How to make cannabis lotions
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Cannabinoids and possibly other healing components of the plant are absorbed directly through the skin; the anti-inflammatory properties are outstanding, reducing recovery time from injuries and promoting healing of lesions. Topical cannabis has also been used by my lupus patients and rheumatoid arthritis patients to increase the function of joints and decrease nodule formation.

– Frank Lucido, MD

  1. Melt 2 cups of coconut oil in the microwave.
  2. Place coconut oil in a sauce pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 F
  4. Crush 7 grams of high quality marijuana or 14 grams of low quality and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Put baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove marijuana from the oven and place in the sauce pan with the coconut oil.
  7. Simmer for 30-45 minutes (DO NOT BOIL) and stir often.
  8. Strain oil from marijuana with a cheese cloth.
  9. Melt 1 ounce of beeswax and combine with 5 ounces of cannabis infused coconut oil in sauce pan on low heat.
  10. Add 1 TBSP of Vitamin E oil.
  11. Remove from low heat after 5 minutes and let the mixture cool for an hour.
  12. Apply to joints, skin and achey parts of your body. NEVER APPLY TO OPEN WOUNDS.
Brian Wallace
Brian Wallace
Create marijuana infused food products and chill on my small sail boat.


  1. Avatar Lori Capron says:

    Do I need to refrigerate after cooling?

  2. Avatar Sarah says:

    I put the ones I am not using in the fridge and leave the one I am using out it is easier to use when it’s room temp.

  3. Avatar Jean Snyder says:

    I ground up my leaves into a powder. Can I skip the oven part since they are already so fine?

    • Avatar Nick says:

      You can if you want less potency, but the word for it is “Decarboxylate” here is why it is highly recommended that you do not skip this step! when you smoke cannabis the THCA molecules lose their carboxylic group In a form of water vapor and carbon dioxide, and becomes THC. In laymen terms. THCA becomes THC making your cannabis psychoactive.

    • Avatar Julie Geierman says:


  4. Avatar Darlene jenne says:

    I have not tried it yet, but plan on making the lotion so . I’ll let you know after I try it.

  5. Avatar felicia says:

    Whats the ratio if i want to mix cannabis infused oil with apothecary lotion?

    Thank you!

  6. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Are you using dry flower or fresh cut?

  7. Avatar KC says:

    I use my bubble hash water and coconut oil on a real slow burn. It will solidify on top about 6-10 inches thick. That’s the goods right there. Use for baths, lotion. Medical applications that Helps relax the body. Works gd for r.a., body pains,anxiety, and. U h more. I li,e to add a .IL LA ender extract to make it that much h better. Ran a 12 run batch and used it to make mine.

  8. Avatar Anonymous says:

    I have been using a lotion and did an in home drug test. The test was negative for drugs.

  9. Avatar Verona weikert says:

    What is the point of extracting the thc? At age 73 with MS pain no need to worry about drug tests.

    • Avatar Allison Lunko says:

      You’re not really extracting the THC. You’re decarboxylating it (or activating it). THC actually exists as THC-A in raw cannabis. It’s the same for CBD existing as CBD-A in the raw plant, regardless if the herb is fresh or dry. THC and CBD only work if they are converted from their -A form. This is accomplished by heating the herb. By smoking, baking, infusing it in coconut oil on the stove, etc, you are converting the THC-A and CBD-A into a form your body can use as medicine. If someone just ate a cannabis bud without heating it first or if you just soaked it in oil without heating the oil, nothing would happen. The medicinal properties emerge only after decarboxylation.

  10. Avatar Tina Tyler says:

    No microwaving.. it kills all the nutrients that is suppose to help… big no no.. never microwave stuff that is supposed to be beneficial through nutrients if any kind.

    • Avatar Addie says:

      Microwaving kills less nutrients than oven or stove cooking, and that’s true for any plant matter. the length of time cooked, and temperature cooked at. higher the temp, the longer the cook, the less nutrients. Microwave cooking usually resultls in shorter cook times, thus retain more nutrients. Pot, however is mostly consumed as a pain relever, or anagistic.

