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How to make your own DIY cannabis topicals

April 27, 2017
The incredible health benefits and seemingly endless uses for cannabis are still being discovered, but one of the most prominent new trends is the emergence of cannabis-infused topicals.

Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been shown to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because topicals are applied directly to the skin, they won’t get you high, which means they’re a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can’t responsibly consume cannabis to relieve painful symptoms.

Making your own cannabis-infused topical lotions and salves is not as difficult as you might think. If you’ve ever made cannabis-infused butter or oil, the recipe is remarkably similar and can be used in a variety of ways.

How to make a basic cannabis salve


  • 7-10 grams of ground, dried cannabis
  • 1 ½ cups of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (optional)
  • 1/3 cup beeswax
  • 1 baking sheet
  • 1 saucepan (or double boiler)
  • 1 jar
  • 1 cheesecloth
  • A few drops of essential oil (your choice)

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Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your dried ground cannabis on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, decarboxylate your cannabis in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

While your cannabis is in the oven, place your coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat and stir continuously.

Remove your decarboxylated cannabis from the oven and mix it into the coconut oil. Maintain a low heat and continue stirring the cannabis and oil mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.


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Note: Keep the heat very low, especially when using a saucepan and not a double boiler–if the heat gets too high, you’ll scorch the cannabis and burn off the THC, decreasing the oil’s potency. This is especially pertinent if you’re using olive oil in your recipe, as olive oil has a lower smoke point than other oils.

After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.


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In the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is melted. As the beeswax melts, slowly add the infused coconut oil.

You can also add essential oils to your mixture–we recommend lavender, peppermint, or tea tree oils. Just a few drops will do.

Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer into containers for your infused salve.

How to make a cannabis-infused lotion or cream

In order to make your salve into an infused lotion or cream, add:

  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter

To increase the fluidity of your cream, increase the amount of olive oil (or any other kind of oil–we recommend vitamin E oil or almond oil) in your mixture.

Keep in mind that your lotion will still be fairly thick, so we don’t recommend trying to put it in a lotion pump.

If you’re not sure what containers to use, many containers used for cannabis flower can also be used for topicals and lotions. Our personal favorite is the classic 4 oz. glass canning jar, easily bought in bulk and useful for a number of purposes.


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And there you have it!

Your cannabis salve won’t last forever, but storing it in a cool, dark place will help preserve its longevity. Just rub salve on the affected area, and sit back and relax while the activated THC works magic on your aches and pains.

Other creative ideas:

  • Tinted lip balm: Adding frozen raspberries to your coconut oil and beeswax mixture is a quick and easy way to make your own naturally-tinted lip balm.
  • Flavored lip balm: A teaspoon of honey will add sweetness to your balm, and if you’re feeling adventurous, try a teaspoon of cocoa powder for chocolate-flavored lips.
  • Arthritis relief: If you suffer from arthritis or other aches and pains, consider adding a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for effective pain relief. Be careful, however, and keep any cayenne-infused lotions (or lotion-covered hands) away from your eyes.
  • Headache relief balm: If you suffer from migraines, making a headache relief balm is fairly simple. Just add 15 to 20 drops each of peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus oil to your coconut and beeswax mixture. Apply sparingly to your temple and the nape of your neck for best results.
  • Calming sleep balm: Add dried rose petals and chamomile oil or tea leaves for a calm, relaxing balm. Apply to the soles of your feet before bedtime for a soothing sleepytime aid.

Have you ever created your own cannabis-infused lotion or balm? Share your recipe in the comments!

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  • Paul

    I have a small hydroponic set up at home to grow my own cannabis. I have been making my own pain salves, etc for a few years for myself and family and close friends. I find that applying the pain salve directly to the pain points actually work better and faster than smoking or eatables.

    • kafff

      How do you know the strength of the oil you are adding into each salve?

      • Paul

        I have a formula that I can’t find at the moment; but will find it sometime this week and post it here for you.

