CBD infused Coconut Oil. With a little math and simple tools I was able to infuse 1000 mg of CBD Isolate into a 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Check out this guide for 6 simple steps to adding isolate to a base like coconut oil so you can create your on DIY CBD tincture.
#TryitTuesday CBD infused Coconut Oil
So it was #TryitTuesday yesterday and while I meant to get this up yesterday it just didn’t happen. So here we are… a day late but good all the same! Today’s #TryitTuesday is all about making CBD infused Coconut Oil.
This was a really easy DIY. With a little math and some simple tools I was able to infuse 1000 mg of CBD Isolate into a quarter cup of Coconut oil. I wasn’t able to order the coconut oil in the Village Bloomery store but I was able to get the Isolate sorted using the Village Bloomery online shop.
I’ll go straight to the recipe because if you are like me you HATE reading the whole wordy blog just to get to the details.
- Coconut oil
- CBD Isolate (different than distillate. Read below for more) I used RAD CBD Isolate
- Glass Jar
- Measuring cup or measuring spoons
- Silicone spatula
- Small pot or double boiler
It is pretty straight forward. You want to measure out 1/4 cup of coconut oil into a small glass jar. Add the entire container of CBD Isolate into the jar and if the oil is soft enough give it a stir. NOTE: if you don’t have cups use 4 full tablespoons as there are 16 Tablespoons in a full cup. Make sure to place the lid on the jar and affix it tightly…this will come in handy later on.
Fill a small pot with enough water to cover 1/4 of the glass jar. Ideally you have a double boiler. I don’t have one so I just placed a small dish in the bottom of the pot so that my jar wasn’t sitting directly on the hot metal. I did this to avoid cracking the jar in the event that I let the water come to a boil. That’s the point…you don’t want to bring it to a boil, you want it to be on a constant simmer. Once you see that the butter has turned to oil you can pick the jar up and give it a shake to make sure all of the isolate is dispersing through the liquid. Once you have a totally clear liquid free of any lumps or clumps you have succeeded in infusing your oil!
The CBD isolate is 1000 mg (give or take a mg) you will need to do some math to decide on on how potent you want your butter. 1 cup of butter is equivalent to 250 ml. It isn’t exact but Millilitres are very close to Milligrams so in order to keep the math simple I accept them as equals. If I were to use a full cup of butter/oil I would divide 1000 mg by 250 ml. This would give me 4 mg per ml. If a Teaspoon is 5ml I would get 20 mg of CBD per tsp. In this case I wanted it to be stronger because I like to use it in baking and as a topical so more potent is better for me. My goal was 40 mg per teaspoon so I reduced the amount of butter to 1/2 cup. A 1/2 cup is equal to 125 ml. Divide 1000 by 125 and you get 8.
That is 8mg per 1 ml. This means 1 tsp (5ml) is 40 mg.
I get a little wavy when I have to do this kind of math. It is because I don’t trust myself with numbers yet. That said I have the support of mathy folks and I can assure you that this math works!
Here is a little Cannabis 101 on CBD Isolate vs CBD Distillate:
CBD Isolate is the “purest” form of CBD. I put that in quotes because I don’t want to suggest that in its purity it is somehow better than it could be if it was less pure. Rather I prefer the broad spectrum CBD products, because I lean towards a whole plant philosophy with all plant based products. That said, Isolated CBD is CBD and nothing but the CBD. CBD distillate is created by distilling the cannabinoids found in the plant, and in the case of a CBD flower, you will get an extract that is predominantly CBD (approx 75% generally speaking). You will also see trace amounts of CBN, CBG, THC etc… The Distillate will be in oil form while the Isolate is usually in a powdered form. You will see vape pens that use Isolate and those will have a carrier oil. Meanwhile a distillate vape pen can often get away with the pure oil.
Adding CBD Isolate to a Larger Base (Tincture)
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.
So you’ve bought some CBD isolate, but how do you use it in a larger recipe?
Let’s say you have some CBD isolate and want to make some regular CBD oil tincture with it. You could just mix the CBD right into your regular tincture, but that’s not how you’re supposed to do things. It would likely be inefficient, making the whole process more costly for one thing.
Secondly, when batches are tested at labs after processing they will most likely fail because there is no way to know how much cannabinoid content is actually being extracted from the plant material (like hemp flowers) unless you purify it yourself by taking it up in something like an oil or high proof alcohol solution.
