If you are someone that suffers from arthritis, muscle aches, or have an injury that causes constant pain, then you know how annoying it can be to take pain medication repeatedly just to get some relief. For many people, taking pain medication that is sold over the counter can have bad side effects. Some medications can cause upset stomach, heartburn, and some can even have adverse effects on your liver.
Dealing with pain using prescription medications can have even more adverse side effects like addiction. Many people have turned away from opioids because they are afraid of becoming addicted to them. They can cause things like severe constipation and stomach issues.
Using CBD Products For Pain
One of the most popular things on the market today for all types of pain is CBD products. These products are derived from hemp. Many choose to buy their CBD products online or a local store that sells them, but some people prefer to make their own at home. To make CBD oils, tinctures, gummies, edibles, and even creams can require a good deal of research if they are to be made correctly and be as beneficial as they can be.
While most people will ingest CBD in some way to reap many benefits at once from the products, some only desire to get localized pain relief. For these people, using a topical CBD product can be an easy and helpful solution. Even though there are many CBD creams, lotions, balms, and salves available for sale, it can be a fairly easy thing to make your own.
How Do CBD Topicals Work?
Inside the body, there are CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain, but CB2 receptors are found throughout the body, even in the first layer of skin called the epidermis. Both of these receptors help to regulate things in your body such as the immune system, inflammation, pain, and so on. The CB1 receptors in the brain are the ones that allow you to get high from the THC in marijuana. To reach the CB1 receptors in the brain, it will need to access your blood cells and go through the brain’s blood barrier.
However, that’s still not all there is to it. CBD topicals will not get into the bloodstream unless they have a carrier chemical such as magnesium stearate or a transdermal technology. The vast majority of topical products only go through to the epidermis, which is made up of many receptors, glands, nerve endings, and other things.
Most topical CBD products do not have decarboxylated THC. In other words, the THC has not been activated. If the THCA in cannabis is not decarbed or activated, it will not produce any psychoactive effects. Decarboxylation only occurs when the cannabis is cooked or heated with a high enough temperature to be decarbed. This turns THCA into THC. The temperature needed for this process to work is about 220° F for 30 minutes or so.
It has been shown that CBD has much promise for relieving pain when it comes to pain and inflammation in the epidermis. Some believe that using decarboxylated cannabis instead of hemp to make topicals is best, but you can judge that for yourself. The pain relief will be localized instead of traveling throughout the entire body. When you apply topical CBD products to the skin, it won’t get you high, but it can be a great pain inhibitor that you can use anytime, anywhere.
CBD Topical Recipes You Can Make At Home
Since CBD salves, lotions and creams can be made in different ways, below are a couple of recipes that you might like to try and make at home. This is one way to ensure you know exactly what you are getting and you have the options to alter the recipes to suit yourself.
Basic CBD Salve
What You Will Need:
7-10 grams of ground, high quality CBD hemp flower
A few drops of essential oil (your choice)1/3 cup olive oil (optional)
1 ½ cups of coconut oil
1/3 cup beeswax
1 saucepan (or double boiler)
1 baking sheet
1 baking sheet
Once you have gathered your ingredients, you will need to preheat your oven to 240° F. Spread the flower on the baking sheet and decarboxylate the flower for 30 minutes unless it has been decarboxylated already.
When your CBD is undergoing this process in the oven if necessary, add the coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler. Use low heat and stir occasionally.
When the flower in the oven is done, mix it into the coconut/olive oil mixture and stir it well. Continue to heat and occasionally stir the mixture on low heat for 20 to 25 minutes. It is important to keep the heat very low during this process. Using the double boiler instead of a saucepan can help with this step of the recipe because there is less risk of burning off the valuable THC in the flower. Olive oil also has a lower smoke point than other oils, so if you added it to the recipe, be even more careful of overheating.
When the heating time of 25 minutes has expired, remove the mixture from the stove and strain it through the cheesecloth into the jar and set it aside.
Now is when you will use the same saucepan or double boiler to put in the beeswax. Heat it until it is completely melted and then slowly add in the infused coconut oil.
During this process is when you will add in the essential oils of your choice. Recommended oils for this recipe are peppermint, tea tree oils, and lavender. You should know that while tea tree oil also has valuable healing properties, the smell it exudes may not be for everyone. Lavender on the other hand has soothing properties and almost everyone likes the smell of peppermint! Adding a few drops of either one will be sufficient.
After the purposed heating time has passed, remove the mixture from heat and pour it into the containers you have chosen for storage. For a salve of this consistency to be stored in a jar that the fingers can be dipped into easily. This is a slave, not a lotion, so using an appropriate jar is essential. This type of flower salve can be applied several times a day and you should begin to feel results within 5 to 20 minutes. The shelf life for the salve effectiveness should be about 1 year.
Turning Your CBD Salve Into A Cream Or Lotion
If you had rather have a CBD skin treatment for pain that absorbs more quickly and easily, then you might like a lotion or cream that is more easily absorbed and less pronounced on the skin. To convert the salve into a lotion or cream, use the directions as follows:
1 cup aloe vera gel
2 tbs cocoa butter or shea butter
1 tsp vitamin E oil
Adding these ingredients to the salve mixture you have already created can easily turn it into a cream or lotion! It will make it more easily absorbed into the skin and it will feel less heavy.
If you wish to increase the fluidity of your lotion, increase the amount of olive oil, vitamin E oil, or almond oil to your mixture. Just don’t overdo it! Even though you are turning this into a cream or lotion, a pump bottle is not really recommended unless you make it very thin.