What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. In previous decades CBD was associated with marajuana because CBD and the dried herb that people smoke as a recreational drug comes from the same plant. The chemical that is known to be used in recreational drug use is know as THC, and this is not the same as CBD. Is CBD oil legal? Yes, it is legal to purchase and consume hemp-derived-CBD in all 50 states. The government classifies hemp as any plant of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC.
CBD oil has been used for a variety of soothing holistic purposes including general pain, anxiety for human and even for dogs. It can be consumed sublingual by taking a few drops under the tongue, and incorporated into lotions, cremes, and massage oils for topical use. Some people have made claims that it promotes healing for a variety of ailments for both skin and muscle in the form of cremes.
Not only can you purchase cremes in high end spas and pharmacies, you can save a little money by making your own topical products with a combination of your favorite oils and adding the amount of CBD powder that you want in each product weather it’s just a touch of the compound or a generous amount. Recipes for CBD oil cosmetics are available in the book Cannabis Cosmetics available on Amazon.
Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil
Hemp oil is not the same as CBD oil and there is no CBD chemical in hemp seed oil. CBD is extracted from the stalk of the plant, and the hemp oil that you see on the shelves in the oil section of the grocery store the extracted from the hemp seed. You often see the oil sitting next to products packaged as hemp seed hearts, or hemp seed protein. None of the these products have neither THC nor CBD and are used as food.
Hemp oil can be used as olive oil in your eggs or fried food, however, it tastes pretty much just how you would imagine, like a sun dried earthy oil. The texture is somewhere between olive oil and avocado oil. The flavor lingers in your food, and unless you really really like the flavor of this oil. It isn’t a top choice for frying eggs.
Hemp oil can also be used in your soap recipes. Again, the hemp oil used in your soap is not the same as using CBD isolate (powder) in your recipes, but the oil itself offers properties that can contribute into a beautiful recipe like softness and moisturizing.
Soap Making with Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is heavy in Oleic and Linoleic properties. This is comparable to Olive oil in soap making. Unlike olive oil the soap offers a soft quality. So the texture is that you get is similar to vegetable oil and will harden after cure time. A soap made with hemp oil is very conditioning, and for this reason it makes a great ingredient for shampoo and conditioner. Because soap is a product that you put on and wash off immediately it makes sense to make it with oils that fel good to the touch, but not ones that you will rub into your skin. So in soap recipes we use hemp oil, but NOT CBD.
Massage Oil & Lotion with Hemp Oil and CBD Oil
In our recipes we reserve the CBD crystal powder for the products that will remain on your skin. So, in addition to hemp oil, CBD is added to the massage oils, lotions, and body butters. Makes sense, right? Our book Cannabis Cosmetics covers 25 recipes that include both soap, cleansing products, and massage products that are meant to remain on your skin.
If you can’t wait to get started making your natural and organic CBD lotions, oils, & body butters at Home you can get the full recipe and printable step by step instructions in our Recipe Directory. You can find this recipe along with 100s of others including home made soap, natural cosmetic, facial treatments, and bath bombs for only $3.99 per month membership!
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