CBD Powder: A Beginner’s Guide

CBD powder is essentially a CBD extract. Being the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, CBD offers the user a plethora of medicinal outcomes without the need to feel “stoned”.

CBD Powder: The Highlights

  • CBD powder has a purity of 99.9%.
  • Thanks to its superior purity, CBD powder is more efficient than oils and edibles.
  • One of the advantages of CBD powder is that you can sprinkle it on everything.
  • You can consume CBD powder in various ways.
  • Dosing the CBD powder is slightly difficult, so you might go through a series of trials and errors until you find the right dose.

What is CBD Powder?

CBD powder is essentially a CBD extract. Being the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, CBD offers the user a plethora of medicinal outcomes without the need to feel “stoned”. Having said that, there are THC powders available on the market, too! However, CBD powder specifically refers to the CBD cannabinoid.

This powder is water-soluble, has no smell and has no color. For those who don’t like the taste of cannabis when they chew on an edible, this is one very clever way to mitigate the taste issue.

CBD formula

The onset and effects of CBD powder are much faster than if it was consumed in edible or oil form.

Finally, CBD powder is almost pure. The cannabinoid profile for this extract is 99.9%, meaning we’re talking about almost completely refined cannabinoid.

Medical patients who wish to abstain from ingesting THC can find a lot of benefit in a product that contains no other cannabinoids, but only pure CBD.

CBD Powder Uses and Benefits

So why would someone want to buy CBD powder rather than buying edibles or CBD oils? Well, there’s a few factors, some of which we have already mentioned. To start with, CBD powder has no taste and no smell. And for some people, that means an awful lot.

It can be hard to stomach the taste of some oils and definitely certain edibles. CBD powder is a way around that problem.

Plus, it is easy to circumvent the problem of sugar-filled edibles with a CBD powder that you can sprinkle on top of any of your food.

CBD powder is also water soluble, meaning it can be used to make tea or smoothies. It can be added to any recipe for skin care, food, smoothies or tinctures. It literally just needs to be dropped in and stirred to dissolve it.

Something that often plagues users of CBD oil or edibles is the dosage issue. It is really hard to know the perfect dosage when you are using oils or even consuming edibles.

You may be well aware of how many milligrams of CBD is present in a bottle of oil, for example. But how many milligrams are in a drop? How many milligrams are in a bite?

Actually, for consumers of CBD, this isn’t nearly as big a problem as it is for THC users (because THC makes you stoned!). In any case, because CBD powder is pure, it can literally be weighed out to the perfect dosage (if you have scales that sensitive).

How is CBD Powder Made?

As you can imagine, trying to turn something that is hydrophobic (hates water) into hydrophilic (loves water) is a complicated task in chemistry. Not that long ago, one of the only ways to extract cannabis was to blast it with highly flammable and toxic solvents, such as butane.

Since then, the cannabis industry has come a long way when it comes to extractions, and now we have much more efficient and safer ways to get cannabinoids out of marijuana.

The main tools used for extracting CBD powder from hemp or marijuana are ethanol and carbon dioxide. First, ethanol is used to extract the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids from the plant material.

Then, carbon dioxide is passed through the solution at a certain speed and temperature, leaving behind something called CBD distillate. The distillate is a non-water soluble form of CBD powder.

To turn this non-water soluble CBD distillate into a water-loving CBD powder, further steps are required. The powder is covered and soaked in food grade emulsifiers, turning it into a paste-like substance. This process requires a lot of mixing so that most of the small CBD particles can be covered in the emulsifier. This is what makes it water soluble.

Finally, the last step is to turn the paste into a powder. This is a simple process of dehydration. Allowing the water to evaporate leaves only the emulsified crystals behind. This is the final product which can then be dissolved into water.

How To Use CBD Powder

Cookies in forefront cannabis bud in background

The powder form of CBD gives it a variety of different applications, which is one of the reasons that people are so excited to try it. A single product can be vaped, made into a tincture, sprinkled on food or even added to homemade skincare products.

Let’s have a look at the different ways you can use this mysterious cannabis extract.


One of the most popular ways to use cannabis these days is to vaporize it. If you want to vape your CBD powder, all you need to do is mix it into the liquid that you have put into your vape cartridge.

Remember that vaporizers use oils and liquids, so you should not put CBD powder straight into a vaporizing cartridge if there is not first some oil in there.


Smoking is one of the very few things you can’t do with CBD powder. Given its very powdery texture, it is not likely to stay rolled up in a joint or in a pipe.

