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People with all kinds of ailments will definitely benefit from knowing how to make topical cannabis salve. Some of these ailments could include psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, skin rashes, and dermatitis.

When it is prepared properly, topical cannabis salve can be a soothing balm, providing regenerative, and analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties that help to decongest, repair and relax. These preparations have been around for thousands of years in the pharmaceutical business. However, with the addition of cannabis, it is proven to be even more effective.

Understanding Endocannabinoids

The human endocannabinoid system maintains homeostasis in the body. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body on the surface of cells in the brain, organs, tissues, and glands.

When stimulated by cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, THCVA, CBD-A and THC-A, these receptors produce various reactions. When topical cannabis is applied on the skin, it can provide faster healing to the affected body part. 

The Ingredients in a Topical Cannabis Salve

It is not difficult to make topical cannabis salve at home. In fact, the procedure is similar to how you make cannabutter. You have to use a fatty base to start. However, you have to make sure it is hard enough that you can store it at room temperature over several weeks or else, it will get rancid. Some of the topical cannabis salve base ingredient options include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Butter
  • Shea
  • Beeswax (butter substitute)
  • Fragrance like Frankincense or Lavender oil

The Next Step in Making a Topical Cannabis Salve

Next, you should get a large pot, mixing bowl that is heat resistant, cheesecloth for straining, wooden spoon and small jar to store the completed topical cannabis salve. The mixing bowl is where you will place all the ingredients.

To achieve the best results, it is recommended that you use about half ounce of organic cannabis to half cup of hash oil or butter. Put the fatty base into the mixing bowl and then put in the cannabis products. Half fill the pot with water and place it on your stove for heating.

As the water starts to boil, turn down the heat a little to let it simmer. Put the mixing bowl inside the pot. But make sure that water does not get over into the mixing bowl. The contents of the mixing bowl will gently heat until the fat has been completely liquefied. It is time now to use your wooden spoon to mix the liquefied content. This will allow the oil to fully infiltrate and break up the cannabis products. Let everything simmer for an hour or more.

You can also use cannabis extract and dissolve it in one of these base ingredients. If you have a Cannabis extractor, you can make your own medicinal oil base. Or you could buy quality hash oil and yield amazing results, even though; you may have to add more of the hash oil for extra concentration.

Straining Your Cannabis Balm

It is now time to use your cheesecloth or other relevant equipment to strain your cannabis balm. Once it is simmered and cooled, take the mixing bowl out of the pot and off the stove. Set the pot aside. Put the cheesecloth over the small bowl that you will use to store your topical cannabis salve.

Once strained, set it aside again to make sure that it is completely cool. After it is cooled, store it in a dark, cool place. It can be kept in storage for up to two months. You can scent it and give it as gifts in creative containers or use it when needed as an ointment, cream, or lotion.

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Did you know that you can add your salve to shampoos, skin care products and conditioners? Yes, be creative and you could have not only clean skin, but healthy hair too. Learn more about how to make topical cannabis salve and other cannabis extractions by enrolling in Cannabis Training University.

Fred Hernandez - Cannabis industry expert writer
Fred Hernandez

Fred Hernandez is a highly accomplished and versatile writer, boasting an extensive background in the cannabis industry. With an in-depth understanding of various sectors including cultivators, processors, retailers, and brands, Fred's expertise spans across the entire cannabis landscape. As a prominent contributor to CTU, he consistently delivers insightful articles exploring the latest developments, news, and regulations shaping the cannabis industry. Whether it's delving into the intricacies of cannabis products, cannabis strain reviews, or providing comprehensive analyses of cannabis laws, or sharing expert insights on cannabis cultivation techniques, Fred's wealth of knowledge positions him as an invaluable writer and educator for all cannabis-related subjects.

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