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 thatâ€™s close to a powder.
Isolate should have a bright white color, and if it doesnâ€™t then itâ€™s probably not 99% pure. Thereâ€™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 â€“ 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 youâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 donâ€™t need to be measured out with mathematical precision. You shouldnâ€™t stress yourself too hard when filling up the syringe. Itâ€™s not the end of the world if you accidentally added one extra milliliter of VG or PG to the mix. It wonâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ or the 15ml PG + 3ml flavoring â€“ 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 â€“ like lemon â€“ 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 â€“ 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 donâ€™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 â€“ 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.
CBD Vape Juice Ingredients: What’s In Your E-Liquid?
CBD vape juice is growing increasingly popular. After all, CBD is safe, non-intoxicating, and provides a wide range of health benefits. Despite this, many people are unaware of the exact ingredients in CBD vape e-liquid.
This information is important for three reasons:
- Confirm that your product contains as much CBD as advertised
- Confirm there are no potentially harmful ingredients
- Get the most benefits out of your CBD juice
Most CBD juices contain three core ingredients: CBD isolate dissolved in a base of VG/PG with added flavoring. However, things aren’t always so simple. Here’s a detailed look at what’s inside your CBD e-liquid.
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The most important ingredient in any CBD vape juice is of course cannabidiol (CBD) itself, the popular, non-intoxicating hemp cannabinoid. However, CBD can come in several different forms that you should be aware of.
In most cases, the CBD in your vape e-liquid will come in a form called CBD isolate. This crystallized powder is a >99% pure version of CBD that contains no other hemp compounds.
CBD isolate is the preferred form for use in vape juice because it’s cheap, easy to formulate, and contains zero THC. Manufacturers simply mix the pure CBD powder in VG/PG, add any desired flavors, and call it a day.
However, vape products can also be made whole-plant hemp extract. Popularly known as full-spectrum CBD, this preparation contains not only CBD but small amounts of many other cannabinoids (including <0.3% THC) naturally present in hemp.
It also includes terpenes: aromatic compounds found in cannabis and many other plants, which possess various health benefits of their own (1). Whole-plant extracts also contain fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other minor phytochemicals (plant chemicals).
Additionally, some companies use broad-spectrum hemp extract, which is the same thing as full-spectrum but with zero THC.
Whole-plant hemp extract is not widely used in vaping products for a simple reason: it’s more expensive and harder to formulate.
However, full-spectrum CBD products have greater benefits than CBD isolate because of the synergy between all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other hemp compounds: the “entourage effect” (2).
If you want to get the most benefits out of vaping CBD — whether it’s for reducing anxiety, pain, stress, or something else — you should look for full-spectrum CBD vape juice.
The other key ingredient in CBD vape juice is a carrier agent, which accounts for most of the liquid you see.
This cutting agent is what the active substance — in our case, cannabidiol — is dissolved in. They also help produce the vapor that makes vaping so enjoyable. Let’s look at the most common cutting agents used in CBD products.
The most popular carrier for both regular and CBD vape e-liquids is a mix of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG).
These compounds are considered safe to consume by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have advantageous properties such as being water-soluble, which is why they’re so widely used in vape products (with or without CBD).
Although CBD isolate does not dissolve very well in VG and can stay in its crystal form, it does mix readily with PG. For this reason, it’s usually dissolved in PG first before VG is added.
The vast majority of CBD vape juices contain a mix of VG/PG.
Another CBD vape carrier agent that’s been growing in usage is medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil derived from coconut oil. CBD dissolves in MCT oil very effectively, why is why it’s the most popular carrier oil for CBD in tinctures and capsules. That’s why some companies are also using it in vape products.
While MCT oil is incredibly healthy to eat and works great in CBD in tinctures, the jury is still out on its safety in vape products.
There have been concerns about MCT oil causing a serious condition called lipid pneumonia. However, to this day, there isn’t much evidence to say whether it’s dangerous or not.
If you don’t want to take any risks, it’s better to avoid CBD vape products made with MCT oil until more substantial evidence comes to light.
TEC Temper Oil
TEC Temper Oil is the newest dissolving agent used in CBD vape e-liquids. It’s an odorless, tasteless food-grade ingredient made out of terpenes.
TEC Temper Oil promises a safer vaping experience thanks to containing antioxidant and anti-irritant compounds. Although there isn’t much info about it online, TEC Temper appears to be a safe ingredient.
The last major ingredient in vape juice is flavoring, which can be either natural or artificial.
Flavoring won’t have much of an impact on your health, but if you want to avoid sugar or artificial substances, be sure to look at the ingredients list and act accordingly.
Cannabis Terpenes (Optional)
Some CBD vape products also contain a specific blend of cannabis terpenes for added flavor and health benefits.
