Medical cannabis is exponentially more than smoking a joint! A treatment that is rising in popularity is topically. Unfortunately, I find many premade topicals are way out of my budget, sometimes costing almost $30 for a 16 oz. bottle. Considering how much pain my knees, hips, and thighs are in – that won’t last long. Out of necessity, I learned to make my own. Use all organic materials if possible. **Note that these do melt in high temperatures, do don’t leave in your hot car or near electronics unless they have muscle rub insurance.**
- 1-2 oz. cannabis tincture
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup kokum butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 2 tsp. beeswax
- a 2.5 oz. tube of arnica cream
- Essential oils: clove, peppermint, wintergreen, camphor, eucalyptus, spearmint, tea tree. I proportion exactly like this and my mixture smells like cloves. While it isn’t the greatest smell, it works. I usually use 1/2 tsp. clove oil, then use less and less of each remaining ingredient.
In a double boiler on low heat, melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and kokum butter. Add the essential oils to your preference and use an electric mixer on medium for 5 minutes minimum to blend the mixture. Once the mixture cools enough to be workable but not enough to be hard, use the electric mixer to blend in the arnica cream. I usually keep this on my night stand, but am putting some in solid deodorant containers for traveling.
I order a lot of my products for making this at Mountain Rose Herbs, which is an affiliate link.
**The proportions above are my cream! If you find one ingredient doesn’t work for you, add a different one or omit. This is the beauty of making it yourself.