth out the vapor. A purely PG based e-liquid would be very harsh and intolerable for most users. This is why the isolate needs to be diluted in Propylene Glycol first and then add the rest of the ingredients.
Getting the right PG/VG mix is crucial in order to prevent the CBD from recrystallizing. We recommend going as high as 60PG – 40VG, although some users also use 50-50.
And while you can buy pre-mixed PG/VG bases for e-liquids, we recommend purchasing the both the PG and VG separately. This way you have a lot more room for error and if you’re not satisfied with the result, you can give it another try.
Note: we are aware that some online sources indicate oil based carriers like MCT for CBD isolate as the more natural way to go. And that might be true if you intend to use the CBD as a sublingual supplement or if you want to rub it on your skin. But when it comes to vaping, natural oils are very dangerous for the lungs. This is why we always recommend sticking to PG/VG based juices regardless if we are talking about vaping cannabidiol or nicotine.
2. Get the supplies you need to make CBD juice at home
To make your own CBD e-liquid you only need a handful of supplies:
- pure VG
- Pure PG
- CBD isolate
- An empty 30ml glass bottle
- A blunt needle syringe
- Some flavoring
How much CBD should you add to your vape juice?
We recommend adjusting the quantities depending on how much juice you want to make. For testing purposes it’s a good idea to go for the smallest possible supply bottles.
You can find VG and PG in the DIY section of all major online vape shops. This is also the place to look for empty glass bottles, syringes, and flavorings. We found that lemon flavors generally work great with CBD but you can pick whatever you enjoy the most. For testing purposes you can even leave the juice unflavored, however – depending on concentration – it does tend to taste quite bitter.
CBD isolate needs to be purchased separately and you will usually find it in 500mg or 1000mg containers. The amount of CBD isolate you dissolve in the e-liquid will give its concentration and for starters we recommend going for the 500mg option. It’s also the cheapest, with a price tag of around $15.
3. Measure out the quantities
We decided to go for a 30ml glass bottle because they are easy to find and easy to work with. It will also give you a good estimate of how much money you save compared to store-bought CBD juice.
For the 60PG – 40VG ratio you will need to measure out 18ml of Propylene Glycol and 12ml of Vegetable Glycerin. If you decide to use flavorings, these are usually PG based and you will need to subtract the amount of flavor from the amount of PG. For instance 10% flavor is 3ml, therefore we only need to use 15ml PG and 3ml flavoring.
Keep in mind that these proportions don’t need to be measured out with mathematical precision. You shouldn’t stress yourself too hard when filling up the syringe. It’s not the end of the world if you accidentally added one extra milliliter of VG or PG to the mix. It won’t make that much of a difference if we are talking about a total of 30ml of cannabis isolate juice.
500mg of CBD isolate mixed in 30ml of VG-PG base will give a concentration of 16.6mg/ml – which is perfect for both testing and day-to-day use purposes. At the same time it means that the whole 30ml bottle has a total concentration of 500mg.
4. Mix the ingredients in this particular order
The key to crystal clear CBD e-juice is to dissolve the isolate in PG and add the rest of the ingredients afterwards. For this you will need to pour the 18ml of PG inside the bottle – or the 15ml PG + 3ml flavoring – and then add the isolate crystals. Put on the dropper cap and vigorously shake the bottle for about a minute or so.
Dip the bottle in a container filled with hot water and leave it for around 10 minutes. Shake vigorously and repeat the process until the solution is transparent and there are no visible crystals. You can also leave the bottle overnight and continue the next day.
Once the isolate has been fully incorporated in the PG it’s time to add the 12ml of VG. Give the bottle one final shake of about 2 minutes and your CBD vape juice should be ready to vape.
5. Vaping your DIY CBD e-liquid
Make sure you prime the coils and fill your tank with e-liquid, just like in the case of standard nicotine juice. We recommend a mouth to lung atomizer at first and if you’re OK with the flavor then swap it for a direct lung device.
The taste of CBD can be quite bitter and it’s a good idea to take slow pulls until you get used to it. Also due to the high PG content, the juice might feel harsh on the throat. Some flavors – like lemon – can better mask the bitterness and allow you to enjoy the full benefits of Cannabidiol even better. Some people even like to add terpenes to their DIY CBD juice for a more natural feel. If you plan to do so, make sure that the terpenes are plant derived and compatible with vaping.
