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 75+ recipes and a complete “Quick Start” chapter that will get you started making your own cannabis lotion and other topical products with ingredients you have in your kitchen right now.
What’s all the hype about marijuana salve, anyhow?
Marijuana salve 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 lotions and cannabis beauty products. This is why I love DIY! I am going to share some of my favorite tips and tricks for making cannabis topicals at home:
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 1/2 cup of olive, sunflower oil or mango seed butter oils. Strain the final oil product if necessary.
2. Use 5-6 grams of keif, 1/2 cup of olive, sunflower 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.
In my book, I have several recipes for a strong cannabis base oil to use with topical recipes that includes flower or trim – check those out if you’d like to use that instead of RSO or hashish!
You can make a really quick cannabis ointment using mango seed butter and the concentrated oil base with the essential oils of your choice – try it!
1/8 cup of the concentrated oil
1/2 cup mango seed butter
Melt both together gently and add your desired essential oils. Allow this to set up again in the refrigerator and keep it refrigerated for best results!
Another great recipe that is so lush and beautiful is my Cannabis Rose Butter recipe. This too is made with mango seed butter, but the cannabis is infused directly into the butter along with dried roses. It’s great for dry skin and wrinkles!
* 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.