Decarboxylation simply requires heating up some cannabis in the oven for 30-45 minutes at around 220-245°F (105-120°C), making sure to check every five or 10 minutes to make sure the marijuana isn’t scorched.
There is little data about the actual efficacy of cannabis topicals, and because cannabinoids are hydrophobic, they have trouble penetrating and being absorbed by the skin.
Alternately, because many salves call for using coconut oil in the base, if you have some cannabis-infused coconut oil on hand then you can save yourself this step.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some useful tips: When making cannabis salves — or purchasing them at a store — make sure to pay close attention to what goes into them. Don’t use anything that you may be allergic to, and make sure to only use the salve externally, especially if it contains potential irritants like menthol, lavender, or eucalyptus.
Do you need to decarboxylate weed to make a cannabis salve?
Even though you aren’t going to be smoking or eating the cannabis in your salve, you still want to decarboxylate it in order to “activate” the THC in the herb.
Cannabis salves and balms don’t enter the bloodstream and cannot get you high. In fact, that’s one of the reasons some people are more likely to try topicals — they want certain therapeutic benefits of cannabis but don’t want to get high.
But what exactly are cannabis topicals, and more importantly, do they actually work? That depends on what you want from them.
Do cannabis topicals work — and can they get you high?
When you smoke cannabis, the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream through your lungs and throat, while edibles are metabolized inside the gut. Topicals work very differently.
But while the data may be lacking, anecdotal evidence from cannabis consumers is rife. It should be noted though that because most cannabis salves contain other natural ingredients or essential oils, some of this effect may not be entirely from the cannabis.
¼ cup beeswax pellets
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup shea butter
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1–2 droppers of Cool Mint CBD
How to make DIY CBD salve
YL tip: We used Cool Mint CBD for the sweet, fresh, universally appealing scents of Peppermint and Spearmint, but you can swap in other CBD products like Cinnamon CBD Oil or Citrus CBD Oil. You could also make three batches to try the whole bunch!
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