Every few months, there's more and more evidence to support the theory that marijuana can be used to treat a variety of illnesses. But right now, the most widely accepted use of medical marijuana is to relieve chronic pain and to reduce vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
But while there have been allowances made by the law for medical marijuana patients, it's not always possible to light one up when your pain starts to appear again.
You might be driving when it starts, or at work, or with your kids or family members. Definitely not places where you can get high without any repercussions. What's the solution?
Weed cream, of course
To be more specific, a CBD salve or lotion. Cannabidiol (aka CBD) is a compound found in the marijuana or hemp plant, though it is more dominant in some strains than others.
It's a nine psychoactive compound, which means it won't get you high. What it's been shown to do is help individuals manage chronic pain. Research is still ongoing, but the results have been significant enough that all fifty states allow the sale of CBD products. With restrictions, of course.
But, if for any reason you cannot buy your CBD salve, you can easily create a more discreet (and better smelling) topical cream in the comfort of your home.
Here are the things you'll need to create a basic CBD salve.
CBD salve recipe
- CBD oil
- 1 ounce of beeswax
- ½ cup of any carrier oil (olive, coconut, sunflower seed, etc.)
- Any essential oil of your choice
- Double boiler or a medium-sized pot and a small metal bowl
- Glass jar.
What's the process?
- Take your beeswax and your carrier oil (we'll use coconut oil here) and heat them in a double boiler. For those who don't have a double boiler, get your medium-sized pot and your small bowl. Put the beeswax and coconut oil in your small bowl. Fill your pot with water until it's a quarter full and then take your small bowl and put it inside the pot. Whether you use a double boiler or a pot and a bowl, you have to stir your mix continuously until the beeswax is completely melted. You don't have to use beeswax if you don't want to. You can substitute it with candelilla wax or soy wax).
Tip: The heat under your double boiler or pot must be very low. This is especially essential for oils that have a low boiling point like olive oil. You don't want to burn away the active components in it.
- When the beeswax mix has simmered a bit, you can now add the CBD oil. Your Cannabidiol oil could be either from a Cannabidiol isolate or a tincture. As long as it's high-quality CBD, it'll serve its purpose. However, you'll need, at most, 3 grams of CBD oil whether you get it from CBD isolates or tinctures. After adding the Cannabidiol oil, you need to stir the mix firmly. Make sure you don't overheat this mix. Your mantra while making this CBD salve should be "low heat, low heat, low heat."
- Bring the mix down from the boiler and let it cool. When it's cool but not yet solid, you can now add your essential oil. Only add a few drops, any more than that is unnecessary.
- When you've added all your ingredients, and they're all mixed properly, you can now transfer your salve into a container. It's preferable if your container is glass, with a tight seal. Leave your salve to cool for a few more hours. Once it has cooled, it's consistency will thicken.
There you have it — your DIY CBD salve.
How to make CBD lotion?
Now, for the CBD oil lotion. Because it's possible to moisturize and numb pain simultaneously. If you already know how to make a CBD salve, you're already halfway to your Cannabidiol lotion.
For a CBS lotion, you'll need:
- Cannabidiol oil
- Double boiler or pot and a small bowl
- Any fragrant essential oil
- ½ cup of Shea butter or cocoa butter
- ½ cup of aloe vera gel
- ½ cup of any carrier oil
- Vitamin E oil
However, for the sake of those who don't want to use the salve to make the lotion or want to have both at the same time, we will explain the procedure.
What's the process?
- Fill the double boiler up with water and place it on low heat. Your water should only fill up a quarter of the boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, you can follow the same advice with a regular pot and a heat-proof bowl, small enough to fit inside the pot.
- Put the shea butter and carrier oil in the smaller bowl and allow them to melt. Once they start melting, mix them together to prevent lumps and to ensure the mix doesn't get burnt.
- Remove the bowl from the water when they're melted and smooth and turn off the heat. Transfer to another heat-safe bowl and wait at least one hour for the mix to cool.
- When it has cooled a bit, you can now add the aloe vera gel, any amount of fragrant essential oil you want, and your concentrated CBD oil. Like I said before, you can use an isolate or a tincture. For the amount of lotion in this recipe, 3-3.5 grams of CBD isolate is ideal. Or you can use 3000-3500mg of CBD tincture.
- As soon as you've added all your ingredients, whisk your mixture vigorously to attain a creamy but slippery consistency. When it obtains that consistency, pour it into your container (preferable a glass jar with a tight seal).
- And that's your CBD lotion.
While CBD salves are almost exclusively used as a topical cream to soothe pain and ease symptoms of illness, CBD lotion may be used for other, more superficial reasons.
In fact, the US government holds a patent that states that cannabinoids like CBD may serve as powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants may help in extrinsic aging. That is, reducing the harsh effects of environmental factors on the skin.
In the next few years, CBD is almost certainly going to take a more pointed role in medicine. Learning how to make these simple topical creams will almost definitely put you ahead in not just pain remedies, but also learning your own body.
As you continue to make these, you'll see that you'll refine your method and, therefore, be able to better judge and customize your salves and lotions.