Growing and making your own medicine would be a dream, wouldn't it? We like to use our organic, home-grown CBD in a variety of ways, but making cannabis ointment is high on the list. Cannabis ointment can help reduce inflammation, Relieve skin irritation and joint pain and much more! It's also very easy to make your own cannabis ointment and customize it to suit your needs.
This article will teach you how to make cannabis ointment in 4 easy steps. You can use marijuana, hemp, high CBD, high THC, raw cannabis, decarbonized cannabis, or any combination of these with this recipe! (Depending on what's legal and available in your area, of course.) Let's talk about the benefits of each of these strains, how cannabis ointment works, and what great healing potential it has.
What is cannabis ointment?
Maybe we have to step back for a moment. How about the question: “What is an ointment?”. An ointment is simply the term for a healing solution that you apply to your skin, including creams, ointments, or balms. In general, ointments are quite thick, long-lasting, and contain nourishing oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, or others.
In our cannabis ointment recipe, we prefer to use coconut oil as it is rich in saturated fats that combine well with CBD. It's also extremely moisturizing. We also add a dash of olive oil to increase absorption and suppleness. It doesn't contain CBD flowers but CBD in oil form.
Ointments usually also contain wax or butter to bind the ingredients and make them semi-solid at room temperature. Beeswax is a popular option because it's readily available, easy to work with (especially when bought in lozenge form), and gives perfectly smooth results.
When cannabis is added as an ingredient in the ointment ... voila! You have a cannabis ointment. The most common way to add cannabis to an ointment recipe is to first make a cannabis-infused oil and then combine that with the other ointment ingredients. In our shop you can buy already finished Buy CBD oil and mix this with the ointment.
Use of decarboxylated or raw cannabis in the ointment
How about a bit of both?
In case you are unfamiliar with the term, decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis at an ideal time and temperature to convert raw cannabinoid compounds from their “acidic” form to more active and potent versions. For example, CBDA and THCA are converted to CBD and THC, respectively. Decarboxylation occurs naturally when cannabis is smoked or vaporized, but it needs to be achieved in other ways when cannabis is used in oil or ointments - for example, by heating it in the oven.
The medicinal benefits of decarboxylated THC and CBD are well documented. Both are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, high in antioxidants, relieve pain, relax muscles, and suppress tumor growth. This is especially true when they are used together and working together in what is known as the "entourage effect". THC is a particularly powerful analgesic (pain reliever). CBD has even wider healing options and can help with seizures, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis. That said, we definitely want to take advantage of these benefits and are using decarburized cannabis in this ointment recipe!
On the other hand, new studies show that raw THCA and CBDA have some pretty great benefits too. THCA shows promising ability to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, arthritis, and cancer. CBDA also fights inflammation and tumor growth.
In addition to CBD and THC, there are dozens of other compounds in cannabis that can provide individual, interactive, or synergistic benefits, including phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. It should be noted that THC is psychoactive and CBD is not, although that is not a major factor in making a cannabis ointment intended for topical use only.
With all of this in mind, we like to use both decanted and raw organic cannabis (which contains both THC and CBD) to create a well-rounded, ultra-healing, full-spectrum finished product.
What can cannabis ointment be used for?
Cannabis ointment is excellent for alleviating many ailments! First of all, coconut oil and olive oil are extremely nourishing on their own - so you will get plenty of moisture from your ointment to heal dry, cracked, or otherwise irritated skin. Adding a few drops of essential oils to your ointment will also benefit you from aromatherapy.
The healing properties of your homemade cannabis ointment can vary slightly depending on the type of cannabis you are using. In general, cannabis ointment can be used to treat or relieve the following ailments:
- Rashes, itching, or other skin irritation
- General inflammation
- Sore joints
- Muscle discomfort
- Irregular cell growth (e.g. in skin cancer cells)
Personally, I like to rub my tense and sore neck muscles, shoulders, wrists, knees, elbows, ankles, soles of the feet and behind the ears with a small cannabis ointment.
How does this work?
Did you know we all have an endocannabinoid system? Yes, exactly. Just like we have an endocrine system, an immune system, a digestive system, and so on. Our bodies have natural receptors that are literally created to interact with cannabinoid compounds. This includes the body's own, naturally synthesized cannabinoids as well as those from external sources - such as those from marijuana or hemp. Interesting, isn't it?
When cannabis ointment or medicinal topicals are applied to our skin, the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids contained in the solution penetrate the skin to bind and activate our localized endocannabinoid receptors. However, they do not get into the bloodstream, so topical ointment will not get you "high".
How to make homemade CBD ointment
- 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis (ground or torn into small pieces)
- 1½ cups of coconut oil OR 1½ cups of pre-infused cannabis coconut oil
- Optional: 5 grams of raw cannabis, dried and hardened.
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1/3 cup beeswax pastilles (vegan option: replace with the same amount of organic soy wax, candelilla wax, or carnauba wax)
- Optional: essential oils of your choice. Tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, lemon or eucalyptus are good choices!