        • tatie

          update? would be much appreciated!

      • Paul

        Here’s how to do it:

        1 gram of cannabis = 1000 milligrams

        10% of 1000 milligrams is 100 milligrams

        This means that, assuming we are using “average” marijuana, one gram of cannabis contains 100 milligrams of THC.

        Are you with me so far?

        Next, let’s calculate how many milligrams are in a batch of marijuana butter.

        As an example, let’s say I used one ounce (equaling 28 grams) of average quality marijuana to make one cup of butter. That would mean 2800 milligrams of THC went into that one cup of butter.

        Moving on, the amount of THC in a given recipe will depend on the amount of butter used.

        If I used 1/2 cup of that butter to make a batch of 36 cookies, then 

the entire batch would contain 1400 milligrams. Divide 1400 mg by the number of servings, in this case 36, to determine that each cookie will contain about 38.8 milligrams of THC.

        • Aaron

          Thanks for this, great breakdown. I use the good trim for my oils I usually increase the amount I use 2,3 oz vs 1oz bud and its strong.. This gives me an idea of potency finally!

          • Paul

            I also use my trim. 3 oz (85.5 gr) of trim to 1.5 lb butter for eatables or coconut oil for topicals and capsules. I save my bud for smoking; although if I find I can grow a high potency CBD strain I’ll most likely use the whole plant, trim and bud, so if / when that happens I won’t even need to trim it. 🙂 Good luck.

          • Bonnie Churcher

            How much coconut oil?

          • Paul

            3 cups should yield 2 cups.

          • jay cee

            Look into fresh frozen if you are making extracts 🙂 Even better than not trimming, not drying and/or curing!

        • DoktorJones

          You should contact a local lab and see if they can do testing for you. If you make all your recipes off the same plant, while potency will vary from batch to batch, a tested value should give you at least a +/-10% variance (e.g. if 1 gram tests at 100mg THC, most batches should be 90-110mg per gram). Modern strains are often much more potent than the old “10%” standby, so testing — at least once, for a baseline — is important.

          It can be costly (~$50 in MA) but will help make your recipes more accurate. Some labs may also offer personal and/or hardship discounts (if you’re not selling/manufacturing for anything other than your own use) so the cost of testing may actually be somewhat reasonable, especially as a one-off expense.

        • RyzinRico

          Thanks! That was the first logical and complete explanation of measuring THC and dosing.

    • Teresa Tschirhart

      Do you have a recipe for pain sauve I am making my own for the first time. or a site where I can look up recipe.

    • Elle

      Hey there
      Do you add essential oils to your salve? If so, what kind?
      I’m researching all this as I want to try making a salve on my own but have no real recipe per se. So far it looks like coconut oil and beeswax are the most common ingredients but now I see aloe gel and olive oil can be added as well (I cant help but think that would make it oily on skin?).
      Any help/advice/tips/critiques most appreciated.

      • Harry Baldwin

        I use…..
        28 grams decarbed marijuana
        1 1/2 cups coconut oil
        1/3 cup olive oil (this is optional but I use it)
        1/3 cup beeswax
        and I usually add either peppermint or lavender essential oil. a few drops or a lot. up to you really.

        melt the coconut oil with olive oil. Add decarbed marijuana. keep on low heat for a minimum of 30 minutes. I usually do it longer, 60-90 minutes but keep the heat low so you do not burn off any ingredients. Using a double boiler is better. drain through a cheese cloth into jars. melt your beeswax then add the infused oil and mix thoroughly. done.

  • hans

    thank you leafly for everything.

  • Richard

    Using your recipe, how do you determine the CBD strength,
    If your cannabis is average at 10% THC, is there a calculator to determine the CBD strength?

    • kafff

      I was thinking the same thing. Anyone have the answer?

