How to Make Topicals.


By Steve

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)

Decarboxylation (Decarb)

  1. Set oven to 250F
  2. 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.
  3. Put in the oven for 25 minutes
  4. Remove from oven and let cool

Directions (without Infuser machine)

  1. 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.
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils if desired.
  3. Cool in refrigerator until just beginning to harden.
  4. Whip on high with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  5. Let set in the refrigerator.
  6. Use at room temperature, store in a cool dark location.

Feel better!

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