Preparing CBD at home helps you decide what components to add to the ingredient list to ensure the soap comes out as you want it, and it also helps you save on cost. This article details all you need to prepare CBD soaps at home.
CBD soaps are great products and alternatives to hygiene options. Most people use CBD soaps for bathing because they believe it can help their skin, although more studies are needed to prove this true. You can also opt for CBD soaps for washing clothes since the hemp industry offers such options. Still, the CBD prices keep rising up the expensive ladder, primarily because of the product novelty and the great cost that goes into preparing CBD items. As such, preparing CBD products at home helps you save on cost while enjoying your favorite CBD picks. This article shares a simple recipe for making CBD soaps at home; follow it closely to know how to go about the process.
An Introduction to CBD Soaps
Before delving into CBD soaps and how to prepare them, you certainly want to understand them. According to Bauer (2020), CBD is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis plants, and many claim that it has therapeutic properties, as noted by Watt & Karl (2017), although more research is needed to confirm this. Hemp and marijuana are two cannabis strains, and with many others, they boast of having active compounds commonly called cannabinoids. There are more than 113 active cannabinoids, with CBD being one. Studies, including Hammell et al. (2016), indicate that it may have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which when confirmed, would mean that it can help with a range of skin issues. Other cannabinoids include CBC, CBT, CBN, CBG, and THC known for its 'high' or psychoactive effects. Meanwhile, CBD is non-psychoactive, partly explaining why many people opt for it. CBD soaps are like any other soaps used for laundry and bathing but have CBD in them as part of the key ingredients.
Why You Should Prepare CBD Soaps at Home?
CBD is a fairly new product in the hemp space, explaining why most CBD picks are expensive. As such, you might want to prepare your CBD soaps at home to cut on the cost. The initial expenditure on buying the ingredients might be expensive but once you have everything set, you will be using the same ingredients, ultimately helping you save on a few bucks, which is critically important during these tough Covid-19 seasons. Here are the tools, ingredients, and procedures it takes to prepare CBD soaps.
You need the following tools or equipment to prepare CBD soaps at home;
A soap mold of your ideal shape
A stainless steel spoon
A stainless steel pot
A hand mixer but you could opt for a stick blender
A plastic spatula
An old plastic container for putting lye
Several towels for soap mold incubation
A protection gear like gloves, goggles, and mask
The following ingredients must be present for you to make CBD soaps. While others are optional, some are mandatory to make the simplest CBD soap. You need;
5 ounces of cocoa butter
10 ounces of coconut oil
5 ounces of shea butter
5 ounces of avocado oil
5 ounces castor oil
4.1 of ounces lye
11.9 ounces of filtered water
1 ounce of lavender essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
CBD oil in amounts ideal for the amount of soap you intend to prepare
Steps or The Procedure
With the above ingredients set, follow the procedure below to prepare CBD soap;
Mix the CBD, avocado, cocoa butter, coconut, and castor oils in a large stainless pot.
Heat the mixture on low heat while stirring continuously. Keep it consistent to ensure the mixture is homogenous and keep the temperature at 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour water into a large pot and add the lye slowly to it. Lye is added o water and not the other way round since the reaction would be explosive.
The reaction produces heat, let it rest until the temperature is 95- 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
With the mixture ready, add the oil to it, and blend the resultant mixture continuously for 3 minutes. Use a hand blender or a mixture and o the blending consistently but slowly
Transfer the mixture to a soap mold and incubate it for 24 hours.
Once done with the incubation, put the soap on a clean surface, cut it into preferred sizes, and let the pieces cure for 4- 6 weeks.
Turn the pieces occasionally.
How Much Soap Can the Recipe Prepare?
The recipe above results in three pounds of CBD soaps, translating to 12- 4 once soap. If you want to have double this amount, you can double each of the ingredient measurements in the recipe. The CBD used here is the typical amount for beginners starting out a CBD regimen, but you can hype it as need be.
How to Choose Good CBD Soap
Preparing CBD soaps at home is a good way to go, especially if you're interested in saving costs and incorporating different ingredients into the soap. Still, you can choose to buy CBD soaps from the shop or online, which is ok. How can you tell quality CBD soaps? There is no best CBD product but focusing on the following properties increases your chances of landing good CBD products, including CBD soaps;
Quality testing; brands that test their products for standard contaminants and cannabinoid profiles are more reputable.
Hemp source; focus on brands that source hemp locally and abide by industrial hemp growing requirements.
Heavy metal purity; high-quality CBD soaps should not have traces of heavy metals.
THC content; most brands produce THC-free CBD soaps and if they have THC, it should be less than 0.3% per dry weight in line with the Farm Bill requirements.
Preparing CBD soaps is simple and involves the saponification process. Herein detailed are the ingredients, tools, and processes involved in preparing CBD soaps. The process generates heat so one must wear gloves and PPEs. Depending on how potent you want the CBD soap to be, you can up the amount of the cannabinoid. The same principle applies to other ingredients, you can substitute the essential oils depending on how you want the final product to be.
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