    • AntiSJW_Warrior

      The amount of CBD depends on the strain you use. I try to use as close to a 1 to 1 ratio as possible. If I can’t find a high enough CBD strain I’ll supplement it with hemp extract. I always use a full spectrum extract. I myself use Charlotte’s Web Everyday Advanced in Olive Oil. That one contains 50 MG of CBD per 1 ML of oil plus the other 80 cannabinoids. I noticed when using a high 1 to 1 ratio my pain goes away and so does my swelling. I also don’t decarboxylate a portion of the cannabis so my topical can have THC-A & CBD-A. These have been shown to help with pain and have great anti inflammatory properties.

      • Richard


  • Debbie Gatner

    I am making for an 18 year old with severe jaw/migraine issues…she is reacting to coconut oil on face…what is another suggestion to make a lotion minus the oil….is there any substitute. Thank you

    • AntiSJW_Warrior

      Hi Debbie, you should be able to replace coconut oil with more olive or peanut oil. If they are allergic to peanuts as well then only use olive oil. You can use half virgin and half refined olive oil to cut costs. I make a couple batches for migraines too. One of them I’ll put something with capsicum. I blend part of the oil with cayenne or even hotter peppers. I then apply a light amount in the back of my neck, shoulders temple or forehead. Just please wear gloves! My other back has rosemary and peppermint or lavender. When using additional herbs, I’ll blend it with the oil and put it in my slow cooker on low for the shortest time on it. I know this will work as much for your loved one as it has for me.

    • Aaron

      Shea or coco butter are thick, or try a raw shea butter. other base oils like almond or jojoba. Look up other salve or lotion base recipes, just choose any base oil to infuse with the cannabis.

      If it’s too thin try whipping the oil or shea with a mixer (like making a salad dressing) it will emulsify and thicken.
      Also make sure it’s not any of the essential oils or their strength, sometimes people can be sensitive or oils can be strong

    • infp61

      Hi Debbie, if the reaction is acne/breakouts, Shea butter (despite its name) and almond oils are both low on the comedogenic scale. You can google for lists of oils and their ratings. There are lots to choose from. Hope that helps.

    • I know this comment is old, but hopefully it is still helpful to you and others…

      After doing extensive research on the different butters out there, and a lot of trial and error… I’ve created a miracle cream (that I still can’t believe I actually created lol) and my recipe includes 7 different healing butters, 4 different carrier oils, herbal oils, essential oils, and then the medicated part of it. And it has changed my life! (I have a very severe nerve condition called CRPS)

      If you’re looking for something to use on your face, I highly suggest Tamanu Butter, a little bit of kokum butter, beeswax, medicated infused oil, and essential oils together. You can find everything on amazon ☺️. If you’re infusing your own oil, you can use olive oil as the base instead of coconut oil… and add that to the butters.
      Tamanu Butter (or oil) is known for its healing abilities on acne (and not clogging up pores), it’s uber soft, and it absorbs really well! And both Tamanu and kokum butter helps relieve inflammation and pain. 😬

      • Jibsman

        Would you mind sharing your recipe?

      • Lisa Cleveland Horstman

        Hi Heather,
        I couldn’t believe it when I saw your comment. I was looking for a good salve to make I also have CRPS. The beast of a disease. Would you please share your recipe? I could really use the extra relief. Thank you so much.

      • eje99

        Hello Heather,

        It’s been awhile since you posted this, but I thought I’d reach out to you anyway. I make a balm that works well for my arthritis, but my sister also has RSD and I’m trying to come up with something that will be more effective for her. Would you mind sharing the recipe for your miracle cream?

      • NewEra2014

        Hi Healther,
        I ordered CBD daily cream from ebay but thr cream has very bad fragance that makes me cough. I would like to know where i will buy the cbd with fragance free and how mis cbd oil and my own cream together? I has the cream without fragance.



        • anonomyssy

          I’m not an expert, but if I was you, I’d buy a high potency CBD oil and add it to whatever lotion or cream you like.

        • TONY JACOB

          I totally agree. Buy a high dose of CBD and THC oil and then mix it in with your favourite cream. Problem solved.

