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DIY Cannabis Topicals – Marijuana Lotion, Cannabis Salve Recipes!

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Marijuana lotion or salve provides a different way of medicating with cannabis and experiencing the soothing and pain relieving effects of cannabis while still being able to drive a car, work, and go about activities the same way you would if you had taken an aspirin. Cannabis topicals or salve will not make you feel “high” or intoxicated, typically.  Although this is not necessarily a hard and fast rule! It is always best to wait at least an hour after application before driving to ascertain that you do not feel any intoxication if you are using cannabis topicals rich in THC.

What’s all the hype about cannabis topicals, anyhow? Keep reading and check out the free printable cannabis topicals recipe card below!

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The topical medicinal benefits of cannabis have been known for thousands of years in India and China. Cannabis used externally was also described in the middle ages by a nun who was also a doctor, Hildegard von Bingen, in her classical medical texts of the period. There are a lot of benefits to this newly rediscovered way to enjoy and obtain the soothing relief and pain management benefits from the cannabis plant.

Here are two recipes, intended to be used together to create a simple, yet effective cannabis salve–you’ll make a concentrated base or foundation oil to begin with and then use that to get creative and make a cannabis salve that is perfect for you!

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Quick Cannabis Lotion and Cannabis Salve 2-in-1 Recipe

Yield: 1 or more cannabis lotion or cannabis salve
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

You can make a quick cannabis lotion or marijuana salve using mango seed butter and a cannabis-infused, high oleic acid oil base with the essential oils of your choice - try it!  At warmer room temperatures, this can be stored in a glass bottle for a more liquid shelf-stable cannabis lotion or cannabis massage oil, or it can be refrigerated to create a firm cannabis salve or ointment.


  • 1 - 3 grams of full extract cannabis oil (your preference, this can be CBD, CBD and THC, or THC)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil or high oleic sunflower oil
  • 2 grams or 1/2 tsp liquid sunflower lecithin 
  • 1/2 cup of mango seed butter (shea butter may be substituted here if you prefer) 
  • 5 - 8 drops of your favorite essential oil 


  1. In a small pan or warmer, add the full extract cannabis oil and the base oil of olive or sunflower along with the sunflower lecithin. Gently heat and melt this together until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add the mango seed butter and melt this into the rest of the oil until thoroughly combined.
  3. Remove from the stove and decant the oil into a clean glass jar or bottle--depending on the consistency you desire (fluid lotion-like, or firm refrigerated salve). Add a few drops of the essential oil you have selected.
  4. If you have decanted into a bottle, shake the ingredients together and then refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and shake the bottle vigorously. Your oil-based lotion or massage oil will be shelf-stable. Shake before use each time.
  5. If you have decanted the oil into a jar, stir the ingredients and then place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes until very firm. The salve is now ready for use. The salve is shelf stable but to keep it in more of a solid state, store in the refrigerator--this will create a cool and refreshing sensation each time you use the salve.


Use within 6 months to 1 year.

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