Make Cannabis Lotion, Creams, and Other Topicals

How To Make Cannabis Lotion, Creams, and Other Topicals


Cannabis lotion is an amazing way to combat illnesses that need a precise delivery system. Making your own medicine also means you can tweak the recipe to suit yourself even better.

Marijuana infused ointments have relaxing, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and regenerative properties that can be used for treating terrible ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, dermatitis, and psoriasis. With new research being conducted all the time, the list will likely grow. So let’s get going and make some powerful medicine!

Choosing Cannabis for Pain

For the best results, when choosing what kind marijuana to use, keep in mind what the intended use is going to be and research the best strains for you.

If using buds, you’ll need 1/2 oz for a 1/2 cup of ointment. If you’re using hash, use a 1/4 oz, and if you are lucky enough to have oil, a 1/8 oz will do.


Before you add your marijuana to the ointment, make sure you decarboxylate it for maximum potency. Simply spread your finely ground buds on a cookie sheet, cover with tinfoil and bake at 230°F for 45 mins.

Cannabis Lotion Bases

One of the advantages of making your own ointment is the ability to choose your own ingredients. Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax are the most popular choices and you can even use your existing ointments. Shea Butter or Coconut Oil is best if the ointment is for your skin and since beeswax is harder, it’s ideal for lip balm.

Scents and Extras

After you have your base picked out it’s time to pick out any extras you might want to add to your marijuana ointment or cannabalm. You can combine coconut oil with beeswax or Shea butter to soften your ointment and increase penetration and almond or grapeseed oil can be added to make your ointment less greasy. Another popular option is to add aloe vera gel to reduce the level of greasiness and add antibacterial properties.

Cannabis Lotion Recipe

  1. Get everything you need (marijuana, base, any extras, double boiler or pot, strainer or cheesecloth, storage container, and some sort of stirring device).
  2. Put your double boiler or pot on medium-low and add your base.
  3. Make sure it doesn’t get hot enough to boil and stays under 240 degrees.
  4. Add your decarboxylated marijuana. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes.
  5. If you’re adding any extras, add them now.
  6. Strain into your storage container and let cool.
  7. Store in a cool dark place for up to 2 months!
  8. Enjoy!



  1. Why is the shelf life so short? What ingredient/s make it this short? Or is there degrading of the cannabis due to mixing it all together……thank So!

    • I have some lotion that’s three years old and still has the same consistency and smell and works like it was made yesterday. I keep it in a cool dark spot and haven’t had anyone complain about it not doing what it is intended to do.

  2. I love the scent but if you are going out in public add a few drops of tea tree oil. Masks the smell and adds more healing properties too.

  3. Im going to attempt making a salve for a pain rub. I bought a commercial salve a couple of months ago and I’m using the ingredients from it . The question I have, is the measurements. I’ll be using a 2cup coconut oil base . My additives are beeswax , Shea butter , cocoa butter ,
    camphor and tiger balm for the menthol . how much of each would be recommended?

  4. Don’t bother with the help . Nothing like having a website that isn’t checked up on .you should answer in a timely manner. Thanks for nothing

    • Kathy Ernest on

      From recipes I’ve been researching John,,,a 1/4 cup of each should be good,,,not sure on the camphor but then again I’m new to this myself

  5. I currently make cana balm when making 30 oz I use 1 tablespoon of beeswax. My problem is the balm melts at about 75 deg how can I get it to not melt at that temp

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