Can’t argue with what works. Right on Betty I’m glad to see other methods. Do you use this for arthritis? I was surprised to see my salve stop my dad’s nightly leg twitches, Parkinson’s makes his left leg fire off like the fourth of July every evening and from what I read our bodies are full of endocannabinoid receptors and the THC gets our skin receptors “stoned” and this alleviates various things, I thought just pain but it helps nerve stuff too.
I’ll post my method here too so we can have a good comprehensive thread. Made some the other day it’s fresh on my mind though I think I’m gonna change a few things.
I decarb for 20min at 240deg in oven. I think I’ll skip in the future with any long extractions - as the longer you expose the marijuana to heat THC converts to CBN (not CBD). I think we want all THC in order to get our skin receptors good and stoned. Unless we maybe swap out a little THC for THCa or CBD for the anti inflammatory effects. There’s a lot to know if one were going to mass produce and market topicals
Anyway I also put my Mason jars of oil blend in a double boiler at this point. At this point I’m worried about extraction so I only put in 2.25cup refined coconut oil and 0.5 cup extra virgin olive oil.
When weed is decarbed I pull it out of oven, pour onto sheet of paper and fold and funnel into jars of oil
From here I boil the jars for 90min then I remove them, let them cool down halfway and strain through a cheesecloth and potato ricer into a clean quart jar.I may never use it for making mashed potatoes but since I’ve gotten heavy into edibles and topicals it’s paid for itself for sure
Now that the infused oil blend is ready I put it back in double boiler and add 0.5 cup beeswax to the oils and let that melt in.
From here is a topical fork in the road.
If I desire a concentrated salve, i add five drops of peppermint oil to it and im done. While hot, pour into 1/2 pint jars (wide mouth if you’re buying them they’re short and fat and dont have to stick your finger in as deep). My pics will show reg mouth half pints. Should make 3-4 jars depending on fill level.
Concentrated peppermint pain salve
Or one time I added 1 tap chili powder to the batch, it negated all other smells and changed color but no warming sensation, I may try a 2tsp batch I remember my mom burned me with a cayenne paste one time on my hand to prove a point so there may be a magic amount for warmth…
I see a whole lot of times it’s advertised to add Shea butter or cocoa butter or vitamin E oils and make it a lotion. But I would advise against this.
I purchased one of those huge aloe leaves like two feet long and filleted and it gathered all the clear gel and blended it and put one cup fresh aloe gel in, following a recipe I saw. Multiple issues came about, mainly the dilution of product it became ineffective and my friends/patients who use this quickly dropped the lotions for the salves.
Also consistency issues. Coconut oil is the star player here for it’s ability to be solid at room temp. Chamge your ratios much and you’ll have goop. Effective goop probably, but not quality.
Thirdly is, in the case of aloe at least, you would need to run through a cheesecloth to separate out all plant matter - I didn’t on one batch and it slowly separates out as water and makes unsightly color variations in product.
fresh aloe medicated Ointment
jars cooling and solidifying