Cannabidiol has a variety of different applications. From pain relief for chronic illnesses to anti-inflammation for sprained muscles, we’ve only skimmed the surface when it comes to the uses of cannabidiol. Whilst it is utilised for ex-smokers moving away from buying HEETS online and into CBD e-liquids, other forms focus on pain management and sleeplessness. As research continues into this multi-faceted terpene, one type of cannabidiol that is already readily available are the many shapes and tastes of CBD edibles.
Edibles are among the easiest CBD form to use as they require little preparation, that is unless you’re making them yourself. They taste great too, which is why products such as CBD gummies are so abundant at CBD vape shops in London. So how exactly would you go about making your own edibles using CBD, and what are the different strains and strengths available to the budding cannabidiol cook?
What Is A CBD Oil?
Added to foodstuffs and drinks as an extra ingredient, CBD oils are mixable and soluble in various foods and used to give your meal or treat a hempy kick of relaxation. Unlike e-liquids like Love Hemp CBD e-liquid, CBD oils are usually concentrated in a carrier oil, most often MCT oils like coconut oil and come in one of three different concentrations – full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate.
Full-spectrum cannabidiol like that found at CBD Vape 4 U is oil or concentrates that includes not only cannabidiol extracts but other parts of the cannabis plant too. This might include terpenes, essential oils and up to 0.3% of THC, which is the legal limit in the UK for the prohibited psychoactive terpene.
CBD isolate is the purest and most expensive form of cannabidiol. This oil has had added to it isolated CBD, which when distilled looks like white powder. This 99% pure CBD is added to the carrier oil to provide a potent hit. You won’t find any THC, waxes or plant waste in these oils, only pure, relaxing CBD extracts.
Broad-spectrum CBD is more akin to full-spectrum than isolate in that it contains a range of other extracts from the cannabis plant. However, unlike full spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum usually contains very little to no THC whilst retaining the myrcene, limonene and other terpenes that can be of benefit to the human body.
How To Make Your Own CBD Oil
Making your own CBD oil can take a little practice, but usually starts off with an extract of the cannabis plant itself. Using the CBD extract, you can add it to coconut oil and infuse the two together, heating them through a steam heating technique. This technique will see the two heated together until the CBD dissolves and mixes in with the oil, usually on a simmer over 3 to 4 hours. You can then use this mixture to add to other recipes such as brownies or gummies.
Another use for CBD in edibles is making CBD butter. You can add the plant extract to a mixture of water and butter and simmer them together for 3 to 4 hours. Once the water has evaporated, the CBD should dissolve into the butter, leaving you to strain it through a cheesecloth. Other recipes include CBD honey, which can be made in a similar fashion of boiling and evaporating.