DIY Cannabis Topicals for Joint Pain

DIY Cannabis Topicals for Joint Pain

If you are reading this, I bet you didn't get here by accident. You are here to learn how to make your own cannabis topicals and discover the benefits of the cannabis-infused lotion. Well, you just won the jackpot. This post will show you the benefits of cannabis topicals and how you can make yours at home.

Marijuana is one of the world's most unique herbs. Many health benefits are attributed to this plant, and there’s still a lot more yet to be discovered. Various research and literature show us that marijuana relieves our physical, psychological and emotional nerves.

You don't always have to consume cannabis for its effect to manifest, especially when the effect you are after is pain relief. Cannabis topicals are one of many ways cannabis is used to relieve pain. Cannabis topicals are very efficient in reducing a wide range of pain and discomfort. Are you curious to know how to make your own cannabis topical? Read along to see our DIY cannabis topicals recipe for joint pain and the magic it performs.

Recipe For DIY Cannabis Topicals for Joint Pain

Making a cannabis topical is as easy as making a brownie. You have most of the ingredients in your home already. However, if you are not a toker, you might have to visit the dispensary for some weed. Here, we will be sharing our DIY cannabis topicals for joint pain. Below are the ingredients needed for this magical ointment.

  • 5-10 grams of cannabis. We recommend ground or dried cannabis for the best result.
  • One and a half cups of coconut oil.
  • One-third cup of beeswax.
  • One-third cup of olive oil.
  • Saucepan or double boiler.
  • Baking sheet.
  • Cheesecloth
  • Few drops of any essential oil.
  • A container or jar.

This is all you need to make your own cannabis topical at home. Oh, wait! Don't forget the oven too. We will need that.

How to Make Cannabis Topical at Home – Step by Step Guide

Now, for the moment of truth. The moment we've all been awaiting. The process. How to make your own cannabis topical. It is quite easy, though it may take a while to conclude the process. Without further ado, let's proceed.

  1. First, preheat your oven to 230 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes and prepare for decarboxylation.

Decarboxylation involves releasing certain compounds from the weed to activate certain effects. This process requires heat.

  1. The next step is decarboxylation. After preheating for a few seconds, take your cannabis and place it on a baking sheet. Cover it with another baking sheet and place it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. While waiting for your weed to decarboxylate, pour your coconut oil and olive oil into a saucepan or double boiler. Place it over your cooker, set it to low heat and stir continuously until you get a consistent mix.
  3. After 30 minutes, remove your decarboxylated weed from the oven and turn it into the coconut oil and olive oil mix. Stir this mixture continuously for 25 minutes and ensure you maintain low heat.

The heat must be low and consistent, especially when using direct heat on a saucepan. If the heat becomes too much, it might burn the weed and the THC compound whichreduce the potency of your topical. However, if you use a double boiler, the heat is not direct but maintaining a low temperature is still important.

  1. Another 25 minutes is up. Now, turn off the heat and remove your pan from the cooker.
  2. Get the cheesecloth and place it over your jar or container. Pour the oil mix through the cheesecloth into the jar and set it aside.
  3. Add the beeswax into the same pan you poured your oil mix from and set to low heat. Allow it to melt, then slowly pour the weed-infused oil from the jar and mix it.
  4. Add a few drops of essential oil. Lavender, tea tree or peppermint oil are recommended. Mix thoroughly untill even.
  5. Now, you can finally turn off the heat. Pour this mix into a container. Allow it to cool, and your DIY cannabis topical is ready.

And that's all it takes to make this great pain relief balm. Now, onto the benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Topicals?

When you apply this cannabis topical on your skin, it penetrates the skin and the THC in it binds with the endocannabinoid receptors and activates it. This way, some of its effects manifest. However, you can't get a high from cannabis topicals as the THC doesn't mix with your bloodstream.

A popular benefit of cannabis topicals is pain relieving. Below are some of the pain-relieving benefits of cannabis topicals.

  • Joint pain.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Cramps.
  • Arthritis.

Are you feeling discomfort from any of the above conditions? This DIY cannabis topical may be all you need.


Cannabis topicals are primarily made from marijuana. They have proven to be a desired pain relief ointment and an alternative method of using cannabis for medical purposes. When stored properly, that is, in a cool and dark room, it may last up to a year and still have its potency.

Edited by Kara W.

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