In order to make your salve into an infused lotion or cream, add:
Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer into containers for your infused salve.
Keep in mind that your lotion will still be fairly thick, so we don’t recommend trying to put it in a lotion pump.
How to make a cannabis-infused lotion or cream
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.
Making your own cannabis-infused topical lotions and salves is not as difficult as you might think. If you’ve ever made cannabis-infused butter or oil, the recipe is remarkably similar and can be used in a variety of ways.
To increase the fluidity of your cream, increase the amount of olive oil (or any other kind of oil–we recommend vitamin E oil or almond oil) in your mixture.
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.
But while the data may be lacking, anecdotal evidence from cannabis consumers is rife. It should be noted though that because most cannabis salves contain other natural ingredients or essential oils, some of this effect may not be entirely from the cannabis.
Tips and common mistakes with cannabis salves
If you’ve ever been a bit confused in the cosmetics aisle, and you’re not sure what a salve is, how it’s different from a lotion or a cream, or if body butter can be spread on toast, you aren’t alone. A salve is simply a combination of oils and melted beeswax and does not contain water. The beeswax provides the thick consistency that people seek out in salves, and helps boost the shelf life. For that reason, they are often applied onto wet skin.
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.
If you’ve checked out the CBD section at your local health store then you already know that cannabis topical solutions can be quite expensive. Luckily, making your own salve isn’t all that complicated — and can save you a lot of money. This recipe from Homestead and Chill is about as easy as it gets. It makes about 2 cups of salve, but you can halve it or play around with the amounts if you’d like less (or more).
Apply liberally to affected areas and rub in until completely absorbed. Use as needed. Discontinue if irritation or allergic reaction occurs.
Melinda Misuraca is a Project CBD contributing writer with a past life as an old-school cannabis farmer specializing in CBD -rich cultivars. Her articles have appeared in High Times, Alternet, and several other publications.
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