The CBD market has exploded over the past few years, leading to new CBD products hitting the scene on an almost daily basis. Where CBD was virtually unheard of only five years ago, today there’s everything from CBD tinctures and topicals to countless edible options, personal care products and much, much more.
If you’ve done a bit of research, you’ve probably noticed the price of CBD isn’t exactly consistent. It can fluctuate wildly from company to company, even when milligram for milligram they seem to be selling the exact same product.
So, what gives? How much does CBD oil really cost? And how are these prices determined in this highly unregulated market?
As a consumer interested in CBD, you’ve got a right to know why CBD costs what it does, as well as what to look for when determining different price points. When it comes to CBD products, quality really does matter — and going for a more affordable option isn’t always your best bet.
And now for the million-dollar question…
How Much Does CBD Oil Cost?
If only there were a straight answer. Take a look around at different CBD companies and you’ll find prices all over the map. Finding the best price for CBD isn’t easy, especially if you’re purchasing for the first time. Some companies will sell the same amount of CBD oil for up to five times the cost of others, making it really difficult to gauge the “average” price of CBD.
What is known is that CBD can be expensive. According to researchers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers in the CBD space, there are a few reasons that were offered time and time again. These include: greed, limited consumer access, limited patient access, farming and production practices, extraction costs and the high cost of bringing a new product into such an unregulated market.
What Determines the Price of CBD?
Keep in mind the reasons those familiar with the market gave for the high price of CBD. They all help determine how much you pay for CBD. Here we’ll take a look at a few of them, as well as other factors that might determine the price of CBD.
Hemp will grow pretty much anywhere, and until very recently it was still prohibited to grow in the U.S. Because of this, many hemp CBD products available today come from hemp plants grown overseas (typically Europe and China). The problem with this is that hemp absorbs whatever is present in the soil it’s cultivated in, a process known as phytoremediation. In fact, hemp is so adept at removing toxins from soil that it was planted around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to do just that.
What does this have to do with CBD oil? Oil extracted from plants grown in toxic soil could contain these toxins and pollutants in condensed amounts. This doesn’t exactly make for the safest CBD oil. And because the CBD market is so unregulated, manufacturers aren’t required to inform consumers where the hemp to make their products was grown or if it contains any contaminants.
According to Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist, ethnobotanist and one of the leading medical cannabis researchers in the U.S., “God knows what toxins are in the hemp processed in countries like China or Romania, which don’t have the same laws about pesticide use that we have. I don’t trust any of it and I don’t think anyone else should either.”
Quality, state-of-the-art, sustainable hemp farming is key for high-quality CBD products. At Joy Organics, for example, every product we create goes through a process that begins with hemp grown in nutrient-rich soil using 100% organic growing practices. Not only does this enhance the quality of our product, but it also ensures that our products are safe and regulated in an otherwise unregulated market.
Extracting CBD from hemp is a complicated process, and extraction isn’t exactly cheap. The real cost of extracting CBD from hemp might blow your mind. Nick Tennant, founding partner of Precision Extraction Solutions, a company that offers extraction services, planning and equipment, says, “The vast majority of lab startups that we consult fall into the $400,000-$800,000 budget range.”
The high cost of extraction has a lot to do with the overall price consumers end up paying for CBD oil and other CBD products.
Bringing a Product Into an Unregulated Market
There’s a high price to pay for bringing an unregulated product into the consumer market, something consumers often end up paying for. With the legal cannabis industry still considered “criminal” to the powers that be, CBD companies are taking somewhat of a bigger risk than other wellness-related products that are regulated and considered completely legit.
Third-Party Lab Test Results
In a market that’s so unregulated, it’s vital you choose a company that provides third-party lab test results. Think about the importance of hemp grown in quality soil and what could be present in your CBD if it isn’t. Pesticides, insecticides, mold, bacteria and other unwanted intruders could be lurking in your CBD oil.
Here’s where third-party testing comes in. Companies that offer third-party testing do so for a few reasons. For one, it ensures that you, the consumer, are getting the high-quality product you deserve. For another, it offers complete transparency of that company. With readily-available third-party lab results, you know they’re offering what they claim.
It costs money to test products in an independent lab. And until CBD is regulated and you know what you’re getting each and every time your purchase CBD, the cost of third-party testing is going to be passed on to the consumer.
