*Notes: If you want to scale this recipe up or down: the general rule of thumb for salve is to use about 1 part of beeswax to 4 or 5 parts oil, including both coconut and olive oil. Since we use virgin coconut oil that is solid at room temperature, we can get away with lesser beeswax and the salve will still set up well. If you use a different carrier oil that is liquid at room temperature, either omit the extra 1/3 cup olive oil mentioned above, or increase the amount of beeswax pastilles to 1/2 cup.
The healing properties of your homemade cannabis salve may vary slightly depending on what type of cannabis you use. In general, cannabis salve can be used to treat or relieve the following :
When it is ready, I pour the liquid salve straight into these 2 ounce glass jars, or these 4 ounce glass jars. You can also use these shallow wide aluminum salve tins. The cannabis salve will harden as it cools, and then it is ready to use!
Step 1) Decarboxylate Your Cannabis
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When making cannabis oil, it is important to not overheat it. Because we are starting with already-decarboxylated cannabis, maintaining a lower temperature will preserve the already-active THC and CBD content as well as the terpenes. Avoid heating it over 200 degrees F. 120 to 180°F is even better.
Cannabis salve is stellar at relieving many ailments! First of all, coconut oil and olive oil are extremely nourishing on their own – so you’re going to get plenty of moisture from your salve to heal dry, cracked, or otherwise irritated skin. If you add a few drops of essential oils to your salve, you’ll also get the benefit of aromatherapy.
- 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.
Straining your oil:
Small glass jars for storage (1 oz. glass jars work great)
Here are the 4 steps in the process of making a cannabis based oil
Pre-melt 2 cups of oil in a double boiler or microwave, then pour into your machine with the decarboxylated cannabis.
Latex or latex-free fitted examination or cleaning gloves, a glass bowl, rubber spatula, slotted spoon.
The flowers should be a nice light golden brown and not over toasted or burnt!
It’s important to decarboxylate your cannabis before adding it into the machine in order to activate the compounds in cannabis. To do this, simply separate your flower into smaller bits (grinding is unnecessary) and bake in the oven at 250°F for thirty minutes. Make sure you allow the flower to fully cool off before using it in the recipe (you can put it in the freezer to expedite this process).
The MagicalButter Machine MB2e is unique both for its niche abilities and the ease with which it performs. MagicalButter was created in 2012 by Garyn Angel, and it quickly became popular. In 2019, Angel made the High Times Top 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis. The infuser, with its sleek and simplistic design, can make tinctures, oils, and cooking butter. They even have a base recipe on their website called CannaSugar. Their website is aesthetically pleasing, user-friendly, and chock-full of recipes you can attempt at home with basic ingredients.
For my first infusion, I decided on the MagicalButter Cooking Oil. When I say this product is easy to use, I am not exaggerating — the necessary ingredients were cannabis flower, coconut oil, and lecithin. Sunflower or soy lecithin is an emulsifier commonly used in cooking as a binding agent. In this case, it increases the bioavailability of compounds in cannabis, meaning it can help increase the potency of the extract.
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I bought liquid sunflower lecithin at my local food co-op. I used standard coconut oil and picked up some CBD-heavy cannabis at the dispensary. I also added some rosemary just for fun.
Personally, I am not big on THC’s effects but that is why I loved the Magical Butter machine. CBD-heavy cannabis can be used the same way; the site just recommends you decarboxylate it at a slightly higher temperature and for longer than what the manual says. I used the strain Sour Tsunami which has a CBD content of 13.7%, a relaxing and stress-free THC content of 1.9%, and a terpene profile rich in myrcene and alpha-pinene. Both of these terpenes are said to help with anxiety, a benefit further expressed by cannabidiol’s own anxiolytic properties. Sour Tsunami is a strain of cannabis commonly used for treating pain, inflammation, and anxiety, which I felt was perfect for this infusion if I wanted to use the oil as a topical salve.
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