This guide will walk through how to make CBD edibles using CBD isolate and the double boiling method.
We’ve been enjoying the sweet confections of edible cannabis products for thousands of years, but mostly in its psychoactive form that contains high amounts of THC. Only recently have we begun to understand the full medicinal potential of this amazing plant and all the cannabinoids housed within it.
Ever since it was discovered that CBD can offer an abundance of mental, physical, and emotional relief from things like anxiety, pain, arthritis, epilepsy, seizures, depression, insomnia, inflammation, and drug addiction — people couldn’t wait to get their hands on it.
Today, CBD is put in coffee, tea, sports drinks, protein powder; virtually, any food or drink you can think of. You can purchase these products or make your own depending on your budget, time restrictions, and medicinal needs. While it’s easy to find CBD edibles or products to use to make CBD edibles, it’s difficult to find high-quality CBD edibles that are also high-potency CBD edibles.
This is why we wanted to give you the tools and know-how, so you can make high-potency CBD edibles to help address your unique needs.
Make CBD Edibles
Just like with THC edibles, CBD edibles can be made in several different ways, however, to make high potency CBD edibles we recommend using CBD isolate because it’s the most potent forms of CBD you can find.
To turn any food into a high-potency CBD masterpiece, you’ll need to learn what a carrier oil is, and how to use the double boiling method.
What Is a Carrier Oil?
A carrier oil is a plant-based oil that is used to dilute overly potent or difficult to absorb plant supplements and essential oils. Carrier oils can provide additional benefits, and some oils work differently depending on what plant it’s mixed with.
Carrier oils can make products less irritating to the digestive tract and skin, and they can help increase bioavailability and absorption—which is crucial to make CBD edibles. They typically have a mild taste, which is great for combining them with a myriad of recipes. Here is a list of the most common carrier oils used to make high-potency CBD edibles:
Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT)
MCT is usually derived from coconut oil and is an easily digestible fat that contains 90% saturated fat. Some other oils that contain MCT’s include olive oil, avocado oil, soybean oil, and sesame oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Extracted from cannabis Sativa seeds, hemp seed oil is developed from the same plant that produces CBD. Hemp contains an abundance of omega fatty acids that are great for the skin, heart, and digestion — and it is debatably one of the best carrier oils for CBD.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
The same appetizing oil that you drizzle over your pasta and salad makes for an efficient carrier oil for CBD. While it’s not ideal for skin and hair applications (leaves it too oily) it is perfect for edible concoctions. It does have a stronger flavor profile than some of the other carrier oils— which can be a good thing depending on what recipe you’ll be making.
Extracted from sunflower seeds, sunflower oil is good for the skin, hair, heart, immunity, energy, and digestion; loaded with vitamin A, E omega-6 fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fat.
This by-product of wine is rich in vitamin E, omega 6 fatty acids, and is most commonly used for cooking and in beauty products because of the noted benefits for the skin and hair. It has a very neutral flavor, which makes it a good option for extracting and cooking high-potency CBD edibles with.
What Is The Double Boiling Method? And How Do I Do It?
The double boiling method is an easy way to control heat for ingredients you normally wouldn’t want exposed to high temperatures—like CBD. When cooking with CBD isolate, the first thing you need to do is infuse the carrier oil with your CBD isolate.
A double broiler is a flat-bottomed pot that snugly fits over another pot of boiling or simmering water. Typically there needs to be a gap from the bottom of the top pot and the water. That way the steam (not boiling water) slowly and steadily heats the CBD and carrier oil without burning it.
If you don’t have a double broiler, you can simply use two pots; making sure one is larger than the other so it can sit inside the bigger pot without touching the bottom. You’ll want the smaller pot to hoover inside the larger pot.
Double Boiling to Make Infused CBD Isolate Oil
Now that we know what a double boiler is and the concept behind it, we’ll go over what you’ll need to do to make the base for your high-potency CBD edibles.
First, you’ll want to determine how potent you’ll want to make your CBD edibles, and you’ll want to make sure to use enough carrier oil for your dosage. To keep things simple, if you’re using 1 gram of CBD isolate, we recommend using 1-2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
2) Prep The Water
Fill the bottom, larger pot roughly a quarter of the way full, or make sure there is about one inch of space between the waterline and the bottom of the smaller pot. Put the smaller pot over the larger one, making sure the smaller pot doesn’t touch the water. Over medium-low heat, bring water to a low boil.