We’re proud to say we offer third-party lab results on each and every batch of CBD we use to create our products. You’ll find them easily accessible because honestly, we’re not a company to claim we’re the best without being completely transparent about what we have to offer. Let our lab results speak for the quality of the products we provide. We’re always here to answer any questions you might have on lab testing results, as well.
The Cost of CBD: Understanding a CBD Basis Price Point
When it comes down to it, determining the price of CBD comes down to the number of milligrams of CBD you’re purchasing. You could say this is the basis for which all CBD oil is priced.
Broken down, it looks like this:
Cost of oil per gram/milligrams of CBD=cost per milligram of CBD
On average, the cost of CBD per milligram across the industry is around $0.15/milligram (low end) and $0.25/milligram (high end).
This being said, and knowing what you now know about the what determines the cost of CBD, as well as the importance of third-party testing (that lets you know exactly the potency you’re getting), if you find an oil that sells for $45/gram but there are no lab results to tell you exactly what the product is, you might want to reconsider.
What Causes CBD Prices to Fluctuate Like They Do?
The largely fluctuating price of CBD oil is largely determined by an unregulated market, not to mention the production and extraction prices that are involved in its production. It’s assumed that when the industry itself becomes more established, more regulated, and changes are seen in supply and demand, that the cost of CBD oil will begin to stabilize.
Final Thoughts on the Cost of CBD Oil
The cost of CBD oil is something that’s regularly fluctuating and can become extremely confusing when trying to decide on the best product to fit your needs. At Joy Organics we do our best to keep our prices competitive, while still offering the highest quality CBD oil money can buy.
Our 1000mg CBD Oil Tincture, for example, sells for $99.95, making the price right around $0.10/milligram.
We understand that CBD can be expensive, which is why we work to keep our prices set at an industry standard, something that can be difficult (to say the least) in such an unregulated industry. We hope this has served to answer any questions you have about how much CBD oil costs and why it’s priced the way it is.
We’re so excited to be bringing a new vaping device to the market, specifically designed for use with CBD oil. This neat, pen-style vape offers a discreet alternative for CBD vapers to use with our high-bioavailability, lab-tested, full spectrum CBD oil.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a popular new health supplement made from the cannabis plant and usually mixed with coconut or hemp seed oil.
The upside of our CBD is that it doesn’t contain any tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the psychoactive element of cannabis. CBD oil is considered a dietary supplement rather than a drug and provides a way for consumers to get all the health benefits of cannabis without the high. CBD also doesn’t show up on any drug test.
You can take CBD oil in tinctures, salves, suppositories and capsules, as well as by inhaling it directly into the lungs.
What Are the Benefits of Vaping CBD Oil?
The bioavailability of CBD oil varies depending on the method used to administer it. Depending on how consumers take their CDB oil, be it orally, topically or via inhalation into the lungs, the amount of the product absorbed into the bloodstream — and therefore, of any benefit to the consumer — will change.
Significant research has gone into increasing the bioavailability of CBD oil over the past few years. Back in 2016, the bioavailability of CBD oil taken orally was found to be around 15 percent. One of the reasons behind this statistic is that CDB is hydrophobic (or doesn’t mix well with water), so the body tends to eliminate a proportion of it from the bloodstream.
Additionally, taking CBD oil orally means it needs to get past the stomach and liver, the body’s filtration system. The liver naturally removes a degree of active CBD from your system as it passes through your body, meaning you don’t get the full effect.
When CBD oil is vaporized and inhaled into the lungs, it enters the bloodstream almost immediately via tissue in the lungs. This means the product bypasses the stomach and liver, allowing the body to absorb a far higher concentration for greater benefit.
Exact dosage varies depending on the product used, how much the user inhales at once, how deep they draw it into their lungs and how quickly they exhale. However, because vaporizers operate at a much lower temperature than conventional methods of inhaling cannabis, more of the beneficial compounds of CBD are preserved through vaping.
Joy Organics’ CBD Vape Pen
Our CBD vape device features a simple, clean and modern design in the popular pen shape. Its easy-to-use design is perfect for CBD consumers who may not necessarily know much about vaping.
It features ceramic cartridges with a glass tank for superior durability. The tank holds up to 5ml of CBD e-liquid. The main body is 7.6cm long, while the chamber adds an extra 2.7cm. When the cartridge runs out of oil, simply replace it with a new one.
