When choosing an essential oil for your CBD balm, be aware that different terpenes in essential oils may exert different effects on the body. “For example, using lavender can make the balm more soothing. Adding lemon may help with mood, while peppermint may boost energy,” said Bone.
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, also called CBD salves, have become popular supplemental treatments for muscle pain, inflammation, and skin conditions. Like some other topical products, CBD balms are absorbed into the skin and can be a safe, non-invasive treatment for joint and muscle pain.
How do you make a pain relief balm?
Other natural ingredients and essential oils may also enhance the pain relief potential of a CBD balm:
In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to make your own CBD balm at home and how to choose the best ingredients for pain relief.
There are some ingredients you can add to a CBD balm to make it potentially more pain-relieving, especially for general muscle aches and conditions like arthritis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Proper storage is essential to maintain your CBD balm. “The balm needs to be stored in a container that will neither interact with the product nor allow heat or light in to degrade it,” Bone stated.
If you’re not sure what containers to use, many containers used for cannabis flower can also be used for topicals and lotions. Our personal favorite is the classic 4 oz. glass canning jar, easily bought in bulk and useful for a number of purposes.
Remove your decarboxylated cannabis from the oven and mix it into the coconut oil. Maintain a low heat and continue stirring the cannabis and oil mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.
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.
How to make a cannabis-infused lotion or cream
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.
In the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is melted. As the beeswax melts, slowly add the infused coconut oil.
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.
Keep in mind that your lotion will still be fairly thick, so we don’t recommend trying to put it in a lotion pump.
Disclaimer: I only endorse you making infused CBD oil and salve at home if recreational or medical marijuana is legal in your state, and you have any required cards and/or licenses to do so!
Yes, if you click the “print recipe” button in the recipe card you should be able to print the CBD salve recipe.
Homemade CBD Salve Recipe
Anything high in CBD would work well, there are several strains. I would just ask what they have!
Could you use the cbd oil in this?
Hi there, I can’t wait to make this salve. I have one question though. Am i able to speed up the infused oil by doing this process in my magic butter machine please. Or if anyone else has done this before.