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Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids extracted from cannabis. CBD oil is effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and eczema. CBD cosmetics are becoming very popular.

According to scientific studies, CBD has been shown to have several unique properties and have been rightly deployed in making many beneficial products for human consumption.

The most popular CBD cosmetics is CBD oil. We will go through the process of making CBD oil at home.

Marijuana is now being infused in hair cream products, making it evident that hemp and skincare are another viable CBD application worth considering.

Many enthusiasts have suggested that CBD will work for anti-aging creams; other suggestions include using CBD for wrinkles, CBD for makeup, making CBD face products, etc.

But in this article, we'll start off with making CBD oil for skin care. CBD-infused topical products are fast becoming a mainstay nowadays.

The Use of CBD Oil in Cosmetics – How Does it Work?

CBD oil is already a beloved substance in the marijuana market today. It effectively alleviates pain, manages insomnia, reduces stress and anxiety, takes care of inflammation, and treats skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.

The use of  CBD in skincare is an essential aspect of CBD application for natural use. By following a very simple procedure, anyone can make CBD cream, lotion, or oil for personal use.

But before we delve right into that, let's understand how CBD is effective in managing skin conditions.

We already know that the human body is composed of an endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as the ECS. The ECS is responsible for coordinating and regulating body functions, such as sleeping, metabolism, mood, appetite, hunger, digestion, neural development, etc.

On the other hand, CBD is capable of influencing these body functions by binding to receptors in the ECS.The endocannabinoid system has receptors that bind CBD, which temporarily influences the body's response to anxiety, pain, inflammation, psychosis, muscle spasms, and in more controlled situations, cardiovascular conditions, and diabetes.

CBD's natural binding with receptor sites makes it capable of restoring the body to optimum functionality. This is how CBD exerts its effect on the body, mainly when applied topically.

We know that CBD oil plays a role in the moisturization of the skin, and it enhances the skin barrier with the creation of an organic protective layer that nurtures the skin.

Additionally, when applied topically, CBD oil soothes the skin cells because of its anti-inflammatory properties, and it also controls the skin's natural oil, which is how it cures acne.

Although not all of these claims have been verified scientifically, several people already attest to CBD oil's role in improving general skin conditions.

How to Make CBD Oil For Cosmetic Use

There are two primary methods of extracting CBD from cannabis: the oil method and the alcohol method. Here, we'll explore the oil method for specific reasons; it is an easy and safe method and can be replicated at home with ease.

Essentially, you'll need a carrier oil, which can be olive oil or coconut oil. With this carrier oil, the cannabinoid is easily extracted from the hemp plant.

 The added benefit of using this method is that the user enjoys both the benefits of the carrier oil and that of the constituent CBD. And that's one other benefit of CBD oil you have there.

The body has access to some essential vitamins and minerals, flavonoids, and fatty acids through this method. And on top of it all, CBD, unlike THC, does not produce any psychoactive effect in the body.

 Materials Needed

  • High-quality cannabis buds, leaves, and stem
  • Coconut oil
  • Mason jar
  • A saucepan
  • A pot
  • An oven
  • Stove
  • A hand grinder
  • Cheesecloth or strainer

 Note that you need to source for a high-quality cannabis strain, as the final product's quality depends on that.


The procedure for extracting the oil is effortless and straightforward. Note that this process may take up to 8 hours or more. First, preheat the oven to 220°F. Then use the grinder to ground up the cannabis buds. Once this is done, place the ground cannabis on parchment paper, lined onto a baking sheet. Insert this into the oven. Bake the raw ground buds for about 1.5-2 hours at 220°F.  

This first step is called decarboxylation of cannabis, and it is the most crucial step in the process. Essentially, what happens here is that the chemical CBD, responsible for the effect of CBD, is activated. Without doing this, whatever else you do next will only amount to a waste of time.

Next, turn off the heat in the oven and retrieve the decarboxylated cannabis buds. Now mix it with coconut oil or any other carrier oil of your choice. Here, you have the liberty to use any amount of oil you deem fit. However, use enough to saturate the weed and not in excess. Do the mixing in a mason jar. Ensure the mixture has a homogenous texture.

The next thing is to boil the oil-cbd mixture. Turn on the heat on the stove, then screw the mason jar's lid securely to ensure no air escapes from it. Place a piece of cloth at the bottom of a saucepan, put the jar in it, and fill the pan with water, up to two-thirds of its capacity. Heat the water at 200°F for up to 3 hours. This should allow the cannabis-oil mixture to simmer in the jar.

Once the heating is over, allow the mixture to cool for another 3 hrs. Because of long hours of heating, always check to ensure the water has not evaporated. After letting the mixture sit for 3 hours, heat it again for another 3 hours. Once done, allow it to cool overnight. By the next day, your CBD oil is ready for use. You may then use the cheesecloth to strain out the oil into another container and store it in a cool, dry place.

Are There Any Side Effects of Using CBD Oil?

Given the remarkable benefits of CBD oil, you may wonder if there are any side effects from using CBD body products. Interestingly, CBD is well-tolerated. But as with several other kinds of medications, you may notice some side effects like diarrhea, dryness in the mouth, drowsiness, and fatigue.

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CBD oil also has been shown to affect weight loss. More studies say that people who use CBD products are leaner, even though they consume way more calories than non-users. To a large extent, this observation is subject to further studies for more details.


Because of the remarkable skincare benefits of CBD infused body products, many CBD beauty products have found their way to the shelves. But you can make yours at home using the simple guide provided here. Visit the Cannabis Training University, the leading cannabis school today to learn more about how to make CBD skincare products.

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Karen Getchell, expert cannabis writer
Karen Getchell

Karen gained expertise in developing training programs and technical documentation as a Senior Editor at Cisco Systems. She began her journey in cannabis as a patient, searching for a way to heal herself. When she perfected a method for making cannabis oil, other patients began to seek her out. An early adopter of CBD medicine, she started her CBD-infused-products business in 2014. Over the last two decades, Karen has taught hundreds of patients and caregivers how to select strains, infuse oils, and extract cannabinoids.

When she isn’t teaching cannabis cooking classes, Karen works as a cannabis business consultant, writes for online cannabis publications like Cannabis Training University, Leafly, and Weedmaps, and runs a CBD-infused-product business.

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