How To Make Cannabis-infused Lotions
Revolutionary is a pretty big word but can definitely be used in the context of cannabis-infused lotions and balms. They provide medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effect of THC.
It’s the daily routine of many cannabis connoisseurs around the world: Grinding up weed, and then packing it into a spliff, bong or vaporizer. Smoking a well-built spliff or blunt, is equally amazing but as time progresses, new modes of consumption are getting more popular. We’re not talking about concentrates or edibles, the newest thing out there are cannabis-infused creams. They provide new methods to take advantage of the endocannabinoid system, without the necessity of smoking or digesting cannabis directly.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE CANNABIS-INFUSED LOTIONS?
Cannabis lotions are getting used by more and more people with health problems who want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, without the psychoactive effect of THC. Researchers came up with the idea of applying cannabinoids directly to the skin of the affected area of the body, to get relief to where it’s desired. This can be achieved by using cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils. They work transdermal, meaning that they get absorbed by the skin. These transdermal ways of using medicinal cannabis can mean vast improvements for patients who rely on effectiveness when treating their individual health problem.
HOW CANNABIS-INFUSED LOTIONS WORK
Transdermal methods of using cannabinoids activate CB2 receptors that can be found throughout the entire body. These receptors can be stimulated by the endocannabinoid system itself but also respond to CBD and THC when they’re directly applied to the skin. The person who uses a cannabis-infused lotion, which has a certain level of THC in it in most cases, to a hurting knee for example, will not feel the typical “high” that is well-known and often appreciated when using other forms of consumption.
Most cannabis lotions are not made to breach the bloodstream and therefore don’t allow cannabinoids to reach the corresponding receptors in our brains. What sounds like a disadvantage to enthusiastic potheads is actually a small revolution for people who use cannabis as a form of alternative treatment.
Being completely stoned is probably not the worst side effect ever but it makes sense to think about the people who want to use cannabis in a medicinal context. They still want to live their normal lives, drive their cars, work in their jobs, and care for their families. This is kind of the goal from the beginning. Even hardcore stoners will admit that it’s sometimes better to do stuff not being high. When cannabis-infused lotions put us in the position of choosing the time span, when we want to medicate ourselves, and when we want to get incredibly stoned, why not give them a chance?
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS THAT CAN BE TREATED WITH LOTIONS?
It doesn't make sense to apply cannabis-infused balms or lotions to a gunshot wound. Not that we encounter serious health problems like this on a daily basis but it’s better to be precise when talking about the medicinal value of this plant. In general terms, lotions are being used for localized pain relief. There is a whole spectrum of diseases or smaller health problems that can be successfully treated with creams and oils. This doesn't necessarily mean that cannabis is the ideal treatment method for all these diseases. Please keep this in mind.
Medical conditions and symptoms:
• Local pain (including chronic pain)
• Tension and inflammation (the cause of Arthritic pain)
• Muscle soreness
• Psoriasis & Dermatitis (skin issues)
QUICK GUIDE TO MAKE CANNABIS-INFUSED BALM
Why wait for the pharmaceutical industry when we can make cannabis-infused lotions ourselves? Although we don’t have the possibilities of multi-national companies when it comes to the accurate production of medicine, but we can still try to do what others are obviously afraid of doing. From a technical point of view, the production is very similar with producing cannabis-infused butter. If you know how to make cannabutter, you pretty much know how to make lotions. Don’t use this balm to treat serious diseases that should be examined and treated by a medical expert.
Here is a link to a blog that dives deeper into the matter of producing cannabutter.
INGREDIENTS, EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTION PROCESS
• 250-500ml of Coconut Oil (or any other oil that’s rich and heavy)
• 15-30g of dried cannabis blossoms
• Cooking pot
• A cheese cloth (or any kind of fine mesh material)
• Beeswax, shea butter or other medicinal oils (customize texture and flavours!)
• Storage containers
Growers and cannabis enthusiasts who are familiar with the production of delicious home-made cannabutter, basically just have to substitute butter for oil. The process itself is rather simple: Pour your coconut oil in a cooking pot and gently increase the temperature. Grind your buds until you have a rather fine blend and add them to your pre-heated oil. Let this mix simmer for 1-12 hours.
Aim for a simmering at low temperatures over a long time-span. You should invest at least one hour to give the cannabinoids a chance to bind to the fat. The more time, the better! It’s a trial and error process and you will get better results with every time.
When you think that your oil is potent enough, you can let it cool down and filter it through a cheese cloth or any fine mesh material that separates plant matter and oil.
The last part is customization. It’s best to be creative when adding that little extra ingredient to your cannabis-infused balm. Some people use things like beeswax, shea butter, or various other ingredients that soften the skin and maybe provide some kind of medicinal value.
Be the scientist you always wanted to be and remember that there are folks out there who know what they’re doing when treating diseases, at least most of the time. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor when things are looking serious!