The device features a draw-activated firing mechanism and doesn’t have any buttons on it. An automatic shut-off system deactivates the device after 10 seconds of constant drawing to preserve the atomizer. This also helps to prevent burning the oil and fouling its taste.
The CCELL atomizer operates at a resistance level of 0.9ohms to 3.0ohms, depending on the power output, which ranges up to a maximum of 9.5 watts. The brass-plated atomizer is wrapped in cellulose and features a ceramic wick and a nichrome heating element. It’s also sealed with silicone to help prevent leakage.
The device incorporates a 340 mAh battery, easily chargeable via USB. The battery is by no means huge, but it’s understandable that such a slender product wouldn’t have the biggest battery. It’s also not the lowest-capacity battery on the CBD vape market, or indeed across the entire vaping product range.
One benefit of a smaller battery is that it only takes a short while to charge fully, and its USB connection allows users to charge the battery from their computer, in the car or anywhere else they can find USB power, rather than just via a wall adapter.
An LED indicator light illuminates while charging. When fully charged, the device’s indicator light will flash before switching off.
Our CBD Vape Pen also features a standard 510 thread connection, so it’s compatible with many other cartridges and chambers available on the market. This allows for the use of CBD oil and regular e-liquid all in the one device with a simple cartridge swap.
Using the Joy Organics CBD Vape Pen is, as the name suggests, a joy. The device produces an impressive hit for its small size, and the liquid in the cartridge is also delicious. The undertones of the CBD oil are there, but a slight hint of citrus adds to it, making it a highly pleasurable experience and sure to please anyone who has been taking CBD oil orally.
The device isn’t compatible with waxes, concentrates or dry herbs. It’s aimed at fans of CBD oil specifically, as opposed to cannabis users. Handling CBD vaping liquid is as easy as using any other kind of e-juice. Owners can get all the benefits of CBD without dealing with the odd consistencies of some of the other cannabis products available.
What Is Vaping CBD Oil Like?
CBD oil vaping liquids aren’t the same as the oil found in tinctures and capsules. The oil is mixed with other liquids, in this case medium-chain triglyceride coconut oil, to create fluid compatible with vaporizers.
Traditional CBD oil is known for its acquired taste. Many consumers describe the flavor as “earthy.” Some like it, some don’t. Another benefit of vaping CBD oil is that it often provides additional flavorings to help make the CBD more palatable. Our slightly citrusy CBD e-liquid, the flavor of which is derived from terpenes, is particularly pleasing on the taste buds.
CBD oil vapor also doesn’t produce the same lingering smell that can appear when smoking cannabis. This means that CBD fans can maintain the utmost discretion when using their vaping device. It just looks like any other e-liquid vaping device.
How Does Our CBD Vape Pen Stack Up Against the Competition?
There are a lot of vape products out there, so you might be wondering which you should choose. Compared to other CBD vape products on the market, our CBD Vape Pen is a great option for a wide range of people. It’s compatible with a range of CBD e-liquids, whereas many competitor products limit the number of products that buyers can use with them.
It’s also far simpler to use than many of its competitors, with automatic draw activation and no buttons. Its design is modern and sleek, unlike some of the much bulkier box mod alternatives that don’t offer much in the way of a performance boost for their additional size. It’s discreet, has a pleasant taste and contains 500mg of CBD in each cartridge. If you think our CBD vape might be the right option for you, check it out on our shop today!
Anyone in this day looking into a new product always does one thing — check Amazon. Why’s that? Well, you can probably get whatever you want cheaper, they might offer free shipping and you can check out what people are saying in the reviews. However, it’s not so easy to accomplish all these feats when you are looking to buy CBD products. While Amazon boasts an impressive inventory of 562,382,292 items, you will not find CBD oil among the list…at first. Let’s talk about why you can’t buy CBD oil on Amazon and what to watch out for if you try.
How Come Amazon Doesn’t Sell CBD Oil?
When you’re a company selling $177 billion of stuff each year and shipping these items to all corners of the world, you can bet your sweet bottom that you are being watched. That is why Amazon doesn’t sell CBD oil. The company has a lot to lose if potentially illegal substances are being shipped under its watch.
Amazon has a strict policy on what can be sold through its online retail platform. Unfortunately, this information is not privy to the general public. To see the exact list of what’s allowed to be sold on Amazon, you must have an approved Seller’s Account.
Since the average Jane or Joe doesn’t sell items through Amazon, they have a standard Buyer’s Account. Therefore, those looking to buy CBD products on Amazon may unknowingly be buying products void of cannabinoids.