- Optional: 1 tablespoon of shea butter or 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil for extra antioxidants and moisture
- A double boiler or a makeshift double boiler - e.g. B. a Pyrex glass bowl or a stainless steel bowl that is on top of a pot with water underneath
- Cheesecloth (if your cannabis oil is not already made)
- Mixing bowl
- Glass jars or jars of ointment for storage
- Recommended: probe thermometer
Makes: About 2 cups of the finished ointment
Notes: If you want to shrink or enlarge this recipe: The general rule of thumb for ointment is to use about 1 part beeswax in 4 or 5 parts of oil, including coconut and olive oils. Since we are using pure coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, we can get by with less beeswax and the ointment will still set well. If you're using a different carrier oil that is liquid at room temperature, either skip the extra 1/3 cup of olive oil mentioned above, or increase the amount of beeswax lozenges to 1/2 cup.
Step 1: decarboxylate your cannabis
If you haven't already, the first step is to decarboxylate the cannabis you plan to use in this ointment recipe. Or at least part of it if you want to use some raw material too.
Crush or tear the cannabis into fairly small pieces. Spread it evenly on a baking sheet and heat it in the oven at 120 ° C for 25-30 minutes.
Step 2: make cannabis oil and strain
When making cannabis oil, it is important not to overheat it. Since we're with already decarboxylated Starting cannabis, a lower temperature will preserve the already active THC and CBD levels as well as the terpenes. Avoid heating above 90 ° C. 50 ° C to 80 ° C are better.
This is where a double boiler comes into play! Even on the smallest flame, it is much more difficult to heat the oil in a saucepan directly on the stove to avoid overheating and it can create “hot spots” that destroy our precious cannabinoids.
I suggest monitoring the temperature of the oil with a probe thermometer if possible. Since oils have a higher boiling point (or "smoke point") than water, the oil doesn't appear to be as hot as it really is! For example, the oil can be well over 100 degrees but not bubbling and boiling visibly like water at the same temperature would.
Steps to Make Cannabis Infused Oil:
Put water in the lower pot of your double boiler. Now add 1,5 cups of coconut oil to the top of the double boiler. Heat it until it melts.
Stir 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis into the melted oil. You can also add a few grams of raw, ground cannabis if you want.
Heat the cannabis and oil over low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check the temperature with a probe thermometer and adjust the heat as needed to keep the oil below 90 ° C. We aim for a temperature range of around 50 ° C to 65 ° C and let the oil steep for an hour.
When the time is up, line a colander with cheesecloth and place it over a glass bowl. Pour the mixture of cannabis and oil through the strainer. Gather the cheesecloth and gently squeeze the excess oil out of the cannabis. Warning: the oil will be hot and your hands will be greasy! You may want to wear food grade gloves.
Put the strained cannabis oil aside for now. It will soon be added to the ointment mixture.
Step 3: mixing the ointment ingredients
Just like in the last step, we want to avoid overheating the cannabis oil to preserve the cannabinoids. If you are using already solidified, cannabis infused coconut oil, I recommend mixing everything again in a water bath (since you will have to heat it longer and hotter to melt your oil again).
On the other hand, if you've just made your cannabis oil and it's still liquid, you can do this step right in a saucepan on the stove - keeping the heat as low as possible once the cannabis coconut oil is added.
In either a saucepan or a double boiler, add ⅓ cup of beeswax. Heat it until it is completely melted. Now turn the heat down to low. Then stir in 1,5 cups of strained cannabis coconut oil and ⅓ cup of olive oil. Now is the time to add the optional vitamin E and a few drops of the optional essential oils. Stir until everything is completely combined. Once this is the case, quickly remove the liquid ointment from the heat and transfer it to a container of your choice.
Step 4: cool down and store
When it's done, I pour the liquid ointment directly into the 60 ml jars or the 120 ml jars. You can also use these flat, wide aluminum jars for ointment. The cannabis ointment hardens when it cools, and then it's ready to use!
It is best to store the finished cannabis ointment in a cool, dark place as light will break down the cannabinoids. The amber and cobalt glasses we use block UV light, which protects the ointment if I leave it outside.
Note: Sometimes the surface of the ointment may crack a little when it cools. See the photos below. I've found that the ointment in our 2 ounce glass containers won't crack, but larger amounts can crack. This is really just an aesthetic "problem" if it bothers you. Personally, I don't mind. It disappears as soon as you start using the ointment!
However, some people don't like the appearance of the cracks - especially if the cannabis ointment is to be sold or given away. To avoid cracks settling, put the cannabis ointment in a mixing bowl before transferring it to a storage container. Just let them cool partially and set, then whip and mix them, then pour them into your containers.
Step 5: feel good
Lather up! Apply a thin, even layer to the affected area. Depending on the severity of the problem and the strength of the ointment, you should feel the first results within 5 to 20 minutes. Repeat the application several times a day as needed.
Will that make me smell like grass?
Just very easily! I think our ointment has a slight cannabis odor, but nothing overpowering. The coconut aroma also stands out. Adding essential oils to your recipe can also help mask the smell. I often apply the ointment after showering (including before work) and don't think the smell will be noticeable after half an hour or so. At least no one has ever said anything to me!
How long can cannabis ointment be kept?
With ideally cool and dark storage, the homemade cannabis ointment should be stable for up to a year. The potency will only decrease slightly during this time. I try to use clean hands when reaching into my ointment jars to avoid any contamination that could potentially make them mold or spoil more quickly. You can also use an ointment spoon.
Are you ready to make your own medicine?
Hope you found this guide useful, interesting, and informative! I also hope it helps you relieve your problem areas, whatever that may be. In conclusion, please remember to exercise caution according to local laws and always be careful with your cannabis products around curious children or pets.