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How to Make Cannabis Infused Lip Balm

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 22 September 2017 in Canna Blog

How to Make Marijuana Infused Lip Balm in 5 Easy Steps

Homemade marijuana lip balm is easy to make, and the possibilities are endless. A simple coconut oil and marijuana tincture is all you need to create a basic homemade cannabis lip balm that can be transformed in infinite ways by adding additional herbs and oils. If you’re wondering how to make your own marijuana tincture or homemade marijuana lip balm, here is a basic recipe for a thc-infused marijuana tincture that serves as an excellent ointment for keeping your lips soft and moisturized. You only need a few basic ingredients and no special equipment is necessary.

Step 1: Get some coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids which bind to the cannabinoids. It also stays solid at room temperature, which makes gives it the perfect consistency for a marijuana lip balm or tincture without having to add additional ingredients to thicken the product. You can get pure coconut oil at most grocery stores or health food stores.

Step 2: Get some marijuana. You’ll need some cannabis to infuse into the coconut oil, obviously, and you’ll need a fairly good quantity of it, like at least a quarter but more if you can get it. Flowers are preferable although leaves and trim aren’t entirely worthless, so you can include them if you have some. To make marijuana tincture lip balm, you will need equal parts cannabis and coconut oil. A cup of each is a good starting place. The shake ounce deals you can get from local dispensaries are perfect for making marijuana tinctures, since you’ll need to break up the weed anyway so it will actually save you time. As an additional plus, shake is cheap! You can get a deal on a shake ounce at Nature’s Best Glendale dispensary near Cherry Creek for instance for just $50, which is about half the price of the very cheapest ounce deals on buds in Denver that can typically be found.

Step 3: Break up the cannabis flowers into small pieces. You want to break it up to the consistency you would if you were rolling a joint, maybe a little less. If you break it up too much, you will get too much raw plant matter in your final product, but if you don’t break it up enough, the cannabis extracts won’t infuse into the coconut oil as much as it should. If you don’t want to have to do all that extra work, just pick up a shake ounce for under $100 and skip this step entirely.

Step 4: Put the marijuana and the coconut oil into a heavy saucepan, and heat on a low, slow simmer for a couple of hours. You want to heat the oil and cannabis just enough that the compounds in the marijuana can infuse into the oils, but not so much that it all gets burned away before you get to enjoy it. If you can’t smell it cooking once it warms up, you need to turn the heat up a bit until you can detect an odor. Err on the side of less heat rather than more heat.You can always heat it more, but you can never heat it less once the damage is done. About two hours at 230 degrees Fahrenheit is enough to do the trick. Be careful to not let the temperature get above 245 degrees. Lift the pan off the heat every so often if you need to keep the temperature from getting too hot.

Step 5: Once it’s ready, let it cool for just a few minutes then carefully pour the oil through a strainer or cheesecloth and into a clean, dry glass jar. Let it cool completely until it solidifies, and your marijuana tincture is ready. Scoop into smaller containers to create pocket-sized lip balms. Old fashioned pill boxes work well. Store the bulk of the marijuana tincture in the sealed glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Refrigerated, the cannabis tincture will last at least two months.

If it seems like too much trouble to make your own homemade cannabis tinctures and marijuana lip balms, you can always just leave it to the pros and pick up some ready-made marijuana topicals from a dispensary near you!

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Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis Topicals

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 08 March 2021 in Canna Blog

You might be familiar with the traditional types of consuming cannabis such as smoking, vaping, and eating. But did you know that you could also reap the medicinal benefits of cannabis by applying it topically to your skin?

Topicals are cannabis-infused creams are designed to provide localized relief from inflammation when absorbed through the skin. Cannabis topicals come in the form of lotions, creams, and balms; topicals are a prime example of how the cannabis industry is revolutionizing with new and innovative modes of consumption. 

Infused balms, lotions, or salves are great to have on hand as they are known to effectively provide relief from localized pain or inflammation.

Topicals do not get you high, so they’re great to use at all times of the day.

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How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

Cannabis-infused topicals work by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system, binding to CB2 receptors in your body. Your CB2 receptors are then activated by cannabis compounds (cannabinoids) like THC and CBD, which help reduce pain, inflammation, and irritation.

Because they are non-intoxicating, they are often recommended to those who want to experience the medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting high. Even if a topical contains the ingredient THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis), you will not experience any psychoactive effects when you apply it to your skin. 

Unlike smoking and orally ingesting cannabis, the THC from topicals can’t be delivered to the bloodstream. Instead, they only penetrate through the system of CB2 receptors. THC needs to enter the bloodstream for you to feel the high that you would feel from smoking and eating cannabis.

Therapeutic Usage

Topicals are just like other skin and body care products, however, oftentimes topicals are only applied to areas that experience pain or irritation. They are also popular for those who experience muscle soreness and tension, or inflammation. 

Cannabis within itself is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making topicals perfect for surface-oriented pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis. 

Other conditions that topicals can help relieve:

  • Rashes

  • General inflammation

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Irregular cell growth (i.e., Cancer)

Topicals are also great for muscle pain and soreness associated with strenuous activities such as exercise and general labor, making them great for everyday use as well. 

A Transdermal Patch is another form of cannabis-infused topicals but this type of product can produce psychoactive effects. Transdermal patches are medicated adhesives that are placed on the skin, they deliver a specific dose of cannabis through the skin and into the bloodstream.

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Do-It-Yourself Cannabis Topical

The ingredients in cannabis topicals are similar to the ones you’ll find in regular skin and body care products. It’s even possible to make your own cannabis-infused topical or salve. If you’ve ever made your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, the process is fairly similar. 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Ground, dried cannabis flower

  • Coconut oil

  • Beeswax

  • Your choice of essential oils

Now for making the cannabis topicals:

  • The first step is to decarboxylate your cannabis. You can do this by baking ground-up flower in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 240 degrees Fahrenheit. For this recipe, 7-10 grams of cannabis is recommended.

  • Place 1 ½ cups of coconut oil in a saucepan and stir over low heat until melted.

  • Combine your decarboxylated cannabis and mix it into the melted coconut oil under low heat for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and pour your mixture through a strainer or cheesecloth and set aside. 

  • In the same saucepan, melt the beeswax. As it’s melting, slowly add your infused coconut oil. During this step, you can add in your essential oil of choice (a few drops is enough). Popular oils include lavender, tea tree oil, and peppermint. 

  • Once the beeswax and infused coconut oil are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer it into a jar or container of your choice.

Remember to keep the heat low when using a saucepan or you risk burning off the THC, decreasing your product’s potency.

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Where to Find Cannabis Topicals in Colorado

It might seem like too much trouble to make your own homemade cannabis topicals, but you could always leave it to the experts are your local dispensary.  420-friendly Colorado is filled with some of the nation’s top dispensaries.

If you’re interested in the immense benefits of cannabis-infused topicals, you could also check out the latest Cannasaver deals from your favorite Colorado dispensaries.

Here are a few:

Pure Marijuana Dispensary Colfax - 25% Off All CBD and Skin Care Products

Organix -  25% Off All CBD and Skin Care Products

 Pure Marijuana Dispensary Edgewater - Buy any one thing get one thing half off

Overall, topicals are a great way to reap the benefits of cannabis without getting ‘tripping out’ from the high. If you’re someone who experiences localized pain, topicals might provide you with the relief you’re looking for. Don’t forget to keep checking Cannasaver for the latest deals on topicals.

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