Under Amazon’s password protected list of items not allowed on Amazon, the company describes, “Products offered for sale on Amazon must comply with all laws and regulations.” They further explain, “Supplements must not contain controlled substances.”
Amazon goes into expanded detail outlining what they mean by controlled substances: “Controlled substances are drugs that are illegal, such as cocaine or heroin. Products used with controlled substances may be considered drug paraphernalia…Drug listings must not be for controlled substances or products containing controlled substances, such as products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a Schedule I Controlled Substance.”
Can CBD Oil Get You High?
If we can say it a million times in a row without having you close the page, we would. No. CBD oil will not get you high.
The reason Amazon is so strict on CBD oil is that the product is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. This is the genus of the federally illegal schedule 1 controlled substance known as marijuana. However, it’s also the same genus of its non-psychoactive sibling, hemp.
Marijuana is the version of Cannabis sativa that has spearheaded the prohibition of the cannabis plant all the way back with the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Much in thanks to its most abundant cannabinoid, THC, consuming marijuana can give you a euphoric high. This definitive characteristic is what led to the government creating decades-worth of stigma around the cannabis plant.
Meanwhile, hemp suffered the consequences. Hemp is a different variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. This version of Cannabis sativa can’t get you high because it only has trace amounts of the cannabinoid THC. However, hemp does contain cannabinoids that may be therapeutic, such as CBD.
If CBD Oil Doesn’t Get You High, Why Won’t Amazon Sell It?
For a product to legally be considered hemp oil, there must be less than 0.3% of THC in the CBD products. That’s not enough to get you high, and some companies remove even those trace amounts of CBD from their oil.
With that being said, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product for mass production. Therefore, the rest of the CBD products on the market aren’t regulated.
With almost 600,000 products being sold under the Amazon umbrella, the Seattle-based company can’t run the risk of breaking federal laws. After all, it quotes the Food and Drug Administration in its Seller’s Market Regulations. In order to save itself from breaking any federal (or global) laws, Amazon has added cannabis-derived products to its list of banned items that can’t be sold on its site.
What About Hemp Oil on Amazon?
If you are chomping at the bit to get CBD oil on Amazon, there is a workaround. However, it’s a grab-bag of quality because the company can’t divulge all of the necessary information in its listing.
If you were to type in the following phrases, you will get a list of products that actually might carry some cannabinoids in them.
These phrases are:
- Hemp Extract
- Hemp Oil
- Hemp Oil Extract
Under the guise of hemp, CBD oil can be bought on Amazon just beneath the government radar. That’s because CBD oil is extracted from hemp. Therefore, companies that produce CBD products are selling them on Amazon under the hemp “oil” and “extract” moniker. Technically, they are selling what they are promoting. However, they may not be the greatest quality of CBD products out there.
Problems with Buying CBD Oil on Amazon
While buying hemp oil extract may seem like a brilliant workaround, it also opens the door for fraud. With no one regulating the product, how do you really know you are getting an item rich with cannabinoids? You are taking a gamble — and at the prices some of these oils are being listed at on Amazon, it’s a pricey gamble to take.
One thing to keep in mind when buying hemp extracts and hoping for the best on Amazon is that you don’t want to purchase “hemp seed oil.” Hemp seed oil contains a litany of healthy fatty acids, proteins and micronutrients. However, it doesn’t contain CBD.
Hemp oil, CBD oil, hemp extract, hemp oil extract — whatever on earth you call it — is extracted by using the whole plant. When oil is extracted from the seed, there are no cannabinoids.
How to Get CBD Oil
When you are purchasing CBD products, go through a company that has its own store. Purchasing CBD oil through Amazon leaves too many unanswered questions that might cause you to waste your hard-earned money.
Your best option is to choose a reputable company like Joy Organics. Joy Organics uses only organic hemp to create high-potency CBD oil. Our phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil is strictly whole-plant products. Therefore, it’s chock full of not only CBD but other organic compounds that strengthen these chemicals’ potency and bioavailability.
To ensure you are ordering a product that is within the federal law, is Farm Bill compliant and won’t get you high, make sure it’s a full spectrum hemp oil with zero THC. At Joy Organics, we test each batch to guarantee there is absolutely no THC in the final product.
