DIY - How to make candles with cannabis

Published Sep 20, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Not long ago, pot-infused products were a luxury item only available when a friend whipped up a batch to share or sell, and it was rare to see much beyond the occasional tincture or edible, but now you can buy just about anything with herb in it. We’ve got everything from transdermal patches to exotic new concentrates like flan. Still, none can quite compare to cannabis candles because they aren’t applied topically or consumed.

Technically they do burn but is it enough to activate cannabis compounds or are they really just a fun novelty piece designed to entice enthusiasts who enjoy the smell of weed? Here we will answer both of those questions and more with a formal introduction to DIY cannabis candles.

What are cannabis candles?

The answer to this question can be a little bit tricky because it truly depends on where you get them. In some cases, a weed candle might only smell like cannabis because far too many companies utilize additives to create a scent that is similar to the plant without actually using any of it. Others add a small amount of cannabis oil or another pot product to the mix to produce something more along the lines of what most consumers would hope for when they buy them. A few go the extra mile by providing a weed candle selection that’s packaged and even wicked with hemp products.

The benefits of using cannabis candles

Many people have experienced the wonderous power of aromatherapy, which is exactly why the essential oil industry is worth millions to date, and cannabis candles work in a similar way, using the natural fragrance of the plant to induce relaxing vibes that are soothing for those who burn them. However, many have reported a reduction in symptoms such as pain, inflammation, depression, and insomnia after using a weed candle, which suggests that there is relief to be had for both the body and mind, as long as they include the right ingredients.

Cannabis candles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and fragrances, and the ones that are made with the real deal flower generally boast either THC or CBD. Of course, no one will be eating the candles, so there is no way to get stereotypically high through wax and heat along, but they smell, look, and burn wonderfully, and at the very least, a bit of oil is a great thing for the skin.

How to make candles with cannabis

Figuring out how to make candles with the herb is an interesting experience because there are several ways this could be done, and what works best for one person doesn’t always pan out for everyone. Here, we’re going to show you the best, simplest, and most effective way to make these candles, which will save you a bundle. They make excellent gifts because they’re so beautiful and they’re also personal mementos that can be handed out at fancy events such as weddings or anniversaries.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 tablespoons beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons coconut-infused cannabis oil
  • 2-4 drops essential oil fragrance
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Whisk
  • Mason jar
  • Pencil
  • Wick


  1. Add all of the beeswax to a microwave-safe bowl and heat it on high in 30-second increments until it melts completely.

  2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients until there are no more lumps before pouring the mixture into a mason jar.

  3. Wrap the end of a wick around the middle of a pencil, and then carefully submerge it into the hot wax mixture.

  4. Leave the wick in place until the candle hardens, which should take anywhere from 20-30 minutes.

  5. Once the weed candle has hardened, you can remove the pencil, trim the wick down to size, and then spark it up!

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