These are typically named after a strain of cannabis with that specific terpene composition. That’s why you’ll often see CBD vape juice with flavors like OG Kush, Pineapple Express, and Sour Diesel — names typically used for strains of cannabis.
Terpenes are a class of aromatic compounds whose beneficial health effects are currently being explored by researchers. They’re found in cannabis and other plants.
Terpenes are automatically included in full-spectrum CBD products.
Does CBD Juice Contain Nicotine?
To clear up a common misconception: no, CBD e-liquid does not have any nicotine in it. Having said that, there are some companies that sell CBD juice infused with nicotine.
However, such products clearly state that nicotine is present, so you don’t need to worry.
And of course, you can also add nicotine juice to your CBD e-liquid and vice versa.
Be Aware of What’s in Your CBD Juice
As one final tip, be sure to only buy CBD vape e-liquids that come with third-party lab test results. That’s the only way to confirm that your product actually contains as much CBD as the company claims it does.
You’d be surprised to know that insufficient (and even non-existent) CBD levels are still a common issue in CBD products in 2020 and beyond. For example, one recent investigation in the UK showed that out of 29 tested CBD products, only 11 (38%) had CBD levels within 10% of the advertised amount.
We also highly recommend actually looking at these third-party reports and checking the cannabinoid profile/potency: the most important test. This should clearly show the presence of a high CBD concentration. And if you bought a full-spectrum product, it will also show other cannabinoids.
We hope you found this article useful. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know below!
Gleb is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada specializing in CBD and cannabis. He’s read thousands of studies on CBD and other supplements, helping him translate complex science into plain language. Gleb has tried and reviewed dozens of CBD brands and products, written third-party testing reports, and knows the CBD industry inside and out. When not writing, he likes to kickbox, travel, and tell everyone how awesome intermittent fasting is.
How to Make CBD Vape Juice at Home in 6 Easy Steps
Both cannabinoid (CBD) and vape industries are growing in a parallel manner and not looking to slow down any soon. It has blasted through the roof growing exponentially and captivated everyone globally, especially the young generation. Vaping is not only a mode of smoking but a complete culture in current times. It is redefining fashion with its modernized and artistic look and procedure. On the other hand, CBD is also ruling the market for its various medicinal and relaxing benefits. You cannot expect anything less when two greats meet.
A user can get juices for the vape from anywhere, and even CBD oils are now accessible easily. We can refine the smoking experience by informing our readers how to make CBD vape juices at home. We are writing on DIY cannabis vape juices to apprise how to make vape juice from CBD isolate. Nevertheless, before plunging into this profound sea of expertise, we will know a bit about CBD e-juice and what it contains, along with other necessary information.
What is CBD Vape Juice?
CBD oil is a highly concentrated extract of cannabinoids in the liquid state. The oil is gently blended with the vape juices so the oil can be heated and drawn in with the help of a vape pen. It is regarded as one of the most incredible styles to smoke CBD as it directly enters the bloodstream.
Seasoned smokers can also use CBD oil in their e-cigarette as it is the simplest and greatest method to take pleasure in smoking. Vaping CBD flavors are not new learning and go way back. It is still known as the most effective way of inhaling the product. However, what does a CBD e-juice contain, and what is its effect on the human body?
What is a CBD Isolate?
It is also a form of CBD, but unlike full-spectrum CBD products, it does not feature THC. It is a purified compound that is great for those who want to intake CBD without THC in it. Other CBD products have a small hint of THC present in them.
CBD is a crystalline solid or powder that has a purity of 98 to 99 percent. It does not provide its user with the high effect that THC usually does. They have various impressions linked with mood, memory, appetite, ache, inflammation, and several others.
Whenever you are buying CBD isolate, make sure to purchase it from a well-known brand that keeps it free from THC and other chemical compounds.
The Ingredients in CBD Vape Juice
The CBD vape juices consist of four things: Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), natural flavors, and cannabidiol. The CBD used in the e-liquid is extracted from authentic, organic CBD plants. They undergo various tests to ensure their quality, lack of pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers.
It is pertinent to mention that a 10ml bottle of CBD vape liquid has around 200 mg of cannabinol. It is made in such a manner that it works flawlessly with all types of e-cigarettes, which are compatible with e-fluids.
We shall now itemize the products mentioned above in detail to make our readers aware of them, making the DIY vape juicing process smooth.
We have already mentioned the items that go into the making of CBD juices. CBD vape juice also has a fraction of terpenes to make the product smell right. Let’s dive deeper into these ingredients now.
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
It is the base liquid used to make vape juices at home. PG is a synthetic organic compound sourced from vegetables, free of odor and color, and used to prepare things like tobacco and other stuff. It is also useful in formulating medicinal substances, which are used for inhaling, injecting, and different ways to consume them. PG absorbs extra water and preserves moisture in particular drugs, cosmetics, and edible items.
