Cannabis salves and THC cream

Published Feb 12, 2019 11:46 a.m. ET
Try your hand at making you DIY salves and lotions you may enjoy the experience.

 Medicating with cannabis isn't new. People in India and China have been using cannabis for thousands of years to relieve pain and inflammation. You will not get high or intoxicated by using most rubs or ointments. This will allow you to continue your daily living, working and driving your car legally.

Topical oils seep into the body slowly. The cannabinoids enter the body’s tissues this way, and they aid in regulating cells. You will not get high, but you may feel a reduction in pain and inflammation. You may also notice you are calmer and less anxious.

There are many salves and creams available on the market today. If you like to be in control of what enters your body via lotions or salve, you can make your own. This way you are controlling the ingredients that are in your products.

Cannabis Salve Recipe

All products need a base oil; yours will be no different. You can purchase full extract cannabis oil at your dispensary; this oil preferably from the indica strain is thick and fully decarboxylated. The oil has been heated previously to change the cannabinoids to the active form. The cannabinoids must be heated to be active and useful for the body. This base oil may stain your skin green; it is best used as a lotion for pain than a daily moisturizer due to this issue.


Step 1 – You will need ¼ cup of olive oil you can use coconut oil if you prefer, warm this oil to 200 degrees F.

Step 2 - Add about 4 grams of Simpson oil to the warmed base oil.

Step 3 - Stir until dissolved, you now have your base oil. Store this in a cool dark place like your fridge. Keeping your oil in the fridge slows degrading, which can happen to decarboxylated oils.


Dry skin is a common complaint among most of us. Mango seed butter infused with your concentrated oil will soothe the dry skin and is known to be an anti-aging formula also.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of having to endure the pain of shingles, or have neuropathic pain from diabetes, may find a benefit in a lotion to relieve the pain.

Ingredients and final step

These ingredients are pretty simple and usually available in your kitchen. You will need; olive oil chamomile tea bags, ground bud, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and water.

Put all ingredients in pan heat on low for a couple of hours. Allow to cool and strain with cheesecloth. When oil and water separate, use a syringe to suck up oil and put it in a glass container. You could add your essential oil at this time if you want. Now put the container in the freezer. It will be hard in an hour. When applying the salve, you will feel a warming sensation after the cold salve is applied. It may take about 20 mins to start working and hopefully will last a couple of hours.

Marijuana pain cream

If you’re looking for a cannabis salve for pain, remember topical THC cream and lotions may work but have the added psychoactive effects. With CBD products there are no systemic side effects.  CBD penetrates the skin faster than THC helping to alleviate itching pain quicker and is better at handling inflammation reduction.

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