Cannabis Topical Lotion: Great For Localized Pain Relief!
Create your very own cannabis topical lotion for pain relief. Formulate an at home CBD oil infused lotion. Put together a THC bud topical. This recipe teaches you to make these cannabis pain lotions in the comfort of your home.
For those who want to create a THC infused topical:
If you’re looking to make a THC topical for pain relief you’re in the right place. Here is what you’ll need:
- Select a THC bud. Ask your local dispensary for advice on what THC bud to use, or pick your favorite cannabis strain.
- Debarboxylate your weed. This will activate the THC in your cannabis. Break up your bud over a cooking sheet. Spread your THC strain over this sheet. Cover with tinfoil and place in the oven. Cook at 115c/235f for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let your cannabis cool. This will only take a few minutes.
- Follow the recipe below to whip up your THC pain lotion!
Are you creating your weed topical with a CBD Strain? Follow these steps:
This recipe requires a CBD oil. Follow these simple steps prior to creating your CBD pain lotion.
- Select a CBD cannabis strain. Ask your budtender to help you find a CBD bud that is low in THC and high in CBD.
- Dearboxylate your weed. This will activate the THC in your cannabis. Break up your bud over a cooking sheet. Spread your THC strain over this sheet. Cover with tinfoil and place in the oven. Cook at 115c/235f for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let your weed cool. This will only take a few minutes.
- Put your weed into a strong mason jar with one cup of coconut oil. This mason jar needs to be sealed and boiled, make sure it is sturdy!
- Fill a large pot with cool water. Make sure there is enough water in the pot to almost submerge your mason jar entirely.
- Place your sealed mason jar into the water. This is how you’re going to infuse your cannabis coconut oil.
- Bring this water to a boil. Let this infusion boil for 3 hours.
- Let your cannabis coconut oil cool. This way you do not burn yourself or crack the mason jar.
- Strain your cannabis coconut oil. Cover the jar with cheese cloth, and strain the CBD oil into another container.
- It is now time to start making your CBD pain lotion!
It is time to create your cannabis topical lotion!
Now that your cannabis strain is ready, it is time to create your cannabis topical lotion. Be sure to follow the details below to create the perfect cannabis topical lotion. These weed infused lotions are easy to create and highly potent.
Florida Medical Cannabis Topicals – DIY
There’s a few areas of cannabis medicine that really make my inner geek ring true and cannabis topicals are definitely one of them, and I know I’m not alone. Cannabis salves and topical lotions are a patient favorite.
Applied like you would any muscle rub, cannabis topical applications are not absorbed into the bloodstream so they can’t get you stoned. Usually working within 15-20 minutes they are a great option for a variety of pain and skin conditions. I use mine frequently for my fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Our patients also love topical creams and are finding they work well for arthritis, nerve pain, injuries, headaches, and skin conditions.
How Do Topicals Work?
Medical cannabis works by interacting with a network of receptors that form the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or equalibrium, in the body – which is what allows cannabis to impact such a wide variety of symptoms including chronic pain and inflammation.
Found throughout the body, these receptors are also in high concentrations along the nerve fibers that run throughout our skin. When the cannabinoids in topical creams interact with these receptors they help to provide pain relief and decrease inflammation. Topical cannabis is also beneficial for it’s antibacterial and immune-modulating properties. Many patients with skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and chronic infections report both pain relief and increased healing with the use of cannabis topicals.
Making Your Own Medical Cannabis Topicals
While you can purchase pre-made topicals in dispensaries, I prefer to make my own, especially as I get to control the added ingredients to meet my needs. They are easy to make and I can save money! I can make two to three jars of medical cannabis salve for the price of one purchased at a dispensary.
In fact, they are so easy to make that you don’t even have to mix your cannabis oil with anything else if you don’t want to – you can use it topically just as it is. If you are the DIY type though, making your own salve will help you maximize your medicine and get the most out of your investment. And it’s fun!
DIY Cannabis Topical HOW TO
While I’m going to provide you with a general recipe below, there really is no need to follow one. Just stick to the basic guidelines, choose from the suggested ingredients, and experiment with various combinations to meet your needs and preferences. As long as you don’t spill or burn your cannabis oil, you really can’t mess it up!