      • anonomyssy

        Jojoba is also great for not clogging pores, its an oil, so won’t harden.

      • Kay Essex

        I suffer from migraines n tmj… you willing to share your recipe?

    • Shelly

      Try emu oil as your carrier for facial applications. It’s great for facial skin, plus it delivers the cannabis deeper into the skin than any other oil as it more closely matches the lipids found in our skin. I use 50% infused coconut oil and 50% emu oil, mix over double boiler until melted, apply as muscle rub, it will be greasy at first, but the emu oil absorbs into the skin so fast, the greasiness goes away in a few minutes. The emu oil also has great SPF properties, it’s been known to prevent burns when applied prior to radiation treatments, it’s antibacterial, and so much more. Cannabis infused emu oil is literally all you need. When ingested emu oil relieves arthritis pain too. It’s just as amazing as cannabis itself.

  • Aaron

    Great recipe. So easy, and that base can be used to make many different things

  • Deb Rogers

    Is there a particular reason for adding the beeswax and olive oil? I just went with straight coconut oil and the prepped trim. Coconut oil goes back to solid state and I will/am using it like that as an arthritis salve for knee.

    • Veronica

      Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees and tends to melt at higher temps during the summer. You are able to keep it in the fridge for it to remain solid. The purpose of the bees wax is to allow it to remain solid and shelf stable at higher temperatures.

  • Bsmama15

    About how many 4oz jars does this recipe make?

    • Becky Olsen

      I just made it. It makes 4 4oz jars.

  • Clinton Edwards

    Could i buy a lotion base and add the canna to it?

    • Kacy74

      I’m going to try this with glycerin based tincture. I’ll let you know if it works.

      • Kacy74

        I used half of a seven ounce jar of Scentsy essential oils cream and one dropper full of tincture. It worked very quickly to relieve pain in my hands by just applying like any other hand cream. I am amazed.

  • Linda Marron

    Sometimes my cream comes out grainy. The first time it happened, I thought I may have ground my cannabis too fine. The next batch I was sure not to do that, but it turned out a bit gritty again. Thoughts anyone?

    • Taylor H.

      I don’t grind my herb at all and that helps with the grit issue. Also make sure to use a very fine mesh or cheese cloth to strain your herbs.

      • Linda Marron

        Thanks Taylor H! I do use cheesecloth. I THINK I got the grit from dribbling more essential oil in the jars as they cooled. I re-softened the cream and there was no grit after it cooled.

        • Did you use Shea butter?
          Some butters (especially Shea) get gritty after they’ve melted a little bit and then solidifies again.

          It’s an easy fix though! like you mentioned,simply melt the lotion completely and then put in the refrigerator until it starts to solidify. And from there you can either whip it for a creamy consistency or keep it as is, like a salve. 💁🏼

          If you enjoy making it, I highly recommend playing around with the different healing butters out there. Especially ones like Kokum butter, Mango Butter, illipe butter, and other exotic ones! The healing benefits are truly amazing 😉.

  • Jeralyn

    My husband follows the recipe above except he uses more marijuana and we use Lavender essential oil and pepermint.

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have days where my muscles spasm and ache so bad that its difficult to even get out of bed. I use it daily and it does make a difference. I do not take any pain medication besides Tylenol and ibuprofen. I was very skeptical at first but had heard so many people in my fibro support group say how much it had helped them we looked into buying some already made but found it expensive and the consistency of oil that would just run everywhere and leave you feeling greasy. The leafly recipe above is a lotion we keep it refrigerated and i take out a small portion and keep on hand at all times.
    We decided to let others try it as well and it has helped my sons acne my husband ezcema my fathers wound that would not heal and also those with arthritis or other muscle aches and pains.
    I honestly don’t know what i would do without my lotion!

    • Glas2wlk

      Do you think this would help my nurompath, I’m in so much pain I can’t function any more.

