Crafting Your Own Cannabis-Infused Lotion: A Step-by-Step Guide

Cannabis-infused lotions have gained popularity for their potential therapeutic benefits, offering a soothing solution for a variety of skin concerns. By harnessing the power of cannabinoids and combining them with nourishing oils, you can create your own cannabis lotion at home. In this article, we’ll walk you through a simple recipe to make your cannabis lotion that’s perfect for relaxation and relief.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 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)

Step 1: Decarboxylate Your Cannabis

  1. Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread your ground, dried cannabis evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. When the oven is preheated, place the baking sheet with cannabis inside and let it decarboxylate for 25-30 minutes. This step activates the cannabinoids in the cannabis.

Step 2: Infuse the Oils

  1. While your cannabis is in the oven, place the coconut oil (and optional olive oil) in a saucepan or double boiler over low heat. Stir continuously to prevent burning.
  2. After decarboxylating, remove the cannabis from the oven and mix it into the heated coconut oil. Maintain low heat and stir the mixture for an additional 20-25 minutes.

Note: Be cautious with the heat, especially when using a saucepan. Excessive heat can scorch the cannabis and reduce the oil’s potency, particularly when using olive oil, which has a lower smoke point.

  1. After infusing the oils, remove the mixture from heat.

Step 3: Strain the Mixture

  1. Pour the infused oil mixture through a cheesecloth into a clean jar. This step removes any plant material, leaving you with a smooth oil.

Step 4: Add Beeswax and Essential Oils

  1. In the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is completely melted.
  2. Slowly add the previously infused coconut oil into the melted beeswax while stirring.
  3. If desired, add a few drops of your chosen essential oil (lavender, peppermint, or tea tree oil) to enhance the aroma and therapeutic properties of your lotion. Stir well to combine.

Step 5: Store Your Cannabis-Infused Lotion

  1. Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed and have cooled slightly, pour the mixture into containers suitable for your infused salve. Small jars or tins work well.
  2. Allow the lotion to cool and solidify before sealing the containers with lids.

Crafting your own cannabis-infused lotion is a rewarding and therapeutic experience. By following this simple recipe, you can create a homemade cannabis lotion that may offer relaxation and relief for various skin concerns. Remember to start with a small amount when using your lotion, as the potency can vary based on the strain of cannabis used. Enjoy the benefits of this natural skincare remedy, and experiment with different essential oils to find your perfect blend.

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