Each month, we have our facilities tested by a third-party to ensure that we uphold the high standards we put are on ourselves in providing the world with the highest-quality CBD products.
Who doesn’t love a nice drink when winding down after a long day? We have the demands of the workforce, family and friends alike weighing down on us all the time. While none of us would change a thing about our lives, or the people in them, the stress of it all sometimes make us want to pour drink number two. Need a little extra weight off your shoulders without all the excess alcohol? Try a CBD cocktail!
How about a pick-me-up? We all love a nice cup of coffee to perk us up, yet the comedown can be worse than the initial crash! How about a daytime boost that’s:
- Not psychedelic?
- Doesn’t produce the jittery coffee crash?
Yup. CBD cocktails for the win again!
CBD cocktails are just as they sound. You can get a buzz with CBD that’s not THC. It’s a clear mind and a fresh take on things. With the growing cannabusiness community, CBD cocktails are popping up all the over the nation in pubs, restaurants and speakeasies. It’s a trendy new way to not only change up your happy hour game but how you consume CBD as well. Let’s take a look at the growing trend of CBD cocktails and our 7 favorite DIY recipes!
Why Mix CBD with Alcohol?
The reason why CBD oil is legal in so many states is that it has no psychoactive properties. CBD comes from hemp. Unlike its sister, marijuana, hemp produces very small amounts of THC. Therefore, there’s no high when you use CBD products.
So, doesn’t this seem like a waste of time to add to your cocktail? Well, not according to Zsolt “George” Csonka. He is the owner and a bartender at the first New York City CBD-inspired cafe, Adriaen Block. Csonka spoke with Food and Wine Magazine and explained the blending of the two worlds as, “a different kind of ‘buzz’ for a relaxed state of mind.”
This actually makes a lot of sense. Sure, the first drink is relaxing. Then, how many does it take before we get messy? While alcohol can soothe your nerves, it’s also a downer. Think about it. Our worst cry fests have definitely happened over a drink or two!
Then there’s coffee. The rise to glory after the first cup of joe is amazing. You’re Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker all rolled in one. By afternoon, you’re crashing hard.
CBD is naturally a relaxant. Its primary goal is to bring homeostasis to your system. If you are feeling down from alcohol, or frantic from caffeine, infusing your beverage with CBD may help generate serotonin to assist in evening those emotions out.
Not to mention, CBD has anti-inflammatory characteristics. There’s nothing better after a long day of sitting crunched at your desk and hovering over your steering wheel in traffic than working out those kinks with a CBD cocktail.
Now that you know why you should try drinking CBD cocktails, let’s get to making them. Here are our 7 favorite CBD cocktail recipes.
1. CBD Tranquil Mint Julep
Nothing takes the tension off everyday problems like having a date night with a CBD Tranquil Mint Julep. By using a mint CBD tincture, you get a delicious drink and kissable breath!
- 2 ½ ounces of bourbon
- ½ ounce of simple syrup
- 1 milliliter of mint CBD tincture
- 2 drops organic peppermint essential oil (Optional)
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Pour mint CBD tincture into a chilled julep cup.
- Add the simple syrup and optional organic peppermint essential oil.
- Give the mixture a swirl and then throw some mint leaves into the cup.
- Muddle the mint leaves in your mix.
- Pour the bourbon over everything.
- Top off the beverage with some pebble ice.
- Add mint leaves for garnish and enjoy!
2. CBD for the Cosmos
Cosmopolitans are about kicking back and celebrating — not to mention, they’re delicious. Make happy hour even happier by adding in an orange CBD tincture. Here’s a new spin on an old faithful, with our CBD for the Cosmos!
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- ½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1 milliliter orange CBD tincture
- Orange peel for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, mix the lime juice, cranberry juice, triple sec or Cointreau, and vodka.
- Shake up the concoction.
- Open up and add the orange CBD tincture to the mix and shake again.
- Add ice.
- Give the shaker a vigorous shake for around 20 seconds.
- Once the shaker feels cold, you’re good to go.
- Place a strainer over the mouth of your shaker and pour into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist.
Throwing a party and want to give your drink of the night a nice CBD kick? Look no further than sangria! Sangria is a party favorite because it’s easy to make, it’s cheap and everyone likes it. Plus, there’s delicious fruit floating in the drink that tastes great…and will get you feeling pretty nice too. Here’s how to make our CBgria!
