(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.

Oral Syringe or Small Measuring Cup to Measure the Oil: I used a 5 ml syringe with a blunt tip filling needle to measure out the oil, but any oral syringe or small measuring cup will do just fine.

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 BottlesThese 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.

Small Funnel, Scoop, or Spoon: I used a lab scoop to transfer the CBD powder to the bottle, but you can use any sort of small funnel or spoon as well.

Directions:

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!

    • Hi Joanne, it all depends on how concentrated you want it to be. If you want CBD oil that is 10mg per 1ml (300mg per 30ml vial), then 1000mg of CBD isolate would make 3x30ml bottles with 100mg left over. I generally like making it more concentrated so I can take less oil per dose, but that’s just my personal preference.

  1. Great video – very helpful, thank you!

    If I use another oil, say olive or coconut oil – would it dissolve the same way and not recrystallize? Or is that quality unique to the MCT oil you used?

    Is the CBD isolate fat-soluble…i.e. does it even NEED to be with an oil?

    What’s the shelf-life of the isolate?

    • Hi Angel, good question. CBD isolate is fat soluble so other oils will work perfectly, but I would advise against coconut oil because it is not liquid at room temperature. As far as shelf-life, I’m honestly not sure. That might be a better question to ask CBDistillery or one of the other CBD companies.

  2. Does MCT oil have any pain properties like CBD oil? Or is MCT oil basically an “inert” vehicle? I have a 250 MG tincture that
    on the ingredient label it quotes 99% MCT oil to 1% CBD. What sort of pain relief do I expect from this?

    • The MCT oil is just a carrier oil. It’s not inert exactly, MCT oil has a few interesting health properties, but any benefit is coming from the CBD and other cannabinoids. I’ve used CBD oils with other carrier oils, like olive oil and hemp seed oil as the base, and found them to be equally effective.

    • Hi Janet, I dont think so, but you wouldn’t want to do this because the softgels are more expensive on a per mg basis. It’s worth while to do this because you save money and the end product is thc free, which is important for some people.

  3. Hi Glenn, With your 50mg oil, how many mL’s are you using to accomplish sleep? Did you start off with a smaller dose? Thanks in advance.

    • I generally use about .4-.6 ML, which is about 20-30 mg CBD to help me fall asleep. 30 mg of isolate is a very sedating dose for me. Though I usually take this amount at night, regardless of whether it’s the isolate oil or another kind of CBD.

  4. Hi, great article… My math really sucks, can you help me please? I am suffering from a very painful Crohns like disease with painful open, weeping legions… I mixed 3.5 grams of cbd isolate with 60 ml of liquid coconut oil… It went well and totally dissolved… What is the strength of my concoction? Also, if I want to do 50mg doses of cbd, how much of a dropper would I take to achieve the 50mg dose? Half dropper, full dropper, 2 or 3 drops of the concoction? I cannot figure out how much is in each dropper… I want to figure out how long this 60ml bottle of my concoction will last me doing 50mg per day… I hope this is clear to you as this is all new to me… Your wisdom and input is very much appreciated…

    • Hi Casey, I’ll do my best to help you with the math! If you dissolved 3500mg of CBD into 60ml of Liquid, then you made an oil with a concentration of about 58.33mg per milliliter of liquid. Assuming you have a standard 2oz (60mL) boston round glass tincture bottle, a full dropper is probably around mL, or just under 2ml.

      So to take a dose of 50mg CBD, you probably wants slightly less than half a dropper full. And this should give you about 70 x 50mg Doses (70×50=3500).

      Hope this helps! Without knowing exactly what you’re working with, this is the best I can give you!

    • Hi there … I suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa (H.S.) and I switched from smoking high potency Marijuana to vaping CBD Isolates. I tried every product I could locally source (oils, gummies, edibles, even high strength CBD vape cartridges) and now I swear by CBD Isolates. Place 15-30 mg of pure crystal in my Yocan dual coil ‘wax’ pen and inhale a cloud of bliss. Nothing works as fast as the vaped isolate and it knocks the pain out completely. For bedtime I prefer a terpene infused isolate with a terpene profile that is closest to a strong medicinal MJ strain like Grand Daddy Purple. The terpenes work very well to enhance the effects of the CBD. I have been able to stop taking handfuls of Ibuprofen, Vicodin, and Ultram. CBD is a gift from God and in the words of the late Steve Allen:
      “May your God be with you” …. peace, Peter

      • So glad to hear this is helping you Peter! This is one of the few ways of consuming CBD that I’ve yet to try, but have been meaning to try for a long time. Got any good recommendations for wax pens?

        • Hi Glenn, my choice is the Yocan Evolve plus and that has dual quartz coils, a handy storage compartment, and a very powerful battery. That model runs about $30 at my local head shop. First one lasted nearly 8 months until I broke the USB connector by jamming the cord into it by mistake. CBD Isolate burns so much cleaner than MJ wax and the Yocan hardly ever clogs, and it never runs down the side. I bust it down once every two weeks and use Walmart non-chlorinated aerosol brake cleaner to keep it like new clean. Vaping isolate in a wax pen is the best method I have found – instant relief and very easy to medicate (smiles). Peace, Peter

      • Yes, my condition is HS… What a pain in the ass! I have had 12 major surgeries, armpits, groin, buttocks, to no avail… Has the CBD isolate helped clear up any breakouts for you or are you just managing pain? I am trying this on my own, as there is close to zero info on CBD isolate in the HS forums… Hopefully, we can help others out with this…Thanks and sorry that you suffer from this as well… Godspeed…

        • Hi Casey, Sorry about the delay as I spent some time writing a reply and then deleted it by accident. CBD isolate is really helping me with both pain and inflammation. I have had HS most of my adult life but I was misdiagnosed as “Really Bad Acne” until just this year. I would highly suggest you Google “Amber Taylor Dr. Pimple Popper” for the female perspective, and the TED talk “Bringing HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) Out Of The Dark with Jackson Gillies” for the male side. Good luck with your battle. Peace, Peter

          • Haha! I hate when the delete thing happens! I watched those videos and have tried all of it… CBD is my last hope… I am hoping for the best… Thanks for your encouragement…

  5. No… Humira and cbd are the only things I have not tried… I am going to try the cbd isolate until January and if it is not working, I will ask for the Humira… I am a little leary about the side effects of Humira… Hoping the cbd works… I have been on 50mg a day, under the tongue, for 4 days now and I have not noticed any change at all… I have about a 2 month bottle of cbd oil I made with 3.5 grams of isolate mixed with 60ml of MCT coconut oil… Fingers crossed…

  6. Hey Casey … I would like to share my treatment plan with you if you want to email me you can: p_nikolich at bellsouth.net I never could get enough CBD to help with HS from smoking MJ and I am now taking at least 300 mg of pure Isolate daily – I read this is the dosage used by people with seizures. Yes CBD helping me but alas no two people are the same. Peace, Peter

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