Got a specific spot that needs a little love? Before applying CBD, try to pinpoint your exact problem areas—say, if your arm hurts, is the problem closer to your shoulder or your bicep? Pinpointing one area can really help you get your desired effect. Of course, even if you aren’t in pain, you can still enjoy applying CBD salve. Many people like to target common tension spots, such as your wrists, temples, neck or even the soles of your feet. There’s nothing like a proactive dose of CBD salve to help you unwind at the end of a long day!
A salve, with or without CBD, is an ointment that’s meant to benefit or heal your skin. You could also call it a balm, but it all boils down to the same thing: a blend of ingredients, infused with plant-products (in our case, CBD), and mixed with carriers such as oils and beeswax. The carrier oils do one simple job—they help carry infused CBD to your skin for easier absorption. In our Tanasi salve, we use almond oil, but hemp oils are also popular choices as carriers.
If you’re a first time CBD salve user, you may be wondering what to do with this viscous pot of magic. Well, don’t panic: we’re here to help. We even made a YouTube video for you on how to apply Tanasi CBD salve! But before we share our top tips for applying CBD, let’s take a closer look at what goes into our CBD topicals.
Once you know where you’re going to apply Tanasi CBD salve, it’s time to prep yourself. Carefully wash the area you’ll be applying CBD. This will help clear away unwanted dirt, germs or any kind of particle that could interfere with your CBD absorption. And it will help ensure that you get the maximum effect from your daily dose.
Unlike tinctures or water-soluble CBD, which you dose orally, you have to apply CBD salve topically (directly to your skin.) From there, your body absorbs the CBD, and this cannabinoid gets to work targeting the area around your application site. Now, since the dose of CBD in your salve is absorbed through your skin, it works locally—you won’t get the same effect you’d see with oral CBD doses. For that reason, you’ll want to maximize your dose with the best technique for applying CBD. So keep reading for our 3-step guide to the perfect application process but most important to know is that each scoop is 5mg of CBD for your tender spot!!
Since every ounce of CBD topical contains active ingredients, using an applicator like a spoon is a good idea. This way, you target the spots you want, and avoid treating the parts—like your hands—that may not need the CBD love. So, grab your tool, get a generous scoop of salve, and firmly but vigorously rub the salve into your skin. After that, the dosing is up to you. Some people like to go for two or three applications; others are good with just one time. We suggest starting low and slow. See how the first application works for you, and go up from there, until you achieve your desired effect.
Now, a CBD salve is similar to CBD creams or lotions, because you apply it directly to your skin. But there is a key difference. Both lotions and creams contain water, which means they also have an expiration date. Water-free salves last much longer, and are unlikely to dry up. Also, because they have no water content, salves are much thicker than creams or lotions.
Brand reputation. This isn’t always easy to suss out, and it’s not just about size or longevity. Check real reviews and consumer ratings where they exist.
Itching. CBD can block itching in the nerve endings and has been shown to help chronic, treatment-resistant itching.
It’s true that using topical CBD creams is not the same as using lotion, in that it’s important to know how many milligrams are in the CBD body lotion to use it properly. A low dose topical may be less effective than one with higher concentrations of CBD.
How to Use CBD Cream
Both marijuana and hemp plants are part of the cannabis family. However, according to United States federal law, hemp contains 0.3 percent THC or less, in contrast to marijuana. This and other reasons mean that hemp is typically used for CBD cultivation and extraction.
Since the Farm Bill legalized CBD products derived from hemp at the federal level in 2018, CBD topicals have been the work of the Food and Drug Administration FDA. This doesn’t mean there’s a clearly regulated market out there, however.
Type of hemp extract. Full-spectrum extract is from the whole hemp plant and contains some trace amount of THC. Broad-spectrum extract contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids except no THC. CBD isolate is pure CBD extract alone. Many experts argue that full-spectrum products are preferable due to the “entourage effect,” which says that cannabis plant components work better together than alone.
Quality controlLook for CBD topical vendors that display results from third-party lab testing. Look for Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP)-compliant facilities, which follow FDA standards to qualify. This matters: a 2017 study found that only 31 percent of CBD hemp oil products were accurately labeled with the correct CBD level.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CANNABIS SALVE
How about a little bit of both?
That is where a double-boiler comes in handy! Even over the lowest flame, heating oil in a pot directly on the stove is much more difficult to prevent overheating, and can create “hot spots” – destroying our precious cannabinoids.
Therefore, that is exactly what we’re going to do in this recipe: make cannabis oil, and then the salve. But first: “what kind of cannabis should I use in my oil or salve?”
Note: Sometimes, the surface of the salve may crack just a little bit as it cools. See the photos below. I have found that salve in our 2-ounce glass containers don’t crack, but larger volumes may. This is really only an aesthetic “issue” if you care. Personally, I don’t mind. It disappears as soon as you begin to dig in and use it!