DIY topical ointment with the healing benefits of cannabis

Published Jan 27, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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When we get a minor cut or burn, one of the first products of choice is usually an antibiotic based topical ointment to speed up the healing and provide some much-needed relief, but store-bought options often come paired with unnecessary additives and can be expensive to buy.

Since not everyone is ready to pay $10 or more of their hard-earned dollars for a tiny tube of antiseptic cream, some often attempt to make their own. There have been people who have worked for decades at the art of perfecting a cannabis cream recipe, one that boasts a wide range of benefits from an all-natural aromatic effect to an active and powerful anti-inflammatory response that is sure to get the ball rolling on healing minor wounds.

This cannabis cream isn’t going to get you high, but it might make you tingle a little as you massage it into the hardest worked areas of your skin, and if that all sounds great to you, then continue reading to find out how to make a batch of your very own.

DIY Healing cannabis cream recipe

This antibacterial combination harnesses the power of nature to heal all minor wounds like cuts, burns, acne, or other skin irritations.


  • 3 tablespoons cannabis-infused coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons beeswax pellets
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano oil


  • Small sealable jar
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Double boiler


  1. Add both the beeswax pellets and the cannabis oil into a double boiler and turn on the heat.

  2. Watch the mixture and stir it frequently as you wait for it to melt entirely.

  • Once the oil and pellets have melted and the two ingredients have combined, add the essential oils one at a time. Ensuring to mix everything together quite well between each new addition which will ensure an even spread of all the natural oil elements throughout the ointment.

  • Scoop or pour the liquid into a jar or other airtight container and let it cool and solidify in the fridge overnight.

  • The jar of topical cannabis cream ointment can last for several months if it is stored in a cool dark place, so be sure to keep some on hand so that it’s ready for when you could use it the most.

    How to use the topical ointment

    Most topical ointments are used only when there is a clear injury that needs to be healed, but this combination is so gentle that you can use it every day if you like. Below, you will find 3 different ways that we’ve highly recommend you try with your freshly made cannabis cream.

    1. Directly onto wounds
    This cannabis cream is safe and won’t hurt if you need to apply some directly onto a nasty papercut or burn. The cream contains the elements needed to provide a cooling and soothing sensation, that works while the wound heals. Use with or without a band-aid to promote faster healing.

    2. Apply to dry patchy areas of skin
    Cannabis cream is rich and filled with countless vitamins and moisturizers that are excellent for the skin, so if you are feeling a little bit dry, then don’t be afraid to rub some into your problem areas, just like you would with any moisturizer. The main difference is that this one isn’t full of alcohol or other drying products that most store-bought options contain.

    3. Face mask
    This topical ointment is rich and thick, especially when it’s stored in a cool place like the fridge which makes it an excellent face mask. The cold will help to close up pores, while the elements go to work on reducing inflammation, dryness, and redness. Rinse the excess away and you will soon discover a freshly moisturized skin that feels almost as good as new.

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