Discover the benefits of combining cannabis with massage therapy and learn how to make your own cannabis massage oil at home for topical application, complete with options multiple different infusion options.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

What is the best way to upgrade a regular massage? With cannabis massage oil, of course!

Members of my Well With Cannabis Community love making their own high-quality cannabis products at home, and this massage oil is no different!

A simple infusion process can bring together the cannabinoids and the carrier oil to make an infused oil that can be used on the skin topically as a luxurious massage oil.

In this guide, I will show you how to make your own cannabis-infused massage oil at home with your choice of CBD or THC with your choice of flower, concentrates, store-bought oils and more.


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Ingredient Notes

  • Cannabis – The active ingredient in this recipe. Choose an option from the alternate infusion option section below.
  • Additional ingredients – include healing herbs such as lavender, calendula, mint, and clove
  • Carrier oil – see options below

The following oils can be used as carrier oils in this recipe:

Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat a water bath to 185° F. Various water bath techniques are explained in the notes section below.
  • Step 2 –Combine all ingredients together in a 16-ounce mason jar, wipe rim and finger tighten the lid.
  • Step 3 –Place the mason jar into the water bath and cook for 4 hours.
  • Step 4 –After 4 hours, remove the jar and allow to cool enough to handle. Strain the oil into a clean mason jar through a filter or cheesecloth.
  • Step 5 –Let the oil cool to room temperature, seal the mason jar, and store in a cool dark place until ready for use.

Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Storage Instructions

The shelf life of this cannabis oil will depend on how you made it and was other ingredients you added. Store the oil in a dark bottle, like an amber dropper bottle, in a cool, dark, day place. When stored properly, these oils can last a long time, several months or more.

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Alternate Cannabis Infusion Options

For the recipe below, I infused the oil with dried cannabis flower buds and other medicinal herbs. 

You can easily customize the fresh or dried herbs you want to use, depending on the experience you’re looking for. 

Don’t forget, you can also decide whether you want a CBD massage oil or a THC massage oil, based on what flower or product you start with. 

You can make your own CBD massage oil using CBD hemp flower, or a THC massage oil using traditional cannabis flower.

I will go over all of the possible infusion options below. 

Flower 

If you have access to stems, leavestrim, or other forms of cannabis flower, they are perfect to use in this recipe.

You can also use kief to make a super potent massage oil, or already vaped bud for a less potent massage oil. 

To use leaves, trim, or flower, follow the oil infusion procedure below.

Store-Bought Oils

One of the easiest ways to make homemade topical products is to use store-bought oil such as full-spectrum CBD oil or full spectrum THC oil.

It very easy to mix a store-bought oil in with traditional massage oil or another carrier oil of choice, and is a great way to control the mg of CBD or THC added.

To make your own massage oil with homemade CBD oil or store-bought CBD oil you already have, follow the recipe as is, minus the cannabis flower, and add the CBD product at the end of the infusion process. 

Concentrates 

If you live in a recreationally legal state or have a medical marijuana card, you can easily obtain cannabis concentrates from the dispensary or purchase CBD concentrate from my website.

Adding a concentrate to this recipe is very easy, all you need to do is combine the concentrate with the carrier oil of choice.

Note: you may need to warm your oil slightly to get them to combine.

Benefits of THC or CBD Massage Oil

As cannabis is increasingly popular in the health and wellness world, so does the desire to make these products at home with all natural ingredients. 

Here are some of the benefits of cannabis massage oil, aside from just a great massage experience!

Relief

While it is not medical advice and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) many anecdotal reports suggest that using cannabis-infused massage oil has the following potential benefits:

  • Relief sore muscles and muscle pain
  • Relieve joint pains
  • Provide pain relief for chronic pain and other conditions that require pain management
  • Bring relief to other serious medical condition
  • Soothe dry skin, itchy skin, and other skin conditions
  • Increase blood flow
  • Reduction of dependence on prescription medications
  • Potential antibacterial properties

Affordability

A lot of what a customer pays for when buying store-bought oil or massage products is the branding factor of production. 

You can easily cut costs by following the recipe here, you simply need to gather all the materials needed (typically at a more affordable price!). 

By making your own oil at home, you can still enjoy the benefits of CBD oil or THC oil at a lower price, while also having full control over the other ingredients used.

Quality

Cannabis and hemp plants are bioaccumulators, meaning they can soak up large amounts of heavy metals and other unwanted compounds.

Without 3rd party lab testing, the gold standard in the industry, it is impossible to know what is in a store-bought product.