    • Marci Read

      How does it help with your sons acne?? I’m 44 yrs old with acne like a teenager.

      • Jeralyn

        My son gets really bad acne on his neck chest and back he applies it and within days he notices a huge difference. It also works foe eczema muscle aches impetago sores it is amazing stuff.

        • Marci Read

          Was it this recipe he used for his acne??

          • Jeralyn

            – 28 grams of ground, dried cannabis
            – 1 ½ cups of coconut oil
            – 1/3 cup beeswax
            – A few drops of essential oil (your choice) We use Lavender and Peppermint
            – 1 cup aloe vera gel
            – 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
            – 2 tablespoons shea butter
            – My husband also decarboxylates the marijuana

          • Marci Read

            Do you have the receipt for these ingredients??sry for all the questions just want to make sure I don’t mess things up.

          • Jeralyn

            Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your dried ground cannabis on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, decarboxylate . your cannabis in the oven for 25-30 your coconut oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat and stir continuously.

            Remove your decarboxylated cannabis from the oven and mix it into the coconut oil. Maintain a low heat and continue stirring the cannabis and oil mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.

            After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.

            the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is melted. As the beeswax melts, slowly add the infused coconut oil.

            – 1 cup aloe vera gel
            – 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
            – 2 tablespoons shea butter

            You can also add essential oils to your mixture

            Then pour into jars you may have to stir as it cools. The first time we made it it looked as if it was separating but that’s not the case we usually pour into large Mason Jar

          • Johnnh b

            I tried your recipe and I think I screwed it up…not sure yet, I used banana boat aloe vera gel and not sure if that was ok but the whole mess looked curdled when it was mixed in, I poured it and now I am waiting for it to cool. Starting to look better. and I am mixing it as it cools. How many drops of lavender oil and peppermint do you use in the above recipe? any advice is good.
            Thank you

  • PigMama

    Has anyone had issues using this recipe and adding the aloe Vera to it?

    • RaePhillips

      no I used aloe vera and then blended it in my bullet it turned out great so far so good

  • bradf57

    My question is if you double the amount of cannabis to the salve mixture will it be stronger or would it be a waste? Not sure if there is a point where it basically tops out or not. The reason I ask is I have neuropathy and I use it on my feet which is the worst.

    • Erin Walsh

      I’m going to be making this tonight for an uncle who has neuropathy and my mom who has rheumatoid arthritis. I’m going to be using trim but plan on going heavy with it. Did you end up making it and if so what were the results? Thanks!

      • bradf57

        No I haven’t yet. My crop is still in bloom mode for about two months more. So it will be a while yet. What I have now is the stuff you buy at the dispensary. Which helps for sure, but since this is my official first grow and was wondering if you double the amount if it will make it stronger. Somethings do top out after so much then it’s a waste and don’t want to waste any. I was planning on mixing bud and trim to make it with.

  • BaggerB

    Hi all, I’m wondering about the best way of making a pain and inflammation reducing cream/lotion as I’ve been reading lots of stuff recently about the benefits of both decarboxylised and non-decarboxylised cannabinoids. I’ve read that CBD twinned with THCA is a great combination but surely that’s means using a mixture of cannabis right? One lot that’s high in CBD and low in THC that’s been decarboxylised as well as another lot that has an equal measure of CBD and THC that isn’t decarboxylised. Does that sound right or am I missing something? Thanks

  • Estelle Walker

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL and best quality cbd oil cream? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

  • RaePhillips

    I just made this I used aloe vera jel I used a product made from using cannibus and Ice 1 gram . I kept the temp warm then I mixed it in my bullet . I got 10 oz of a creamy yellow cream I haven’t added scent yet but it looks and feels great. doing a self test for results I was thinking of adding arnica jel to it any pros cons about the arnica

    • K.Bruns

      I used Arnica oil in my latest topical, along with other essential oils for pain relief. Everyone that has tried it is hooked on it for a natural pain reliever. I would suggest to make a small batch and try it for yourself. The nice part about making your own remedy is the addition of other helpful ingredients.