If you do coat your buds with it while it is in a pipe or bong, it’s likely you will just incinerate it with your lighter before any of it reaches you. This method is not recommended for CBD powder.


If you already take a herbal tincture every day, you can simply add the CBD powder to the tincture you already take. It will mix in and dissolve and you can use it alongside other herbs.

If you wish to make a tincture that contains only CBD, you can simply add the powder to some alcohol. The more alcohol you use, the smaller doses will be.


To eat your CBD powder, simply dissolve it in whatever you are creating! If you are going to be baking bread, you can add it to the bread mix. If you are going to be making cookies, just add it to the cookie mix.

It is better to mix it into a liquid element of what you are cooking so that it can be evenly dispersed around your food, rather than concentrated in a single location.


CBD Powder

Yes! You can dab CBD powder. Of course, it’s not the method that is recommended, as there are other extracts specially formulated for dabbing. However, if you want to throw a little bit into your dabbing rig, you will definitely be able to inhale. But don’t expect huge clouds on the exhale as you would from wax or shatter.

Skin Creams

Skin creams are the coolest application of CBD powder. Making topicals at home can be tedious and possibly very smelly if you are using cannabis flowers. However, with CBD powder, you can make your own topicals in a matter of minutes by dissolving the powder into your lotion mix.

Try melting coconut oil with a bit of cocoa butter and then dissolving your CBD powder in the mix. After it cools, apply it to sore muscles or sores.

CBD Powder Dosages

The dosage is going to be different for everybody. Dosage is very personal and individualized. With CBD, it can be harder to judge dosage because its effects are peripheral rather than immediate.

For example, THC makes you stoned. So you know very well when you have taken too much. With CBD, this is not the case.

However, you might notice that at 5mg you don’t get any pain relief, but your mood elevates. Or you might notice that you get pain relief at 10mg. The reasons you are using CBD powder and your own individual constitution will dictate how much you need to use.

CBD Powder vs. CBD Oil

Tom-ay-toes and to-mah-toes. CBD powder is one form of CBD, while the oil is simply another form. Some people prefer powder because it is more versatile.

For example, you can’t dab your CBD oil (although you can vaporize it). At the end of the day, there is going to be no real difference in the effects themselves.

Where you can expect a difference is in the time it takes for the whole thing to start working. CBD oil may take slightly longer to take effect when taken sublingually compared to CBD powder taken sublingually. The membranes in the mouth are much easier penetrated by water-soluble products than by fatty products.

The last thing to consider between CBD powder and CBD oil is dosage, which we already briefly mentioned. If you have a very sensitive scale, you can literally measure out your CBD powder and know that the weight is the exact amount of cannabinoids.

We can’t say the same for CBD oil. So if you want to be extremely precise about dosing, then CBD powder is the way to move forward.

The Drawbacks of CBD Powder

There is obviously nothing wrong with CBD powder itself. The question of the efficacy of such a medicine comes down to extraction as a whole. It is something that the cannabis industry is constantly asking itself. Is it better to extract cannabinoids and take high dosages or is it better to take the whole plant as medicine?

The herbalist’s approach would be whole plant medicine. A single compound in a plant simply does not act as powerfully without all of its other teammates. In the case of marijuana, it means that CBD is not as powerful on its own as it is with THC and all the other cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids present in cannabis.

CBD Powder in vial next to CBD formula

It might seem like an easier and faster way to get a lot of CBD into the body, but it might be a huge waste of time.

The reductionist approach of pharmaceutical medicine has definitely filtered down into the cannabis industry. Many pharmaceutical drugs (which the cannabis industry detests) are also derived from plant material.

They have been refined down to single compounds, and in fact, the dosages are much higher than we would ever expect to consume naturally if we were taking the whole plant.

Some argue that the same thing has happened in the cannabis industry, quite ironically. The prevalence of extracts is simply a testament to the same mentality that leads the modern medicine industry to dangerous and addictive pharmaceutical drugs.

Final Thoughts

With all of that being said, CBD powder is in no way harmful or addictive. For many people, it is a great tool that gives them immense control over their dosage and how it is consumed. For others, it is more practical and sensical to consume whole plant medicine, and that works better for them.

Don’t ever take anything at face value. The only way to know what truly works for you is to give it a shot and see how it goes.

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Sera Ghaly

I am a naturopath, herbalist, and lover of all natural medicines. My life's work is dedicated to reconciling the scientific and mythological worlds - with botanicals as the doorway between the two. I am undergoing a Bachelor degree in Naturopathy at Endeavour College of Natural Health, and have been a cannabis writer for over four years. The more I learn, read and write, the more I believe in the power of this magical herb.

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