CBD Salve Recipe for Pain Relief

I’m going to skip all of the himming and hawing for this post and get right to the point:

Muscle and joint pain sucks. CBD salve can help.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get achy every now and again, and many people in my world suffer from things like chronic pain and arthritis. That’s why this year, I’m gifting this pain-relieving salve to everyone I know.

There’s another reason that I’m choosing this over holiday gifts. It’s the easiest thing you can possibly make.

After you infuse the oil, it’s a matter of melting 3 ingredients in a makeshift double boiler, adding essential oils and pouring the mixture into containers.

You can literally do it on Christmas Eve and you’ll be everyone’s favorite cannabis elf.

As an added bonus, CBD salve is a great way to open the conversation up around cannabis in your family or community. It’s fully legal (in most states), so you can gift it at work and give it to grandma.

In order to whip up a big batch of this simple and easy CBD Pain Relief Salve, I used my Nova Decarboxylator and a Magical Butter MB2. With about 15 minutes of prep, straining and clean up, I was able to make enough CBD infused coconut oil for 16 of these gift-sized CBD salves.

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You can also use any of the oil infusion recipes in Dazed and Infused if you’ve already got it.

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CBD Salve Recipe Notes

  • Use high quality essential oils. I tried three batches of this recipe with cheap essential oils because they were what I could find and it didn’t have the same kind of kick that the final batches did. I used these.
  • You can make each salve between 200-400mg of CBD depending on how much infused coconut oil you use and the potency of your plant material.
  • You can use infused or non-infused olive oil in this CBD salve recipe or can sub all of the olive oil for coconut oil.
  • If you use a full cup of CBD coconut oil for the recipe, the resulting salve will be a bit firmer when cooled. You can also add more beeswax if you’d like a firmer salve.
  • All in all, it cost me about $8 each to make 16 of these that were about 200mg CBD each.

CBD Salve Recipe

This recipe makes 4 – 2oz containers of pain-relieving CBD salve that ended up being 200-400mg of CBD each (see notes). Use the dosage calculator to figure out the dosage of your salve.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup CBD Infused Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Olive Oil (can be infused to make the salve stronger or you can use a full cup of CBD infused coconut oil)

4 Tablespoons Beeswax

80 drops each of:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil (this one)
  • Clove Essential Oil (this one)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (this one)
  • Black Pepper Essentail Oil (this one)
  • Ginger Essential Oil (optional… this one can be a bit pricy so you could add more of the other oils to keep costs down)

You can use more drops or less as desired but this was the sweet spot when we tested using these oils.

Method:

  1. Decarboxylate 14g high CBD flower in a Nova Decarboxylator or using your preferred method for decarbing CBD. If using the Nova, run the cycle once and then let cool for 30 minutes before running a second cycle.
  2. Infuse 2 cups of coconut oil with decarbed CBD using a Magical Butter MB2, the crockpot method or whatever method you love. Strain CBD plant material from the oil.
  3. In a double boiler over medium heat, combine:
  • 1/2 cup CBD Infused Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (can be infused to make the salve stronger or you can use a full cup of CBD infused coconut oil)
  • 4 Tablespoons Beeswax

4.  Once melted, add 80 drops each of:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil (this one)
  • Clove Essential Oil (this one)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (this one)
  • Black Pepper Essentail Oil (this one)
  • Ginger Essential Oil (optional… this one can be a bit pricy so you could add more of the other oils to keep costs down)

5. Stir to combine and pour into 4-2 oz containers.

6. Cool. Cover. Label.

When you make this recipe, share the final product with me on Instagram or let me know how it went in the comments. I hope you love it!

With love,

Corinne

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary
    December 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Can you please be specific about what temp and time setting you use on the Magical Butter for this recipe? Thank you!

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    Darlene
    December 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Can you use other oils instead? I would prefer using a combo of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and MCT oil.

  • Reply
    Ann Bellam
    December 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    80 drops of each oil? That’s not a typo? lol

    • Reply
      Corinne
      December 6, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      Not a typo 🙂

  • Reply
    David
    December 5, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Is 80 drops each of essential oil correct? I’ve been making salve for quite a while and have never seen this kind of eo quantity. Is it more like 8 drops?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      December 6, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      80 drops 🙂

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    Kathryn Mccallum
    December 9, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Corrine, love this want to make.. Just wanted to check.. Can I use organic coconut MCT instead of whole coconut oil? Will it still solidify to a balm?
    Thanks with much love!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

      You can, but I’d up the beeswax to about 4-6 tablespoons. Let me know how it goes! xoxo -CT

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        Kathryn Mccallum
        January 4, 2020 at 6:24 am

        Hi Corrine,
        I tried with the mct oil and your standard recepies, omitting the ginger oil..
        As long as its kept in a cool dry place. Its a dream to work with. I double strained so no chunkies. And it’s a dream to massage in. Better than any voltaren for gout etc. I’m trialling with different oils for pmt cramps, rose geranium..
        And arnica and tea tree for deeper skin healing. Excited to lean more!
        Thank you so much for the inspiration! I am able to help many without the worry of silly Australian drug testing. 😊

  • Reply
    Jo Hansen
    December 11, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Hi Corinne
    What temp do you add the essential oils to avoid them just evaporating off?
    CBD decarb in the oven ….240 for 60 minutes?
    Thanks heaps,
    Jo

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 10:08 am

      I add them when the mixture is still warm, but I haven’t tested the exact temp. 240 for 60 should do okay, but you may have some CBD loss and some CBDa in the mix (not necessarily a bad thing). I hope that helps! xoxo – CT

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    Wendy
    December 11, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I have access to high quality hemp. Could this be used?

