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.
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.
After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.
The incredible health benefits and seemingly endless uses for cannabis are still being discovered, but one of the most prominent new trends is the emergence of cannabis-infused topicals.
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.
Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Whip the mixture with an electric whisk, hand-held mixer, or stand mixer for 1 to 2 minutes until a ﬂuffy body butter results. Move the final product to an airtight container, and store for 2 to 3 months out of direct sunlight.
Ready to take the plunge and DIY this? CBD isolate is pure CBD in the form of crystalline powder, and it’s really easy to mix into a recipe, just like sugar or flour.
The Bottom Line: Body Butter vs Body Lotion
Lotion, specifically CBD lotion, has a non-greasy feel and is lighter than body butter, so it absorbs into the skin quickly. It’s a great option for those with not so dry skin because lotion is actually an emulsion blend of water and oils, not just fats. When you really need moisture that’s a little lighter, especially on the hands where extreme dryness isn’t an issue or the face, lotion is often best.
For people with very dry skin or problem areas, body butters are particularly effective at rejuvenating and nourishing dry skin in patches or all over. It clings well to the skin and forms more of a barrier than lighter lotions. Body butters are very useful during the winter months and for people who work or play outside a lot.
Tired spots. Spots like your lips or neckline may benefit from body butter, especially CBD body butter that’s loaded with antioxidants.
Nutrition. All body butters benefit the body with their essential omega 3 fats which help calm inflammation and moisturize. For example, shea butter is common in body butters and has been used for years to improve the skin. It contains vitamins A, E, and F and is known for hydrating the skin, nourishing it, and reducing inflammation. Shea butter is also rich in various acids (linolenic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic) that nourish and protect the skin and boost natural collagen production.
CBD balms, also called CBD salves, have become popular supplemental treatments for muscle pain, inflammation, and skin conditions. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Keeping the balm sealed tightly in a glass jar in a cool, dark area should help maintain freshness and potency. Do not refrigerate or freeze CBD balms.
CBD balms custom-made for pain relief may offer skin-soothing benefits for psoriasis and eczema thanks to the moisturizing carrier oils employed in the recipe.
Making a pain relief balm involves the same exact steps listed above for a basic CBD balm. The only difference is that you can add certain ingredients reputed to have pain-relieving properties.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make your own CBD balm: