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The beneficial effects of various cannabinoids. Chart courtesy of PotGuide

When cannabis salve or medicated topicals are applied to our skin, the THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present in the solution penetrate the skin to bind and activate our localized endocannabinoid receptors. They won’t enter the bloodstream however, so topically-applied salve will not get you “high”.

Supplies Needed

I hope you found this tutorial to be useful, interesting, and informative! I also hope that it helps you soothe your trouble spots, whatever those may be. Finally, please remember to heed caution depending on your local laws, and always be careful with your cannabis products around curious kiddos or pets.

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!

  • Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add 1.5 cups of coconut oil to the top section of the double-boiler. Heat until it melts.

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.

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.

Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your dried ground cannabis on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, decarboxylate your cannabis in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

How to make a cannabis-infused lotion or cream

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.

And there you have it!

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.

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

By starting with a coconut oil base and adding CBD, you are packing a powerful one-two punch to your complexion!

CBD hemp oil can be ingested by placing drops directly on the tongue and is also available in capsules and energy “chews” or gummies. Farma Health recommends these CBD gummies.

CBD: The Highlights

While some CBD lotion users prefer the aroma of cannabis and coconut, others may want to infuse aromatherapy oils for some variation in their lotions.

The ingredients are all natural, safe for the skin, and won’t cause any psychoactive effects with little to no cannabinoids or THC present.

Here are some CBD Oils with well concentrated CBD.