  • Reply
    Hal Ballard
    December 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Corrine,

    I read the recipe and initially, you call for making 2 cups of infused oil, but your recipe only uses 1 cup. Why not write the recipe for making the salve from all the oil?

    The recommended levels of essential oils also seems high. Higher than any recipe I’ve ever seen. You mention a “sweet spot” how did you arrive at that amount. It’s almost 5 tsp of them and sounds over the top. I’m a rank amateur and I’m curious.
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Not everyone wants to make that much salve, so you can adjust the recipe as needed.

      And as for the oils, that was the amount that tested best (we started with 1/4 the amount and tried several brands of oil and increased and tested different brands from there) so that’s what I decided to publish. Again, if it’s too much using whatever oils you choose, you can cut down on the EO’s, but it won’t have the same effect as the one we tested.

      I hope that helps! xoxo- CT

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    Slowpoke
    December 11, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I made this salve today. I am going thru opiate withdrawal after 18 years with an infusion pain pump. My muscles ache deeply, this salve is AMAZING. Pain level at a 7-8 and very hard to move. I took a bath and applied the salve after and 30 minutes later I cleaned the kitchen. I’m keeping most of what I made to help me thru this. I infused both oils. Thanks Corrine, I learned to micro dose from you I appreciate what you do.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Thank you so much for the love! I really appreciate the kind words and am SO glad that microdosing and the salve have been helpful. My heart is HUGE right now! xoxo – CT

  • Reply
    B.
    December 11, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Can you think of any advantages/disadvantages of adding a little DMSO to the final product?

  • Reply
    theplantfairy
    December 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hi, Corinne. Have you or any of your testers tried this salve for menstrual cramps?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 10:02 am

      I haven’t tried it with this one yet, but I used my old salve recipe for “lady times” and it worked well. I imagine this formula is going to be a game changer. Let me know if you try it! xoxo – CT

      • Reply
        Kathryn Mccallum
        January 4, 2020 at 6:05 am

        Hi guys, I made the initial recepies and then when I needed to test.. I had cramps.. So I added some rose geranium and orange oil. Even rosehip for my skin as its my stretch mark zone..
        I was a amazing cure!
        It has prompted me to learn more of aromatherapy and its powers with terpenes etc.
        Thank you Corrine!

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    Jessi
    December 13, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Good afternoon! I am currently decarbing 35 grams of 16% CBD herb. By my calculations from your dosage calculator, that’d be 466mg per 1/2cup serving – using 6 cups of coconut oil. Does this seem especially high to you? Just making sure I don’t mislabel it. I’m so excited to make this and gift it for Christmas presents!! Thank goodness for the Ardent Nova and Magic Butter machine!!!!!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 10:01 am

      I double checked the math and that looks right. Let us know how it turned out! xoxo – CT

  • Reply
    Carin
    December 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Love your site! I see that 80 drops of each essential oil was not a typo. I am curious if there is a therapeutic/pain relieving purpose to the amount or if it is more about a desired scent. Any chance you could elaborate a bit? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 2, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      It’s a little bit of both. It smells amazing, but that combo of oils creates a warming sensation that helps with the overall relief. We tried it with less and this was the ratio that gives the most effect without being ridiculously expensive or smelling too strongly. If you need to omit something, I’d go with the ginger or try infusing your oil with fresh ginger and peppercorns. I haven’t tried this yet, but read others who have. let us know if you try it! xoxo – CT

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    Vicki Buckley
    December 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I made the salve recipe using the 80 drops each except for the ginger , the health food store was out, and i needed to make this. I did reduce the beeswax to 2 tablespoons. Next time will try the 4 tablespoons to see the difference in thickness. I had just processed a batch of infused virgin coconut oil with my magic butter machine. I process full spectrum hemp for cbd. Using the MBM calculator I processed this batch at 1250mg per oz. yes you read it right. I normally process at 500mgs. per oz. but the pain in my hand from arthritis and an injury was at about a 8 and if moved wrong was off the chart. This salve does a better job than just my 500mg infusion oil. With in a few minutes of applying it I could fell a reduction of the pain. I could close my hand ,wrigle my fingers and twist the wrist with a pain level of about 1 to 2. I do need to apply every few hrs but That is ok. I am also going to make a few jars using the 500mg per oz that I make to see if there is much difference between the 2 different strengths of cbd. ( I buy my hemp from a local grower who owns a nursery. I buy by the pound as I process cbd for pets. But this was for me.)

