Infusing Carrier Oils With CBD
Making your own infused oils is a a simple way to add hemp-derived CBD into your favorite recipes. If you enjoy the benefits of CBD, and you want to explore it further, it's very easy to add it to your favorite skin care products or recipes. By making your own carrier oils, you can completely control your CBD dosage. You can also choose what ingredients are going into your CBD products, which is always an added bonus!
I personally use hemp-derived CBD isolate all the time. It's a very easy form of CBD to work with, and it's one of the most cost effective CBD products available on the market. CBD isolate is not water soluble, but it dissolves easily into most carrier oils. Carrier oils can be used for cooking or making your own skin-care products at home.
Infusing Your Carrier Oil
The process of infusing your carrier oil is fairly straight forward. You will need your carrier oil, CBD isolate, a saucepan filled with simmer water, and a glass jar. Pour your carrier oil into your jar and add your desired amount of CBD isolate*. Carefully place the jar of oil into the saucepan of simmering water. Make sure you choose a jar that has tall enough sides so none of the water gets into the oil. Stir the oil with a wooden spoon or skewer until the oil begins to dissolve. Within a couple of minutes most of the isolate should dissolve easily. Remove the oil from the saucepan and let it cool before use! Your CBD oil will last as long as the shelf life of the oil you used. Typically the oil will become less potent over time, so use it up in 6 months or less for best results.
Oils For Topical Products
There's a wider selection of carrier oils you can use for topicals, since so many different types of oil can be used on the skin. Here's some of my personal favorite oils for making skin care products:
Oils For Edible Products
Not all carrier oils are edible. If you're planning on making an oil you can cook, you'll want to select an oil that is safe to ingest. Here's a few ideas:
How to Use Your CBD Carrier Oil
Once you have your CBD-infused oil, there's an unlimited amount of ways to use it! You can make your own topicals, or use your oil for cooking. Just be careful not to heat your infused oil much past 350F. Too high of heat may burn off some of the CBD, and make your oil less effective. You can add your CBD oil to virtually any recipe that calls for oil or butter. CBD-infused oils are incredibly diverse and easy to use. You can even ingest the oil or use it directly on the skin!
*1 gram of CBD isolate is ~1,000mg. For an exact measurement, ask for lab results from your CBD company. This will give you the exact dosage of CBD per gram.