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
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