Learn more about the soothing properties of cannabis salves, how they may help to relieve some of your most unwanted symptoms like pain, inflammation, dry skin, and itchiness, and get the recipe to make your very own cannabis salve at home.
Homemade Cannabis-Infused Salve
Cannabis topicals are getting a lot of buzz in my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community and for a good reason.
If you've been diagnosed with a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis or deal with daily pain from inflammatory conditions like arthritis, you may be wondering if cannabis can help.
Read on to learn more about cannabis salve and how it may help to relieve some of your most unwanted symptoms like pain, dry skin, itchiness, and more.
What is a Cannabis Salve?
A salve is an ointment typically used to promote skin healing or applied as a protective measure.
They are used topically, which means they're applied directly to the skin at the source of the problem.
Salves can be made of various ingredients that nourish our skin and help moisturize and protect our skin from further damage.
With that in mind, a cannabis salve is a salve made with cannabis flowers, along with other nourishing ingredients.
What Are the Benefits?
Cannabis salves can have many potential health benefits.
The cannabis plant has been used medicinally for thousands of years, so modern-day proponents of medicinal cannabis have lots of history to back them up.
These salves are a great alternative to products containing harsh chemicals or medications, which may have unwanted side effects.
Cannabis is so gentle that it's even used to treat health problems in our pets.
Cannabis salves may potentially provide quick, localized relief for pain, soreness, or swelling.
Though people often think of cannabis as an intoxicating substance, these salves will not have any psychoactive effects because they don't penetrate the bloodstream.
Instead, the compounds found in cannabis, known as cannabinoids, interact with your body's endocannabinoid system.
Some of these cannabinoids act as powerful anti-inflammatories, which means they have the potential to bring down swelling and ease itching.
What Conditions is Cannabis Salve Used For?
Cannabis salves can be used for a variety of conditions, including:
Cannabis Salve for Arthritis
Arthritis is caused by inflammation in the joints and often causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and soreness.
Arthritis usually appears in people over the age of 65 and can limit your range of motion, making it difficult to do things you once loved.
Some studies show that topical cannabis can help to relieve these symptoms (1).
Cannabis Salve for Skin Conditions
Millions of people in the US are affected by skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Though the causes of these conditions are still not well-understood, some medical professionals believe that they are an immune system reaction.
Cannabis is thought to help bolster our immune system, protecting us from disease while at the same time suppressing unnecessary immune reactions present in auto-immune disorders (2).
Cannabis Salve for Minor Injuries
Scrapes, burns, abrasions, and insect bites are an annoying but inevitable part of life.
The itchiness, stinging and soreness associated with these minor injuries aren't life-threatening, but it can be distracting.
Cannabis is now being studied for its wound-healing properties, which means cannabis salve may help relieve your discomfort from minor injuries (3).
Cannabis Salve Infusion Options
As with all things cannabis, there is more than one way to get to a final result.
For this cannabis salve, there are two different infusion options you may choose from to make your product.
Salve Made With Cannabis-Infused Oil
My salve recipe uses this floral cannabis-infused oil recipe as the base, which allows you to infuse in many other botanical ingredients that contribute to a great final product.
You can easily use cannabis coconut oil if that's what you have available, but I do recommend infusing with the additional floral ingredients you want in your final product.
If you have access to raw cannabis flower or CBD flower, it is easy to prepare your own oil at home, and it will allow you to choose which floral botanicals you want for your infusion.
Salve Made with Concentrate
Having access to raw cannabis flowers is not always possible, which is why I included the option to infuse this salve with cannabis concentrates.
CBD concentrate is legal in most states and can be purchased online, and THC concentrate can be purchased at a dispensary in a legal state.
Concentrate is just that, concentrated cannabis oil.
It can come in many different forms, including full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO.
In a small syringe, you will get anywhere between 500mg-1,000mg of activated CBD or THC in just a small 1mL volume.
This allows you to create a stronger salve without the excess volume of carrier oil.
Store-Bought Cannabis Salve Product Recommendation
There are a lot of different topical cannabis products available on the market today.
They come in a wide variety of strengths, so it might take a little experimentation to find which product works best for your individual needs.
Many members of my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community prefer to make their own homemade cannabis products from the comfort of their own homes.
This allows them to control the type of cannabis flower and other ingredients used.
However, making cannabis salve at home isn't for everyone, which is why I am happy to offer my own CBD cannabis salve in my shop.
This salve has been formulated to promote muscle, joint, and skin revival.
I've included ingredients like peppermint and tea tree oil to help open the pores, arnica, and lemongrass to provide deep relaxation, and beeswax and full-spectrum hemp extract to revive the skin.
With all-natural ingredients, this salve offers revival and recovery - even if you can never stop moving.
How to Determine The Dosing For Your Recipe
While a calculator is no replacement for lab testing, this tool has been designed to help you get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions.
Unlike other calculators available online, this calculator aims to provide more accuracy by accounting for the losses associated with decarboxylation, infusion oils, or extraction solvents used.
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Homemade Cannabis Salve Recipe (THC or CBD)
- Once melted, stir in the floral cannabis-infused oil and stir until well combined.
- If using, add the cannabis concentrate, stir until well combined, and then remove from the heat.
- Carefully transfer the hot liquid to a small glass jar or storing vessel of choice.
- Allow the salve to cool to room temperature and then cover with the lid.CBD concentrate
- Store in a cool dark place until ready to use.