The powerful neuro-protectants in CBD have shown very positive results in different fields ranging from pain relief, anxiety reduction, an improved sleep cycle, brain function stimulation, cell regeneration, to treatment of different types of cancer.
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil au bain marie. You do this by putting them in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water on low heat.
The shea butter needs a little longer, so start with melting it first and then add the coconut oil.
Pour the mixture into a container and let it solidify. You can put it in the fridge for a bit if you like, but there is no need to store it there.
The rising popularity of CBD has resulted in many brands offering CBD products.
While it’s nice to have a lot of choice, it can also be confusing. The type of plants, extraction method, use of pesticides and level of dilution all make a big difference when it comes to quality.
It can be tempting to use a product that seems to offer more value when it comes to the bottle size. But if most of the content is carrier oil and you eventually need to use more of it, is it still worth it?
→ soothes skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne etc.
Continue to heat the cannabis and oil over a low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a probe thermometer to check the temperature. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain the oil below 200°F. (We aim for 130 to 150°F, and infuse for one hour)
Keep the strained cannabis oil aside for now. It will be added to the salve mixture soon.
When the time is up, line a strainer with cheesecloth and position it over a glass bowl. Pour the cannabis and oil mixture through the strainer. Gather the cheesecloth and gently squeeze out the excess oil from the cannabis. Warning: the oil will be hot, and your hands will get greasy! You may want to wear food-grade gloves.
If you're using solidified cannabis-infused coconut oil that you previously made, I highly suggest mixing everything in a double-boiler once again (since you’ll need to heat it longer and hotter to re-melt your oil). OR, if you just made your cannabis oil and it is still liquified, you can do this step straight in a pot on the stove – keeping the heat as low as possible once the cannabis coconut oil is added.
Stir until everything looks completely combined. Once it is, quickly remove the liquid salve from the heat and transfer it into your storage containers of choice.
When you smoke cannabis, the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream through your lungs and throat, while edibles are metabolized inside the gut. Topicals work very differently.
Cannabis salves and balms don’t enter the bloodstream and cannot get you high. In fact, that’s one of the reasons some people are more likely to try topicals — they want certain therapeutic benefits of cannabis but don’t want to get high.
Do cannabis topicals work — and can they get you high?
Topical solutions can activate the cannabinoid receptors in the epidermis, but they do not penetrate deeply into the skin, so they’re most effective for localized treatment. Transdermal cannabis solutions on the other hand, do penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. These solutions typically use some sort of chemical to penetrate the skin, and usually come in the form of a patch.
There is little data about the actual efficacy of cannabis topicals, and because cannabinoids are hydrophobic, they have trouble penetrating and being absorbed by the skin.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some useful tips: When making cannabis salves — or purchasing them at a store — make sure to pay close attention to what goes into them. Don’t use anything that you may be allergic to, and make sure to only use the salve externally, especially if it contains potential irritants like menthol, lavender, or eucalyptus.