Turns out that making your own CBD infused skincare – if you’re crafty and like this sort of thing – is way easier than it might seem. The first thing you want to do is find a strain that you want to work with. Leafly has an excellent list of CBD concentrated strains with ratios of CBD to THC as high as 24:1. This is ideal, because what you’re looking for is healing effects of CBD here, not the psychoactive effects of THC. You can also always use CBD tinctures and oils if you don’t feel like infusing oils yourself, although we think it’s definitely more fun to do it ourselves.
You’ll need to get a few basic ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils of your choice for fragrance, any other skincare ingredients you’d like to add, like rosehip oil, vitamin E – this is a good one, aloe, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, argan oil, etc. But. The oil that will be infused will be the coconut oil. To do this, get one cup coconut oil to one cup cannabis, depending on how potent you’d like it to be. Grind your cannabis and cook in the oil at a temperature no higher than 245 degrees Fahrenheit, for at least a few hours, although you can go up to 8. Strain the cannabis out of the coconut oil and then set the oil aside. (Infused oil can be used for a variety of things aside from skin care… use it to cook with, as lube, add it into lattes, etc.) If you want specific instructions, check some out here.
(Side note: As an alternate option, this is an excellent video that shows how to extract cannabinoids from weed with ethanol at home, for those that would prefer to have a separate cannabinoid concentrate that you can add into just about anything.)
Now comes the fun part where you get to be creative. Add in the rest of your chosen ingredients depending on what your skincare needs are. If you need pain relief, then be generous with the amount of the infused coconut oil you add.
If you’re seeking to make a facial skin care serum, tweak out your ingredients and add a bit of the infused coconut oil to give your skin a little extra glow and curate the essential oils to avoid irritation. Vitamin E is extremely healing for the skin, as is rosehip oil.
If you’re seeking to make a lotion, combine those ingredients and get to whippin’! About 6 minutes with a Kitchenaid will leave you with a creamy, scented concoction that will soothe achy muscles and have your skin glowing. This is a great example recipe for an at home moisturizer to get your wheels turning if you’re feeling like you need a little inspiration. Get to making!