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!
If you tuned into our “How to Make Cannabis Oil” tutorial, you will recognize these steps. The process is virtually the same, except we are going to use slightly more coconut oil here. If you’re interested in making medicated edibles, check out that article!
The medicinal benefits of decarboxylated THC and CBD are well-documented. Both are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, high in antioxidants, relieve pain, relax muscles, and suppress tumor growth. This is especially true when they’re used and work together, known as the “entourage effect“. THC is a particularly powerful analgesic (pain-reliever). CBD has even more expansive healing applications, and can help relieve seizures, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis. That said, we definitely want to reap those benefits and use decarbed cannabis in this salve recipe!
Will this make me smell like weed?
On the other hand, if you just made your cannabis oil and it is still liquified, you can do this step straight in a pot on the stove – keeping the heat as low as possible once the cannabis coconut oil is added.
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.
However, some folks may not like the appearance of the cracks – particularly if the cannabis salve is going to be sold or given as a gift. To avoid settling cracks, put the cannabis salve in a mixing bowl before transferring it into a storage container. Allow it to only partially cool and solidify, whip and mix it up, and then pack into your containers.
Salves also typically contain waxes or butters to bind the ingredients and make them semi-solid at room temperature. Beeswax is a popular option because it is readily available, easy to work with (especially when purchased in pastilles), and creates perfectly smooth results. See the ingredient list below for recommended vegan substitutions.
Yes, these make great all over body moisturizers, but these body butters are for a lot more than just slathering on your skin when you want it to feel softer:
Best-suited to dry skin, natural, organic body butters are richer and thicker than body lotions and creams. They protect the skin with high amounts of natural butters from cocoa, shea, or mango butters or natural oils such as almond, coconut, grape seed, hemp seed, or jojoba to protect your skin.
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CBD body butter is infused with some form of CBD, whether it be CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD extract, or full-spectrum CBD extract. In most cases, to create a CBD body butter that is shelf-stable, CBD isolate is the best choice.
Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Experience. People love using body butters and report smooth, supple, silky, soft skin after using them. Some body butters can relieve dry, cracked skin and promote balanced, healthy skin even among people with psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions.