Note: Sometimes, the surface of the salve may crack just a little bit as it cools. See the photos below. I have found that salve in our 2-ounce glass containers don’t crack, but larger volumes may. This is really only an aesthetic “issue” if you care. Personally, I don’t mind. It disappears as soon as you begin to dig in and use it!
Considering all of this, we like to use both decarbed and raw organic cannabis (containing both THC and CBD) to create a full-spectrum, well-rounded, ultra-healing finished product.
To grow and make your own medicine… that is the stuff that dreams are made of, am I right?! We like to use our organic homegrown cannabis in a variety of ways, but making topical cannabis salve is on the top of the list. Cannabis salve can help to reduce inflammation, soothe skin irritation, joint pain, and more! It also happens to be quite simple to make your own cannabis salve, and easy to customize it to suit your needs.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CANNABIS SALVE
On the other hand, if you just made your cannabis oil and it is still liquified, you can do this step straight in a pot on the stove – keeping the heat as low as possible once the cannabis coconut oil is added.
- Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add 1.5 cups of coconut oil to the top section of the double-boiler. Heat until it melts.
- 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis (ground or torn to fairy small pieces). If your cannabis is not yet decarbed, see Step 1 in the instructions below.
- 1 ½ cups of coconut oil (OR, 1 ½ cups of already-infused cannabis coconut oil)
- Optional: 5 grams raw cannabis, dried and cured.
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup beeswax (vegan option: replace with the same amount of organic soy wax, shea butter, or cocoa butter)
- Optional: Essential oils of choice. I like using this certified organic lavender oil. Tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, lemon, or eucalyptus are also great choices!
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil for additional antioxidants and moisture
- A double-boiler, or make-shift double boiler – such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below
- Cheesecloth (if your cannabis oil is not already made)
- Mixing bowl
- Glass jars or salve tins, for storage
- Recommended: probe thermometer
That is where a double-boiler comes in handy! Even over the lowest flame, heating oil in a pot directly on the stove is much more difficult to prevent overheating, and can create “hot spots” – destroying our precious cannabinoids.
Cannabis salve is stellar at relieving many ailments! First of all, coconut oil and olive oil are extremely nourishing on their own – so you’re going to get plenty of moisture from your salve to heal dry, cracked, or otherwise irritated skin. If you add a few drops of essential oils to your salve, you’ll also get the benefit of aromatherapy.
Learn how to make your own healing cannabis salve, using marijuana or hemp. It helps reduce inflammation, skin irritation, joint pain, psoriasis, & more!
Note: Always be mindful of where your essential oils are sourced from. It is best to find USDA organic essential oils where possible, otherwise, commercial or standardized grade.
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- To start, place the oil back into crockpot or double boiler.
- Place a candy thermometer to keep a close eye on the temperature. Caution: beeswax has a low melting point of 63C – 64C (145F – 147F), so be sure to not let the beeswax exceed these temperatures or discoloration will occur.
- Now start adding in your beeswax 2 tablespoons at a time (4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup).
- If at 1/4 cup of beeswax, you are not satisfied with the consistency, continue adding in a tablespoon of beeswax at a time until you find the right consistency.
With a number of options to choose from, no matter what skin type you are, there’s a combination you can conjure up that’s just perfect for your skin.
When I first heard the word salve, let’s just say I was confused. Here was this small tin filled with a body cream, but everyone was calling it a salve, which I also couldn’t pronounce for the life of me.
- Grab your double boiler or crockpot along with the herbs you plan on infusing into the oil.
- Be sure to break up any large herbs, such as cannabis flowers, so the entir surface area of the plant can be exposed to the oils during the infusion process.
- Place all of your herbs into the double boiler or crockpot along with the oils. Be sure to mix everything around, so that all ingredients are fully immersed in the oil.
- Place on medium to low heat and let the oils infuse over the next 6-8 hours. Do NOT let the infusion exceed 107C/225F. Tip: Place a candy thermometer in the crockpot or double boiler to watch the temperatures.
- Once the time has passed, grab your cheesecloth, latex gloves, bowls, funnel to begin separating the solids from the liquids.
- Place the cheesecloth into the funnel and begin to ladle or pour the mixture through the cheesecloth.
- After full, squeeze the cheesecloth to remove any excess liquids.
- Repeat steps 6 & 7 until all oil and solids are separated.
- Cover the container that has your oil infusion in it until you’re ready to go on to the next steps.
Remember you don’t have to limit yourself to the above oils, as there are hundreds of plant-based oils to choose from. This is just a quick list of common ones utilized in salves.
So, I’ve put together a short list of common herbs that you can use in your salve and how the herb is going to benefit you.
While body butter or cream will lather and moisturize the body, they don’t do much else. Whereas, a salve can heal the skin, as well as ease muscle tension, joint pain, and inflammation within the body (and even more!). Pretty cool, right? I thought so too.
Looking to start making healing salves right at home? Use this guide to help you better understand the many options available to you in salve making.