The internet can be a wonderfully useful tool when searching for answers to common CBD questions- it may have even brought you here to this article. However, one thing that can be frustrating when looking for answers is the sheer volume of information available. That may sound counter-intuitive, but when you’re 35 tabs deep looking for the absolute best way to harvest CBD, you can get a bit bamboozled.
We love engaging with our customers, and we’ve done our research. If you’re interested in exploring CBD further and want to become more involved in the CBD community, you’re on the right page. We’ve done the heavy lifting to save you the trouble, and placed it all into this one article. Read on for the top how-CBD the top ‘how-to’ CBD questions on Google!
How to Harvest and dry CBD hemp flower
If you’re looking to use your own CBD flower, this has to be one of the most important skills to learn. The key here is patience- all good things come to those who wait.
1- Check your trichomes- when they start turning from a solid white to a milkier white, your hemp flower is ready to harvest. When you’re confident they’re good to go it’s time to de-stem your plant and trim the flower.
2- Drying time! Ensure you have a large enough area with decent airflow, and make sure that it’s protected from moisture. You’re going to want to chop each plant into individual branches- it requires a bit more work, but can improve the result and reduces the risk of mold. Hang the individual branches up, with enough breathing space between each one.
3- Maintain an optimum drying environment. The ideal temperature range for drying CBD flower is between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, with 60% humidity. If you’re serious about drying your crop, it’s worth investing in a decent digital thermometer.
4- The waiting game. Depending on the conditions of your space and the quality of your CBD flower, drying can take between 5 days to just over 2 weeks. To determine if it’s ready, try to snap a small terminal branch with your hand. If it snaps cleanly without bending, you’re good to go.
How to Decarb CBD
Decarbing, or decarboxylation, is the process of ‘activating’ your CBD flower by applying heat before its use in edibles and oils. Smoking CBD flower provides an ‘on the go’ version of this by literally setting fire to it. If you’re going to make oil or brownies, however, it needs a little kick start. Applying the head converts CBDa into CBD, releasing the potential benefits.
1- Grind your CBD flower. A larger surface area means a greater reaction, so a purpose-built herb grinder is a sound investment.
2- Preheat your oven to between 230-260 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, spread your CBD flower evenly over parchment on a baking tray.
3- Place the try in on the middle shelf, and bake for 2 hours.
4- Remove from the oven- your CBD flower should now be browned and crumble easily between your fingers. That’s it, you’re good to go!
How to make CBD oil
Possibly one of the most frequently asked questions. After all, if you’re sitting on an Oz of premium Lifter, or some gorgeous Sour Space Candy, why not see what you can create? There are a few methods to extract CBD, so we’ll stick with the most accessible.
1- Gather your ingredients and equipment. You’re going to need”
- 1 oz of premium CBD flower, finely ground. We can help with that.
- 16 oz of coconut oil or MCT oil
- A crock-pot or double boiler- this process requires a low and slow heat
- Cheesecloth, for straining
2- Decarboxylate your CBD flower. Check above for an in-depth look at decarboxylation.
3- With your crockpot or double boiler at low heat, combine the decarbed CBD flower with your chosen carrier oil. Keep the heat low and give the CBD 2-3 hours to dissolve into the oil. This step requires minimal maintenance- check every half hour or so, until the mixture is a deep, brownish-green color.
4- Once the CBD oil mixture is ready, run it through the cheesecloth. Really get stuck in here- make sure you squeeze out every last drop of oil. Once you’re satisfied you’ve squeezed until you can squeeze no more, you can discard the plant matter.
5- Decant your CBD oil into a glass jar or bottle and store in a cool, dry place that’s away from any light sources.
How to clone CBD plants
Cloning is the process of cutting a piece from your plant and growing new roots from the freshly cut stem. It may sound complicated, but we’ve stripped it down to the basics. For a more in-depth guide check out this article.
1- Preparation. Make sure your plant is ready to clone (a good indicator is when it starts to grow alternate branches instead of all from the same point), and disinfect your tools.
2- Cut your desired stem. Each cutting should be approximately 20 cm long- the best cutting is usually a new branch with a new top. You need to cut a little below this new growth at a 45-degree angle.
3- Place your cutting in a glass of water to prevent air bubbles from getting into the stem.
4- Reduce the leaf surface by cutting away any large leaves on your clone- they are hard to maintain, and your new clone needs as much energy as it can get in the beginning.
5- If you have the time and the money, rooting helpers and cloning products with rooting hormones do help- but it’s also possible to grow your clone with just water. If you’ve opted for extra help, apply your gels and powders as the instructions dictate.
6- Pot your clone! Place it in a medium-sized growing pot in an area with high humidity. A greenhouse works best.
How to invest in CBD
This is a tricky question, not least because it involves you investing your hard-earned money. We’ll cover the basic options, but check out this guide for a fantastic in-depth look at investing in the CBD industry.
1- Involved Investment. If you have previous experience with investing as an entrepreneur or otherwise, you may consider investing directly in a CBD company. If there are established CBD companies in your area, it’s worth approaching them to see what can be done. Many fledgling CBD companies want to benefit from the assistance that can be provided by local investors- if you have the experience, this may be your way to get in early.
2- Publicly Traded CBD Companies. As the CBD industry becomes more established, more and more CBD companies are becoming publicly traded entities, with the opportunity to purchase shares. On one hand, the day-to-day minutiae aren’t your concern, on the other, this is a far more passive option than involved investment. You’d also be following in the footsteps of significant brands such as Anheuser-Busch, who have also invested in publicly traded CBD companies.
3- Alternative CBD businesses. If you’re looking more towards supporting the CBD industry in general, consider investing in the range of businesses that incorporate CBD without being a manufacturer. Coffee shops and health centers are just a couple of ideas. You can even consider broadening your scope to include things such as marketing firms who specialize in promoting CBD brands.
Hopefully, you’re now slightly more informed about CBD than when you started to read this article. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we encourage you to read further if a particular topic piques your interest.