And even if somehow your isolated batch did measure out at exactly 100mg of CBD, how would you know that the other ingredients in your CBD tincture (such as MCT oil and glycerin) had not adversely affected how much was actually absorbed by the body?
When doing this kind of work it’s very important to understand how cannabinoids dissolve.
Cannabis is a very special plant with some unique properties; one of those properties involves how it dissolves into fats and lipids such as those found in oils and solvents like isopropyl alcohol. This phenomenon is called ‘hydrophobicity’.
In plain English, that means that cannabis likes to mix with oily substances, but pretty much hates water! That makes extracting cannabinoids very different from most other plants and how we handle them differs greatly depending on what form they are in when you start.
Cannabis is not water soluble
Cannabis plant matter is not soluble in water or oil, but it is very much soluble in alcohol and other non-polar solvents like chloroform and ether.
That’s how we make cannabis tinctures and how we test them; we soak the cannabis material in a vessel containing those solvents for several minutes and then carefully remove all of the solvent (leaving behind only what was inside).
One of the reasons that ‘true’ tincture is such an effective medicine is because cannabinoids dissolve into it as easily as if they were introducing themselves to their soulmate; this means they’re bioavailable (easy to absorb).
It also means that whatever you don’t use gets absorbed into the alcohol along with whatever other goodies were in that solvent, which will then be removed from your tincture when you take it. This is how we can safely extract a plant and know how much of its potency went into our final product.
That being said, how do we incorporate CBD isolate into a larger batch of something if we need to dissolve it first? We have two options: water or oil. Even though there are many compounds within cannabis that hate water, cannabinoids don’t mind it at all because they spend so much time dissolved in alcohols already.
In fact, you could even say that they’re well suited to be dissolved in just about anything! That’s why ice-water hash methods work so well and why we can use fat-based solvents; how these processes work is actually very different even though they all involve cannabis extracted into water.
For the purposes of this example let’s assume hemp seed oil, because it makes more sense in a cannabis tincture anyhow (we want to add CBD isolate to an existing solution, not make another one).
Or select one of our preloaded kit options below where we provide the isolate and the bottles (just add MCT oil available at any grocery store or Amazon).
Includes: 1 gram of CBD isolate and 5 empty bottles and droppers
Includes 5 grams of CBD isolate and 10 empty bottles and droppers
5. Stir occasionally until the liquid becomes clear and not cloudy. This should take around 5 minutes.
Each 1 ml of liquid will contain 16mg of CBD. The typical glass dropper will contain 1 ml of liquid.
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 (more and less potent tincture in a few drops) or using a different amount of oil, check out this link for: Isolate Math Help.
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How to add CBD Isolate to tincture?
The process of making a tincture involves soaking the cannabis plant material in an alcohol solvent and then using distillation to remove all of the solvent and extract constituents from the raw plant. Being a cannabinoid, CBD is already commonly used by millions of people for it’s medicinal purposes, and we’ve seen an enormous amount of success in adding it to tinctures. If you’re looking for higher doses of CBD, it’s easy to use too much Isolate and end up with a product that doesn’t taste very good or feel very good going down.
How much CBD Isolate add to tincture?
The first step before adding CBD isolate into a tincture, is knowing how much CBD you will be getting out of it. I’m going to begin by explaining the different ways that you can extract CBD from hemp and the weakest and strongest methods.
The first and weakest method of extracting CBD is using a grain alcohol to create an extract. This extraction will yield roughly 10% CBD, and the resulting product should be around 200mg/ml of tincture if you have 2 grams/100 ml of solution. The second least effective way to do this, is by doing a butane extraction and only getting an extract that is around 50% CBD. The resulting tincture should be at 100mg/ml of tincture with 2 grams/100 ml of solution.
Why does CBD Isolate adding to tincture?
CBD is an amazing cannabinoid largely responsible for the health-boosting effects of cannabis. However, it’s not found naturally in the plant, but rather in isolated form . This means that you won’t get any benefit from using just the flower on its own. For this reason, people make use of CBD extracts and add them in different things like oil and waxes.
How to improve the taste of CBD tincture?
If you make your own tinctures, there is a wide variety of things you can add to them. Some popular herbs and extracts that are sometimes added to tinctures include:
-Echinacea Root (for colds and flu)
-Red Clover (good for women’s health)
-Red Raspberry (good for pregnancy and nursing)
These are just a few examples of herbs that might be added to your tincture. You can use any herb or extract that you like the taste of and that you might need for medicinal purposes.
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