Making your own marijuana lotion, balm, ointment and other spa preparations, preservative free and with fresh ingredients is simple, luxurious and incredibly effective for pain and soothing the skin.
The Cannabis Spa Book is the first book to be published about the groundbreaking topics of external marijuana preparations like lotions, bath salts, balms, poultices, ointments and so much more! The book has 60 recipes and a complete “Quick Start” chapter that will get you started making your own marijuana lotion and other topical products with ingredients you have in your kitchen right now.
What’s all the hype about cannabis lotion, anyhow?
Marijuana cream or lotion provides a different way of medicating with cannabis and experiencing the soothing and pain relieving effects of cannabis while still being able to drive a car, work, and go about activities the same way you would if you had taken an aspirin.
Cannabis creams will not make you feel “high” or intoxicated, typically. The topical medicinal benefits of cannabis have been known for thousands of years in India and China. There are a lot of benefits to this newly rediscovered way to enjoy and obtain benefits from the cannabis plant.
Even in California. we have a limited selection of cannabis topical beauty products. This is why we love DIY! We are going to share one of our favorite tips and tricks for making cannabis topicals at home:
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The Basics – Cannabis Oils
Before you start kvetching about getting together a bag of shake and somehow turning it into an extract – check and see if your local dispensary carries RSO or Full Cannabis Extract as described in this review blog. If you can find it you are in luck! Because THIS is exactly what you need to start with when making your own marijuana pain relief lotion.
Full Cannabis Extract is a thick oil that has been fully decarboxylated – this sets it apart from smokable hash oils and concentrates. Full Cannabis Extract has been heated previously to change the cannabinoids into the form which is active. Cannabinoids must be heated to activate, otherwise they cannot be used by the body. The only downside to Simpson oil is that it will stain your skin green, depending on how much you use. Simpson oil is probably best for recovery and pain lotions and balms, and not everyday moisturizers.
If you don’t have access to true Full Cannabis Extract, or you want to make a concentrated oil that is virtually colorless you can do one of two or both of these things together:
1. Use hashish or another pure cannabis concentrate in a base of fat that is heated to 300 degrees for about 15 minutes. Make the final oil very concentrated by using 3 or more grams of hashish in 1/4 cup of olive, rice bran oil or tucuma butter oils. Strain the final oil product if necessary.
2. Use 5-6 grams of keif 1/4 cup of olive or mango seed butter heated to 300 degrees for about 15 minutes. Strain the final oil product.
Keep your concentrated oil refrigerated until adding to your lotion, oil, balm or other topical product. It is decarboxylated now and should be kept cool and dark so as not to degrade further.
So once you have a strong, concentrated and active cannabis oil, putting together a great cannabis cosmetic box couldn’t be easier!
For all of your eye, wrinkle, face and body creams you simply add any amount of the cannabis oil of your choice directly to your favorite product. For something that usually comes in small amounts, such as eye cream, you’ll add your cannabis oil accordingly – a small amount the size of a grain of rice or two. For larger amounts, like body lotion, you can add a teaspoon or less. You can add as much of the cannabis oil as you like, but keep in mind that too much may compromise the product and make it greasy. Our suggested amounts seem to work well. Avoid creating large bulk bottles and bulk sizes unless you are going to give them away. The cannabinoids are now decarboxylated and will continue to degrade, therefore, we suggest that you use small sizes and batches that can be consumed within a month or two.
Shampoo, hair conditioner, body wash – they all take the cannabis oil really well. Washing and beautifying with your favorite herb can be your new daily beauty ritual! We promise you’ll love the results! Just add a teaspoon or less to these products according to their size.
Agitate, agitate, agitate… You’ll want to agitate everything very vigorously to fully dissolve your cannabis oil into the beauty product. Cannabis oils are naturally sticky and oily hence the need for super concentration and lots of agitation when using them with your favorite beauty products.
What beauty brands work best with cannabis oils?
Everyone is going to have their preference in this area. However, we suggest the more organic and natural ingredients in your products, the better results you will have when making a cannabis beauty product for your personal use. Check product labels for chemicals, lot’s of them have unnecessary chemicals and additives that you’ll be better off without!
* The opinions and ideas here are solely those of the editorial staff and are not meant for legal or medical use or advice. Please consult your doctor and attorney for advice on medical cannabis.
By Hempista Mag