Cannabis-infused lotions and balms can soothe painful cramps, relieve localized pain and help to reduce inflammation.
Health Canada doesn’t currently allow the sale of cannabis topicals, although some licensed producers sell pre-made creams that can be mixed with their oils for legal at home use.
Even if topicals contain active THC it won’t induce the high you’d expect from ingesting cannabis.
The effects of THC and CBD work together to provide greater medical relief to the user. This is because THC and CBD react to different cannabinoid receptors and in turn generate higher endocannabinoid activities.
If you are using a plant with a high THC count, you can supplement it with CBD oil or by making your own infused oil with a plant that has a higher CBD count such as Charlotte’s Web or Cannatonic, then blending the two. You may have to test a few batches before you find the right measurements.
Additionally, you can grow a strain that has both. Michele, creator of Dabba pain relief, says if you only have a small area, Harlequin is a good choice as it grows small and doesn’t require as much room as some of the other strains.
What symptoms do topicals treat?
Anecdotally, topicals are used for localized pain relief, inflammation and soreness. Recent studies demonstrate in treating against skin allergies, psoriasis, dermatitis, headaches, arthritis, cramping and milk skin irritations.
- Using a double boiler (or a pan set on top of a pot with simmering hot water), melt 1 cup of cannabis coconut oil
- Add ¼ cup of olive oil to the infused coconut oil. (The olive oil helps create a smoother finished product and improves intake.)
- Add ¼ cup of beeswax. Mix in or whisk with the beeswax until it is melted.
- Optional - Feel free to add a dash of tea tree oil, eucalyptus, clove or any other essential oil.
- Once melted and mixed, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl.
To increase the viscosity of your cream, increase the amount of olive oil in your mixture.
Keep in mind that your lotion will still be fairly thick, so we don’t recommend trying to put it in a lotion pump.