Quick and Easy Cannabis Salve

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Ever since I gave up food blogging (about a week ago), it feels like a part of me is missing.

Am I an incomplete person without food porn? Maybe.

Is that sad? Yes.

Will I post this cannabis salve instead just so I can curb the food porn itch? Obviously.

Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Want to stop. Help me.

Is there a support group for recovering food photographers? I hope so.

Am I asking way too many questions in this post? Fo sho.

But is this cannabis salve worth it? Totally… keep on going for the recipe.

Pain Relieving Cannabis Salve

marijuana salveLuckily for all of you and for the internet at large, I have a ridiculous backlog of stuff that I haven’t posted yet. When I say the word ridiculous, I mean that in the had-to-upgrade-my-external-hard-drive kind of ridiculous.

I was going through my old photos while the babe was asleep and I realized that I could probably do a post every day for the next year and not run out of recipes.

Will I do that? Maybe. It sounds like a great beginning to a romantic comedy. Like Super High Me meets Julie and Julia. I’ve never seen that second one, but I read an article about it on an airplane once. Apparently Julia Child was not down with that Julie character or her blog stunting.

Are there people who read this blog who are not down with me and my blog stunting? Hell no. Even if there were, I’d just delete their comments. You’re in my world naow.

All nonsense aside, this salve is incredible for muscle pain relief and dry itchy skin. You just massage it in and wait about 20-40 minutes for the magic to happen. If you want the magic to happen more quickly and deeply, massage it in, wait about 10 minutes and soak in a hot bath for about 20 minutes.

Cannabis Coconut Oil + Olive Oil + Beeswax = A Simple Cannabis Salve

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I’m not a huge fan of solid salves that are more wax than anything else. Most of the cannabis salve recipes out there make a firm end result. And that’s totally fine, but it’s not what I like to use. I wanted to make a cannabis salve that is non-greasy, easy to use at any temperature, is great for the skin and has a good absorption rate. This salve ended up being the perfect ratio for those qualities.

I guess technically it falls somewhere in between a salve and and ointment, but I’m just not into that second word, so we’re going with salve.

It’s balanced with more cannabis coconut oil than beeswax and a smidge of olive oil so it has a smoother texture and it absorbs easily. The beeswax makes the salve non-greasy and has skin protectant, healing and slightly anti-inflammatory properties. If you’d like to switch up the ratios to make a custom cannabis salve, I found this article about beeswax proportions to be very helpful.

You can add essential oils of your choice or infuse the salve with some calendula or other herbs.

Tips & FAQ

  • I get my salve making supplies (and most of my herbs) from Amazon if I can’t find them locally. Beeswax Pastilles are easier to work with than the gigantic and expensive blocks of beeswax I’ve found nearby.
  • Beeswax is pretty delightful in general, but is not technically vegan. If you’d like to make a vegan cannabis salve, just substitute cocoa butter or shea butter for the beeswax.
  • This is a great way to use a batch of weed oil that doesn’t turn out quite right.
  • Store this cannabis salve in a dark cool place. It stores forever, but if it melts and solidifies, the texture changes a lot.
  • If you’d like to calculate the thc in this recipe, check out the Calculating Your THC Dosage post. I’m working on a thc dosage calculator, but until then, you can learn how to get a general idea of the THC in your cannabis salve and other edibles.

Easy Cannabis Salve Recipe

homemade weed salve1. In a double boiler or makeshift double boiler over high heat, melt:

2. Add:

  • 1/4 cup organic olive oil (I use this one or Napa Valley Naturals)

organic weed salve

3. Add:

cannabis salve beeswax pastilles

4. Whisk occasionally until beeswax is melted. Add essential oils (optional- I like tea tree and peppermint)

weed salve5. Pour Into a medium mixing bowl and allow it to cool and solidify partially.

6. Whip the salve for a minute or so and transfer into salve containers. Cool, cover and store.

whipped cannabis salve

Holla in the comments section if you have questions or if you’d like to share your experience with this weed salve.

