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How to Make Cannabis Salve From CBD or THC Flower

Making your own medicine at home is easier than most patients realize. If you have access to cannabis flower or hemp, it’s easy to make a cannabis salve at home. Here’s a step-by-step guide showing how to make CBD Oil and CBD topicals at home from hemp flower. What is a salve? A salve is […]

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Making your own medicine at home is easier than most patients realize. If you have access to cannabis flower or hemp, it’s easy to make a cannabis salve at home. Here’s a step-by-step guide showing how to make CBD Oil and CBD topicals at home from hemp flower.

What is a salve?

A salve is a semi-solid preparation usually containing herbal medicine that is used for healing or soothing. Salves are topicals, which means they are meant to be applied directly to the skin.

Salves are frequently made from herbs such as arnica, lavender, comfrey, and many other traditional herbal medicines. Cannabis salves a rapidly growing in popularity.

Research and anecdotal reports show CBD and THC may have significant therapeutic effects when applied topically. Cannabis salves are being used for a variety of purposes.

For this cannabis slave tutorial, you only need three ingredients: Oil, Beeswax, and Cannabis/Hemp Flower. If you prefer, you can also add other essential oils or herbs.

Why use a cannabis salve?

Many patients successfully use CBD oils or cannabis oils for topical application. However, because of the liquid nature of oil, a lot of the product can be wasted by dripping off or spreading beyond the area you’re trying to target.

Adding beeswax to convert the oil to a salve or ointment, gives the product a semi-solid texture. The beeswax increases the viscosity of the cannabis oil or CBD oil. The semi-solid nature of a cannabis salve means the product is much easier to apply topically. Topical cannabis salves are much more likely to stay where you place them compared to oil.

Making your own cannabis topicals is economical

Using a kit is very economical. The large kit sells for $75 and makes almost 15 oz. Nurse Grown also sells a premade hemp balm at $35 for 2 oz. To purchase 15 oz of pre-made CBD balm would cost more than $245.

 

How to make a cannabis salve

For this tutorial, I’m using a DIY Hemp Salve kit sold by Nurse Grown Organics, one of my favorite CBD companies (I love them so much, I’m an affiliate.)

The kit has almost everything you need to make up to 15 oz of your own DIY CBD topical at home. It includes 1 ounce of high-quality CBD hemp flower, 2 oz of beeswax, a muslin straining bag, and a large mason jar.

In addition to the kit, you’ll need, 2 cups of organic food-grade cooking oil. Choose an oil with a medium-to-high smoke point (coconut, olive, or grapeseed are great options).

I’m using the large DIY Hemp Salve Kit, but Nurse Grown also currently sells a smaller version.

If you don’t have a kit, don’t worry! You can absolutely gather the materials separately and still follow this same process. Here are all the materials I’m using to make my DIY cannabis salve.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Cannabis Salve

Materials Needed

1 oz cannabis flower (I’m using high-CBD hemp to make CBD oil)

2 oz beeswax

2 cups of organic food-grade oil (I’m using olive, you an use any with a medium to high smoke point)

Large mason jar

Smaller jars for salve storage (optional)

Essential oils (optional)

Cheesecloth or muslin bag for straining (you can use any straining method you choose)

Medium-sized pot, mixing utensils as needed

BUY the DIY Hemp Salve Kit from Nurse Grown Organics.

 

WARNING: In this process, we’re using the jar method. Some consumers have had jars break when cooking with them. Use caution. During the process, be sure that the jar avoids any contact with cold surfaces or cold liquids as that can increase the risk of the jar breaking. Of course, always use caution when handling hot oil or hot preparations.

 

Cannabis Salve Instructions

Step 1 – Decarboxylate Your Flower

Dried cannabis flower actually contains very little CBD and THC. Instead, raw cannabis flower is usually high in the acidic-form of those molecules, CBDA and THCA. In order to convert CBDA into CBD, you must decarboxylate your cannabis. We do this by heating it to the ideal temperature for the ideal amount of time.

I prefer to decarboxylate in my Ardent Nova which decarbs cannabis perfectly every time. If you do not have an Ardent, you can also decarb in a jar or in a covered dish inside your oven.

This is how I decarb perfectly every time. 

You’ll want to break apart the larger buds of your cannabis flower, but you do not need to grind it.

To decarboxylate for CBD, place the broken up cannabis flower in the jar. Then bake the sealed jar at 250 degrees for 90 minutes. (Note, THC requires less time to decarb, about 35-45 minutes)

 

Step 2 – Infuse Your Oil – THE JAR METHOD

In this next step, you will make your CBD oil (or cannabis oil). To do this, you need to mix the oil and plant material together, and heat it. The heat will cause the cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) to move out of the plant material and into the oil around it.

You can use any infusion method you’d like. Here we’re using the “Jar Method”.

Simply pour the oil into the jar that contains the already decarboxylated flower. Be sure the oil covers the plant material.

Place the sealed jar in a medium pot of boiling water. Simmer on low for 45-60 minutes. Shake the jar or stir the contents periodically during the infusion.

You just want to be sure there’s no way for the jar to tip and spill the contents into the water.

 

Step 3 – Strain Your Oil

You can use any straining method you like. The kit comes with a very convenient muslin bag. Cheesecloth is another great method.

As long as you used food-grade oil, this oil is edible. You can stop here and just use this as ordinary CBD oil. Take it with an oral syringe or add it to recipes.

If you’re making the topical, you’ll move on to the next step.

After you strain your oil, be sure to WASH YOUR JAR.

 

Step 4 – Incorporate the Beeswax

Next, you’ll add the infused oil back into your washed, clean jar. You’ll also add the beeswax.

