(DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR or a medical health professional. Always speak with your doctor before trying any new drug, supplement, or treatment.)
CBD has quickly become one of the most powerful tools in my chronic illness toolkit.
For the uninitiated, CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of 113 different cannabinoids found in the marijuana/hemp plant. On its own, it’s non-psychoactive which means you will not get high from consuming CBD. Yet it’s believed to be responsible for many of the medicinal effects of cannabis.
I’ve posted several times about my experiences with CBD, and every time the response has been incredible. CBD helps my stress and anxiety more than any other supplement I’ve ever come across, and has really improved my quality of life with Meniere’s disease since I first tried it almost a year ago. I know many of you have experienced the same!
So today, I wanted to tell you all about another CBD product called CBD Isolate that solves two of the biggest problems that many people face when it comes to CBD (price and THC content) and show you how to use it to make a simple, inexpensive, THC-free CBD Oil.
CBD Isolate Powder:
(I will be discussing the CBD isolate powder offered by CBDistillery, though other companies offer it as well. CBDistillery is known for both quality and pricing.)
CBD isolate is a 99+% pure crystalline powder form of CBD. One gram (1000 mg) of CBD isolate contains 990+ mg of CBD.
It’s also far less expensive than other forms of CBD. At CBDistillery, 1000mg of CBD isolate is actually half the price of the 1000mg full spectrum CBD oil.
Unfortunately, many CBD products are still incredibly expensive, and I know this prevents a lot of people from taking full advantage of the benefits CBD has to offer. Prices have come down over the past year or two, but there are still many unscrupulous vendors charging far more for products of equal or lesser quality. The CBD market is still in it’s infancy.
CBD isolate is also THC-free, which solves another potential problem that some people have with full spectrum CBD oils.
All full spectrum CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC (the legal limit for hemp products in the US is .3% THC), as well as many other cannabinoids. All of these cannabinoids work together to provide a synergistic effect known as the entourage effect that can enhance the medicinal benefits.
It’s not enough THC to get you high, but it will make you test positive on a marijuana drug test. And this prevents a large portion of the population from freely using CBD.
I’ve personally been using CBDistillery’s CBD isolate to help me get to sleep as of late. Interestingly, I find it much more sedating than most full spectrum CBD oils, especially at higher doses. So it’s quickly becoming a regular part of my routine.
As an ingredient, CBD isolate can be consumed in it’s powdered form, but it’s so much easier to work with if you use it to make a simple CBD oil.
I’ll show you how, step-by-step!
What You’ll Need:
CBDistillery Isolate Powder: I used the 1g CBD Isolate Powder from CBDistillery, but you can also use the CBD Formulation powder, which is a much finer powder. Use the offer code TINNITUS-CBD FOR 5% off.
MCT or Other Oil: I used a refined version of MCT oil called Brain Octane Oil by Bulletproof, but other MCT oils will work perfectly. MCT oil is flavorless and odorless, which makes for a good carrier oil. But you can also use olive oil or other oils as well if you prefer the taste.
30 ml Dropper Bottle (or other container): I used a 30 ml dropper bottle, but you can use any sterile glass container.
Optional Measured Dropper for Dropper Bottles: These dropper caps replace the droppers included with the 30 ml dropper bottles above. They have measurement markings, so you can accurately measure your dose of CBD every time.
Step 1: Decide how concentrated you want your CBD oil to be. I used a ratio of 1000mg CBD Isolate to 20 milliliters of MCT oil, for a final concentration of 50mg of CBD per milliliter.
If you are unsure, I recommend 1000mg CBD to 30 ml of oil, which will give you a CBD oil with concentration of 30 mg CBD per milliliter.
Step 2: Transfer the CBD Isolate powder to the bottle or container. I used a lab scoop for this, but it can also be done with a funnel, small measuring spoon, or any other small scoop.
Step 3: Measure out your oil and add it to the container. I used a 5 ML syringe with a blunt tip filling needle, but you don’t have to. Once you measure the oil, you can just carefully pour it into the container.
Step 4: Screw the cap on the dropper bottle/container and shake it for 30 second to 1 minute. It can take a while for the CBD powder to dissolve into the oil, but once it dissolves, it should not recrystallize back out.
You can speed up this final step by placing the closed dropper bottle/container in a glass of hot water.
How to Use the CBD Isolate Oil:
Once your CBD oil is finished, it can be used just like any other CBD oil!
You can measure out a dose of oil and consume it orally, take it sublingually by leaving it under your tongue for a minute or two, or you can use it as an ingredient to infuse food or drinks with CBD!
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.
I hope you all find this helpful!