Cannabis is more than something to smoke or eat— it can easily be added to a body lotion to create a topical treatment. You simply apply it where you need it, and you’ll likely feel the effects in a short amount of time. You won’t get high from putting cannabis on your skin. It has, however, been reported to provide relief from pain, soreness, swelling, inflammation, irritations, arthritis, headaches, psoriasis and more. Popular areas for application include shoulders, hands, feet, knees, wrists, neck and temples. There are a few ways to make cannabis topicals. The first method requires decarboxylated cannabis. To activate the plant’s THC, many people recommend heating
your cannabis at a low temperature for a long amount of time. Take some ground cannabis, like City Lights, a robust
indica dominant strain from the Edison Cannabis Co., and put it in the oven for 45 minutes at around 230°F. It will look like this. You can now mix your decarbed cannabis with ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and essential oils to create a custom product. However, you can’t just dump the decarbed cannabis in the
ingredients, they need to be heated up to activate the THC. You can skip the decarbing step completely by using a cannabis oil. Today we’re using Edison’s indica oil. All you need to do is mix the oil directly with your lotion. Just add a few drops, and apply it to your skin. For cannabis topicals, you can really use any strain. CBD dominant products are reported to have better results for pain, inflammation and itchiness because it penetrates the skin deeper than THC. But that being said, some people prefer THC topicals. Try out different combinations of strains, preparation methods
and added ingredients to find the best topical for your needs.
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