One of the great things about CBD is its versatility—you can benefit from oral use—as an oil, a tincture, a capsule, a vape or a gummy and you can benefit from using it topically to relieve muscle pain, itching, sore joints, inflammation and potentially to help treat skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, and many rashes.
Another great thing about CBD is that you can tailor your CBD to your specific needs. How? One way is by making your own topicals containing the “right” amount of CBD for you!
It can be confusing—and many people use all these terms interchangeably, but there are some differences!
First, you will need either some decarboxylated high-CBD hemp or CBD oil. The CBD infused oil is useful especially if you want to or need to know exactly how much CBD you are using. To decarboxylate cannabis, tear or mince the cannabis leaf or bud into small pieces, spread evenly onto a paper-covered baking tray or dish and heat at 250o F for 30 minutes. (the paper makes it easier to collect all the decarboxylated plant product)
To make a CBD oil, use or make a double boiler. (To make a double boiler, just have the carrier oil in a glass, temperature-resistant jar and heat the jar in about 2-3 inches of water.) Keep the temperature of the oil at about 150o F and don’t let it get hotter than 200o F—higher temperatures will increase the breakdown of the CBD and terpenes. Be careful! Even at these relatively low temperatures, the oil can burn or hurt your skin. Place 1.5 cups of coconut oil into the top of the double boiler or in the glass jar in water and start the heating process. Stir in ~10 grams of the decarboxylated hemp. Monitor the temperature to ensure it is <200o F, preferably around 150o F. Heat for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl.
Keeping either the strained mixture (coconut oil + hemp) or the CBD oil/coconut oil mixture warm (liquid), heat 1/3 cup of beeswax in either a double boiler or a glass jar in water. Use low heat and stir every once in a while. When the beeswax has completely melted add your strained mixture of the CBD oil/coconut oil mixture to the melted beeswax. Stir well and remove from heat.
Immediately pour the melted balm into your storage container and let it cool. After cooling, your new CBD balm is ready to use!
If you don’t much like the hemp odor (or just prefer another aroma) add a few drops of your favorite essential oil while the CBD balm is still a liquid (before you add it to your container). Some options for essential oils (especially useful for pain relief) are:
You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of shea butter—this will slightly “thin” the balm and may make it easier to apply.
As an additional tip, using a CBD oil will dilute the CBD somewhat, so it may be useful to start with as high a potency of CBD oil as you can. Also, you can just add CBD isolate (about 4-5 grams) to the mixture instead of the oil.
Keep these away from children under the age of 16 unless under the advice of a healthcare professional.