Cannabis Infused Lip Balm
March 1, 2019
CANNABIS INFUSED LIP BALM
This recipe starts with infused coconut oil, which will solidify at room temperature and beeswax (found locally or online). If you want a thicker lip balm, use more beeswax and for creamier balm, use less. use more olive oil to beeswax. When it comes to scenting your balm, you can use a variety of essential oils, including peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange and vanilla absolute (a vanilla essential oil that is different from your regular cooking extract). The amount of essential oil you use depends on your personal preference, but we suggest starting with just a few drops. You can buy empty lip balm tubes or tins online, or use an empty, clean tin or small jar.
NOTE: Determining your optimal dose requires careful consideration and guidance from a healthcare professional. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider in order to determine your individual dose before trying a cannabis topical recipe.
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2-4 tablespoons beeswax (depending on how creamy or firm you want your final product)
- 2 tablespoons infused coconut oil
- Essential oil(s)
- Using a double boiler (or a heat-proof glass or metal bowl on top of a pot of boiling water), melt together the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.
- Gently stir until all of the ingredients are melted and fully combined.
- While stirring, add the essential oil, or a combination of oils, until your mixture has the smell and potency you’re happy with.
- Pour the lip balm mixture into your chosen containers and cool until fully set.
NOTE: Medical cannabis topicals are used by patients who want to treat localized symptoms. Topicals work as they bind to the receptors found throughout your body known as the CB2 receptors. They’re activated by the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds such as THC, CBD, etc. However, even if your topical contains the psychoactive THC, applying it directly onto your skin is far less likely to create the ‘high’ feeling that can be experienced from inhaling or ingesting cannabis. This is due to the cannabinoids effectively reaching the body’s CB2 receptors with a greatly reduced chance of also penetrating the bloodstream.