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 3, 2020 at 9:57 am

      I love it with more beeswax as well. From my recent experiments, 4 Tablespoons was great and I’m going to try 6 next for people who want to use it on their hands and have a less “greasy” salve. Keep me posted on your experiments! xoxo – CT

  • Reply
    Anastasia
    December 16, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Corinne!

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I just finished a batch for my dear friend and myself for the holiday season. I live outside of Denver and we are both musicians (particularly pianists) and music therapists so our wrists and forearms tend to get quite sore after a long practice session or work day! I have made some of your recipes before (notably the edible whipped lube (; ) and I have been very impressed so I’m looking forward to testing this out!

    I didn’t have the essential oils on hand that you mentioned so I used different parts of some blends, mainly Joy, Valor, Peace & Tranquility, and Ylang Ylang. It is still cooling but it already smells soothing and healing!

    Thanks again and keeping fighting the good fight for this amazing herbal health benefit!

  • Reply
    Andrea M Welte
    December 18, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Hi there-I made this for my daughter, who is a gymnast with often-sore muscles. However, I did something bad to my foot running yesterday, and woke up HOBBLED. As in, could barely walk to the car to take the kids to school this morning. When I got back I thought, “What the heck? I’ll put some of that CBD salve on it. Can’t hurt!” After one application, there was noticeable improvement in the pain level, and I could put more weight on my foot. I’ve now applied it five times over the course of the day, and i can walk with almost no pain! I’m still going to take it easy because I am injured, but at least I can function. Thank you!

    Of note: I used 28 grams of CBD, because I followed your recipe for CBD oil and just noticed this recipe calls for half. However, I also did not decarb twice as I forgot that point-only once. For whatever that’s worth. And, the copious quantities of essential oils that others have asked about create a warming effect that I find quite soothing without being irritating. Great recipe, thanks again!

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    Karen
    December 18, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I made this today- sort of! I could not find all of the essential oils. I did get the peppermint and clove oil, but the store only had a huge bottle of the ginger so I passed on it. I did have rose oil so used that. I put the 80 drops each in the mix. It smells lovely. You can’t smell the pot at all. Were the other oils to add to the medicinal properties, or just the aroma? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 2, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      Both! I love the smell of this stuff too <3

  • Reply
    Roberta
    December 20, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Do you think it would make a difference by adding THC to this recipe? Does it help with the pain too or is just the CBD enough? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 2, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      I love it with THC. I’ve been testing different blends these past few weeks and feel like it’s even more effective if you have access to high THC material. It seems to have more of a muscle relaxing effect (but i have zero data to back that up 😉 xoxo – CT

  • Reply
    Paula Brett
    December 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    You mention running your Nova twice…why? Does it not decarb in one cycle, as they advertise?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 2, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      It decarbs *almost* all the way in the first cycle. To get the extra 5%, you have to hit it twice. It’s up to you whether or not you want to wait or not. I’ve done them both and it’s really not a noticeable difference.

  • Reply
    Julie Tsohandaridis
    December 23, 2019 at 11:35 am

    What do I do if I don’t have a double boiler? Why can’t I use the MB for this step? Thanks!

  • Reply
    Julie Tsohandaridis
    December 23, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I made a double batch using black tie cbd, cbd infused coconut and cbd olive oil. I used 28g of cbd, 1c each infused oil. I ended up with approximately 21 oz of salve but am having a hard time getting an accurate per oz cbd total with the calculator (I’m bad with the math even when this easy). Can you show how you used it on the recipe?
    Also, everything comes out green – how do you make non-green salves, etc? My salve is light green, not creamy tan/yellow colored.
    Thank you!

  • Reply
    Donna Arnold
    December 24, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Can this be made by adding fresh pepper & ginger??? Never made this before, just trying to keep cost down.

  • Reply
    Shannon
    January 5, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Hi. I was wondering if you could use an herb infused olive oil such as arnica.

  • Reply
    carolinabis
    January 7, 2020 at 12:53 am

    I hope all goes well with your infusion! Addiction is rough. Stay strong! Good luck! I’m a hemp farmer and love hearing how it help others!

  • Reply
    CLARE TOOLIS
    January 7, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Hi there, I have an issue with my balm smelling a bit off after a while, can it be frozen?

  • Reply
    Joe
    January 14, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Drops vary according to the dropper. Could you provide more quantitative volume measurements like mls or teaspoons?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 15, 2020 at 11:36 am

      They do vary and so do the strengths of various oils. Instead of trying to give exact measurements that may make your salve to strong or too weak if you use different oils, I’d rather you use your nose and do your own testing to find a formula that works best for what you’re using. Those measurements are specifically for the oils that I used. Does that make sense?

  • Reply
    Sherry A Mir
    January 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    If you use lighter oils – you get a lighter salve. I do not use Olive oil as it comes out too green. I use sunflower oil or Sweet almond oil. But any light oil will work.

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