HOW TO MAKE TOPICALS
Cannabis-infused lotions, salves, oils, sprays, and other topical methods of relief work by binding to a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors on your skin. These receptors are found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as “phytocannabinoids” (e.g., THC, CBD).
Even if a topical contains active THC, it still won’t induce the “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting cannabis. The cannabinoids in topicals cannot breach the bloodstream; they only act on the skin’s CB1 and 2 receptors.
Topicals can be useful for localized pain relief, muscle soreness, tension, and inflammation. Anecdotal evidence shows a widening spectrum of potential benefits, from psoriasis, dermatitis, and itching to headaches and cramping. Here’s a great recipe to get you started.
- ¼ cup Cocoa Butter
- ¼ cup Shea Butter
- ¼ cup Infused Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup light oil (such as light olive oil for a lotion base )
- ¼ cup beeswax (for balm and salve only)
- 10-20 drops of essential oils of your choice (optional)
- Set oven to 250F
- Place your flower from Takoma Wellness Center (7-28 grams) in an oven bag, cookie sheet, or glass cooking dish. Kushzilla is a good strain to start with.
- Put in the oven for 25 minutes
- Remove from oven and let cool
Directions (without Infuser machine)
- Melt the oil together in a double boiler, crockpot, or “The Magical Butter ” Herbal Infuser (Sold at Takoma Wellness Center). If using an infuser machine, follow the User Guide for specific steps.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils if desired.
- Cool in refrigerator until just beginning to harden.
- Whip on high with a mixer until light and fluffy.
- Let set in the refrigerator.
- Use at room temperature, store in a cool dark location.