Cannabis-infused lotions, salves, oils, sprays, and other transdermal methods of relief work by binding to a network of receptors called CB2. These CB2 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 that intense “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting cannabis. With most topicals, cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream; they only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors. Transdermal patches, however, do deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream and could have psychoactive effects with a high enough THC content.
Topicals are most popularly chosen for localized pain relief, muscle soreness, tension, and inflammation, but anecdotal evidence is beginning to show 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 a balm blend. Great for your pain balm options)
- 10-20 drops of essential oils of choice (optional)
- Set oven to 250F
- Place Flower (7-28 grams) in a oven bag, (cookie sheet) or glass cooking dish
- Put in oven for 25 mins
- 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 TWC). If using an infuser machine, follow 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 refrigerator.
- Use at room temperature, store in a cool dark location.