recipe for pressed cbd oil lotion

Hemp Oil Body Butter

Homemade skin-care products are a wonderful way to create a product tailored to your specific needs. We’re big fans of body butters, so we decided to adapt this Rosemary Citrus Body Balm recipe by Home Song blog to include our favorite plant, cannabis.

Hemp oil is created by pressing the seeds of cannabis plants and can be used as a nutritional supplement in foods or on the skin to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and more.

When it comes to skin, hemp oil is a great source of:

Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties that has shown effective for treating cancer, arthritis and cataracts

Vitamin A: helps repair skin damage from sun exposure and aging

Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids: keeps the skin hydrated and helps with skin growth

Because of these skin-strengthening properties, hemp oil allows the body to better resist infection and has been shown to be an effective treatment for eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.

Coconut oil is also:

antifungal and antiviral

Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion

If you’d like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider one of the suggestions below. When substituting or adding cannabis-infused products, be aware of how many mg of CBD (or, if you’re in a legal state, THC) are in each portion of the recipe you are making. Topicals come in a variety of strengths and can have concentrates of anywhere between 1mg/mL to 40mg/mL. Keep track of how the various strengths of cannabinoids affect your recipe to figure out what works best for you. Click here to learn more about THC and CBD topicals.

How to add cannabinoids to your Hemp Oil Body Butter
  • Infuse your oils with cannabis flowers. Click here to shop our oil infusion tools.
  • Add an oil-based tincture to your mixture. Just know that the more oil is added, the less firm your body butter will be — consider substituting just some of the hemp oil for an MCT-oil based tincture. Click here to shop our MCT-oil tinctures.

1/2 c. coconut oil

optional: infuse with herbs such as lavender, rose, or cannabis

1/2 c. shea butter

1/4 c. beeswax pellets

approximately 2 glass jars, depending on size

optional: essential oils (approximately 30 drops total)

Clary Sage + Lavender — Relaxing terpenes

Grapefruit + Rosemary — Stimulating terpenes

Directions (using LEVO)

If you don’t have a LEVO, you can infuse your oil the old fashioned way, then use a double broiler to combine these ingredients (see below).

To infuse your coconut oil: Add 1/2 c coconut oil to LEVO basin & fill pod with lavender & rosemary. Infuse at 200°F for 30 min. Remove pod; note that it will be hot!

To make your body butter: Add shea butter, beeswax pellets, and hemp oil then set at 150°F for 15 min.

Add essential oils then immediately dispense to avoid beeswax hardening in basin

Directions (without LEVO)

Melt infused coconut oil, shea butter, hemp oil, and beeswax pellets in a double boiler, and then pour the liquid into glass jars.

How to Make CBD Cream at Home

I wonder if CBD cream is effective?” I remember asking myself this question years ago when I bought my first jar at a fancy supermarket. Years later (or rather, a few months ago) when I visited a friend, Anne, in Seattle, she suggested I try a cream she and her husband use often. The magic of “I wonder” showed up again shortly after: Another friend suggested we go to his friend’s place – because this friend (Dave) offered to show us how to make homemade CBD cream! Before I go on about sharing the how-to and my adventure of making CBD cream with you, let’s look at CBD creams in general.

Take a close look at the ingredient list of what you’re buying…can you figure out everything?

In an earlier post, “What is CBG?” we learned more about the cannabis plant and how hemp is grown to feature a majority of CBD and a minority of THC. Federal legal limits allow up to .33% of delta THC in CBD plants. Don’t worry – even if your lotion or cream has THC, you most likely won’t get “that kind of high” as if you ingested it. This is because the cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream through the skin. (Side note: because the FDA has “approved” CBD for a prescription drug, they now consider CBD a drug. They don’t allow drugs in foods and beauty products. Their is a bill being considered in Congress to address this issue.)

The more you know

When investing in CBD creams (or other products), it is important to do your best to learn how much is in the product (the more there is, the more potent and potentially effective) and if possible, the source. Full spectrum (whole plant hemp) is generally thought of as better for you, because you are getting the benefit of the “entourage effect.” This means that all parts (all the CBD, CBG, THCs etc) of the hemp plant work better together than when isolated.

Is CBD good for you?

Why use a CBD cream/lotion/salve? Basically, it’s the latest (yet oldest) natural pain reliever for a range of things like cramps, muscle pain, and arthritis. It also has anti-inflammatory properties making it useful for skin issues like psoriasis. You may notice in commercially made products other ingredients that also have pain relieving benefits. One of the underlying beliefs not often mentioned, is that the cannabinoids work to help balance you through your endocannabinoid receptor system. When you are aligned, your body works better. Better body by bud butter? Why not?

Meet Dave

Dave Wills owns Freshops, a company that sells hops and rhizomes to beer makers all over the globe. He also makes his own brew, Oregon Trail Ales.

Some of the rhizomes getting ready for sale. With the promise to bring some “mystery beer” for a tasting, Dave offered to teach us how to make CBD cream from scratch. When I first arrived, he showed me his bin of bud. Since he deals with farmers all over Oregon for his hops and rhizomes, he has good connections for certified and tested CBD flower. Using the flower (vs any shake or biomass – meaning the rest of the plant) makes for a higher quality end-product. Tests for hemp has become a big part of the farmer’s life, to make sure a field hasn’t gone “hot” (too much THC). If that happens, they have to burn the entire crop!

The CBD Cream Recipe

Dave used a recipe he created from his research and from friend’s sharing their knowledge. Dave believes everyone should be able to make their own CBD cream, and is excited to share this adventure with all you! This recipe, tripled, filled about 57 four-ounce jelly jars. While Dave used ingredients such as DMSO, essential oils and vitamin E, feel free to follow your curiosity and inner scientist to include other elements (many like lavender!)

Disclaimer: I only endorse you making infused CBD products at home if recreational or medical marijuana is legal in your state, and you have any required cards and/or licenses to do so! Additionally, some links are for affiliates, and I may earn revenue through your purchases.


  • 48 oz coconut oil
  • 12 oz MCT fractionated coconut oil
  • 12 oz hemp bud, organic and tested for CBD levels
  • 2.5 oz DMSO (about 4% of total volume of infused oil)
  • 10 drops Grand Fir Essential Oil
  • 10-15 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 10 drops Vitamin E


The process to make the CBD cream

There are lots of ways to make CBD topicals. One way could be using a cannabutter machine and replacing butter with oil. I’ve been told Levo is a good brand. Another thing to consider is whether you decide to decarboxylate or not. (I had to look this one up! “What is Decarboxylation?”) Or take your dried hemp and grind it up. Dave took his buds and put them in the Ninja blender with the coconut oil.

The next step is putting the heated coconut oil, the MCT and the hemp into the crock pot. Set it at low, and wait for the temperature to reach 240F.

While you’re waiting for the crock pots to warm up the CBD mixture, make sure to stir it occasionally! While everyone else proceeded with the “Mystery Beer Tasting” I entertained myself with Dave’s fun collection of hats! The marching band hat was much comfier than I imagined. Letting the hemp slowly heat up gives the CBD time to diffuse into the oil. The timing for cooking could be anywhere from 1 hour – 12 hours. However, Dave said his method normally takes around 4-5 hours. Once it hits 240 degrees (F), let it sit at that temp for about 20 minutes.