How To Make Healthy Cannabis Lotion
The health and beauty industries are going crazy about cannabis. The rise in popularity of topicals (like cannabis lotion, balm, and cream) is driving home the fact that cannabis is more than just a plant that gets us “high.”
Instead, we’re re-learning what our ancestors knew so many years ago; cannabis is a medicinal plant with powerful properties that help our bodies and minds function at their best.
Today we’re going to show you how to harness the power of cannabis and make your very own cannabis lotion at home. But before we do, here’s a bit more information on the benefits of cannabis lotion.
The Benefits of Cannabis Lotion
Chances are, you’re already familiar with many of the beneficial properties of cannabis. But did you know that many of those benefits can be delivered via the skin?
Let’s look at inflammation and pain, for example. Numerous studies have shown that both THC and CBD have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, especially when used topically through a cream, oil, or lotion.
Both CB1 and CB2 receptors can be found in the epidermis, and cannabinoids like THC and CBD can be absorbed through the skin and delivered to these receptors directly using topical products. In doing so, they can kick-start a variety of anti-inflammatory responses in the affected area. This is why topical products are so popular among patients with conditions such as arthritis.
The same goes for pain. By interacting with CB1 receptors in the skin, cannabinoids can help inhibit sensations like pain and even itching. However, the benefits of topical cannabis products don’t just extend to serious medical conditions like arthritis or pain.
Cannabis also helps to promote skin health more generally. When combined with natural oils like coconut, almond, or olive oils, beeswax, aloe vera, cocoa or shea butter cannabis can help moisturize, protect, and nurture your skin. It can also help fight itching and has even been shown to assist with sebaceous gland disorders like acne and generalized types of dermatitis.
There is a growing body of research going into the topical potential of cannabis. For a good overview of the endocannabinoid system in the skin, make sure to read this article in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.
How To Make Cannabis Lotion
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make cannabis lotion at home. To get started, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- ¼ cup beeswax
- ½ cup cannabis oil
- 1 cup olive oil
Slowly melt the beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Remember to be patient and work on the lowest heat setting possible.
Next, add in your cannabis oil and allow it to melt and combine with the beeswax.
Now, add your olive oil. The oil may solidify in the mix, so use a whisk to combine everything nicely until you’re left with a clear liquid.
Pour the liquid into a jar, let it cool and solidify.
Remember, this is the recipe for a basic, neutral smelling lotion. Don’t be scared to dress it up with things like:
- Essential oils
- Citrus peels
- Rose petals
- Almond or coconut oil (instead of olive)
- Cocoa or Shea butter
- Aloe vera gel
- Vanilla extract
Note: If you choose to infuse your oil with things like rose petals, citrus peels, or chamomile, remember to strain it before storing.
How To Use Cannabis Lotion
Cannabis lotion can be used just like any other lotion. For small areas, we recommend using about 2 generous fingertips of lotion and gently massaging it into the skin. For larger areas, use a bit more, and feel free to apply more lotion if/when needed.
Remember, even if your lotion contains THC, it’s not going to produce the psychoactive high you experience from smoking, vaping, or eating cannabis. That’s because cannabinoids from topical products can’t enter the bloodstream, and instead only activate the local receptors nearby.
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