Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been shown to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because tropical are applied directly to the skin, they won’t get you high, which means they’re a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can’t responsibly consume cannabis to relieve painful symptoms.
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 similar and can be used in a variety of ways.
28 grams of ground, dried cannabis
1 ½ cups of coconut oil
1/3 cup olive oil (optional)
1/3 cup beeswax
1 baking sheet
1 saucepan (or double boiler)
A few drops of essential oil (your choice)
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 15 minutes.
While your cannabis is in the oven, place your coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat and stir continuously.
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.
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.
After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.
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.
You can also add essential oils to your mixtures like lavender, peppermint, or tea tree oils. Just a few drops will do.
Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer into containers for your infused salve.
In order to make your salve into an infused lotion or cream, add:
1 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter
To increase the fluidity of your cream, increase the amount of olive oil (or any other kind of 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.
If you’re not sure what containers to use, many containers used for cannabis flower can also be used for tropical and lotions. Our personal favorite is the classic 4 oz. glass canning jar easily bought in bulk and useful for a number of purposes
Your cannabis salves won’t last forever, but storing it in a cool, dark place will help preserve its longevity. Just rub salve on the affected area, and sit back and relax while the activated THC works magic on your aches and pains.