Cannabis has long been known to have anti-bacterial and other positive health properties when applied topically. Some of the worlds top scientist's from Italy and the UK have found substances harvested from cannabis can be more effective than many conventional antibiotics. Especially regarding drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA. The compounds called cannabinoids or CBD's are unaffected by the mechanism that super bugs like MRSA use to evade existing antibiotics. The scientists continued to to say that cannabis-based creams could be developed to treat chronic and persistent skin infections.
"The cannabinoids even showed exceptional activity against the MRSA strain that makes extra amounts of the proteins that give the bugs resistance against many antibiotics," says Gibbons. These proteins, he explains, allow the bacteria to "hoover up unwanted things from inside the cell and spit them out again."
In Martin Booth's "Cannabis-A History"
cannabis is referenced all the way back to roman times, where cannabis was used for a multitude of ailments from migraines to even syphilis. It was used both as an analgesic and anesthetic. Peoples throughout the world's history have known about the healing properties of topical ointments and salves made from cannabis. Today however cannabis is illegal, and users are under attack by a government that claims cannabis contains no medicinal properties. Since cannabis healing salves have been used for thousands of years all across the globe, this probably means chances are high that one of your ancestors used, or even made their own cannabis salve at some point in their lives.
So today I am going to teach you how to make your own salve. Whether your skin is in need of a boost of moisture, or you suffer from chronic muscle and joint pain, or you want to try it as a home remedy for other skin problems, this salve has you covered. I'd like to recommend at this point that if you have any serious skin conditions you should see a doctor or your personal caregiver before trying any product on your skin, including this one. Seeing a dermatologist or a holistic dermatologist is the best first step. Our cannabis skin salve recipe is pretty easy to follow and can be customized fully to your liking in regards to fragrance and other healing additives you'd like to include. So without further ado.
What you will need:
- 1-2 ounces of marijuana (buds, stems, trimmings, or roots)
- 16 ounces of coconut oil
- 1 ounce beeswax
- 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil (1 tablespoon of any other additives you'd like to include)
- 1 large pyrex baking dish
- 1 Large measuring cup
- 1 Measuring cup set
- 1 silicone mixer scraper (any thing used for stirring will work here, a spatula, a spoon, etc. as long as its not electric. Silicone is non-stick though)
- 1 saucepan
- 1 Piece of cheese cloth or a few paper coffee filters or cheesecloth
- A container of your choice or multiple small on the go containers
1. Measure 2 cups of coconut oil (all 16 ounces) and pour into your first saucepan, Turn the heat on very low and let it melt down. (Alternatively, you can melt the oil in the microwave first, and then pour into your pan)
2. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
3. Grind up your marijuana (The marijuana doesn't need to be ground down to a powder, a rough chop, or few spins in a food processor will do. You will have to strain this later.)
4. Measure out 2 cups of your ground up marijuana and pour them into a pyrex baking dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. (you want the bud to be crispy, not burnt)
5. Remove from oven and pour the marijuana contents of the pyrex dish into the saucepan that contains the melted coconut oil.
6. Allow this mixture to simmer for 1-2 hours, the longer the time the better the results. Make sure to stir the mixture every ten minutes or so, and DO NOT BOIL the mixture.
7. Strain the marijuana oil mix through your cheesecloth or paper coffee filters into a large measuring cup and clean your saucepan. (If you get chunks of weed in your oil, restrain it until the oil is chunk free)
8. Now measure out 1oz of bees-wax and pour into your newly cleaned saucepan and begin melting on low.
9. Measure out 5oz (almost 2/3 cup) of the cannabis coconut oil and pour it into the saucepan containing the melted bees-wax. Continue to simmer not boil and mix well.
10. Remove it from heat once its mixed well, shouldn't take too long, and quickly stir in the 1 tablespoon of Vitamin-E oil.
OPTIONAL STEP 10.5. If you want to add fragrant oils, or other healing oils, now is the time, make sure to quickly stir them in along with the Vitamin-E oil.
11. Pour Your liquid cannabis salve into your storage container or containers and allow the mixture to cool and harden completely. You can place it in the refrigerator, but don't freeze it.