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Cannabis Column | June 21, 2022

How to make cannabis lotion

Do you want to learn how to make cannabis lotion?

Many people suffer from mild aches and pains and sometimes tiger balm doesn’t cut it. That’s where cannabis lotion comes in. Cannabis lotion is a natural way to relieve mild aches and pains, and it can be made at home with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

This article will teach you how to make cannabis lotion with THC and CBD. We will discuss how to make cannabis lotion, how to make THC infused ointment for pain, how to make CBD cream for pain, how to mix CBD distillate with coconut oil, and get answers to common questions like, “can you absorb THC oil through the skin?”

How to make THC infused ointment for pain

Making your own THC-infused ointment is a great way to get the most out of cannabis for pain relief. Before we dive into how to make THC-infused ointment for pain, let's get an overview of how THC topicals work and whether THC topicals are a good option for pain relief. 

Can you absorb THC oil through the skin?

The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think. While it is possible for THC to be absorbed through the skin, the amount that actually enters the bloodstream through the skin is quite low. In most cases, only a tiny amount of THC is absorbed through the skin.

This means that it is effectively impossible to experience a “high” from topical products containing THC. However, THC-infused topicals can have pain-relieving effects in hyper localized areas. If you have a tennis elbow, a stiff neck, sore knee, or other mild aches and pains - THC topicals may be able to help.

Topical THC products include:

  • THC pain cream is a topical that contains THC, oil, and water, and is used to relieve pain. THC pain cream does not penetrate the skin as well as other options.
  • THC lotion is a topical that contains THC, an oil-in-water emulsion, and an ingredient such as cetearyl alcohol to keep the emulsion together. Lotions penetrate the skin more than a cream but less than a salve.
  • THC salve is a THC infused topical also referred to as a “canna salve.” Canna salves contain THC, oil, and wax such as beeswax or soy wax. Salves are known to provide long-lasting relief as they tend to stay on the skin and penetrate the skin longer than lotions and creams.

How to make THC infused ointment for pain

The process to make a THC infused ointment for pain is simple and only requires a few ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. 

What you need to make THC-infused ointment for pain:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of beeswax
  • 1 gram of cannabis flower (to maximize pain relief efforts use a strain such as White Widow, Blueberry, OG Kush, or Northern Lights)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Glass container with lid to store the infused 1/2 cup of infused coconut oil and beeswax
  • Grinder
  • Metal strainer
  • Mixing spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Saucepan

Steps to Decarboxylate Your Cannabis

  1. Set the oven to 245ºF.
  2. Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your cannabis flower on the baking sheet.
  3. Heat the cannabis for 40 minutes.

Steps to Infuse the Coconut Oil and Beeswax

  1. Use the grinder to break up the decarboxylated cannabis into fine pieces. The finer the grind the better.
  2. Add the coconut oil, beeswax, and decarbed cannabis to a saucepan and simmer the oil on low for 2 - 3 hours. Use a cooking thermometer to ensure the temperature stays between 160-200ºF.
  3. Strain the oil through the metal strainer into the glass container and store in a cool, dark place.

That's it! The process to decarboxylate your cannabis and infuse your coconut oil and beeswax is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

If you're excited about the idea of using THC topicals for pain relief, give this easy recipe a try.

How to make CBD cream for pain relief

Pain is a common issue that people of all ages struggle with. CBD cream can be a great option for those looking for pain relief who don't want any exposure to THC.

CBD may help to reduce mild aches and pains. CBD is well-known for its pain-relieving properties and relieves inflammation without intoxicating effects.

Making your own CBD cream for pain is a great way to save money and control what ingredients you put on your body. While there are many types of CBD cream on the market, not all of them are created equal. Making CBD cream at home is easy and only requires a few ingredients.

The following recipe for homemade CBD cream is simple to make and can be customized to meet your specific needs.

How to make CBD cream at home

What you need to make CBD cream for pain:

  • 1/4 cup of beeswax
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of shea butter
  • 1 ounce of CBD oil of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
  • 10 drops of essential oils (optional, lavender and chamomile are good options to add additional relaxation benefits)
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Large glass container with a lid to store the infused coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax
  • Mixing spoon
  • Saucepan

Steps to make CBD cream for muscle pain

  1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Use the cooking thermometer to keep the heat at 230ºF or lower. Stir well to break down the beeswax and to prevent burning.
  2. Once melted add your CBD oil, stir until it is well-mixed and the mixture has an even consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and add the jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Let sit for 5 minutes. 
  4. Add essential oils (if using) and stir until well-mixed.
  5. Pour the CBD cream into a glass container and store in a cool, dark place.

How easy is that? It just takes five steps to make CBD cream for pain.

If you prefer to use CBD distillate over CBD oil, here is a variation for you.

How to mix CBD distillate with coconut oil

  1. Fill a bowl with warm to hot water below 230ºF
  2. Leave the distillate in its container and place the distillate in the bowl of water to warm
  3. While the distillate is warming complete step 1 above
  4. When you're finished with step 1 and the distillate is warmed move on to Step 2 and the rest of the steps replacing the CBD oil with the CBD distillate

You can also use the first recipe to make a CBD salve with THC.

To make a CBD salve with THC, use the first recipe and change the amount of THC flower to 1/2 gram. Use CBD flower for the other half, and complete all the steps as directed.

To make a CBD lotion with THC, we recommend selecting a lotion recipe and following the steps above to decarb your cannabis before infusing your oil.

Key takeaways

  1. Making your own cannabis lotion for pain is an easy process that gives you control over the ingredients you put on your body.
  2. THC-infused ointment won't provide intoxicating effects, but may provide local relief.
  3. CBD cream is a great option for those looking for relief from mild, daily aches and pains.
  4. Cannabis topical recipes can be modified to be THC dominant, CBD dominant, or a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC.
  5. Cannabis topicals are a great way to alleviate mild aches and pains without ingesting or inhaling cannabis.

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