Chances are you have heard of CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant, and the variety of new medical uses that are being discovered every day for this compound.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is used and studied for its medical properties. CBD does not have a mind-altering effect or a “high,” in fact it can counteract the high produced by another cannabis compound, THC. Government and private clinical studies are underway to determine the effectiveness of CBD in treating arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and many other neurological disorders. CBD has also been used topically in an oil or ointment form for treating skin conditions.
One new use for CBD skin cream is to use it topically to alleviate muscle aches and joint pain which can come with working out. Because CBD has been shown to have a positive effect on inflammation, it is thought that a CBD-infused skin cream or salve may be an effective pain reliever for sore muscles. Although the research is very new and not definitive in this area, there does not seem to be any danger in trying CBD cream for this use.
One way you can see if CBD cream works for you is by making a CBD skin cream at home. Keep in mind that you should only make CBD oil or skin cream at home if recreational or medical marijuana is legal in your state. You may also need a permit. You can check what the laws are in your state on the website NORML before you get started. This recipe will not require you to use a marijuana plant, but instead uses CBD oil that can either be made or purchased.
The advantage of making this cream at home is that it will not have a lot of the additional chemicals and additives that a commercially produced skin cream has. Commercially produced CBD skin creams can also have a hefty price tag of $50 to $80 for just a couple of ounces. When you make it yourself, you have control over what ingredients go into the skin cream.
This simple CBD skin cream or salve only requires three ingredients:
You will need to use a double boiler, or if you don’t have one, find a small pot or small glass cooking dish that will fit inside another pan.
Put water in the outside pan, and put the CBD oil in the smaller container. Bring the water to a simmer, so that the oil heats gently in the smaller pan. Add the beeswax to the oil and stir gently until the beeswax is melted. Do not heat the mixture to quickly or it can scorch.
When the wax has melted completely, add the shea butter and stir until it has all dissolved. At this point, you can add a few drops of an essential oil. You can choose an oil for a scent that you like, or choose an oil that also has anti-inflammatory or pain relieving properties to give your CBD skin cream an extra boost. Sweet marjoram, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile, or lavender essential oils all have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties, and they will make your CBD skin cream smell good too!
While the mixture is still hot and in liquid form, pour it into containers for storage. A very small (4 ounce) canning or jelly jar is a good choice as it will resist the heat and have a tight-fitting lid. You should store the finished skin cream in a cool dry place. Do not store it in the refrigerator as it will become very hard and difficult to use.
You may want to try different versions of this CBD skin cream to see what works best. CBD oil can be purchased in different levels of strength and purity, and you may need to experiment a little bit to get the results you want in strength, texture and scent. You can also experiment with adding different types of oils, like substituting part of the CBD oil with coconut oil. It may take some practice, but the result will be a custom CBD skin cream that is just right for you.