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How To Make CBD Salve: Follow This Simple 5-Step Recipe!

It seems like everyone these days has sore shoulders and backaches from bad posture or sitting in front of a computer for too long. Some days you can feel it in your neck, and if it gets worse, it could create a radiating headache that’s difficult to shake. You may have already heard about the wonderful effects CBD has for muscle and joint tension, and now you are wondering how to make CBD salve.


CBD products are continuously gaining attention as consumers discover their many beneficial effects. CBD salve has become popular amongst athletes and the elderly because of its ability to assist with tension and discomfort. Now, even the troopers working behind the desk are finding these soothing topicals essential for their quality of life!



What is CBD Salve?

CBD Salve is a concentrated, thick ointment that penetrates the skin and reacts with the cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are scattered all over the body and skin. They are activated by naturally occurring endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids found in hemp. CBD salves may target soreness and soothe skin irritations.



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CBD Salve Ingredients

Making CBD salve topicals is an incredibly easy task, and also a fun activity to do! The cool thing about making your own salve is that you can control the potency and modify the formula to serve a specific purpose. Each natural ingredient is valuable in its own way, and creativity can help you produce a salve that caters to your needs. Here are the ingredients you will need:


  • 1oz Beeswax Pellets
  • 4oz Shea Butter
  • 4oz Coconut Oil
  • 0.5 Grams CBD Isolate
  • 5-10 Drops Essential Oil of your choice


If you have any nut allergies, you can replace shea butter with cupuacu butter or any other thick butter of your choice. You can find one that fits your needs and skin type. However, cupuacu butter can be very beneficial for your skin. Just like shea butter, you can also mix and match essential oils.

Lavender, eucalyptus, Roman and German chamomile oils, and rosemary oil are known for their soothing properties. You can also increase the CBD content in the salve to amplify the benefits! If you want to get crafty, you can add helichrysum and peppermint oils for extra calming power. Peppermint oil contains menthol that helps cool down the skin.


For this recipe, you will also need these materials:


  • Wooden Spoon
  • Saucepan (medium size)
  • Glass bowl (appropriate size to place on top of the saucepan)
  • Mason jars (for storing the salve)



Steps to Make CBD Salve

Once you’ve got the supplies you need, you can make your salve by following these simple steps:


  1. After you have measured your ingredients, begin by filling your pot almost halfway with water.
  2. Heat the water on high until it boils.
  3. Once you get a rolling boil reduce the heat to low.
  4. Next set the glass bowl securely over the pot.
  5. Now add your measured beeswax, shea butter (or alternative), coconut oil, and CBD isolate into the clean glass bowl.
  6. Use the wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together until blended.
  7. Remove the glass bowl from the heat and mix in your essential oils.
  8. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and let it cool. Once cooled, you can begin to use it!



Making CBD Salve: Is it Legal?

Yes! The 2018 Farm Bill made CBD derived from hemp plants completely legal. Hemp plants have a higher CBD to THC ratio compared to marijuana plants. This bill states that the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, must not go over 0.3% for the hemp to be legal. Making CBD Salve from hemp plants or hemp extracts (like CBD isolate) is entirely legal. The federal government authorized the sale of CBD in all 50 states.


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How Do I Use CBD Salve?

To use the salve, start with a little product and massage it into the area you want to tend. You can apply the product every 30 minutes until you reach your desired effect. Because the salve is thick, you may want to cover the area you have spread the balm on. This prevents smearing the product all over the place.



What are the Effects of CBD Salve?

The concoction of oils, butter, and CBD combine to protect the skin against free radicals and damage from the sun. These natural ingredients can be beneficial to us when used regularly.


CBD salve may target and soothe sore or tense areas. Many of the essential oils and other ingredients in CBD salve can help your muscles relax and ease irritations. Plus, you will not get “high” from using CBD salve!


Most CBD salves contain CBD isolate, which means there is no THC in it at all. In addition, most research suggests that topical use of THC and CBD does not adsorb past the skin. In other words, the balm will only absorb into the skin, it should not enter the bloodstream.



How Do I Store My CBD Salve?

A homemade CBD salve has a shelf life of 6 months, depending on where you store it. Ideally, you would want to keep it somewhere dark to increase its shelf life. You can also store it in the fridge for a cool relief.


If you do not store your salve correctly, you will see it begin to crystalize, and the color will slowly start to darken. If your balm crystalizes, you can scrape off the darkened area and continue to store the rest properly.


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Final Thoughts

Creating your own CBD salve is really simple. However, if you do not feel like taking the time to make your own salve, you can always buy Cheef Botanicals’ CBD salve. Our products are made by professionals and our salves come in packages of 500mg and 1000mg.


We only use top-quality ingredients that help to improve the absorption rate of CBD. Plus, if you’re not satisfied we have a money-back policy. We all love crafts though, don’t we? Well, perhaps you do. Making your own CBD salve or CBD topical is a fun project for a rainy day, and an easy way to impress your friends. Try mixing some up today!