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
VG is relatively thicker and has a hint of sugary taste in it. VG is the main component that influences the taste of the juice. FDA has certified both products. It can be used in food, vape juices, cosmetics, and several other products. Both compounds play a vital part in making the e-juice as both provide distinctive quality to the solution.
- Distilled Water
It is not mandatory to use it but can be used to make the VG ingredient thin. You can also use vodka instead of distilled water. Vodka presents smokers with the desired throat hit without the need to add nicotine in the fluids.
- Flavoring & Seasoning
Here comes the favorite part of e-juice preparation. You can use any flavor that feels good to the tongue. We would suggest using those flavors that are made explicitly for smoking rather than using regular food flavors. You mostly need to add only 10 to 20 percent of the flavoring, and a few strong ones need only five percent of seasoning at best.
It is an essential substance in both cigarettes and vapes. You can find it in different strengths, as per the requirement. We know our readers would not be here if they were adept at making e-juices. We would advise to use nicotine with a strength that lies within 8 to 24 mg. Keep experimenting until you find the sweetest taste. Please do not rush into it, as we want the users to savor each puff to their fullest. We do not promote smoking, but we do not lower the fun as well.
You must be careful with it as you do not want to overdose the juice with nicotine.
How to Make Vape Juice with CBD Isolate?
We want to inform the users that there is not much discrepancy between regular CBD vape juice and those made with the isolate. To make it simple, please know that CBD isolate is the purest. Let us teach how to make a delicious CBD vape juice with a CBD isolate.
Please note that the recipe we are sharing will be for preparing 30ml e-liquid.
Firstly, we need 15 ml of PG and 12 ml of VG. Terpenes or flavors should be around 3 ml. We require CBD isolate extract in 500 mg quantity. We also require a syringe, a digital scale, and an empty vape juice vessel or bottle.
Once we have all the previously mentioned products, we need to follow the guidelines that are as follows:
1. Firstly, pour 15 ml of PG into the empty bottle with the help of a syringe.
2. Now, add the CBD isolate extract (500 mg) into the bottle that contains PG. Please do not overdo it. There are CBD dosage charts and calculators online to measure the dose.
3. In the third step, gently shake the bottle to prepare a solvent of CBD isolate and PG. Repeat this process until it is dissolved, and no solid substance can be detected in it.
4. Now, it is time to repeat the first step, but this time with VG. We need to pour 12 ml of VG into the bottle with the help of the syringe and shake the bottle again to mix all the ingredients.
5. In the fifth step, we are supposed to add the flavorings. You should pour a regulated quantity of 3 ml into the container.
6. Lastly, fill up the cartridge and start vaping.
If you have prepared more e-liquid than you require, make sure to put the rest of it in a cool and dry place, like a refrigerator, for the long-lasting effect.
DIY Cannabis Vape Juice
To prepare cannabis vape juice, choose a few plump and resinous buds, and roll them in parchment paper.
– Take a hair straightener and set it about 121 degrees of C.
– Now, heat the folded buds with the straightener.
– Keep applying force until the resin comes out of the flowers, and stop only when the plant stops flowing.
– Now open the bundle to get the rosin. Keep repeating it until we have collected at least a half gram of rosin. Please note that a user needs at least 3 grams of high-quality herb to attain half a gram of rosin.
– It is time to store the mixture in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
– Use a sharp object to scrape off the rosin and store it in a glass bottle.
– It is time to pour a few drops of desired terpenes into the same container.
– We will now mix the rosin and flavoring into oil by heating the flask for a few seconds or until the mixture starts to bubble up. Please note that heating less will not mix the solution, and heating it more will affect the volatile terpenes. That is why it is recommended to stop heating it when bubbles appear.
– We will repeat the same process as the CBD-isolate and use a syringe to fill the cartridge.
For How Long Does Vape Juice Last?
You must be wondering for how long will the e-liquid last. There is no need to worry about it as it might last up to 18 to 24 months. Nevertheless, if we store it carefully, it can be prolonged to five years of life. That is why it is suggested to keep it in a cool, dry place, away from the sun.
It is pertinent to mention that a change in taste and consistency of the vape juice indicates its expiry.
We believe that our readers are now equipped with the skills required to prepare CBD e-liquid.
We would stress on getting the ingredients of excellent quality for a superb smoking experience.
Effects of CBD Vape Juice
However, are there any side effects of CBD? CBD has not been in the market for a long time, and there are not many studies available to shed light on vaping CBD’s long-term impacts. On the other hand, it has been seen that CBD is linked with positive results among adults.
There have been no reports or claims yet regarding the side effects of CBD vape on the human body and mental health.
Now you know how to make CBD vape juices in a few easy steps. However, it could feel monotonous as it is time taking and prepared after carrying out numerous tests for the perfect taste. It will not be problematic the second time you make it. It is also cheaper than buying a readymade e-liquid from the store. Prepare the mixture in less than 15 minutes and smoke your creation out.