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how to make cbd hand cream

Moisture. Natural body butters keep the skin moisturized with natural ingredients such as emollients from nut and seed oils. Most lotions contain water, but body butter does not. Once applied to the skin, it lasts longer than any lotion and any extracts or scents in it last longer, too.

There are several ways to use body butter to optimize your skin’s health.

Lotion is non-sticky and often more hydrating initially because its water content is higher. (This is one reason butter users benefit from timing their application soon after a shower.) Lotion’s water content is higher, so it carries less fatty matter and spreads more readily. It can be used anytime and doesn’t clog pores, making it non-comedogenic.

Light vs Heavy

To treat problem areas overnight, apply body butter liberally to hands and/or feet, and put on a soft pair of cotton socks and/or gloves.

Some CBD body butters also use CBD hemp oil that is rich in hemp terpenes and helps the skin revitalize and maintain a youthful glow. CBD is itself an antioxidant, so these kinds of CBD body butters are potentially very nourishing to the skin.

When applying your body butter, pay special attention to problem areas such as knees, elbows, ankles, feet, and hands. These are all regions that benefit from extra attention because they tend to be prone to dryness.

The difference between body butter and things like lotion, explained above, is the reason you use them. Plus, if you know you want a CBD topical, your specific use for it may shape the right choice. But specifically, CBD lends itself naturally to body butter for a few reasons.

And there you have it!

Keep in mind that your lotion will still be fairly thick, so we don’t recommend trying to put it in a lotion pump.

Note: Keep the heat very low, especially when using a saucepan and not a double boiler–if the heat gets too high, you’ll scorch the cannabis and burn off the THC, decreasing the oil’s potency. This is especially pertinent if you’re using olive oil in your recipe, as olive oil has a lower smoke point than other oils.

How to make a cannabis-infused lotion or cream

You can also add essential oils to your mixture–we recommend lavender, peppermint, or tea tree oils. Just a few drops will do.

While your cannabis is in the oven, place your coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat and stir continuously.

Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been shown to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because topicals are applied directly to the skin, they won’t get you high, which means they’re a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can’t responsibly consume cannabis to relieve painful symptoms.

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.

Maybe we need to step back a moment. How about, “what is a salve?”. A salve is simply the term for a healing solution that you put on your skin, including creams, ointments, or balms. Generally, salves are fairly thick, shelf-stable, and include nourishing oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or others.

Just slightly! I find our salve to have a mild cannabis odor, but nothing overpowering. The coconut aroma also stands out. If you add essential oils to your recipe, that can also help to mask the smell. I often apply salve after showering (including before going to work) and don’t think there is much of a noticeable odor after a half an hour or so. No one has ever said anything to me at least!

What is Cannabis Salve

When cannabis is added to salve as an ingredient… voila! You’ve got yourself a cannabis salve. The most common way to add cannabis to a salve recipe is to create a cannabis-infused oil first, and then combine the oil with the other salve ingredients.

Beyond CBD and THC, there are dozens of other compounds found in cannabis that may produce individual, interactive, or synergistic benefits, including phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. It should be noted that THC is psychoactive and CBD is not, though that doesn’t matter all that much when making a cannabis salve intended for topical use only.

Personally, I like to rub a little cannabis salve on my tight and sore neck muscles, shoulders, wrists, knees, elbows, ankles, bottom of my feet, and behind my ears. Hey, all this gardening (and sitting to blog) does a number on my body!