That is why I have created this guide to help you choose a safe CBD product

The best option for knowing what is in your cannabis oil to make it yourself.

Potency

One way to have complete control over the accessibility and potency of your product is by formulating it yourself.

Some of the best CBD massage oils are the ones that can be made at home.

As I always say cannabis is a self-experiment, and testing many different recipes will help you achieve your preferred potency. 

Notes and Expert Tips

  • If you want to skip the floral infusion option, you could always add your own favorite blend of essential oils to the carrier oil
  • Ask your massage therapist if they are OK with the addition of CBD to your massage experience
  • Adding a bit of vitamin E oil is the perfect way to get additional anti-inflammatory properties
  • Add some of the homemade oil to hot towels and wrap them around your hands and feet for ultimate relaxation

Frequently Asked Questions

Making cannabis massage oil can be new to even the most seasoned cannabis consumer, so here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions I get about the process:

How do I know how potent to make it?

You will want to add your desired mg CBD or THC depending on your pwn personal tolerance.

Is this massage oil OK for everyday use?

Yes! You can add this massage oil to your daily routine in many different ways, from a simple temple massage to a full-blown deep tissue massage.

Will Cannabis Massage Oil Get Me High?

Putting cannabis on the skin is a great way to use cannabis for the first-time because it does not induce an intoxicating ‘high’ like inhaling or edibles.

it can, however, provide relief from various conditions by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors found within the endocannabinoid system.

A CBD oil massage or any topical CBD products will not get you or your massage clients ‘high’ or cause any intoxicating effects.

It is rare that THC oil applied directly to the skin to induce any psychoactive effects.

This is because cannabinoids cannot penetrate the skin deep enough to pass through the tough outer layer of the skin to reach the bloodstream.

Additionally, a case report published in Forensic Science International reports that it is not believed that topically applied cannabinoids like THC will show up in the bloodstream or urine for a drug test.

You can learn more about how cannabis topicals work here.

Determine The Dose

Want to get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions? Try my popular edibles dosage calculator. Not sure what your perfect dose is? Learn more here.

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Cannabis Massage Oil (CBD or THC)

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Discover the benefits of combining cannabis with massage therapy and learn how to make your own cannabis massage oil at home for topical application, complete with options multiple different infusion options.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 ounces

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat a water bath to 185° F. Various water bath techniques are explained in the notes section below.
  • Combine all ingredients together in a 16-ounce mason jar, wipe rim and finger tighten the lid.
  • Place the mason jar into the water bath and cook for 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours, remove the jar and allow to cool enough to handle. Strain the oil into a clean mason jar through a filter or cheesecloth.
  • Let the oil cool to room temperature, seal the mason jar, and store in a cool dark place until ready for use.

Notes

  • Temperature Control: The water bath does not need to stat perfectly at 185° F  the entire time. Any temperature between 180°-190°F is OK.
  • Floating Jars: Sometimes the mason jar will float when placed in the water bath. This is no need for concern, simply put something heat and water safe over the top of the jar to weigh it down, a clean rock works well.
  • Make sure the cannabis flower is decarbed prior to adding it to this recipe or you may not experience the activated effects of CBD or THC.
  • If you are using an Immersion Cooker or Sous Vide Cooker, fill a vessel deep enough to hold a 1-quart mason jar with an inch of water above lid with hot water. Preheat the water to 185° F.
  • If you are using a Crock-Pot or Instant Pot for your water bath, fill the cooking vessel with enough hot water to cover the mason jar with an inch of water above the lid.
  • If using an Instant Pot; set the slow cooker mode to 185°F and preheat.
  • If using a Crock-Pot; preheat on high until 185° F is reached, then turn to low, a digital probe thermometer is recommended for Crock-Pot to ensure accurate temperature control.
Alternative Carrier Oil Options Include:
    • Olive oil
    • Avocado oil
    • Grapeseed oil
    • Coconut oil

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal

Additional Info

Course: Topical
Cuisine: Cannabis Recipe
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  1. If I want to use essential oils to also add, hoping to relief pain even better what kind would help for chronic pain?

  2. Hi Paula. Peppermint oil is hands down the best for chronic pain, especially since it helps reduce inflammation. Combining oils offers even more relief. Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender and Rosemary are all excellent choices.

  3. Hi Paula. Hemp Seed Oil is an excellent choice, but you’ll want it refined so it’s colorless. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp seed oil varies in shades of green, which is often undesirable.