If you were always keen to know how hemp seed oil is commonly extracted and like to make your own oil at home, this article will guide you through the process. Hemp seed oil is known for its high nutrient profile with lots of good fats and fatty acids. It mostly used as a moisturizer or in foods.
In contrast to CBD oil, the extraction of the hemp seed oil is not complicated and does not require machines that use various solvents such as CO2.
All you need are hemp seeds, some equipment, and a few simple ingredients, and you’re capable to produce a great homemade hemp seed oil in no time at all.
What you need for making hemp seed oil at home:
- 4 cups of shelled hemp seeds
- Manual oil press
- Bottle lamp with a wick
- Lamp fuel
- A lighter
- A collecting dish
- A bowl for expelled seeds
Am I able to use whole hemp seeds?
Although the entire hemp seeds can be used in most manual presses, the skin of the seed is an additional burden for the machine, as it has to be separated from the oil. For this reason, the use of hulled hemp seeds makes this process easier to handle.
Luckily most domestic oil presses come with a bottle and wick, such that you only need to add some fuel. Paraffin oil works best, but if it’s not available for you, olive oil should be able to do the job as well.
Here’s how you can make hemp seed oil in three simple steps
Prepare the press
Before you start, you must fix the press to a flat secure surface. If there is someone nearby, you can ask them to help you hold the press while you are winding it as it’s way easier than doing it all by yourself.
Then install the lamp in a vertical way and heat up the lamp and wait about ten minutes before you start pressing the hemp seeds.
Start working with the press
Place the seeds in the funnel of the press to about one-third of its total volume.
Start turning the crank handle at a steady, regular speed. After a few turns, you should be able to see some first oil drops dripping into the collection tray. You can add more hemp seeds once the funnel becomes empty, but try not to overload it as it can clog and make the winding process more difficult.
After several spins, the pressed seeds fall to the bottom of the press. At this point, they contain no more nutrients, but still can be used as organic fertilizers. The whole process can be repeated until there are no more seeds left.
The hemp seed oil obtained will be darker in color. The fewer seeds are used to produce the oil, the lighter the color of the oil obtained will be.
Clean everything up
This is the part that is often neglected and overlooked.
After you have spent your money on a high-quality oil press, you want it to be as durable as possible and to work without failures, so cleaning after each session is very important. This means that you should remove the used hemp seeds from the main press body and remove all other leftovers.
If the press is not cleaned properly, the remaining residue will harden after the heat is extracted, resulting in a clogged press that would not function properly. If you follow the explained procedure above carefully, you can obtain nutritious oils without any additives as opposed to purchased products.