Only terpenes derived from cannabis or hemp are safe to be vaped and they ensure the best possible experience. Just make sure you are using the right flavor profile and most importantly: the right amount. Terpenes are much more potent that flavor concentrates and only a very small amount is enough to make their presence felt. Ideally you should start with somewhere between 0.5 – 1.0% and give the mix a try. If the flavor still is not strong enough you can add a bit more terpenes, but as long as you don’t overdo it.
The most popular terpenes for making cannabis juice are the mixtures that mimic the flavor profiles of actual weed strains. Unfortunately these can get quite expensive. However you can still achieve very good results even with individual terpenes like Alpha-Pinene, Caryophyllene, Beta-Pinene, Limonene, Linalool, or Myrcene. From our experience the terpenes most suitable for beginners are the ones with a citrusy flavor like Limonene.
The one thing you need to remember when vaping terpenes is that these compounds are highly volatile. This is why we recommend to enjoy them on low output devices with high atomizer resistance. The experience will be much better when vaped on a 15-20W pen with 1.2 – 1.5 Ohms resistance than on a 50W device at 0.5 Ohms.
In the case of re-crystallization, you either need to use less VG or you can fix it by dipping the bottle in hot water again and shake it thoroughly until it becomes fully transparent.
DISCLAIMER: The text above represents our opinion or personal experience and cannot be considered medical or legal advice. Make sure CBD is legal in your state before making your own e-liquid. Always ask your doctor before using any type of CBD product and consult other sources for a better understanding of the substance and its effects.
5 Easy steps to make CBD vape juice at home – DIY Cannabidiol e-liquid Making your own vape liquid with CBD is easier than you would think. If you have the proper ingredients and some tools you
How to make CBD Vape juice/Oil at Home?
CBD e-liquids are quite expensive, but they are also more effective and fast-acting. Not everyone can afford to buy them at $100 – $120 for a 30ml bottle. For them, it’s better to make CBD vape juice at home.
In this article, we will provide you with a simple, yet an elaborate, step-by-step, DIY method that you can do it all by yourself.
Making CBD vape juice at home may not be as easy as boiling water, but it is simple enough – almost as simple as cooking a nice bowl of soup, careful to get the proportions right, and patient enough to get the temperature just right. The complete process takes around 60 – 90 minutes.
By making vaping juice at home, you get to choose the flavor, the type of CBD extract – isolate, full-spectrum, etc. – and its concentration too. You can also select the carrier base of your choice so that you can ensure the best experience for yourself and your family.
Making CBD vape juice at home: Ingredients & Equipment
Before we jump right into the actual process of “cooking” CBD vape juice, let’s get all the right equipment and the ingredients right! Making the perfect CBD-infused vaping juice is all about the right proportions, the correct amount of heat and the sufficient amount of time to get the ingredients nicely done and well-blended.
- 0.5g – 1g (500mg – 1000mg pure CBD isolate, i.e., crystalline isolate. We are using CBD isolates for this process as it’s simpler and more concentrated.)
- 30ml vape fluid or carrier fluid [Propylene glycol (PG) or propanediol (PDO) and vegetable glycerin (VG or Glycerol) in 80:20 or 60:40. The proportion may vary according to your taste. While the former is cheap and feels more like any other vape fluid, the latter is costlier and produces a sweet and smooth taste and much more vapor. Nonetheless, we need PG as CBD isolate isn’t soluble in VG, but a vape juice made from PG alone would be too harsh. (MCT or any other oils are no good for making vape juice, as it produces too much smoke.)]
- 0.5 ml – 1.5ml terpenes (for natural flavors and more added enhancement of CBD’s effects)
- Flavorings (other natural extracts may be used for flavor too, use as per your liking)
- An accurate gram scale to make sure you get the CBD isolate’s weight right
- A clean, sterile container to make the CBD vape juice
- 30ml syringe with a blunt tip
- Funnels, non-absorbent stirrers, and a fine sieve
- A mortar and pestle
- A metal pot to temper the vape juice
- A low-level heat source, like a pan of medium-hot water
- A 30ml sterile bottle with a glass dropper (1ml) to store the finished product as well as for an easy use
How to make Vape Juice from CBD Isolate at Home:
Here’s your easy step-by-step procedure to make your CBD vape juice at home:
- Using the gram scale, measure 0.5g/1g of pure CBD isolate crystals. Crush them into a fine powder with the help of the pestle and mortar.
- Prepare your vape juice (carrier fluid) as per your liking. Add the terpenes 0.5 ml/1.5ml at this stage. It is best to make this fluid 48 hours in advance. This lets the terpenes steep in the vape liquid for even distribution. Make sure to measure the fluids exactly with the blunt syringe. The complete fluid (PG, VG, and terpenes should be 30ml in total. If you’re using 1000mg, use 1ml – 1.5ml of terpenes and the remaining fluid will comprise the carrier fluids added in the proportion as discussed earlier.)
