By Steve

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)

Decarboxylation (Decarb)

  1. Set oven to 250F
  2. Place Flower (7-28 grams) in a oven bag, (cookie sheet) or glass cooking dish
  3. Put in oven for 25 mins
  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 TWC). If using an infuser machine, follow 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 refrigerator.
  6. Use at room temperature, store in a cool dark location.

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