DIY Cannabis lotion recipes for protection from the sun

Published Mar 9, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET

With marijuana becoming legal for recreational use across the world cannabis-infused beauty products are becoming a hot ticket item. Since the majority of cannabis products are designed with all natural ingredients, they can make a perfect alternative to several things you likely use every single day including make-up, hair care products, feminine hygiene products, creams, salves, and more. Unfortunately, many of the pre-manufactured products on the market come with a pretty hefty price, so they aren’t always a cost-effective solution if you have a strict budget. One of the easiest products to make at home is cannabis lotions or salves. They only require a handful of ingredients that are easy to find once you have the base materials, they can often be made faster than a run to the store would take.

Pot lotion comes in various forms and could potentially contain THC or CBD depending on the product used to infuse it. One of the top selling items in the health and beauty cream market is sunscreen which we slather all over ourselves at an astonishing rate in an attempt to keep safe from the sun’s intense UV rays. While it’s nice to be able to run to the store in a pinch, wouldn’t it be better if there were a safer, more natural product you could use instead? Well, I am here to tell you that you’re in luck and there are some fantastic homemade cannabis lotion recipes that you can make using pure ingredients so you can protect yourself from the sun and be confident in what you are putting all over your body.

How to make cannabis lotion sunscreen

This recipe will provide an SPF of around 15. If you need something higher than you will want to add more zinc. The general rule is that for an SPF of 20 you will need your mixture to consist of 20% zinc. Since this sunscreen is used topically, it will contain THC but will not produce the euphoric high you would expect from smoking cannabis. Instead, it will make you feel relaxed and perhaps a little tingly.


  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 7 grams of dried cannabis
  • ½ cup of beeswax
  • ½ cup of shea butter
  • ⅓ cup of zinc oxide
  • 8 drops of lavender oil


  • 1 cheesecloth
  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 grinder
  • 1 medium-sized pot
  • 1 metal bowl
  • 1 mixing tool
  • 1 burner (stovetop)
  • 2 bowls
  • resealable container (to store the sunscreen)

Instructions for cannabis sunscreen

  1. To begin, you will need to grind you herb using a grinder. This helps to ensure an even fine ground which will help with the extraction process.

  2. Now you must create your double boiler. (If you have a double boiler you can use that instead) Take the medium-sized pot and fill ¼ of the way with water and then set the bowl on top. If you need a little less to prevent overflow that’s ok, but you may need to add water part way through so be sure to check the water level frequently.

  3. Add the shea butter, coconut oil, zinc, and beeswax to the bowl and set the heat to low heat.

  • Stir until the mixture has completely melted at which point you can add the cannabis grind to the bowl.

  • Simmer while mixing for 30 minutes and do not allow the pot to go dry or the water to overflow. This is the stage where you are extracting the beneficial cannabinoids and infusing the mixture. Heating will also activate the THCA into THC which has a much more potent effect.

  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow a few minutes to cool while you prepare to filter it. To create a filter, you will take the fine mesh screen and place it over one of the bowls and line it with one layer of cheesecloth.

  • Once the pot has cooled enough to handle it safely, you can slowly pour the mixture through the cheesecloth to remove any plant materials when it has finished straining finish by lifting the layer of cheesecloth while folding it to keep the plant matter inside and squeeze it to collect any remaining liquid.

  • Take a fresh layer of cheesecloth and strain the solution a second time into a clean bowl. This will ensure that your sunscreen isn't gritty.

  • Now add your lavender essential oils and mix well. The lavender is more for its aromatic effects so isn’t necessary to use any if you don’t enjoy the smell.

  • Pour the filtered liquid into a resealable bottle for storage. Let stand for at least three hours to give it time to set before you use it.

  • Cannabis recipes for pain

    While this homemade cannabis sunscreen lotion is excellent for protecting yourself against the harmful effects of the sun, it also contains beneficial properties to be used as an after burn cream. Use the recipe posted above and substitute aloe for zinc for one of the best all natural cannabis recipes for pain from burns.

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