How to Make Homemade Cannabis Cream/Salve
(CBD or THC)
The incredible health benefits and seemingly endless uses for cannabis are still being discovered, but one of the most prominent new trends is the emergence of cannabis-infused topicals.
Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been shown to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because topicals are applied directly to the skin, they won’t get you high, which means they’re a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can’t responsibly consume cannabis to relieve painful symptoms.
What is Cannabis Salve
A salve is simply the term for a healing solution that you put on your skin, including creams, ointments, or balms. Generally, salves are fairly thick, shelf-stable, and include nourishing oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or others.
In our cannabis salve recipe, we prefer to use mostly coconut oil, because it is full of saturated fat that binds well with cannabinoids.
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How to make a basic cannabis salve
- 7-10 grams of ground, dried cannabis
- 1 ½ cups of coconut oil
- 1/3 cup olive oil (optional)
- 1/3 cup beeswax
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 saucepan (or double boiler)
- 1 jar
- 1 cheesecloth
- A few drops of essential oil (your choice)
Preheat your oven to 115 degrees Celsius and spread your dried ground cannabis on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, decarboxylate your cannabis in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
While your cannabis is in the oven, place your coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat and stir continuously.
Remove your decarboxylated cannabis from the oven and mix it into the coconut oil. Maintain a low heat and continue stirring the cannabis and oil mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.
Note: Keep the heat very low, especially when using a saucepan and not a double boiler–if the heat gets too high, you’ll scorch the cannabis and burn off the THC, decreasing the oil’s potency. This is especially pertinent if you’re using olive oil in your recipe, as olive oil has a lower smoke point than other oils.
After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.
In the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is melted. As the beeswax melts, slowly add the infused coconut oil.
You can also add essential oils to your mixture–we recommend lavender, peppermint, or tea tree oils. Just a few drops will do.
Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer into containers for your infused salve.
CBD salves and lotions are all the rage on the skincare scene.
Benefits of CBD Lotion Recipe
With strong antioxidant and soothing properties, cannabis makes for an excellent addition to homemade skincare products. Whether you’re hoping to make your own homemade pain cream or simply want to take advantage of the cannabis plant’s rejuvenating nature, there are many reasons to add a little cbd cream into your morning routine.
Anti-Aging CBD Cream
There are two primary types of skin aging: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging is inevitable, as the skin naturally changes with age. As you grow older, the skin becomes softer and you begin to lose collagen fibers and elasticity. While modern inventions like Botox and other skin care technologies seek to remedy the situation, those hoping to discover the fountain of youth may have to wait a while.
Extrinsic aging, however, is something that each individual can influence. Extrinsic aging refers to external factors like environment, pollution, UV radiation, and beauty routines. Over time, these outside factors can cause damage to the skin, leading to sunspots, redness, acne, and all-around wear and tear. It is impossible to avoid all forms of extrinsic aging, however, your daily care routine, lifestyle, and diet can all make a difference.
Extrinsic aging is where cannabis skincare comes in handy, especially creams and products infused with CBD. The cannabis compound is a potent antioxidant. In fact, a patent held by the U.S. government states that cannabinoids like CBD may be more potent antioxidants than vitamins C and E.
Antioxidants are natural remedies for free-radical damage. Free-radicals are produced naturally by the body and can contribute to aging over time. Free radicals, however, are also produced by exposure to pollution, UV radiation, and other toxicants that are now commonplace in daily life. Needless to say, exposure to too many free radicals does not make for healthy skin. The antioxidant potential of CBD may make it a wonderful tool for protecting skin as it ages.
CBD Cream for Inflammation
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that cannabis compounds may pave the way for a new wave of anti-inflammatory drugs in the future. Early in 2018, researchers even found that CBD successfully eased inflammation in an experimental model of allergic dermatitis.
Simply stated, the cannabis compound reduced inflammation and swelling caused by an allergic rash. The study provided the first scientific evidence that CBD may be useful for the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions, easing discomfort and calming the immune system.
CBD Cream for Pain
CBD and other cannabis compounds are natural analgesics. As it turns out, these natural medicines may be particularly effective for easing symptoms of inflammatory pain. When applied topically, CBD lotions and body creams may be able to reduce pain in a localized region. Unlike consuming CBD oil orally, topical CBD does not penetrate the bloodstream.
Instead, the hemp oil works most of its magic on the surface of the skin. Many consumers with arthritic pain find that cannabis topicals are useful for easing pain and tension on joints. In these cases, topical CBD creams work best on joints that are closer to the skin, like the wrists, elbows, and knees.
How to Make Your Own CBD Cream At Home
CBD Lotion Ingredients:
- ½ cup shea butter (preferably unrefined)
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tbsp (⅛ cup) vegetable glycerine (optional)
- 2 tsp concentrated CBD oil or tincture
- Any fragrant essential oil
Cocoa butter can be used as an alternative to shea butter.
CBD Lotion Materials:
- Double boiler
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Handmixer or blender
- Glass container
CBD Lotion Recipe:
- Measure all ingredients before beginning.
- Fill the bottom of a double boiler with 1-3cm of water. If you do not have a double boiler, simply place a heat-proof bowl on top of a traditional cooking pot.
- Warm water over low to medium heat. Add the shea butter and coconut oil to the top of the double boiler.
- Gently melt the shea butter and coconut oil until there are no lumps, stirring frequently to combine the oils and prevent scorching.
- Once melted, turn off the heat and remove oils from atop the water. Transfer to a glass blender or heat-safe bowl.
- Allow the oil mixture to cool for at least one full hour, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if needed.
- Add aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerine, your desired amount of essential oil, and your desired amount of CBD oil.
- Use a hand mixer or blender to emulsify all ingredients and create a whipped consistency.
This recipe will keep for two weeks without refrigeration. For extended shelf life, consider adding vitamin E. This acts as a natural preservative. Extra lotion can be refrigerated for one month or longer in an air-tight container. Simply let the mixture cool to room temperature before use.
Have a look at some of the youtube videos below and don’t be afraid to experiment!
Troubleshooting your Homemade Cannabis Cream:
Making your own skincare can be tricky. The most common problem? Not achieving your desired texture. Here’s how to troubleshoot the most common problems when making your own Cannabis cream:
Gritty texture: Whip/Mix your cream and ingredients longer.
Too thick: Add more coconut oil one tablespoon at a time, continue whipping until the desired consistency is achieved.
Too thin: Remelt, slightly more beeswax than coconut oil, allow to cool, and blend into mixture one tablespoon at a time.
Not potent enough: Add more of your favorite CBD oil or cbd/thc flowers/or cannabis oil and whip.