Much love,

Corinne

Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. I’m not a doctor. I’m also not a lawyer and can’t defend you if you get busted trying to make this recipe in a state that still considers possession or cultivation of cannabis a criminal act. I don’t agree with this law, but I’d never advocate that you break it. Jail would suck. Instead, I strongly advise that you work to change the law in your state or nation by supporting and being active in grassroots organizations that are trying to legalize cannabis in your area (they’re everywhere). This recipe is heretoforth only intended for people who live in states or countries where medical or recreational use of cannabis is legal, who are 21 and older, of sound mind and who understand that operating heavy machinery (cars, trucks, planes, etc.) under the influence of any intoxicant, including marijuana, is incredibly dangerous, immature, and wholly stupid. Please don’t ever eat and drive. Support public transportation or use the two legs that evolution gave you and walk your sweet ass wherever it is that you need to go.

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This quick cannabis salve is a great topical treatment for sore muscles, dry/itchy skin, and arthritis pain. Make this easy marijuana salve in minutes and take it with you anywhere you go!
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55 Comments

  • Reply
    Joe Sahagun
    May 30, 2016 at 5:53 am

    First off i want to say that your site is awesome, I just spent about two hours reading through only a few of your recipes/tutorials. And it is now 2:00 a.m. as im writing this. I am in the process of making the salve and i am just wondering if i can freeze the salve, all i could scrounge up at the last minute was a small lotion jar but it is definitely not enough to fit all of it at once, so i was going to put the leftovers in a mason jar in the freezer. I would also like to know if it would change the texture, if it does can i possibly just re-whip it when it thaws, thank you for the helpful info.
    Thanks,
    Joe

  • Reply
    SJT
    September 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Yes, you can freeze it. If the texture has changed once later thawed, you can remelt your salve using the double boiler method. I’d let it first come to room temp, then melt. Once melted, pour into a heavy glass jar (thin glass may crack bc of the hot oils) or an empty salve tin. Stay away from plastics.

    Don’t use the microwave or direct heat to remelt, however.

    • Reply
      mayangrl
      March 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Stay away from plastics in general, or because it’s hot from melting it again?

  • Reply
    NJB
    September 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Hey this is a great post thank you for blessing us with it all. Have one question regarding its characteristics, does the salve have a strong marijuana scent, or any at all? thanks

    • Reply
      SJT
      September 29, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      I apologize, I’m not the blog writer, but I do make a lot of salves, medicated & otherwise. So just wanted to answer your question based on my experience.

      I’m not sure if this particular salve will smell at all as my formulation is quite different from this one in terms of base oils, the manner in which I infuse my oils etc. But if it does & if you’d prefer it to *not* smell, you can always add some essential oils. Many easily mask or blend with the smell of cannabis in salves as essential oils have their own mixture of natural terpenes, making the smell of cannabis much less pronounced. The essential oils will also add to the healing properties of the salve, which is a bonus.

      Lavender & eucalyptus works really nicely together in terms of scent & effect on the body. Lavender & rosemary as well. Premeasure your essential oils & add them *after* your wax has melted & you’ve removed your salve mixture from the heat. In this case, bc this salve is whipped, I’d add the eo-s right before whipping it. You can find loads of material & things online in regards to uses/terpenes/safety etc.

      Essential oils are not prohibitively expensive if buying from a reputable essential oil supplier. One I like is New Directions Aromatics (I’m in no way associated with them other than as a customer). They provide MSDS with most things they sell, which many companies don’t, and they’ve got a great online store. I always go with 100ml bottles, minimum. It’s about the same price as I’d pay retail for a much smaller bottle (30ml) of inferior, pre-diluted product. Don’t waste your money on expensive oils from crazily expensive pyramid scheme essential oil ‘specialists’ which make ridiculous claims about their stuff being better or ‘purer’. They lie.

      Good luck & enjoy your salve ? I don’t know what I’d do without mine. They’re so incredibly healing.

      • Reply
        Nicole
        December 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

        How much essential oil do you add to your salve?

        • Reply
          SJT
          February 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm

          It really depends on how much salve you’re making & the number of essential oils you’re using. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a clear answer for that because everybody’s batch size & formulations are different.

          I’d suggest doing some research online to learn more about essential oils themselves, as well as suitable amounts based on your batch size. I make fairly large batches because I sell my salve & other products, so what works for me wouldn’t necessarily be suitable for your home use. I’d also suggest avoiding companies such as Young Living etc. Don’t waste your money.

          • Camie
            May 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm

            How do I make the canabis coconut oil?

  • Reply
    Alessandra
    October 18, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Can this salve be transported on an airplane (pass TSA security)?