3) Combine Ingredients
Pour carrier oil into the small pot on top, then add your CBD isolate to the carrier oil. Constantly stir for 10-15 minutes, making sure to blend the carrier oil with the isolate to the point where you don’t want to see any visual traces of isolate.
4) Cool Down
After you finish combining your carrier oil with the CBD isolate you’ll want to drain the infusion into a container. Use whatever you think will work best for what you’re trying to make.
Tips on How to Make CBD Edibles
On your quest to making your own high-potency CBD edibles, you’ll want to remember that using high temperatures will burn off the precious CBD that you’re wanting to be infused into your food. To keep the high-potency intact, you’ll have to keep a close eye on the temperature not only when you’re making you’re CBD isolate/carrier oil infusion— but when you’re cooking with it. It may be necessary to adjust temperature settings for recipes to ensure you’re not wasting your time or CBD isolate.
For instance, if you want to make some high-potency CBD chicken, you can’t just toss it onto the chicken and hope for the best. You need to infuse it with a sauce, then put it on the chicken after it’s done cooking.
We prefer low heat recipes like smoothies, barbecue sauces, and pasta sauce because you know you’re not degrading the potency of the recipe. But don’t be discouraged if you’re a baker — but it does call for a little bit more mindfulness to pull off. Since the CBD is in direct heat, you need to be sure that the temperature is kept below 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best High-Potency CBD Edible Recipes
Now that you’ve got a pretty good understanding of the basics of cooking with CBD, we wanted to navigate you towards some of our favorite recipes for beginners. We are huge fans of the simple, low-heat options like fruit or protein smoothies, homemade gummy bears, parfaits, and even whipped cream.
That being said, we wanted to share a how-to recipe for high-potency CBD brownies, because as we mentioned earlier, baking with CBD is a bit more complicated than making other dishes.
High-Potency CBD Brownie Recipe
First things first, you have to figure out exactly how strong you want these edibles to be. This particular recipe yields 10 brownies at about 50mg each. The normal adult dose is 25mg per day, so this is these CBD brownies are twice the potency. (If you want to make them even stronger, use less vegetable oil.)
Mix 1 gram of CBD isolate into 1 cup of vegetable oil to make the ½ cup of CBD infused vegetable oil you’ll need to make the brownies. Set aside.
1 cup sugar
½ cup CBD infused vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
⅓ cup cocoa powder
½ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix sugar and oil until they’re blended well.
Add vanilla and eggs; stirring until blended.
Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Combine dry ingredients with the oil/sugar mixture.
Pour into a square 9 x 9 pan that is well greased.
Bake for 20 minutes or when the sides start pulling away from the pan.
Cut and serve.
We hope you found this information useful, and aside from selling CBD isolate to make your high-potency CBD edibles, it’s our personal goal to help educate the community about how to properly use the products we sell.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website, where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you take too much CBD?
There have been no cases of overdosing on CBD. Although there have been no cases of people overdosing, consuming too much CBD, a very high amount, can make you feel uncomfortable, such as feeling an intense nausea and fatigue. At extreme levels, it can also cause diarrhea and other body purging acts, although this would need to be a deliberate attempt to consume enough to attempt this.
Can you make edibles with CBD flower?
Cooking with CBD flower is possible, but it is harder to know the dose of CBD edible you are making. Making CBD edibles with CBD isolate is much easier, as you can measure out the exact dosage you want to make the edibles.
How are edibles made?
Edibles are made by first infusing oils or butter with cannabinoids, and then making food recipes using the infused oil or butter in the recipe. You can also make CBD edibles with CBD isolate added into the recipes, which allows you to make a wide range of edibles that do not use oil or butter.
Do your eyes get red with CBD edibles?
Your eyes may get slightly red if you are eating CBD edibles at night and you are already tired. CBD edibles can make you feel more tired or sleepy. However, CBD edibles will not make your eyes as red as they would get if you were to eat THC edibles.