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Cannabis Creams: What Are They and How to Make Your Own

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Cannabis Creams: What Are They and How to Make Your Own

Looking to make your own cannabis creams?

Providing excellent local pain relief without psychoactive effects, topical cannabis creams are becoming increasingly popular among medicinal marijuana patients.

What are they?

Topicals, as they are known, are a form of marijuana extract suspended in cream that patients apply directly to where they need it.  They come as salves (coconut oil based), and creams (Shea Butter).

Salves are better for treating skin conditions since it is not as easily absorbed into the skin, whereas creams are effective for pain relief since they are absorbed quickly.

How do they work?

Cannabinoids in the cannabis creams, particularly THC and CBD, are absorbed through the skin.

Since the cannabinoid receptors CB-1 and CB-2 are found throughout the body, including the skin, the cannabinoids in the ointment are absorbed where they are needed, making cannabis creams effective local pain reducers and anti-inflammatory.

When smoking or eating cannabis, the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream affecting the whole body––ointments allow patients to treat specifically where it hurts.

Patients suffering from arthritis, skin conditions, back pain, and a myriad of other ailments use cannabis creams to relieve their symptoms.  Clinical studies have even found cannabis ointment to be an effective treatment for antibiotic-resistant bugs like MRSA.

The topical application produces none of the psychoactive effects of the cannabis, and has almost immediate results for pain relief, thus making cannabis creams desirable to a wide range of patients.

Although using cannabis ointment won’t get you high, you can still fail a urine analysis test.

How to Make Your Cannabis Cream:

Ingredients:

  • 16oz Coconut Oil or Shea Butter
  • 1oz Marijuana Trim and Stems (flower also works, but wouldn’t you rather smoke it?)
  • 1-2oz Beeswax
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vitamin E Oil

Note: The above measurements can be adjusted to suit your specific needs.  You can make larger or smaller batches or different test potency.

  • Slow Cooker
  • Aroma Therapy Oils (optional)
  • Healing Oils (optional)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Large Pot
  • Funnel
  • Container with lid (for storing finished cream)

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in slow cooker on low heat (never heat oils above low setting)
  2. Coarsely grind plant material and stir into slow cooker with melted oil
  3. Cook on low for 12 – 24 hours. Note: Turn slow cooker off when you are away or sleeping, leaving it unattended can be a fire hazard.
  4. When the coconut oil and cannabis mixture is a deep brownish green, your salve is ready
  5. Strain mixture through cheesecloth into your container, squeezing the plant matter tightly to get everything out
  6. Over low heat melt beeswax in large pot on the stove top
  7. Slowly add marijuana mixture
  8. Spoon a small amount of salve into a cup and allow to cool to test for consistency.  Add more beeswax to large pot to thicken it up.  Reheat as necessary to melt the beeswax.
  9. Once the desired consistency is reached, add Vitamin E oil (for preservative and skin health) and any aromatherapy or additional healing oils you wish
  10. Return to container and allow to cool before usefully

Luke Nelson

Luke is a Green Rush Daily staff writer that graduated from the University of Oregon, he also obtained his Masters of Arts in English Literature. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon and has over a dozen years of experience cultivating cannabis. When it comes to marijuana Luke may just be your father.

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