How to Make CBD Salve

How to Make CBD Salve

CBD salve is a great option for treating joint pains, soothing skin irritation and reducing inflammation among many other conditions. Being able to make your own CBD salve at home is great. The good news is, it is very simple to make.


What is a salve you may ask? A salve is essentially a solution made to heal certain skin conditions. It can be in the form of ointments, creams or balms, whichever works best for you. Salves are thick in consistency and shelf-stable and they might include such nourishing essential oils like olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oils and more.

In this CBD salve recipe, we are going to use coconut oil not only because it is not only my personal favourite and ultra-moisturising, but also rich in saturated fats that bind incredibly well with cannabinoids. When you add a little beeswax into the salve, a dash of olive oil and finally some CBD, you have yourself a CBD salve! However, I am going to discuss this CBD salve recipe step-by-step in this post to help you create your own shelf-stable cannabis salve.

What you will need

Before we get started with this cannabis slave recipe, there are a couple of things that you will need to make it work. Here is the list.

  • 1 ½ cups of coconut oil OR cannabis-infused coconut oil.
  • 7-10g of decarboxylated cannabis- torn/ground.
  • 1/3 cup olive oil.
  • 1/3 cup beeswax.
  • 5g raw cannabis- dried and cured (Optional).
  • Own choice essential oils e.g. Rosemary, teat tree or peppermint (Optional).
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (Optional).
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Probe thermometer.
  • Salve tins or glass jars for storage.
  • Double boiler.
  • Cheesecloth
  • Food-grade gloves.

Makes: About 16 ounces (2 cups) of finished cannabis salve.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Cannabis Salve

Step 1: Decarboxylating the Cannabis

If you don’t have already decarboxylated cannabis, you will have to go through this step in the recipe first. You will need to tear or grind your cannabis into relatively small pieces then spread these pieces on a baking sheet. Place your baking sheet with the cannabis pieces into the oven then heat at 120°C for about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Create your Cannabis-Infused Oil

As you go ahead and prepare your infused oil, take care not to overheat it. Since your cannabis is already decarboxylated, you may want to maintain the temperature at a lower level to preserve not only the terpenes but also the CBD content. It would be best to keep the temperatures below 90°C.

This is where your double boiler comes in. The double boiler is instrumental in ensuring that you prevent cases of overheating when you are heating the coconut oil and cannabis mixture. To make sure that the contents are heating consistently and at the desired temperature, use your probe thermometer to monitor. You have to realise that oil’s boiling point is higher than that of water thus noticing that it is hot may not be easy. You may not see it bubble like water but it may well be very hot. Here is how you will go about making cannabis-infused oil:

  • Add 1 cup water to your pan in the double boiler then add 1 ½ cups of coconut oil and let it heat until it melts.
  • Add t-10g of your decarboxylated cannabis to the pan. If you wish, you can add some raw cannabis.
  • Over low heat, continue heating the contents for about 30-60 minutes of prep time while occasionally stirring. Don’t forget to monitor the temperature using the probe thermometer. Adjust the heat accordingly to ensure that it stays below 90°C.
  • Once done, use the cheesecloth to line a strainer and position it over the mixing bowl. Filter the cannabis oil mixture into the bowl. Remember to squeeze the cheesecloth to strain out the remaining oil from the cannabis. Just beware that the oil might still be hot. Use the food-grade gloves to squeeze the cheesecloth so that your hands don’t get greasy. Set the infused oil aside.

Step 3: Mix the Ingredients

in every step, make sure that you don’t overheat your ingredients over the heat source. We do this to make sure that we preserve as many cannabinoids in the CBD as possible. If your cannabis-infused oil from the previous step already solidified, you may want to reheat it in the double-boiler until it melts again. However, if it is still in liquefied form, the better.

You can begin this step using your double-boiler or stove, whichever works best for you. Now, add 1/3 cups of the beeswax into your preferred pot and let it heat until it melts completely. Reduce the heat and add 1 ½ cups of the cannabis coconut oil from the previous step. Then add 1/3 cup olive oil while stirring. If you wish, you can add a few drops of essential oil and some vitamin E. This part is entirely up to you. Continue stirring until your CBD oil looks even and completely mixed. Once you are sure that everything is ready, immediately remove the liquid cannabis salve from your heat source then transfer your slave tins or glass jars for storage.

Step 4: Let CBD oil cool then Store

Once everything from the previous CBD recipe step is ready, pour the high quality CBD oil into your aluminium salve tins or glass jars. Let the liquid cannabis salve cool. Once it cools completely, it will harden and thus ready to use.

Once your cannabis slave is ready, store it in a cool dark place, completely away from light. Exposure to light leads to the degradation of the cannabinoids in the cannabis salve. If possible, you can buy some cobalt and amber jars to block UV light in case you leave the jars out.

Sometimes even of you follow the recipe correctly, you may notice a crack on the surface of your cannabis salve. Don’t freak out thinking you messed things up. Sometimes it happens when the slave cools. However, if you are keen on the aesthetics part of it, you can use a 2-ounce glass container. I noticed that the cannabis salve doesn’t crack when I use them. Nonetheless, when you start digging up the slave as you use it, the crack will eventually disappear. It isn’t much of an issue to me.

I would understand if you are preparing these salves intending to sell or gift a friend or relative. If so, before transferring the cannabis salve into a jar, put it in your mixing bowl and let cool little bit. Once it does, whip it until it is even then pack in your preferred container.

Step 5: Go Ahead and Use It

Your cannabis slave is now ready for use. You can now apply just a thin layer on your inflamed skin and enjoy its anti inflammatory property in 5-20 minutes depending on how severe the affected area is and the cannabis salve’s strength. Repeat the process daily until you feel some relief.

You don’t have to worry about the smell of cannabis. If the odour is present, it will be very mild. The scent of coconut oil stands out. Furthermore, if you added essential oils to your CBD oil, that would also help in masking the odour. The best time to apply your slave is after your shower.


I hope you enjoyed reading through this step-by-step salve recipe on how to make your cannabis salve. Go ahead and try making it by yourself. If you like the results, feel free to share the salve recipe with your friends and relatives via email address. Rights reserved.

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