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making cbd salve

Making cbd salve

When cannabis salve or medicated topicals are applied to our skin, the THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present in the solution penetrate the skin to bind and activate our localized endocannabinoid receptors. They won’t enter the bloodstream however, so topically-applied salve will not get you “high”.

Lather up! Apply a thin, even layer to the affected area. You should start to feel the results within 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the severity of your issue and strength of your salve. Repeat several times per day as needed.


If you aren’t familiar with the term, decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis at an ideal time and temperature to transform raw cannabinoid compounds from their “acid” form to more active and potent versions. For example, CBDA and THCA are changed into CBD and THC respectively. Decarboxylation naturally occurs when cannabis is smoked or vaporized, but it needs to be accomplished by other means when using cannabis in oil or salves – such as by heating it in the oven. (Read more about decarboxylation here)

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When stored in ideal cool and dark conditions, homemade cannabis salve should last up to a year. The potency will only slightly decrease during this time. I try to use clean hands when I dig into my salve jars, to avoid introducing any contamination that could make it potentially mold or spoil faster. You could also use a salve spoon.

Making cbd salve

If you have access to raw cannabis flower or CBD flower, it is easy to prepare your own oil at home, and it will allow you to choose which floral botanicals you want for your infusion.

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I’ve included ingredients like peppermint and tea tree oil to help open the pores, arnica, and lemongrass to provide deep relaxation, and beeswax and full-spectrum hemp extract to revive the skin.

Salve Made With Cannabis-Infused Oil

CBD concentrate is legal in most states and can be purchased online, and THC concentrate can be purchased at a dispensary in a legal state.

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Though people often think of cannabis as an intoxicating substance, these salves will not have any psychoactive effects because they don’t penetrate the bloodstream.

Learn more about the soothing properties of cannabis salves, how they may help to relieve some of your most unwanted symptoms like pain, inflammation, dry skin, and itchiness, and get the recipe to make your very own cannabis salve at home.