A Guide to making a CBD tincture!
May, 3, 2021 | posted in
As more and more people begin to incorporate daily CBD servings into their routine, it’s not surprising that most prefer the simplicity and convenience of CBD tinctures. CBD tinctures are a great CBD solution for those who want to mix CBD into their food and those who want to reap the rewards of CBD via consuming it sublingually (under the tongue).
While our own line of CBD tinctures has built up its own loyal following, we know that some customers prefer to be able to control the potency of their daily CBD serving by making their own homemade CBD tinctures. If you, like many CBD consumers today, want to learn how to make a CBD tincture, this is the page for you.
Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to get started, and find your most important ingredients right here at HempMeds®.
What Is a CBD Tincture?
A CBD tincture is defined as a type of CBD product that combines CBD oil or CBD isolate with a carrier oil. CBD tinctures are most commonly used as standalone wellness products and they can be used in foods and recipes. They can be consumed orally (via food) or ingested “sublingually” by being placed under the tongue and absorbed in 1-2 minutes.
The CBD oil or CBD isolate used to make CBD tinctures is extracted from varieties of hemp plants that are naturally more abundant in CBD, a natural and non-psychoactive compound that interacts with our body’s native systems to promote balance and wellness.
Since CBD is non-psychoactive and full-spectrum hemp oil contains only trace amounts, if any, THC, CBD tinctures will not cause any intoxicating effects when they’re consumed at suggested servings.
CBD and Suspension: The Basic Building Blocks of a CBD Tincture
To make a CBD tincture, you need two key ingredients: a source of CBD and a suspension medium. First up is the source of CBD. For this ingredient, both Full-spectrum oral applicator CBD oils and powdered CBD isolate can be used. Cannabinoids like CBD are fat-soluble, so they can be dissolved into high-fat oils like coconut oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which are unique fatty acids found in coconut and palm oils. These oils are known as the suspension medium, or the material in which CBD is dissolved.
Choosing Your Source of CBD
There are a number of different CBD options available to use when you make a CBD tincture, each with unique benefits and characteristics. For the greatest CBD potency control, CBD isolate is the go-to. When properly manufactured, CBD isolate is a powder-like substance that contains 99% CBD. When you’ve decided how much CBD you want your tincture to contain, simply portion out that same amount of CBD isolate to use for your tincture.
Though it is the most popular isolate choice for tincture creation, CBD isolate is not the only choice. Full-spectrum oral applicator CBD oils can also be used. Those who want to retain the extra healthy compounds from the hemp plant (such as chlorophyll, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and even trace cannabinoids) should choose a type of full-spectrum oral applicator CBD oil, which come in the form of raw CBD oils, decarboxylated CBD oils, and decarboxylated and refined CBD oils.
Choosing Your Suspension (Carrier Oil)
Once you have your source of CBD, it’s time to choose your suspension medium/carrier oil to make a CBD tincture. CBD can dissolve into high-fat oils like coconut oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, both of which contain other healthy ingredients that benefit the body. MCT oil has the highest bioavailability of all carrier oil options (followed by traditional coconut oil), which means that most CBD will be absorbed when it is used. Other, less bioavailable options include olive oil, palm oil, grapeseed oil, and hemp seed oil.
All saturated fats increase the bioavailability of CBD, meaning they serve as efficient carriers for the cannabinoid to be absorbed by the body. Both MCT oil and coconut oil are sweet, so while they help to deliver CBD to your bloodstream, they also provide a tasty flavor to your homemade CBD tincture.
To make sure that you’re getting a precise and accurate amount of CBD per serving, make sure to measure the amount of carrier oil your plan to use. Add this to the amount of CBD used, then divide this total by the capacity of whatever serving apparatus you plan to use. (Usually, it’s a dropper, but traditional spoons or cups are often used for cooking.) This fraction will be proportionate to the amount of CBD in your total mixture and the amount of CBD in your serving apparatus, giving you an accurate and precise figure for how much CBD you’re using.
Bringing It All Together: Double Boiling
After you have chosen your source of CBD and your carrier oil, it’s time to make sure that CBD dissolves into the suspension properly. To do this, you need to combine the two using heat. While heating it directly in a pan or pot will work, it’s very easy to burn your tincture using this method. A better method involves using a double boiler (or simply placing a glass bowl in a pot or pan so that its top sits an inch or two above the water’s surface). This will keep your tincture from touching an extra-hot surface and burning, which will allow the CBD to slowly dissolve safely without causing degradation.
The CBD tincture recipe below shows you how to make your own product using either full-spectrum oral applicator CBD oils or CBD isolate powder. Choose CBD hemp oil to obtain the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, terpenes, and other trace cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp oil. For a CBD tincture without plant material or excess waxes, make your CBD tincture using CBD isolate.
Making your own CBD tincture gives you full control over the potency of your CBD product. The CBD isolate and CBD hemp oil ingredient amounts listed in the recipe below are suggestions, and you’re welcome to adjust them higher or lower as you best see fit.
Need help figuring out how much CBD you should take?
- Double boiler
- 1/2-gram RSHO® CBD Isolate (445 mg CBD) OR 2-grams RSHO® Blue Label CBD Hemp Oil (340 mg CBD)
- 1 ½ tablespoons MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil OR coconut oil
- Small funnel
- 1-ounce dropper bottle
- Place about 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom pan of the double boiler. Place the pan on the stove, set to low-to-medium heat.
- Place the top pan of the double boiler onto the bottom pan. Add the MCT oil and the CBD Isolate powder.
- Stir gently until the CBD isolate is fully dissolved.
- Remove double boiler from heat and allow CBD tincture to cool.
- Use the funnel to pour CBD tincture from pan into the dropper bottle. Keep in refrigerator when not in use.
Benefits of Making Your Own CBD Tincture
Adding daily servings of CBD tincture to your routine encourages balance and wellness. CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system, its largest regulatory network. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping a long list of your body’s functions in homeostasis.
CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems and the immune system to stimulate the endocannabinoid system and support its efforts in keeping functions balanced.
CBD tinctures also bring both convenience and versatility to CBD routines. While when taken under the tongue they’re extremely simple to consume and allow you to quickly get in your daily CBD, they can also be mixed into your favorite foods and beverages.
Because they offer easy and precise potency control, CBD tinctures are also an ideal option for those who like to take CBD servings throughout the day for consistent CBD levels. You can also up your daily CBD serving by quickly taking additional drops of the CBD tincture.
Get What You Need to Make CBD Tinctures
Get the pure CBD hemp oil or CBD isolate you need to make your own CBD tinctures through the HempMeds® online CBD store or call 1-866-273-8502.
Would you rather avoid the process of making your own CBD tinctures? Browse our selection of high-quality CBD tinctures from award-winning brands like Real Scientific Hemp Oil® (RSHO®).