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. How to grind and infuse oils with CBD with a recipe from Lisa Masé.
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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How To Infuse CBD Isolate Into Coconut Oil
To grind the CBD, I recommend using a mortar and pestle to coarsely break up the plant matter and increase the surface area exposed to oil. You can use a food processor, but be sure not to grind it into a fine powder, because you will need to strain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth after infusing the oil.
Combine oil and coarsely ground CBD in a double-boiler or slow cooker, and heat the two together on low heat. Slow, persistent cooking allows for decarboxylation (activation of CBD) without scorching. I prefer using a slow cooker on low for six hours. You can also infuse it in a double-boiler on low for eight hours. Whichever method you choose, be sure that the temperature of the oil does not exceed 245 degrees F.
Strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store the strained oil in glass jars. The remaining plant material can be discarded or composted. The oil will last approximately two months at room temperature or up to six months in the refrigerator.
Once the coconut oil infusion is ready, it can be used in many ways:
– Combine infused coconut oil with beeswax and aloe to make a topical lotion for sore muscles and joints
– Use the infusion in place of oil in a recipe
– Encapsulate the infused oil for easy measurable dosing (about 1/4 teaspoon per capsule)