      • Michelle

        What other essential oils do you use for your pain relief lotion and how much do you use in each batch?


        • K.Bruns

          I’ve done research on all the oils that help with pains and aches and use all of them 🙂 If you use high quality oils, you use very small amounts of each so a little goes a long way. I average 7-8 different oils in a batch of 16 ounces. Lately I’ve been making my topical with high amounts of CBD oil added. If you look at what dispensaries sell, the milligram content is very low per ounce. My mix is almost 5x as much CBD per/ml and works very well. You just have to experiment and tweek the recipe as you go. Hope this helps.

  • Sarah

    Is it possible to make a salve with cannabis oil instead of the buds? Strength 500mg

  • Cressida

    Hi – not a fan of using beeswax in the salve. Is this absolutely necessary?
    Can I substitute something else.

    • I would try shea butter. It’s also pretty thick but it has great staying power and is non-comedogenic (doesn’t cause acne.) I buy it at my local health food store.

  • Nuna

    I want to make this for my back pain but I’m guessing as a lotion I probably wouldn’t pass a drug test right?

  • Gene Salvetti

    I used your salve recipe, adding the olive oil, but infused with rosemary first. It is an absolute miracle for the pain my wife experiences with bone cancer. Also the best thing my sore legs have found. A couple of friends tried a sample and wanted more. Pain disappears within moments. Goodbye IcyHot. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Hunter Mansilla

    Guys can I skip the aloe gel and sub for more shea? Im about to try now someone helppp

  • Kyle Wayne

    You shouldn’t decarb your cannibis when you make topicals. THCA is actually a better anti inflammatory than THC. you are not rubbing it on your skin to get high, use the best cannabinoid available.

  • bradf57

    Noob here I’m harvesting my crop as I write this. My question is on the below recipe for the salve do you dry, cure then debox or can you skip the dry and cure and just debox? The recipe states to cook the oil and cannabis mix for 25 min. Would it be better to cook longer like 45 min or more?

  • Daniel Ortega

    I find making my simple food grade vegetable glycerine make for a wonderful water soluble tincture with whatever type of flower shake you prefer, but I find Hybrid strains work best for me. I’ve used it as a lube and topical and it washes off easily.

  • Audrey

    I was told I could but my cannabis in coconut oil and let sit without putting in oven or slow cooker . Can that work for pain

  • Raven

    With regards to your body lotion recipe, Aloe vera gel is a water based product, once you introduce water into a product it requires a preservative. An emulsifier is generally used to combine the water and oil together, without using an emulsifier it will more than likely seperate and without a preservative, it will mould and grow bactaria. Instead of adding aloe vera gel, I recommend adding an aloe concentrated extract. That way you won’t require an emulsifier or a preservative, although I do recommend including a vitamin E oil as this prolongs the life of the oils and butters.

    • Kella Crider

      I make my own skincare products, and my most popular product is cold cream (made from rose water, almond oil, and beeswax). The beeswax acts as the emulsifier. However, to preserve it longer, I will sometimes add vitamin e. So I think that doing the recipe mentioned above with the beeswax could be the same way. Without vitamin e I’ve had a jar of cold cream stay good for up to 3 months. With vitamin e, it’s now going on 7 months. Hope this helps someone! Lots of love!

  • Kella Crider

    I make my own all natural skincare products. My most popular product is my ancient recipe Cold Cream. (Made the way ancient Egyptians and Greecians made it!) I would love to make some with cannabis infused olive oil or almond oil! Would I do it the same way as with coconut oil? My cold cream has helped a friend suffering from psoriasis, healed dry cracked heels, relieves sunburn, and it is great to cleanse your face! Imagine how awesome it would be if I added cannabis!
    When I get the chance, I plan on making this recipe, except into a lotion bar!

  • Lisa Cleveland Horstman

    Thank you for the recipe!

