The endless health and wellness benefits of incorporating Cannabis into your daily routine are astonishing. Cannabis is a versatile plant that can be used in many applications. Consumables like edibles, topical products like a salve, and potent concentrate stronger than a typical flower strain are the most common products made from Cannabis.
Just like cultivating your own herb, there’s something to be said about making your own Cannabis products. With a little time, effort, and experimentation, you can make your own therapeutically beneficial Canna-infused goodies that you can wear, smoke, and even eat!
The first recorded use of Cannabis as medicine was in 2737 BC in the Pen Ts’as Ching. An Emperor Shen-Nung used it to treat at least 100 medical issues like malaria and nausea.
From China, the Indo-European nomads of 2000-1450 BC used Cannabis seeds in burial rituals and used the herb in steam baths. Also in 2000-1000 BC, the Atharva Vedas mention Cannabis as a source of happiness and bringer of freedom.
Let’s jump 1000 years to 1500 AD when the Spanish people brought Cannabis to America. During this time Cannabis is used for more industrial purposes like making rope, but it is also used as a medicinal drug.
Jumping another 520 years we get to today. From 2000 until now, Canada and other governments legalized cannabis for medical purposes. The amazing health benefits of Cannabis is always on the rise. We learn more about this precious plant and its beneficial cannabinoids on the daily. Recreational legalization is on the fast-track to be globalized in the next 10-15 years.
Cannabis-infused topicals like salve and lotions are taking center stage. Cannabis lotions and salves are known to provide relief from localized and chronic pain. They also are great for minor skin issues like scrapes, burns and bug bites.
Most of us live a life with stress and business, and that is why self-care is so important. Making Cannabis salve is no harder than making your own Canna-butter or oil. If you’ve never created your own homemade Cannabis concoctions, that’s okay! With the easy to follow recipes below, you will be a pro in no time.
Pro tip: Using butter (like shea or coco) instead of oil (like coconut or almond), your salve won’t be as greasy.
Having a salve on hand is never a bad thing. It’s summertime so burns and bug bites are nothing new. Follow the recipe below to make your own body-boosting Cannabis salve.
For a quality product, most Cannabis crafters use one ounce of flowers to two cups of oil (or butter) works best. The result is about 13 fluid oz.
A potent salve is typically made from premium buds instead of leaves and trim.
Ingredients & Materials
1 oz. Cannabis
2 cups of oil of your choice (coconut, almond, olive etc.)
30 drops of essential oil of your pick
Cheesecloth (natural and non-blanched)
2 tsp. Beeswax or beeswax pellets* (pre-melted)
Mason Jar & rubberband
Spatula & spoon (slotted)
* Double beeswax amount if you are using olive or almond oil.
1 tsp. Lecithin (soy/ sunflower)
1 tsp. Vitamin oil (E, A, C etc.)
1 oz decorative storage jar
There is four simple to follow steps in the Cannabis salve making process:
Preheat your oven between 240-260℉, line your baking sheet with foil, and spread your ground-up Cannabis evenly over it.
Decarboxylate your weed for 30 to 40 minutes. In case your oven is hotter than normal, check your herb at 30 minutes.
The end result? Cannabis that has a nice golden color.
In a Magic Butter, Crockpot, Saucepan, or double boiler, heat 2 cups of coconut oil over low heat while stirring constantly.
This is when you will add the soy or sunflower lecithin to help bind the cannabinoids to the oil. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
Let the oil and Cannabis mixture cook on a very low heat setting for up to three hours. Be sure to gently stir your concoction hourly.
You can go ahead and pre-melt your beeswax if you haven’t already done so by this point.
Pro tip: Don’t burn off beneficial cannabinoids by getting your salve too hot. Every oil has its own point of combustion.
After cooking, it’s time to take your Cannabis salve off the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes. While it’s cooling, grab your cheesecloth and secure it to your mason jar with that rubber band. (you already grabbed it, right? If not, go to your junk drawer and get one now.)
Now, grab your slotted spoon and start putting your oil mixture on the cheesecloth. Now, remove the rubber band and squeeze (warning: contents may be quite warm still) the Cannabis salve into the jar.
Take a fresh piece of cheesecloth and strain the remaining oil into the jar. Poor your strained concoction into your glass bowl. Then, add the pre-melted beeswax and your chosen essential oils.
Pro tip: if you are using cocoa or shea butter, you will need less beeswax.
Congratulations, you just made your own Cannabis salve at home, by yourself- great job! It’s time to move your finished product into its new home.
Before you put the lids on, place the filled jars in the freezer for around 30 minutes. Then, take your Cannabis salve out of the freezer and leave it out at room temperature for an hour before putting the lids on.
If you are like me and are the forgetful type, get creative and make some labels, or just grab a nearby Sharpie and write the date, time and ingredients.
Edibles are fun, topical Cannabis products are relaxing, but making your own concentrates that you can smoke takes DIY adventures to the next level. While it may be convenient to buy cannabis concentrates, making your own rosin can be a fun learning experience.
Rosin, or solventless hash oil (SHO), is a consumable Cannabis concentrate like shatter that is made with heat and pressure. This process forces the cannabinoids and terpenes out of the Cannabis plant’s trichomes (glands).
Anyone can make rosin at home safely without a large financial investment. In fact, if you go search your bathroom right now, you will find the tool you need to make small quantities of rosin at home.
All you need to make your own rosin at home is:
Optional: If you want to get really fancy, get a rosin bag.
The fun part about rosin is there is no exact temperature setting that will give you the best yeild. Why? Well just like us, each Cannabis strain has a unique chemical makeup.
Very dry herb and hash require a lower temperature to allow the cannabis glands to excrete rosin.
First, bust up your plant material and shape it into a small rectangle (as if you were rolling a joint). This will help reduce plant material entering your finished product.
If you have a rosin bag ( food-grade mesh bag), this is when you will put your plant material inside. If you are using hash or kief, a rosin bag is a must.
Now turn on your hair straightener and put it on the lowest setting. If it is too low, you can gradually increase your temperature.
Next, put your Cannabis or rosin bag between unbleached parchment paper. Press firmly between 5 and 30 seconds.
If you lay the straightener on a table and press, you will achieve a larger yield.
Pro tip: leave an inch or two of parchment paper along the sides to catch rosin that may drip.
Check the parchment paper for oil, if there isn’t much there, place the bud back on the parchment paper and repeat the pressing process again.
That’s it! You just made rosin. Wasn’t that easy? Now grab a dab tool to collect the rosin and place it in a silicone container or a new piece of unbleached parchment paper for storage.
With increasing research and the evolving market, there seem to be countless ways to enjoy this amazing plant. Solventless Cannabis extraction technology is on the rise. If you are looking to make a large batch of rosin, you can purchase rosin press kits online from $300 to $3000.
Fortunately for us at home enthusiasts, we can have a taste of this elite product without commercial-grade production systems and stay lifted!