- 1 apple
- 1 lime
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- ½ cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of cranberry juice
- 3 cups red grape juice (or use wine)
- 2 cups seltzer
- 1 milliliter lemon CBD Tincture
- Prep the fruits by slicing the citrus fruits into wheels and the apples into chunks.
- Add all of the ingredients into a pitcher and serve cold.
4. Gin & Chronic
This is the perfect after-dinner wind-down that will have you feeling hydrated and full of effervescent spirit, from the publication, Goop!
- 1 ½ ounce gin
- 3 ½ ounces tonic water
- ¼ ounce lemon juice
- 1 milliliter CBD oil
- Aromatics for garnish recommendations:
- Edible Flowers
- Grapefruit Peel
- Lime Wheel
- Combine gin, lemon juice and tonic water in a wine glass.
- Top the concoction off with ice.
- Place the aromatic garnishes on the top.
- Pour CBD oil on top so it floats.
Want a little CBD cocktail to kickstart your day rather than end it? Make yourself a delicious CBD chai. The earthy tones of natural CBD tinctures will complement this beverage. It can be made either virgin so you can function at work or with alcohol so you can relax in front of the tube.
- 1 cup milk of your choice (We prefer hemp milk or unsweetened soy.)
- 1 milliliter plain CBD tincture
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave
- Dash of nutmeg
- Cinnamon stick
- Shot of Bailey’s (Optional)
- Place a saucepan on the stove over low heat.
- Pour in milk, vanilla extract, sweetener and CBD tincture.
- Whisk the mixture together and heat until warmed.
- Once cooked, add in a shot of Bailey’s if you want alcohol.
- Stir with a cinnamon stick and top off with a dusting of nutmeg.
6. Go Night-Night CBD Tea
Alcohol is fun and all, but it also can do a number on your sleep patterns. That’s because studies have found, “arousal is heightened 2–3 hours after blood alcohol concentrations fall close to zero.” So when you sleep it off…it wakes us up! While CBD does have a sedative effect, sometimes you just want a CBD cocktail that will knock you out — sans the alcohol. Here’s a tea for you!
Note: While this recipe suggests a lemon CBD tincture, it tastes great with mint and orange tinctures as well!
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 tablespoon chamomile leaves
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 milliliter lemon CBD tincture
- Boil distilled water in a pot.
- Add the chamomile and allow the leaves to steep for five minutes.
- Pour the flower water into a mug.
- Add in the CBD tincture.
- Pour the milk and honey in, mix and enjoy.
7. Lavender Hot CBDcoa
The winter is coming. Why not curl up with a relaxing cup of delicious hot cocoa? Whether you’re aching from a day on the ski slopes or your arthritis has your joints clanking, you can feel like a kid again with this CBD cocktail.
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons organic pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 drops organic lavender essential oil
- 1 milliliter orange CBD tincture
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier
- Bring plant milk to a boil in a small pot.
- Add in the lavender leaves and cover.
- Allow to steep for about ten minutes.
- Pour the lavender milk into a tea strainer over a blender.
- Blend together with cocoa powder, maple syrup, CBD tincture, Grand Marnier and organic lavender essential oil.
- Once smooth, drink warm.
CBD salves have become a staple in the CBD scene. What exactly is a CBD salve, though? How is it different from CBD oil or other CBD-infused topicals?
We understand consumers have a ton of questions when it comes to CBD. For as huge as the industry has become, it’s still in its infancy stages…which means all of us have a lot to learn about this very beneficial cannabinoid.
CBD salves can be beneficial for quite a few conditions, which is why we’re here to clear up any uncertainty you might have about them once and for all. The CBD market has become huge and the array of different products can be difficult to differentiate between. Here, we’ll take a deeper look at CBD salves, so you can make an informed decision as to whether it’s a beneficial product to meet your individual needs.
What is CBD Salve?
By definition, a salve is “an ointment used to promote healing or protection of the skin.” There’s really no difference between a salve, ointment or balm…they’re basically all the same.
A salve is basically a therapeutically-infused blend that is applied directly to the skin where it is then absorbed. In the case of CBD salves, the “therapeutic infusion” is CBD.
Are CBD salves the same as CBD lotions and creams? Not exactly. While they’re all applied topically and absorbed through the skin, there are slight differences between them. Each is explained in a bit more detail here:
Salve: Salves are a combination of oil (typically coconut or olive oil) and beeswax.