    • Reply
      Larry Nutter
      December 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      This salve would contain a significant amount of THC and would be criminal to possess on an airliner or outside of any state that has not legalized marijuana. Airports in Colorado warn passengers to not attempt to board an airliner or to pass TSA security with any type of marijuana. If you were discovered with this substance as you attempted to board an airliner you would be arrested.

      • Reply
        mayangrl
        March 13, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        That being said, I switched out the label on my commercially bought salve, and no one noticed. I fly with it all the time. Since I can’t take a vaper or flower on a plane, I buy candies and edibles, and transfer them to baggies with other edibles or peppermint candy tins. Obviously you take your chances, but I have found it to be worth it.

  • Reply
    savannah
    October 26, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Love your site! Any experience using candelilla wax in place of the beeswax? I was going to follow this recipe and substitute, but I noticed your note about replacing the beeswax with shea or cocoa butter. Jut wondering if candelilla would work 🙂 Thanks!

    • Reply
      SJT
      October 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Salve-maker here again.

      You can replace the beeswax with candelilla wax however, candelilla wax is harder than beeswax so you’ll have to adjust the amount slightly (use less candelilla than beeswax). Salves are pretty hard to screw up, fortunately. If your product winds up being too stiff, add a small amount of oil to it til you get to the consistency you want.

  • Reply
    CT
    October 26, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I had a question, with this salve recipe, will it reduce the quality if you use decarboxolated cannabis coconut oil, instead of raw cannabis oil? Or will the effects be different when applied topically when using raw vs decarbed? Thanks

  • Reply
    Lina
    October 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    CT, I’d like to know the same thing, about the effects of raw vs. decarboxylated. I’m making both, and I’ve gone all over the web and some swear that decarboxylated Cannabis is necessary to make it effective whereas others swear that leaving it raw and keeping the cannabis in its acidic form works better (for inflammation at least). I wonder if anyone truly knows, if there have been any studies on this. Also, various sites say that it’s impossible to feel any kind of high with a salve or any topical when you decarboxylated and others say that you can get a very mild high. If anyone has personal knowledge of this I’d like to know. Finally, trim vs bud….I’m sure it makes a difference….unless, maybe, you use a lot more trim than a salve recipe calls for?

  • Reply
    Elaine
    October 27, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Hi, yes I would like to know the same as above? Decarboxylated or not?

  • Reply
    jack bibbo
    October 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Hello, I just followed this recipe and worked out very well. Thank you this is a great site.

    I have a few questions.

    1. My salve came out very dark brown like chocolate, not green like the pic. I used mostly trim and a few buds. The color, I think that this had to do with Lecithin. Looks like chocolate. Not a good thing IMO. Any idea why?

    2. The viscosity of the salve came out very oil and felt oily to the skin. Is did set up with the beeswax but the absorption rate was much less than shea butter that I have used in the past. Shea butter has less saturated fat however 6g per tablespoon vs 12g with coco. Its my knowledge that the sat fat is what help extraction of the herb. Is this true? or will Shea butter give me the same potency just a different viscosity.

    Thank you for this great website. I really appreciate it.

    -jack

  • Reply
    Lynne Carey
    November 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    How do I make the cannibus coconut oil? I have both but not together? I live in a state where this is completely legal.
    THANK YOU!

  • Reply
    Joe Schulz
    November 4, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I’m assuming you’re using the solid coconut oil and not the liquid style? And at what ratio is your oil?

  • Reply
    Jess
    November 19, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I followed the recipe perfectly. However, when I poured the mixture into the jars I ended up with a hole in the middle. I am assuming this is an air bubble. How can I avoid this? I like pouring it in so it looks nice in the jar once cooled.
    Love this site! Thank you for sharing?

    • Reply
      Holli Papasodora
      November 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Try hitting your container on the counter a few times as your salve cools to help remove air bubbles. I do this with all my salves.

    • Reply
      Bonnie
      January 19, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Hey Jess, this “hole in the middle” is because as the beeswax cools it shrinks. You’ll see the same thing if you make lip balm or candles. There are a few ways to avoid/fix it. Candle makers will often do a double pour. So pour it mostly full then wait until the hole starts to form as it hardens, and do a second pour that will fill the whole and cover the top layer. Or, you can use a hair dryer (if you haven’t used a tonn of beeswax) or a heat gun to melt the top so it fills the hole in.

      Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Dina
    November 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Do I need to Use Lecithin in my Canna oil? I don’t have any but have everything else and was wondering if this was a MUST HAVE for salves.

