The incredible health benefits and seemingly endless uses for cannabis are still being discovered, but the emergence of cannabis-infused topics is one of the most prominent new trends.
Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been demonstrated to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because the topics are applied directly to the skin, they 're not going to get you high, which means they 're a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can't take cannabis responsibly to relieve painful symptoms.
Making your own topical lotions and salves filled with cannabis isn't as complicated as you would imagine. If you've ever made butter or oil that has been infused with cannabis, the recipe is surprisingly similar and can be used in several different ways.
Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit 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.
Place your coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat while your cannabis is in the oven, and stir continuously.
Remove your cannabis decarboxylated from the oven and mix in the coconut oil. Keep low heat and continue to stir the mixture of cannabis and oil 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 will scorch the cannabis and burn off the THC, diminishing the potency of the oil. This is particularly true if you use olive oil in your recipe because olive oil has a lower smoke point than other oils.
Remove from heat after 25 minutes, and pour the mixture into the jar through a cheesecloth. Deposit aside.
Add the beeswax and heat into the same saucepan or double boiler until it is melted. Slowly add the infused coconut oil, as the beeswax melts.
You can add essential oils to your mixture as well – we recommend lavender, peppermint, or oils from tea tree. Just a few drops are going to do.
Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed, remove from the heat and transfer to your infused salve containers.
How to make a cannabis-infused lotion or cream
In order to make your salve into an infused lotion or cream, add:
Increase the amount of olive oil (or any other type of oil – we recommend vitamin E oil or almond oil) in your blend to increase the fluidity of your cream.
Bear in mind that your lotion is always going to be relatively thick, so we don't recommend putting it in a lotion pump.
If you're not sure which containers to use, many cannabis flower containers can be used for topics and lotions, too. The classic 4 oz is our personal favorite. Glass canning jar easily purchased in bulk, and useful for a variety of purposes.
And there you have it!
Your cannabis salve won’t last forever, but storing it in a cool, dark place will help preserve its longevity. Just rub salve on the affected area, and sit back and relax while the activated THC works magic on your aches and pains.
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