Benefits of Topicals
The term ‘topical’ often refers to Cannabis infused lotions, salves, creams and balms which are absorbed into the skin. The benefit of using Cannabis topically is that when applied directly to the affected area, it can help with muscle aches and pains. THC and CBD work together as a powerful anti-inflammatory effects helping to relieve acne, mild arthritis and psoriasis.
Topicals are non-psychoactive when used externally as cannabinoids cannot breach the bloodstream and won’t permeate the deepest layer of the skin, only affecting the system of CB2 receptors. Transdermal patches, however, do deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream.
Using Cannabis infused products could also help treat skin cancer. A study published by the Laboratory of Experimental Dermatology reveals that THC can inhibit the growth of transplanted melanoma cells through antagonistic effects on its characteristic pro-inflammatory microenvironment when used on mice.
In Canada, topicals are not yet regulated. The only legal source is to purchase Cannabis is through a licensed producer and to make it yourself. There are many sources for non-regulated topicals on the market, but these typically are not tested and do not always show the ingredients or active components.
Why make ‘all-natural Cannabis infused body cream?’ Controlling the ingredients and customizing products for your specific needs is very important, particularly if you have sensitive skin or are treating any type of skin condition. Learn to make All-Natural Cannabis-Infused Body Cream at home!
This recipe includes several healthy extracts and oils, including some Cannabis-Infused for medicinal relief. Zinc Oxide* can also be added, which is effective for treating conditions such as diaper rash, minor burns, severely chapped skin or other minor skin irritations.
To make body cream you will need:
1 cup Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil, solid
(original recipe by Herb, follow the link for directions)
2/3 cup Almond Oil
1/2 cup Beeswax pellets (can be purchased at health food stores or online)
1-2 tablespoons Extract, like peppermint, raspberry or lemon
(watch this video by Gemma Stafford for directions)
- In a large heatproof jar mix together the coconut oil, almond oil, beeswax pellets and extract.
- In a medium saucepan (or deep fry pan) add 3-4 inches of water and bring to a slow boil.
- Place the jar into the water, stirring occasionally until all ingredients are melted and combined.
- Remove jar from heat and let cool for approximately 3-5 minutes before pouring cream into individual glass jars.
- Once completely cool seal jars and store in the fridge.
*use glass jars, amber coloured preferred
**the cream will last 3 months or longer in the fridge, away from light
***can purchase Zinc Oxide online, please use with caution
****Bisabolol terpenes are common in beauty products and can be added if desired
For many individuals who want to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of Cannabis but are cautious about consuming it, external methods like topicals are a fantastic place to start. Enjoy!
References: Leafly, Marijuana Resources, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Herb, Laboratory of Experimental Dermatology, National Center for Biotechnology Information, and Hail Mary Jane.