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  • Reply
    beppe
    November 29, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Can glycerin-MJ extract be substituted for coconut-oil-MJ extract in this recipe without drastically changing the texture?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      November 30, 2016 at 8:02 am

      I’m not sure… If you try it, let me know how it goes 🙂

      Much love,
      Corinne

  • Reply
    Holli Papasodora
    November 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the amazing blog post, and links to your past blog post to help me step by step along the way to a perfect salve (and perfect present for my husband 🙂 ).

    I swapped out the olive oil for hemp seed oil, and used a combo of ginger, cypress, black pepper, and frankincense essential oils to make a good arthritis balm. Its warming, reliving, and wonderful.

    Cheers!

    • Reply
      peggy
      July 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      sounds awesome!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    December 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    How much of the essential oil do we add? I chose peppermint 🙂

    • Reply
      Corinne
      December 27, 2016 at 11:25 am

      It depends on how strong the oil is. Start off with about 8-10 drops for this recipe, but if you have a stronger peppermint oil, use less at first. Just keep stirring it in until it smells really good. Try it to see if it gives you an effervescent feeling when applied to the skin. If not, you can use a little more. I hope that helps!

      Much love,
      Corinne

  • Reply
    Jenn Borjeson
    January 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I was psyched to find your blog – I’ll be back for sure. I make my own salve, also, in my recipe I use Vitamin E oil but no olive oil. I love using lavender or rose essential oils – and I must say, I have been giving the salve away and I’d estimate that about 90% of the people I give it to say it works absolute miracles on their pain. The only folks who said it did not work were those who were already taking opioids or narcotics. Anyway, thanks for all of the great links – I’ll be spending some time doing some more research for sure.

  • Reply
    Donna
    January 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I made this beeswax olive oil cannabiss coconut oil slve it turned out pretty just like the boughten salve I ran out of bees wax, just left it out an I like it better melts on contact easy to rub and I like it better!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Nice Donna!

      I’ll have to try it that way. That would be much cheaper and way easier 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback <3

      Much love,
      C

      • Reply
        peggy
        July 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

        found some locally sourced bees wax, its in a block so I just cut off chunks to add to the warm canna oil. The bess wax pastilles are easier to work with but I LOVE the locally sourced, it has an awesome smell and lovely creamy feel. Perhaps more healing since t is local.

  • Reply
    Hammer of thor
    January 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Nice blog and article, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    beppe
    January 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Because MJ is still against Federal laws, isn’t illegal to ship or mail it? I think, with special permits, it can be transported in commercial quantities within Colorado but I would never risk trying to send it through the mail or out of state.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 13, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Hi beppe!

      Yes, it is very illegal to ship or mail it in the USA. Did I say something that made it seem otherwise? If so, I’d like to edit that right away.

      Let me know 🙂

      Much love,
      Corinne

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  • Reply
    Jim
    January 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I am ready to try your cannabis infused salve and am wondering if I can just put all of the ingredients together in the magic butter machine at the same time? If so what temp and how long? Or, do I have to make the infused coconut oil first then add the olive oil and beeswax in the double boiler?

    • Reply
      Chaser
      January 25, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Jim…..that’s what I’m wondering also….in the same position! Let’s hope get answers soon. 🙂

      • Reply
        Corinne
        January 25, 2017 at 10:44 pm

        Oh man. Thank you both for pointing out this glaring omission. So, make the coconut oil 160 1 hr and strain out the cannabis. Then add the cannabis coconut oil and the rest of the ingredients back into the mb2 and hit the 160 1 hr cycle again. Pour into your containers and you’re good to go. I hope that helps!

        • Reply
          peggy
          July 15, 2017 at 1:58 pm

          WOW, didn’t know about that one. Next time!

  • Reply
    Sean Robinson
    January 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I’m curious how much trim does it take to make 10oz of Salve?

  • Reply
    Chaser
    January 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Did I miss something…….I’ve searched and searched, but I can’t find the recipe for making in the MB machine, like the settings, etc. but the post says you state this, unless I misunderstood, of course. Please share….

  • Reply
    Roxy
    February 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I’m wondering how often you would apply the salve if it’s needed for a chronic condition?

