If you look after your skin then it will stay young-looking and be stronger as the first line of defense for many years to come. It’s part of the reason why natural skincare has become so popular.
Although many types of cream are becoming popular now, especially anti-aging creams that contain retinol, CBD is also something that is gaining a significant amount of interest.
So what we’re going to do right now is take a look at how you can make your own CBD cream at home. It can be expensive to buy, but you can save money by making a batch yourself easily at home, so let’s tell you exactly how can do that.
Why CBD Topicals Are Becoming So Popular
CBD topical creams have become incredibly popular for many good reasons. CBD oil has been linked to a wide range of positive benefits, including being able stop seizures, help to regulate appetite, mood, and even physical pain.
But it’s also now being linked to several other properties. I’ll go through them a few in detail in a moment, but they are linked strongly to the properties you would want from a skin cream.
But more than that, because topically applied CBD can go into the skin and enter the endocannabinoid system in our bodies at various points, it can actually bring on the full range of CBD benefits, including locally targeting pain.
- CBD Is A Powerful Anti-Ageing Antioxidant
As you grow older, your skin loses collagen fibers. That means its elasticity starts to go, and the skin becomes softer and less durable.
You can get things like Botox, and collagen implants, alongside various collagen creams, but most of these are unsatisfactory and incredibly expensive.
CBD is a strong antioxidant. That means it can stop free-radical damage. Free-radicals are produced by the body, with production increased by environmental factors, which leads to premature aging.
Some of the effects of extrinsic aging (external factors) can be offset with creams and other substances. CBD as a component of cannabis has been found to be very potent at this. In fact, some studies suggest that CBD and other cannabinoids could be more potent antioxidants than well-researched things like vitamin C and E.
- CBD Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
CBD is also a natural anti-inflammatory substance. It’s been found in several studies, the first in 2018, that CBD on its own could successfully deal with allergic dermatitis symptoms.
But apart from being increasingly linked to dealing with the easing of inflammatory skin conditions, it’s the fact that topically applied, CBD can also deal with underlying inflammation.
Inflammatory pain conditions, such as arthritis, can be crippling. But it’s being increasingly found by topically applying CBD, it penetrates the skin and interacts locally very quickly to deal with inflammatory pain symptoms.
- CBD Can Act As Analgesic (Pain Reliever)
The endocannabinoid system in the body helps to regulate pain messages, basically managing pain sensation.
CBD is a key agonist of this system has been linked more and more strongly to helping to modulate pain messages and lessen them.
Not just inflammatory pain, or joint pain, but also other types of pain around the body have been dealt with successfully using CBD because of how it interacts with that system across the body, including key areas along the spine.
How To Work Out The Correct CBD Dosage For Topical Creams
Before you start making your CBD body cream, you’ll want to know roughly how much CBD you need to put into it to get the right effect.
Basically, if there’s not enough CBD oil in the cream, then you won’t be able to infuse enough of it as a proportion into your skin for it to have the topical and underlying benefits we have already discussed.
The amount of CBD in professional quality creams varies wildly. You’d be surprised how much variation there is, considering the similarity in prices of some of the most popular.
For example, one high-quality cream contains 500 mg CBD per ounce, while another contains 1000 mg per ounce, and the third one I looked at only contains 150 mg in 3 ounces! Yet all were within $10 of each other.
I would suggest you need to be looking at a minimum of 500 mg of CBD per ounce.
Once you know this, you just need to buy high-quality CBD oil that contains a high concentration of CBD per bottle. Always make sure you look for oils that contain full-spectrum CBD oil including CBDa.
An example product I found it contains 1000 mg in 10 mL of suspension liquid, so 100 mg/mL. In terms of price, it was considerably cheaper than the equivalent volume of CBD in cream.
So using that as a base, we have 1000 mg in 10 mL to put into our cream base. This cream base will consist of various butter and oils that together must be mixed in proportion to the CBD to get a decent dose.
Using a base of 500 mg of CBD per ounce, and with 1 fluid ounce converting to 30 mL, it means we are going to mix our 10 ml of CBD oil with 50 mL of butter and oils for a total volume of 60 mL. That works out at 2 ounces of a cream containing a 1000 mg grand total dose of full-spectrum CBD.
Simple CBD Body Cream Recipe
So now we know that to make a powerful CBD cream at home, we will need to mix 50 mL of butter and oils with a 10 mL bottle of liquid CBD with a total CBD dosage of 1000 mg.
Now obviously, if you want to make the cream weaker to start off with, so it goes further, you can just change what you put in. If you want to 250 mg of CBD per ounce, then you’ll want 110 mL of butter and oils to mix with the 10 mL of CBD oil, to give you a total of 120 mL (4 fluid ounces).
If money is tight, you could double those quantities of butter and oil, and then if it just doesn’t feel strong enough, you could always return to the recommended dosage here for your next batch.
It will also depend on how you are going to use the cream. If you’re going to spread over a wider area, then you’ll probably want more volume, so you get a similar dose of CBD as if you were applying a more concentrated cream to a small area.
- Home-made CBD cream Ingredients
To make your own home-made CBD cream that is high in potency and great for using at any time, these are the ingredients you will need:
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Aloe Vera gel
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
- A few drops of fragrant essential oil
- Your dosage of CBD oil
The shea butter (which can be substituted for cocoa butter) and coconut oil should form around 80% of the total volume you are making. Then the Aloe Vera gel and the CBD oil together should make the total up to 100% of the volume you want to make.
- CBD Cream Instructions
Here are the exact instructions you need to put the cream together once you got your volumes right:
- There are two methods for heating a bowl to make this. The first method is to put a bowl over the top of the saucepan with hot water in it. The second method is to heat the bowl in the microwave, and then microwave it again for a few seconds after you have added ingredients. Personally, I prefer the bowl over hot water on the stove because it’s more consistent.
- Add the butter and oil so that it warms and melts together. Stir it gently with a wooden spoon to ensure it’s completely liquefied.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them together gently with a wooden spoon.
- You then need to emulsify the ingredients together, basically to give them a whipped cream consistency. To do this, you can either use a hand blender, but this can be overkill or a little hand mixer. You could use a coffee frother, but these are sometimes not powerful enough.
- Pour the finished cream into a small pot with a screw-on lid. It will keep for about two weeks in this condition. To extend its life, add a few drops of vitamin E-liquid, as this acts as a natural preservative and it can then be stored in the fridge for a couple of months.
- Getting Your CBD Cream Perfect
So as you can see, making the perfect CBD cream is actually pretty simple. However, there are a few problems which can arise, so I want to finish with some problem-solving so you can perfect your own CBD cream making at home.
- If you find the texture is too thick, then add slightly more Aloe Vera gel. You must whip it with the blender after you have added a few drops, so you can see the consistency change. Keep doing this until it’s right for you.
- Sometimes the cream can have a slightly gritty feel to it. In this case, add a little more vegetable glycerin to the mix, as glycerin gives a smooth and silky consistency.
- If you find what you’ve made is too thin, then melt what you’ve made again, and add a very small amount of 50-50 butter and coconut oil to thicken it. You may have to then add slightly more CBD oil as well to raise the strength if you want.