Once again, place the sealed jar in a medium pot of boiling water. Simmer on low. Shake the jar or stir the contents periodically until all the beeswax is melted and incorporated into the oil

How long this takes, depends on how large your chunks of beeswax are. I chop mine and they take about 25-30 minutes to completely melt. You can also grate/shred your beeswax or use beeswax pellets to reduce the time needed to melt.

 

Step 5 – Add Essential Oils (OPTIONAL)

If you’re planning to add essential oils to your DIY hemp topical, this is the time to add them. Simply add the essential oils to the jar and give it a shake or a stir.

 

Step 6 – Store Your DIY Hemp Flower Salve

You can store your freshly made DIY CBD topical directly in the mason jar you prepared it. For easier access, I like to pour it into shorter wide-mouth containers.

Set the filled containers to the side and screw on the top after it’s cooled.

 

Step 7. Enjoy your fresh, homemade cannabis salve.

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Stories of Hope: Living with Lupus but I’m Winning!

I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

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I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

I was taking steroids, anti-rejection drug, high blood pressure as well as other drugs for lupus.  Yet, I still was in pain!  24/7.  Then here came sciatica–along with all the other pain!

I have been a believer in cannabis for quite some time and here is the blessing.  My son brought me a bottle of 1,000 units of CBD oil. I have been taken in for approximately 6-8 weeks.  I now no longer need steroids, high blood pressure, not anti-rejection drugs.  I am stronger, my bowels are better!

I feel so…much better!  Went to Lupus doctor, and he was smiling when he walked in!  “Ms. Miles, I told you that you needed that anti-rejection medicine!  Your numbers are looking GREAT!  Much better than I have seen before!  I then informed his that I had discontinued most of the medications prescribed; and was taking CBD oil!  He said “well, it must be working!”  Keep on doing what you are doing!

I am so grateful for this medicine but it is expensive and not covered by insurance!  All the herbs and vitamins that work, a person often has the means to purchase. The problem is that cannabis is expensive!

My CBD oil is $80.00 + tax, I need at least 2 bottles per month!  That’s an additional $160.00 on a fixed income.  Am anxiously awaiting the prices to come down.

Hope!

Stay Safe!

Respectfully submitted by Jewel Miles

If you’d like to share your Stories of Hope…we would be honored.  You can submit to Hope@UnitedPatientsGroup.com

 

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Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor You Can Trust

Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today.

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Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor

Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today. You can consider it for dealing with a host of ailments naturally, safely, and effectively. But everything boils down to finding a specialist you can trust to initiate the therapy. In most cases you will need to see one for advice and getting a recommendation for your medical Cannabis card. Here are some tips for finding a doctor you can trust.

Start with research

Before you start looking around for a provider, you need to start by researching the legality of cannabis in your state. You can purchase and use it only if you reside in a state where the law permits it or if you’re visiting a legal ‘adult use’ state (i.e. California, Colorado, Oregon…). If you reside in a legal ‘medical’ state, you will be allowed its usage only if you have a qualifying medical condition. Chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease are common qualifying conditions. You can have an initial consultation with your primary care physician to consider the benefits of medical cannabis and then start looking for a specialist.

Find a reputable medical Cannabis clinic near you

After you are sure about trying this therapeutic option, you can start looking for a reputed clinic near you. Online research can help you do it quickly.  But make sure that you verify the license and credentials of the specialist. You can go a step ahead by checking reviews and testimonials of real patients. Comparing consultation fees of physicians is also a good idea. Once you are convinced about their credibility, you can visit the clinic in-person or online to go ahead with the treatment.

Get a consultation with the specialist

When it comes to getting treatment for the specialist, you need to build trust and rapport. Your initial consultation with them will give you a fair idea about their experience and reliability. Discuss your case history honestly and openly and carry your reports along. A seasoned specialist will listen and have personalized recommendations in products. Cannabis comes in diverse strains and products, with each working for a specific condition. For example, purple punch strain has been shown beneficial for mental issues like depression and anxiety and for chronic pain too. Strains and products can get confusing for beginners, and only a trusted specialist can help.

Look for excellent follow-up care

If you plan to use Cannabis as a long-term treatment option, make sure that the specialist you choose offers excellent follow-up care. You will have doubts and questions when you start and you may also need advice on cannabis dosage over time. At times, you may need to seek other alternatives in products and methods of consumption. It is best to look for a doctor who is willing to give you advice from time to time, answer your queries, and work patiently on a long-term treatment plan.

Finding a reliable medical cannabis specialist may take some work, but the effort is worthwhile. They can help you switch to a safe, natural therapeutic option and avoid the risk of prolonged use of conventional medicines.

Also please note, it is not illegal to ask your current doctor about cannabis, even if you reside in a legal state.  If they are not familiar with this plant, ask them for a recommendation to a doctor who may know.

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5 Generation Bakers Adds Special Feel-Good Ingredient: CBD

Scott Baker’s family has been in the baking business since 1875, and to this day it holds the recipe for one of Pittsburgh’s most sweet and guilty pleasures: Jenny Lee Swirl breads. So he brought the famous bread back when he established 5 Generation B…

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Scott Baker’s family has been in the baking business since 1875, and to this day it holds the recipe for one of Pittsburgh’s most sweet and guilty pleasures: Jenny Lee Swirl breads. So he brought the famous bread back when he established 5 Generation Bakers in 2010, following Jenny Lee Bakery’s closure in 2008. King’s Family Restaurants, which features the bread on its menu, was his first customer. The bread is rolled and baked in…

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