- Pour all the fluid contents into the sterile container with the help of a funnel that you had set aside for making the CBD vape juice.
- Add the CBD crystalline powder into it. Screw the bottle tightly shut. Shake the bottle well to make sure no chunks are left, allowing it to dissolve properly.
- Fill up the pot with water. The water’s level should match the level of the fluid when placed in the pot. Heat the pot in medium flame.
- When the pot is warm, place the container holding the vape juice contents in the pot. Make sure it is in an upright position. Let the flame simmer as the liquid heats up. Let the water bubble at the bottom of the pot. However, make sure the bottle container does not get too hot to touch. At this temperature, let the fluid do its work in mixing the crystals.
Alternatively, you can also warm up the vape juice slightly before pouring in the CBD crystalline powder. This helps in dissolving the crystals faster.
- Keep shaking the bottle every 3-4 minutes. Let it the fluid settle. You’ll notice most of the chunks getting dissolved into the fluid, leaving some at the bottom of the bottle. Shake the solution again to break up the larger chunks. Let it sit for 5 more minutes. Keep repeating this process, until no chunks are visible inside the bottle.
- By now, the solution would have turned cloudy, with no discernible chunks or particles in it. Let the bottle with the solution sit in the water pot at this low/medium heat for 15 more minutes. You’ll notice the solution gradually turn clear again.
- Wait for a few more minutes, and then turn off the heat. Remove the bottle of solution from the pot and let it cool off. As it cools down, you’ll notice the liquid and the air above it get a bit cloudy. This is quite normal. Once the liquid has cooled down completely, it will be fine.
- Using the fine sieve and a clean and sterile funnel, pour all the content into the 30ml bottle with the dropper to make the solution easy to use. Your CBD Vape Juice is ready for storage and use.
If you’ve used 1000mg CBD isolates, then you can be sure to get a dosage of 33mg of CBD per serving (one full dropper).
The Making: Tips & Tricks
- CBD isolates are also available in the form of powder. If that suits you, you can opt for that instead of the crystals that you’ll have to grind to dust.
- Use only 100% USP-food-grade vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol.
- While heating the fluid, don’t get impatient and put the solution into the microwave. This will result in the fluid heating up too quickly and lead to the fluid evaporating, leaving behind the CBD crystals.
- You can also add the terpenes when the vape liquid is warm. This helps the terpenes to blend in better. But while measuring the vape liquid (VG+PG), you’ll have to take the measurement of the terpenes into account and keep room for it.
- If you want to avoid the terpene-step, you can purchase pre-flavored vape liquids too.
- Try and use flavors that can mask the bitter taste of the PG, as well as subdue its harsh sting in your throat.
- Several terpenes are available in the market – caryophyllene, humulene, linalool, limonene, pinene, and many more. Choose what you prefer and use a blunt syringe to make the mix. Remember the final vape fluid must be an exact 30ml, in which the terpenes can only be up to 1ml.
- Don’t use a cheesecloth or tea towel to filter the finished product. This will absorb the fluid, leading to a lot of waste. Use only a shrimp net, fine sieve, or any other form of screen that doesn’t absorb the fluid.
- Make sure to store the end product in a cool and dark place. This will ensure the vape juice lasts up to 12 months.
- Use the dropper to fill your vape pen or e-cigarette as per your dosage. This will ensure exact dosing.
- Never use this vape juice as a tincture. PG is not suitable for oral consumption.
Ensuring your Vape Oil is high in CBD
To make CBD vape juice, work with only the best strains that are high on CBD-content, and low on THC-content. Strains like ACDC, Charlotte’s Web, Harlequin, and Canatonic are good for making CBD vape juice.
There are many reasons for people to seize full control over their vape juice. You may want to ensure you’re getting the best quality, or you want something that is either stronger or milder than what’s available in the market. You may even want some flavoring that is currently not being provided by any brand. You may even find making it at home simpler and cheaper than ordering it online.
No matter what the reasons are, trying it at home is a good thing. Not only does it give you complete control over your recipe, but it also makes you aware of what’s going into it.
So, go ahead and try it at home! If you find something interesting during the process or you managed to make something unique, don’t forget to share your experience with us.
Do you feel the CBD vape juices in the market aren’t good enough – for their taste, quality, spectrum or all these reasons? Learn how you can make it at home.