The proliferation of the increasing various ways of marijuana consumption has gone beyond smoking and ingestion. As we know, cannabis experts are looking to different means to imbue the medicinal properties of the herb inaccessible commodities to widen the scope of how we consume cannabis today. This is, of course, to effectively penetrate and cater to the market of cancer patients, patients with chronic illnesses or those simply looking for alternative ways to rehabilitate their own conditions.
We take a look into cannabis topicals, particularly marijuana Salves, and see how it’s made, how it works, and the medical benefits it provides the skin all the way to the rest of the body.
Salve, in the normal way of application, is similar to lotions and balms, but the defining difference is that it is sometimes embalmed with organic herbs to create the natural exfoliating experience; in this case, that herb is marijuana. With CBD being the constituent ingredient in the makeup of marijuana salves, it is quaintly the safest way to administer cannabis. ON the top of being CBD heavy, also remember that it does not penetrate the bloodstream, and hence does not necessarily induce the psychedelic high.
It is applied to the skin, that provides a soothing effect that is almost instant, and felt through our CB2 receptors. The earliest traces of marijuana salves, or cannabis topicals started as early as 2700 BC in ancient Chinese medicine for pain relief and for treating external wounds and allergies. With its uses being more therapeutic and healing in nature, it’s still very much present in this day and age. Here are some of the benefits you can get off these topicals.
Off the bat, marijuana salves were made for localized pain relief, notably administered to counter inflammation and muscle and menstrual pains. Patients can experience the remedial attributes of the herb without having to ‘trip out’, especially for patients that are sensitive to psychotropic ordeals like infants and seniors. Precisely administered on the skin, topicals serve best to treat migraines and muscle sores. Extensive research implies that the healing effects of marijuana salves are universal, and posed to treating other physical ailments.
Besides pain relief, marijuana salves can also act as the additional organic supplement to your usual skin care regimen. It remedies skin abrasions, rashes and burns, but also exfoliates and moisturizes your skin for the natural glo-up. With its anti-inflammatory features, it has the ability to alleviate skin conditions like eczema and general dryness, making your skin more full and soft. It even has the potential for anti-aging agents for the full effect.
Make Your Own
There are various marijuana salves you can purchase off the rack at legal dispensaries, but the edge about this quirky product is that you have room to concoct your own! Here’s exactly what you need to make your own cannabis topical:
- 2 full cups of Cannabis buds (we recommend an indica for the best outcome)
- 2 cups of coconut oil (VCO recommended, but go nuts)
- 2 ounces of beeswax (a key ingredient!)
- Essential oil fragrance of your choice
- 1 oven dish pan
- 1 saucepan or pot
- 1 jar (for storage)
- 1 cheesecloth
- 1 spatula
- Pre-heat the oven to 120-degree centigrade (248°F).
- Place the marijuana herbs into the dish pan and place in the oven for 15 mins.
- While waiting, pour the 2 cups of virgin coconut oil into the saucepan and set aside.
- After 15 mins, place the marijuana herbs into the coconut oil mix.
- Place the saucepan on a stove and set on a steady low heat to cook for 20 mins.
- Stir the mixture well using the spatula, this will fuse everything together.
- After 20 mins, strain the herbs into the jar using the cheesecloth. Squeeze the cloth thoroughly to get all the fluid out.
- Take the 2 oz. of beeswax and melt in the saucepan under low heat.
- Once melted, pour about 10 oz. of the Canna-VCO mixture into the saucepan and stir well.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and while stirring, add the fragrance oil of your choice.