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.
Posted by Sam Wagner
My name is Sam and Iâ€™m an avid blogger and social media specialist. My two great passions are motorcycles and vaping. I love writing about my experiences and Iâ€™m usually the one testing all mods and vaporizers we receive. You will always find me fiddling with tank atomizers, building my own coils or steeping various e-liquid recipes.
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5 Simple Steps To Make Your Own CBD Vape Juice At Home Using CBD Isolate
CBD vape juice, sometimes called CBD e-liquid, is a hemp-based cannabinoid product. It is different from CBD oil in the aspect that CBD juice is specially designed for vaping.
CBD vape juice usually contains thinning agents – propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine – to make CBD appropriate for vaping. It is a beneficial way to consume CBD.
CBD vape juice also differs from the traditional e-liquid. In CBD vape juice, instead of nicotine, manufacturers add CBD extract.
Unlike traditional smoking methods, CBD products have significant health benefits . For these reasons, vape and other electronic devices are getting increasingly popular, especially among beginners. You can even find e liquid clearance sales online and easily find your favorite branded vape box mods and starter kits.
Why should you try making CBD e-liquid at home?
Due to the benefits and popularity of CBD-based products, they are quite expensive. The average cost of a 30ml CBD vape juice container is around $30-$50 .
Making CBD e-liquid at home gives you more control over your vaping experience. You also get to pick the flavor and sweetness of your choice.
Another advantage of making CBD juice at home is that you understand what exactly your CBD vape juice contains.
Main ingredients required to make CBD juice at home
To make a nicotine-free CBD juice, you will need a few ingredients.
1. Vegetable glycerine (VG): is a sweet and odorless liquid extracted by heating plant oils under pressure. VG adds sweetness and a cloud of thick smoke to the vaporizers. For this reason, it is one of the main ingredients.
2. Propylene glycol (PG): is similar to VG, but it holds the flavor much longer and gives a better throat hit (a sensation similar to smoking).
As the only carrier in your vape juice, PG might be harsh for most vape users.
For this reason, PG and VG are often mixed to get the best out of them. Although a 60PG:40VG ratio is ideal since it produces a sweet taste and much more vapor, many prefer a 50-50 mixture of PG and VG.
3. MCT Oil (optional): medium-chain triglyceride, better known as MCT, are fats obtained from coconut or palm kernel oil. Many manufacturers often use MCT oil made from coconut as an alternative to VG and PG. MCT oil is odorless and flavorless and produces big clouds.
4. Terpenes are natural aromas or flavors that many vape juice manufacturers use to give the best possible experience. They are more potent and should be used in the right amount.
CBD isolate resembles a fine white powder. It contains 99% CBD and is considered the purest form.
- A 30 ml airtight glass bottle
- A filling syringe.
- A digital scale
- Vaping devices
How to make CBD vape juice in 5 simple steps
The steps mentioned here are for PG (mixed with 3ml flavor) and VG in a 60:40 ratio. You can vary the proportion as per your taste.
Note: Before we proceed further, we suggest you should not stress or worry about the precision of the ingredients. Adding or subtracting an extra millimeter wouldn’t make much of a difference.
1. Measure 15ml PG using the syringe and pour it into the empty 30ml container.
2. Use the digital scale to weigh out 500mg (0.5g) CBD isolate. Add this powder to the glass bottle.
3. Shake this mixture vigorously for a minute or two to ensure the CBD isolate powder is completely dissolved. If you still find some solid crystals/powder in the mixture, proceed with step 4. Skip the next step if the mixture is already transparent.
4. Dip the airtight glass bottle containing the mixture in warm water and leave it for 10 minutes. This step makes sure the ingredients inside the bottle melt completely.
5. Use the syringe again and carefully measure 12ml VG. Add this to the solution. Also, add 3ml of flavor/terpene of your choice. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-flavored vape liquids instead of terpenes. Let these ingredients settle. After a few minutes, shake this solution one final time for 2 minutes.
Your vape juice is now ready to go inside your vape tank. Store the rest of the juice in a cold and dark place.
How long can you store your homemade vape juice?
CBD juice lasts for a year or two and sometimes even more if stored properly. Since heat, light, and air shorten the life of your CBD vape juice, store the juice in an airtight tinted bottle away from light and heat.
Making your own CBD vape juice is easy and takes only 15-20 minutes. The majority of vape users try this at home as it gives them more control over their vape juice. Always use quality ingredients to maximize your inhaling experience.