  • Irene Andersen Holland

    Can this be done with grinder dust?? If so how do you change the recipe?

  • telephone

    Can i use my shake to make my salve?

  • Robbie Riches

    I make a salve for my partner’s degenerative disc disease but it’s slightly different to this recipe. First off I never decarb as valuable terpenes and cannabinoids are vaporised. Instead I use equal volumes ground flower and coconut oil (much more flower than your recipe), and cook in a slow cooker on warm for 6 hours. This results in an extremely potent truly full spectrum high THCa oil. I weigh this, still warm, and and then add 1/4 of the total weight in olive oil and a 1/3 beeswax.

    • newstudent

      What exactly is your recipe? I have read more than in one place not to decarb for the reason you state plus it is suppose to help with anti inflammatory properties when you do not decarb. I am extremely new this harvested New York Diesel, Guava, and LukeSkyWalker.

  • Lewis

    I’m doin this now and the aloe vera gel wont dissolve either

  • Melanie

    Jeana, are you infusing your oil in a crockpot on low?

  • Chelsea

    Most recipes call for 6-8 hours of slow cooking / decarboxylation. Has anyone tried this? Does it soothe aches and pains?

  • Teri Puentes

    I bought pure undiluted CBD oil–4grams (4000mg). I want to use some of it for pain salve & some of it for sleeping. I have no clue how much to mix but want both recipes to be fairly strong so they will actually work. I already have unrefined hemp seed oil, beeswax, vitamin E & african shea butter. I’m prepared with the ingredients but don’t know how much of what to mix.

    For example, if I want to make 2500 mg of hemp/cbd oil to go in a 1 oz. tincture bottle…how much PURE cbd oil and how much hemp oil to mix per 1 oz. bottle? The bottle of CBD is really tiny but is strong.

    Secondly, if I want to make 1 oz. jars of salve for pain relief (strong) how much of the pure cbd oil should I use when mixing w/the shea butter, hemp oil, etc.?

    Please help me. 🙂

  • anonomyssy

    Dummy question, bear with me. Does it matter what part of the plant is used? Does it have to be buds, or can leaves be used too?

  • Grif T.

    I’m having a bit of an issue making all of the ingredients for the lotion to combine thoroughly, the salve mixed completely just fine, but now that I’ve introduced the cocoa butter and aloe vera, it keeps separating. Any advice?


    Handful of pure cannabis. Place in oven at 70 degrees preferably no foil but container must be closed not airtight. 30 mins. Then grind and cook at low temp without direct heat transfer with coconut oil or olive oil. minimum cooking time 4 hours. Then strain and mix with your cream of choice or use neat.

  • newstudent

    Hello I want to make some balm for arthritis (pain), should i use sativa or indica? I have NY Diesel, Guave, and LSW. I am new to the process but interested in learning. I ordered the beeswax, and mint oil, I will also add cayenne pepper. Also what grade cheesecloth is recommended? Thanks in advance for any information

  • Quick question: I’d like to add CBD to flower water for a refreshing spray mist? 1) Does this seem like a waste of oil/money to add to this kind of product? 2) if it is a good idea, what is the ratio for CBD to liquid. It would be for a 4. oz spray bottle.
    thanks in advance.

  • Aileen Lozano

    Is there a way or ingredient i can add to preserve it longer? TIA

  • Viridiana Edwards

    I have a dumb question, but I have to ask to make sure. Are the Peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus oils that you can add for migraine relief Essential oils? or what kind of oils are they?

  • brett baker

    I add extra Terps to mine. D-limonene is my favorite

  • Barbara Maher

    Need explanation of the CBD Salve recipe calling or 7-10 grams – that is like 7,000 – 10,000 mg for this entire recipe. Let says 10 grams – 10,000 mg If I wanted only 1000 mg using 10 grams and made this recipe filling10 jars i.e. 2oz ea. would that mean I have 1000mg in each of the jars? – Thanks so much