How to Make Cannabis Balm

A few weeks ago, we ran a blog post about the antibiotic properties of cannabis. In that post, we stated that scientists have shown that the cannabis plant is surprisingly effective at killing “superbugs” and has been used as an antibiotic since ancient times.

In addition, there are many, many anecdotal reports that cannabis lotions and balms soothe arthritis and help heal skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. What is a cannabis balm? A cannabis balm is simply an oil or lotion that in addition to being infused with cannabis leaf trim and/or whole buds is also combined with beeswax to give it a firmer consistency. Beeswax also adds vitamin A to the balm and gives it added antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

If you are a medical cannabis patient and would like to make your own cannabis balm (or lotion for that matter) you can find many recipes in print and online. Here is one of our favorites cannabis balm recipes, made with 100% pure coconut oil and a little bit of beeswax.

Ingredients:

1 ounce of cannabis trim

16 ounces of organic coconut oil

2 tablespoons of beeswax

Essential oils such as clove, wintergreen, lemon or lavender, if desired

Materials:

Device to grind the cannabis: coffee grinder, blender or food processor

Crockpot

Large spoon

Mesh strainer

Cheesecloth

Small funnel (optional)

Individual small containers or one large container to hold the cannabis balm

Instructions:

-Finely grind your cannabis in a coffee grinder, blender, or food processor.
-Combine the ground cannabis and the coconut oil in the crockpot and turn it to the “low” setting.
-Heat for approximately 8 hours or overnight.
-Add the beeswax and stir until it is melted.
-Add a few drops of essential oil(s), if desired.
-Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth. Place the lined strainer over a bowl big enough to hold the mixture.  Slowly pour the cannabis balm through the cheesecloth. Gather, twist and squeeze the cheesecloth to release as much liquid as possible. Discard the plant material.
-Line the strainer with a fresh piece of cheesecloth and strain again. Wring cheesecloth to release remaining liquid.
-Pour the cannabis balm into the final container or containers.
-Let the balm cool and set before using.

For best results, store your cannabis balm in a cool, dark place.
What can cannabis balm treat?

Topical cannabis balm is most often used to treat:

-Localized pain
-Inflammation
-Muscle and joint pain
-Muscle tension
-Skin irritations
-Skin infections
-Dry or chapped skin
-Bruises, cuts and scrapes
Are there disadvantages to using a cannabis balm?

Some studies indicate that topical applications of medical cannabis are less effective than inhalation or ingestion. Topicals should not replace oral medicines if you’re trying to relieve chronic or internal pain, such as joint pain, nerve disorders, severe burns, certain cancers or other conditions.

As with any medical condition, see your physician if the condition persists or worsens.

If you have questions about cannabis balm, come on in. The Source’s patient advisors are here to answer questions and help you find the treatment that will alleviate your pain and/or discomfort.

Here’s to the healing properties of cannabis—and to your health and wellness!

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