Lotion: Lotion is a combination of oil and water mixed with an emulsifier (typically emulsifying wax or beeswax). Lotions contain a higher ratio of water to oil (70:20).
Cream: Creams are also made using a concentration of water and oil along with an emulsifying agent. Creams are heavier than lotions because they contain more oil than lotions (45:45).
The only real difference then between CBD salves, lotions and creams is the amount of water that is used to make them. In the case of CBD salves, they aren’t produced with any water, something that makes them a much thicker consistency than CBD lotions or CBD creams.
How are CBD Salves Made?
Salves are actually one of the most simple CBD topicals there is to create.
The base of any salve is wax (typically beeswax) with the carrier oil (typically coconut or olive). This is then infused with various healing compounds, sometimes dried herbs but not always. Therapeutic essential oils are usually added to the wax and carrier oil for increased wellness benefits.
CBD salves are made very much the same as other salves.
The first step taken in making CBD salves is to create an infusion of the carrier oil and CBD. Coconut is the most common when making CBD salves because of the increased fatty acid content it contains, as they’re what help to carry the CBD oil.
The CBD oil is then simply mixed with melted beeswax to create the salve. Many CBD salves also contain other therapeutic essential oils, and at Joy Organics our CBD salve is no different. We’ve added both lavender (an antimicrobial that may reduce inflammation) and eucalyptus (an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and more).
How Do CBD Salves Work?
Using CBD topically is much different than taking it internally via a tincture or capsule. How does putting something infused with CBD on your skin even help? Good question. Let us help answer it.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. Think about that for a minute. It’s no wonder that it acts as a powerful molecular pathway.
Say you apply a CBD salve to your knee. When you apply this salve topically, it’s absorbed into the skin and the fatty acids carrying the CBD (that come from the carrier oil) move through the skin cell membranes. This is when the CBD begins to target the surrounding area and surrounding tissues it was applied to.
With research suggesting the existence of the endocannabinoid system present in the skin, it’s easy to see how applying CBD topically to the skin could result in therapeutic benefits.
Dr. Tamas Biro, director of immunology at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, says that because the endocannabinoid system is present in skin cells that the dermal layers in the skin are “indeed capable of producing endocannabinoids.” Biro also contends that “most, if not all, skin functions are controlled by a certain extent by the local skin endocannabinoid system.”
Dr. Raj Gupta of Folium Biosciences, a CBD wholesaler based out of Colorado, says that “because the skin has its own endocannabinoid system, just the superficial application of CBD by itself can be extremely helpful.”
How to Use CBD Salve
CBD salve is used just like any other topical salve or ointment. Simply apply it to the area where you need some relief…and let it do its magic.
Think about it. You now know that when you apply a CBD salve topically, the CBD is carried across skin cell membranes and absorbed into surrounding skin cells and tissues.
This is why CBD salves (as well as other healing salves) are applied directly to the skin where you’re feeling discomfort. Experiencing joint pain in your knee from that fall you took skiing? Try applying some CBD salve where it hurts. The salve will go to work by absorbing into the skin cells and tissues in this targeted area.
Are you getting a better understanding of why salves work so well for things like joint pain, inflammation and skin conditions like eczema? They target the area they’re applied to and offer relief at the very source of the pain.
The Pros and Cons of CBD Salves
CBD salves are used by being applied directly to the affected area. One of the benefits of a CBD salve is that unlike CBD oil, it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive tract or be metabolized by the body to feel its effects.
Have you ever used a traditional salve (like Tiger Balm or Icy Hot) and noticed how you can feel the effects almost instantly? It’s the same thing with CBD salve. You don’t have to wait forever for the discomfort to dissipate. If you take a CBD oil for the same discomfort, you’re going to wait much longer to feel its effects.
While CBD salves have shown to provide relief to the countless people who have used them, not everyone reacts the same to CBD. You might have to experiment with different salves before you find one that works for you.
Something else to keep in mind — salves can be greasy. If this is something you want to avoid, your best bet would be to try a CBD lotion or cream to see if the consistency on your skin is more agreeable to your personal taste.
Is CBD Salve Right for You?
Research shows that the topical application of CBD has “therapeutic potential for the relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.”
Does this mean CBD salve could work for you?
Personally, we’re wild about CBD salves. We’ve found them to work quickly and effectively for athletic recovery, seasonal eczema and various issues of inflammation. Have questions about how CBD salves could benefit you? We’re always here to help.