The first time I made a salve I just mixed my cannabis oil with coconut oil and called it a day. While this worked, it was a bit greasy and I smelled like I should be on the beach sipping a Pina colada. For an easier to use and more shelf stable option, make a blend of the recommended ingredients. After trying a few combos, I prefer to mix my cannabis oil with a combination of beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, and essential oils. It results in a creamy but solid preparation, that leaves my skin feeling soft with no greasy film. Some of these ingredients also assist with the skin’s ability to absorb THC & CBD.
• Cannabis oil of choice (1:1 ratio preferred) – distillate or RSO
• Carrier oil/fats (suggestions below – pick a blend)
• Texture (beeswax or aloe)
• Essential oils or other add ins (if desired)
Carrier Oil/Fat Options
Cannabis is fat soluble, so you’ll want to mix your cannabis oil into another oil or fat, or a combination of fats/oils. For the best consistency, use a combo of a solid fat and oil. I prefer a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil. Shea butter helps absorption, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to alleviate pain and itch. Cocoa butter is a very stable fat that can prevent rancidity and adds a velvety texture to the final product. Olive oil helps thin out the base and adds to absorption. Experiment with different fats and ratios to find the consistency that meets your needs.
You can opt to skip adding a texture agent, but adding one definitely has it’s advantages. Beeswax shavings or aloe vera gel can cut down on grease, help the final product to last longer, and make a product that is easier to use. For a firm salve (my preference) use beeswax. If you prefer a thinner, more lotion like consistency opt for aloe vera.
For a more solid balm, start with a 1:2 ratio of beeswax to fat.
For a creamier balm, start with a 1:4 ratio of beeswax to fat.
Cannabis works synergistically with other compounds and chemicals. I enjoy adding in essential oils to my cannabis salves to enhance the therapeutic potential and make them smell nice. Choosing proper essential oils can actually increase the desired effects of your DIY topical cannabis salves. If you do opt to add essential oils, be sure to only use oils that are appropriate for topical use and follow dilution guidelines. My personal favorites are Plant Therapy’s Rapid Relief and Muscle Aid blends, but your options are endless. With the use of essential oils you can target specific symptoms and uses to make an array of cannabis topicals.
Headache – peppermint, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus
Sleep Balm – Chamomile, lavender (apply to soles of feet, temples, neck line, ears)
Pain Relief – Plant Therapy Rapid Relief Blend
Muscle Rub – Plant Therapy Muscle Rub Blend (use CBD or 1:1 cannabis oil)
Pain & Uplift – Lemongrass, Frankincense, Myrrh
How to Make CBD Oil Capsules?
If you enjoy whipping up a little bit of homeopathy in the kitchen, you might be interested in learning how to make homemade capsules using a CBD pills recipe. First, it’s important to know that preparing DIY capsules can be challenging. However, it can be an interesting experience if you’re truly curious about how to make CBD capsules at home. Take a look at how to make CBD pills from scratch.
What Are CBD Oil Capsules?
Unlike “loose” CBD oil that comes straight from a tincture, a CBD capsule comes in a “pill” form that you swallow. That means you’re getting a pre-measured, predictable CBD dosage in every capsule. This is a very easy way to take CBD without dealing with any flavors or tastes. You also don’t have to worry about consuming any sugars or extra calories the way you do when you take CBD edibles.
Why Make DIY CBD Capsules?
The biggest benefit of making CBD capsules at home is that you get to control what goes into your capsules! You can create custom dosages that fit your needs. Many people find that purchasing their own CBD to make capsules is a very cost-effective way to enjoy the benefits of CBD.
How to Make CBD Capsules?
When making capsules at home, you can actually choose between CBD oil and CBD isolate powder as your capsule filler. Keep in mind that CBD isolate is considered the most potent form of CBD because it is a plant-only product that doesn’t contain all of the natural chemicals that you get with full-spectrum and broad-spectrum oils.
CBD Capsule Recipes
Super-Simple CBD Capsule Recipe With CBD Oil: Tropical Bliss Coconut Oil Pills
Using his recipe, you can easily make up to 30 capsules with any dose you want. These CBD oil pills are customizable! This is an easy, fast recipe with very pure ingredients!