Now that you have the basic recipe down, you can further customize your CBD tincture by adding different essential oils, different ratios of other base oils, as well as adding other cannabinoids such as CBG. You can even experiment with custom potency formulations with the help of our Confused by the Math? Blog. For more CBD isolate recipes, check out our full list of recipes Here: CBD Isolate Recipes. If you need assistance with calculations for changing the concentration or using a different amount of oil, check out this link for: Isolate Math Help.
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FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE
So, we already discussed Adding CBD Isolate to a Larger Base to create your own CBD topical. However, creating your own CBD tincture is just as easy with isolate. Each gram of CBD isolate usually contains at least 998mg of CBD and is a white powder substance. The easiest way to measure how CBD isolate is to first add it to a larger base. This will allow you to know exactly how much CBD you are consuming.
Coconut oil naturally excels as a carrier oil in a number of categories. Coconut Oil has little to no flavor, which makes it a great choice for making tinctures. Additionally, it is thinner than most oils, making it easy to dispense and measure. Coconut oil has natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. However, the best part about coconut oil is its abundance of saturated fats, particularly medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Medium chain triglycerides are smaller fat molecules which are easily absorbed by the body, directly through the liver. Fractionated coconut oil is simply just coconut oil which has had the longer fat molecules removed to isolate the medium chain triglycerides. For this reason, fractionated coconut oil is also known as MCT oil—and one of the best carrier oils for CBD.
Palm oil can also be used to make MCT oil, just like coconut oil. That is because MCT oil is a somewhat general term which refers to the type of fat molecules in an oil, not the natural source of the oil. This is an important distinction because palm oil’s manufacturing process is often connected to deforestation, animal cruelty, and climate change. For this reason, we recommend MCT oil which originates from coconuts or other sustainable and eco-friendly sources.
Similar to olive oil, avocado oil has high concentrations of oleic acid. However, it is much thicker. Avocado oil has a nutty taste and can be added to CBD oils to increase the viscosity. Avocado oil is often chosen for topical applications due to its slow drying time and abundance of vitamins A, D, & E. One downside of avocado oil is that it’s one of the most expensive on this list.
Although hemp seed oil may seem like it should always be the carrier oil of choice, it is a generally inefficient carrier of CBD on its own. To reach its full potential, it must be mixed with oils with higher bioavailability, such as MCT oil. That is why we add fractionated coconut oil to our full spectrum tinctures . Another thing to note is that some companies try to pass hemp seed oil as being the same as CBD oil. This is not true, so make sure you are buying a product with verified levels of CBD in it. Any reputable CBD company should clearly display the amount of CBD in their products and preferably have test results to support their claims.
In order to understand what makes the best carrier oil for CBD, you need to understand why companies take the time and effort to infuse CBD into oils in the first place. Why not just sell pure CBD? Pure CBD, also known as CBD isolate, forms a white powder. Not only would it be extremely difficult to measure out a serving of CBD isolate grain by grain, but more importantly, your body would be unlikely to process the majority of the CBD you take in. For this reason, CBD is often infused into oil-based solutions, where it binds with fat molecules your body is already prone to breaking down. Once the CBD is evenly distributed throughout the oil, it is possible to evenly measure consistent amounts of CBD that your body can process.
I followed another person’s advice and warmed up my 30 ml of vg and then added the 990 mg of medterra Cbd powder. It’s not dissolving and I’m unsure of what to do. I still have it in a measuring cup with a lid and since I know it is uv sensitive I have covered the measuring cup with black electrical tape. Please help.
I’m not sure what you mean. If you are using 1000mg of isolate, the oil will be 1000mg, regardless of how much oil you dissolve it into. The concentration per milliliter is what changes based on the amount of oil you use, not the total mg of CBD. If you want the oil to have 600mg, you would need to use a milligram scale to weigh out 600mg of CBD isolate, and just add the 600mg to your oil.
Technically you can use the CBD isolate powder in your cooking as well, but the oil makes it much easier to work with as an ingredient. It works well in smoothies and hot chocolate, too.
Is the CBD isolate fat-soluble…i.e. does it even NEED to be with an oil?
Then I read that it has to be infused into oil, first. I picked up some baby oil which lists its ingredients as “Mineral oil, fragrance”–will that work?
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Thanks for the great article and Q&A section. This is all very new to me. And also my math down right sucks so want to make sure I am following you correctly.
Basically if I mix: 1 gram of CBD Isolate with 20 ml of MCT oil I will end up with a concentration of 50 mg / ml ??
I am wanting to use 25 mg twice a day.
So if I want to try 25 mg twice a day. I would need to use 10 drops of the solution twice a day? and this could be under my tongue?
In doing so, approximately how long would one mixture last me?
Sorry for all the questions, but this is very interesting.