  11. Avatar Joyce says:

    I’m already OFF, when you write microwave. Microwave is so bad for the body (and Every thing else!!!)

  12. Avatar Caline Bruyn says:

    Why microwave, can’t you just skip step one and but the coconut oil directly in the pan to melt?

  13. Avatar grethe davids says:

    i wonder what is the E-vitamin does to the potion?

  14. Avatar TC says:

    I want a more lotion like consistency. Can I use the crockpot recipe then add the strained oil to A good lotion.

  15. Avatar Diane says:

    I have MS and Fibromyalgia and buy cannabis lotion for pain. I am wanting to make my own. I learned quite a bit here. I am wondering if adding Epsom salt or magnesium oil,powder wold damage the lotion? I also was thinking of adding tee tree oil. Is there any reason not too?

  16. Avatar Randy says:

    Can you add other stuff like almond oil with it and maybe essential oils like Rosemary lavender and all those other ones

  17. Avatar Trial&error says:

    I make CBD Oil on a regular basis for my wife with several different muscle pains. I use Shea Butter instead of coconut oil. I also heat the weed in the over at 230° for about 30 minutes to decades, before mixing it in the melted Shea Butter. I let the two simmer for several hours before straining with a cheesecloth. I then add Tea Tree oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil and White Flower Oil, along with Vitamin E. I then cool it in the fridge till pretty thick ( about 30 minutes.), then stir and keep in closed containers in the bathroom cupboard. By using the Shea Butter I don’t have to mix beeswax, I found it was leaving a residue on clothes and bedding sometimes.
    Hope this helps someone with thier own creation.

    • Avatar Powerpuffduff says:

      Trail&error – you sound like you’ve got a good recipe there! I want to make my first batch soon! Thanks for sharing!

    • Avatar greer says:

      you are a terrific partner ! thanks for being so kind to your wife… i have fibro but my hubby looks the other way.

  18. Avatar Diana says:

    Hi friends, I made a batch on my own with out a recipe and it works really well. I also put a little DMSO in it as I have used that for many years with great results. Does anyone have any comments on the use of DMSO?

  19. Avatar Deb bruce says:

    I made cannibus butter and froze it last summer. We made brownies a few times but not really interested in that kind of high anymore. Do you think I can melt this and put oils in for healing purposes? Thank you

  20. Avatar Brenda says:

    I am new to this. What can you add to help mask the smell?

  21. Avatar Theresa says:

    How long does this stay good for? Should it be kept in a cold dark place or the fridge when not in use m

  22. Avatar ChronicPain says:

    Wouldn’t fresh trim be better than dry for maximum extraction? also doesn’t stem contain more oil? some recipes say oven dry first, others say hot water on stove? Any benefit to putting them on DIY patches rather than just rubbing it on? Thanks!

  23. Avatar LL14 says:

    I’m wondering what part of a homegrown plant I can use to infuse coconut oil for salve. I’m trying to find a use for the extra leaves and want to make salve. Can I use leaves alone or does the salve need the buds. Maybe a combo? Thanks!

  24. Avatar Ivet says:

    Can someone please tell me how much came out by using this recipe?
    Like, how much (quantity/weight?) was the end result? Asking to have an idea on what containers i can use. Thank you!

  25. Avatar Linda Tinsley says:

    I previoualy made lotion using aloe gel but my son bought aloe juice in error, can I substitute the juice for a gel? Also, can I add infused coconut oil to a regular store lotion ?

  26. Avatar Robert Macias says:

    Step 9. is confusing for me… I have made this recipe a number of times and this is the 1st time I noticed the detail in step 9. The salve worked pretty good and from what I see in step 9 is a separated batch using 3 oz’s of beeswax total… It i9s pretty rock solid with 1 oz of beeswax for 2 cups of oil… Is there a reason here?

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