Learn how to make your own cannabis topicals at home with this easy step-by-step guide. You’ll be able to customize your own products to suit your needs and preferences, and save money in the process!
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Gather your supplies
To make your own cannabis topical, you’ll need:
-A double boiler or saucepan
-An airtight container for storage
The ratio of cannabis to coconut oil is a personal preference, but a good rule of thumb is 1 gram of cannabis per 1 ounce (28 grams) of oil. You can always start with less and add more if needed.
Choose your cannabis strain
Cannabis topicals are non-intoxicating, meaning they don’t produce the “high” associated with smoking or eating cannabis. Instead, cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, which regulates things like mood, pain, and appetite.
When you apply cannabis topicals to your skin, the cannabinoids interacts with cannabinoid receptors located nearby. This can result in localized relief from pain and inflammation. Cannabis topicals are available in a variety of forms, including lotions, salves, balms, and oils. They can be applied directly to the skin or added to other products like shampoo and soap.
There are many different cannabis strains available, and each one has a unique cannabinoid profile. Some strains are high in THC while others are high in CBD. The best way to choose a strain for your topical is to consult with a cannabis specialist or doctor who can help you select a product that’s right for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a strain for your topical:
-The type of cannabinoid you want: THC or CBD (or both)
-The desired effect: Do you want a product that will calm your muscles after a workout or one that will soothe dry skin?
-The delivery method: Will you be using a lotion, balm, oil, or another product? This will affect how long it takes for the cannabinoids to be absorbed into your skin.
Decarboxylate your cannabis
Before you can make any kind of cannabis topical, you need to decarboxylate your weed. Decarboxylation is the process of heating your cannabis to release the THC and other cannabinoids so that they can interact with your body. You can’t just grind up some weed and rub it on your skin — you need to decarb it first.
There are a few different ways to decarb cannabis. The most popular methods are baking it in the oven or using a hot plate, but you can also use a microwave or even a slow cooker.
Infuse your carrier oil
Cannabis topicals are ointments, creams, salves, and other transdermal products infused with cannabinoids that are applied to the skin for relief from pain, inflammation, and other localized symptoms. Cannabis topicals don’t produce the psychoactive effects associated with other forms of cannabis use because they aren’t absorbed into the bloodstream.
Making your own cannabis topical at home is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients. The most important ingredient is a high-quality cannabis oil or butter. You can infuse your own oil or butter using trim, bud, or kief following these steps:
1. Decarboxylate your cannabis by baking it in an oven at 220-245 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. This process activates the THC so that it will be more effective when applied topically.
2. Grind your decarboxylated cannabis and add it to a jar along with your carrier oil of choice.
3. Place the jar in a saucepan filled with water so that it is completely submerged.
4. Heat the water over medium heat until it is simmering gently. Do not let it come to a boil.
5. Simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
6. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before straining it through cheesecloth or a coffee filter into another jar or bowl.
7. Your infused oil or butter is now ready to use in any recipe!
Add your infused oil to the rest of your ingredients
Now that you have your cannabis-infused oil, it’s time to add it to the rest of your ingredients. This is where you can get creative and add in other oils, butters, and waxes to create a variety of textures and treatments. Some good options to consider include:
– cocoa butter
Enjoy your topical!
Now that you’ve made your very own cannabis topical, it’s time to enjoy it! Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your new product:
-For best results, apply your topical to clean, dry skin.
-Start with a small amount and increase as needed.
-Cannabis topicals can be used as often as needed for relief.
-Store your cannabis topical in a cool, dark place.