Chances are you’ve heard of CBD and the variety of new medical uses that are being discovered. Unlike THC, it doesn’t have psychoactive effects, so using it as a cream doesn’t harbor any psychoactivities.
CBD oil cream can come in a variety of different ways. There are certain ones that target inflammation and others that can be used as a daily moisturizer. In this case, CBD topical creams work by alleviating muscle aches and joint pain caused by excessive inflammation.
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, there doesn’t 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. This recipe will not require you to use a marijuana plant, but CBD oil instead.
The advantage of making this cream at home is that it will not have additional chemicals and additives that a commercially produced skin cream has. Commercially produced CBD skin creams can also have a hefty price tag. When you make it yourself, you have control over what ingredients go into it, and how much you’re willing to spend.
Check that the CBD oil you buy is of good quality. If not, you risk putting the CBD oil onto your face, which could result in an allergic reaction. With popularity continuing to grow, there are companies that sell watered down CBD oil. When watered down, extra (and sometimes harsh) chemicals will be added into the mix to bulk the weight of the product. To avoid this, make sure you buy the oil from a well-respected brand.
This simple CBD skin cream or salve only requires three ingredients:
You will need to use a double boiler. 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 dissolved. At this point, you can add a few drops of essential oil. You can choose oil for a scent that you like, or choose an oil that also has anti-inflammatory or pain relieving properties to give the 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 concentration, so 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 some 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.