  • Reply
    Chaser
    February 11, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I made the Cannabis Coconut Oil so that I could make this recipe, and now I’m wondering why I couldn’t just rub the Cannabis Coconut Oil directly on my skin, other than it doesn’t smell real good. Actually, I made it in the magical butter machine, after I decarbox-d it in the oven, and the final product (once it went through the magical butter machine cycle) ended up with a rather ”burnt’ smell. Any suggestions and/or ideas on why that would have happened? Maybe when using the magical butter machine, I should decarbox? Thanks much~!

    • Reply
      SJT
      February 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      There are several factors that could play into your problem. Does your end product *taste* burnt? If not, I’d personally go ahead & use it, see how it works. No use throwing out potentially good medicine, especially since it’s not going into edibles.

      I usually use the MB2e now & have always decarbed before infusing my oils. Previously I had infused my oils manually but still decarbed (also manually), so I’ve been able to compare the two methods (manual infusion vs mechanical).

      I haven’t ever noticed any burnt smell in my end product, even after several cycles of freezer/MB2e on the same batch. Perhaps you’re decarbing too long, or at too high a temperature? Or using too high a temperature/too long a cycle on the MB?

      If you’re having problems decarbing, maybe try the Lift or the Nova, which do it for you (but only a ½oz at a time). I purchased one & have used it a few times but haven’t noticed any difference between manually or ‘mechanically’ decarbing, maybe just because of the method I use, so you might not want to drop $200+ on that unless you’re having serious problems doing it yourself. I’m also not a fan of the fact that the inner canister on the Lift is aluminum, which is a known neurotoxin, contributing to Alzheimer’s etc, so it’s gathering dust. Why bother buying high quality plant material when you’re just poisoning yourself anyways? The upside is that it contains the stink.

      What are you using to decarb now? Glass pans? Turkey bags? Aluminum bakeware (try to avoid if at all possible)? Dark aluminum bakeware (those horrific, nonstick pieces of garbage) heats up more than regular bakeware, so you need to adjust the temperature of your oven to avoid burnt material. Noticed that years ago when baking cookies. Those pans burned the bottom of everything.

      I’ve also read statements online made by owners of the previous MB model that it supposedly decarbed for you (told to them by the company). Apparently they changed this in the newer model. Perhaps that’s the problem? If you have the older model, decarbing your plant material beforehand may be overkill.

  • Reply
    Fran
    February 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Hello Corinne, love the cookbook and the work you are doing!!!
    I have a question for you. I have made cannabis infused coconut oil and I have quiet a few jars of it. I am wondering how to store it and how long it lasts, can you freeze it etc. I have been using shake, kief, leaves, or whatever you want to call it. When I strain the oil with my bag ( I purchased the MB2, and the Novo} I get a blackish or really dark green silty, sandy material. Do you separate that from the oil after it has solidified? One more thing, do you just throw away that leftover material or is there any value to it? Thanks, Fran

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    Cassandra
    March 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Don’t throw away the goodies left in the bag! Corinne has a great recipe for High Chai tea that uses that precious bag right after you make a batch of monster oil. The tea is delicious and that nice warm glow was pretty darn good (and rewarding)after making a successful batch of cannabis infused oil. I’ve got a badly arthritic thumb (of course it’s my right hand which can be crippling some days) and a torn rotator cuff, also on the right side, and this works better than Aleve for pain and inflammation and way better side effects 😉 and no gut rot. This allows me to get shit done! I’m a mom, an 8 time grandma and self employed and need to get shit done.

  • Reply
    Raven
    April 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I made a CBD infused oil (olive & avocado blend) do I need to add the extra olive oil to make this recipe or can I just add the beeswax?

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    Erica T
    April 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I am so excited to try this recipe! My buddy has put a lot of love into his home grown plants, and he is gracing me with a big ol bucket of trim to turn into salve. Just wondering if this decarbed recipe will give you the euphoria of a high or not? I would love to give some to family members, but many of them would not want to experience a high.

  • Reply
    Janice Edwards
    June 5, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Thank you for your website. I really appreciate the salve recipe. It looks very easy to follow.

  • Reply
    Cole
    August 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    So I tried your bath bombs they were pretty much the best feeling ever. But since my oil is high thc and low cbd, it was great for body high and not so good for pain. I want to try making this but add some CBD tincture for better pain relief. Now I’m wondering if that’s a waste of the coconut oil and I should just use regular coconut oil or with the tincture for pain? What do you think? Does this also give enough of a body high to make it worth using oil and tincture?

  • Reply
    Ashley
    August 27, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Can you use this with “already vaped bud”? I use the already vaped bud to make edibles

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