Posted on October 17, 2020 at 8:40 pm

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Three ways to make CBD part of your life; DIY’s to try

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CBD has grown in popularity in recent years. Today, it can be found in the form of a multitude of products from CBD oils and CBD edibles to CBD home products such as soaps, bath bombs, lip balms and creams. Making CBD a part of your daily routine is now easier than ever.

Although it may seem like the CBD market is trying to put it in everything, there is a benefit to some products containing CBD; especially those we put on our skin. Because our skin already has cannabinoid receptors that can absorb CBD compounds (energizing our endocannabinoid system (ECS)), CBD products can work effectively when applied as a topical solution. 

There are many CBD products on the market. The problem some people have with commercial products is the insecurity of the quality of the products. For that reason, we recommend homemade CBD products you can make in the comfort of your home.

Benefits to making your own CBD Products at home

There are many benefits to making your own CBD products at home. Like anything else homemade, you can control the quality and type of ingredients that go into your products. From choosing scents and flavors that you prefer, or chemicals that you are not allergic to, having the control to tailor your products to you is great.

When it comes to CBD, it is also important to know the quality that is being used in a product. High quality ingredients will produce high quality products. In addition, knowing what kind of CBD is going into your soap or lip balm can be reassuring.

Before we get into the homemade pain cream, soap, and lip balm recipes, knowing the basics of CBD will only help you choose the right method to incorporate into your daily life.

The basics of CBD

CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plants (marijuana). It is one of the two main active components that is most prevalent in the cannabis plant; the other being THC. While CBD is a component of cannabis, it is actually obtained directly from the hemp plant (a relative of the marijuana plant) and does not create feelings of “high” associated with marijuana.

It is important to distinguish between cannabis and CBD. While CBD is a component of cannabis, it does not create the same feelings of “high” associated

According to the World Health Organization, CBD “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

There are many ways CBD can be used, from ingestion to topical solutions. Products on the market vary from edible gummies, to CBD oils to Plain Jane CBD. Although some products are fantastic, nothing compares to making your own.

CBD Pain Cream

Can help soothe sore, irritated acne and aching joints, general muscle tension, stress-induced, and other inflammatory conditions. Using CBD pain cream can alleviate muscle aches, can help with inflammation caused by arthritis, or inflammation in both the skin and the muscle tissues.

Although you can always purchase pre-made CBD pain creams, the truth is homemade allows more control and knowledge of what goes into it. You know the quality of hemp or CBD as well as how much. Making it at home also allows a pain cream to be tailor-made to your pain.

Ingredients:

  1. -4 oz coconut oil
  2. -4 oz shea butter
  3. -4 tbsp magnesium oil
  4. -10 drops camphor essential oil
  5. -10 drops peppermint essential oil
  6. -Desired amount of CBD (suggested: 15-25 mg CBD)

Directions:

  • In a double boiler (or heat-proof bowl on a saucepan filled with simmering water) combine the coconut oil and shea butter. 
  • Once combined, turn off the heat and add the magnesium oil. Allow the mixture to cool before adding the essential oils and the CBD. 

CBD Bar Soap

For those of you wondering “can you put CBD oil soap?; the answer is yes. Whether you’re just washing your hands or your body, CBD can effectively be absorbed through the skin’s cannabinoid receptors.

When making soap with lye, it is important to note that the soap mixture will heat up, but not enough to affect the CBD. Although CBD is known to evaporate under high heat, there is no need to worry when using lye solutions in soap (that cause a chemical reaction). Fortunately, CBD only tends to lose its effectiveness around 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and the soap only needs to be heated up to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ingredients:

  1. -10 oz coconut oil
  2. -5 oz cocoa butter
  3. -5 oz shea butter
  4. -5oz castor oil
  5. -11.9 oz filtered water
  6. -4.1 oz lye
  7. -1 oz essential oil of your choice
  8. -desired amount of CBD (potent water-soluble CBD recommended)

Tools:

-Soap mold

-Stainless steel pot

-Stainless steel spoon

-Plastic spatula

-Hand mixer or stick blender

-Old plastic container (for your lye)

-Thermometer

-Towels to incubate your mold

-Protection gear like gloves, goggles, and a mask

Directions:

  • Combine the oils and butter in a large stainless steel pot. Heat them together on low until they are melted. Stir frequently until combined. Using the thermometer, make sure the mixture reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the plastic container, add filtered water and slowly pour the lye into the water. Do not pour the water into the lye; the solution can explode! Stir together with a stainless steel spoon until well combined. The solution will heat up when combined, so set aside after stirring until the mixture has cooled down between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When both mixtures have cooled down between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the lye into the pot of oils. Mix them together using the hand mixer or stick blender for about three minutes or until well combined.
  • Add the essential oils and stir.
  • Pour the mixture into the soap molds.
  • Using the towels, cover and insulate the molds for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, remove the soap from the molds, cut them and let them cure for four to six weeks (occasionally turning).

Note: Lye is extremely caustic and can cause damage if it stays on your skin. Be very careful when handling and mixing lye. It is recommended that you work outside and fully covered when working with lye. Avoid breathing in the fumes.

I know making your own soap with chemicals like lye may seem intimidating for some, so here is a recipe without lye:

Ingredients:

-1 lb of melt-and-pour soap base of your choice

-Desired amount of CBD

-Optional: ½ oz of fragrance or essential oil of your choice

-Optional: soap safe colorants and herbal additives

CBD lip balm

The last CBD product we recommend making at home is lip balm. Our lips tend to be the most sensitive, especially to colder temperatures, so protect them with this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • -2tbsp shea butter
  • -2tbsp beeswax pellets (cosmetic grade preferable)
  • -2 tbsp firm coconut oil
  • -2 tbsp CBD oil of your choice

Optional ingredients: essential oils for smell and vanilla or other extracts for flavoring

Directions:

  • In a double boiler (or heatproof bowl on a saucepan filled with simmering water), combine the shea, beeswax, and coconut oil.
  • Once well combined, allow the mixture to cool before adding the essential oils and the CBD. 
  • Using a funnel, pour the liquid into a lipstick tube or small container. 
  • Cover the container and let the balm solidify at room temperature.
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