We Found It: The Best Cannabis Salve Recipe

Check out our ultimate cannabis salve recipe.

Cannabis Salve: A quick an easy recipe to help look after your skin. Image Credit: By New Africa on shutterstock.

Making your own beauty products is an affordable way to give your skin the quality it deserves at a much lower cost than filling up a basket in a pricey store. However, when it comes to cannabis salves, a good recipe is hard to find.

The appeal of making your own cannabis skin care products at home is three-fold for most people. First, it means that the products you’re using on your face don’t contain harsh chemicals or toxic substances, as you have complete control over what goes into them.

Second, it is seen as an inexpensive way to save not just money, but also plastic, cardboard, and other packaging materials. It’s no secret that beauty products often come in absurdly oversized containers that serve no purpose other than to catch your attention while they’re sitting on store shelves.

Third, it’s fun. Just like when you bake a cake, there’s something soothing and enjoyable about whipping up a fresh face mask or spending an afternoon concocting a rich facial oil in the kitchen.

It’s no wonder that so many conscientious consumers would want to make more of their own cannabis-infused soaps, salves, and other skin care products at home. There’s just one problem — finding a good recipe can be a lot harder than you’d imagine.

It’s Not Always As Easy As You Expect

You might think finding simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-follow recipes for a cannabis salve would be a breeze, but most are anything but that. The key to a great DIY skin care recipe is that it 1) doesn’t require any particular skill, 2) uses only inexpensive ingredients that are easy to find and inexpensive, and 3) doesn’t take much time. Find a recipe that ticks these boxes and you’re on your way to creating luxurious skin care at home for a fraction of the financial and environmental cost.

But whether it’s the need for unrealistic (and very costly amounts) of cannabis oil or knowledge of obscure terminology, there seems to always be something tricky about cannabis salve recipes. Some call for the use of kitchen equipment that even some professional kitchens don’t have, and others involve a dizzying number of steps and long waiting times. Is there no simple recipe for a basic cannabis salve out there?

Thankfully we’ve adapted this straightforward salve recipe from DIY Herbal Salves to incorporate high quality hemp oil for a quality cannabis salve that you can make at home in minutes.

Quick And Easy DIY Cannabis Salve Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 30ml organic beeswax  — opt for carnauba wax as a vegan alternative
  • 10ml organic hemp oil (you can subtract a milliliter or two in favor of full spectrum CBD oil if you prefer it to hemp seed oil)
  • 236ml carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil — opt for herbal infused oils for extra benefits if you want to go all-out
  • Sterilized glass jars for storage


  1. Place the carrier oil/herbal oil and the wax into a double boiler, and warm over a gentle heat until the wax melts.
  2. Remove it from the heat and add the hemp oil.
  3. Give it a brief stir to make sure it’s all mixed together, and then quickly pour the mixture into your glass jars and allow them to cool completely before closing with the lid.

You can store your homemade cannabis salve anywhere where it’ll be cool and dry, and it’ll last you up to three years.

P.S. They make great homemade gifts for friends and family, too.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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