Skincare is huge business, but what’s making it grow into an even more sizeable industry at the moment is the infusion of body and face creams with ingredients that help with health in other ways than just moisturizing.
It can be vitamins, including things like retinol. It can also be collagen, which helps to replace collagen lost as we age, leading to more elastic skin.
But it’s also now topically applied creams that have health benefits, including CBD cream more commonly.
CBD cream is quite expensive. CBD oil isn’t really very cheap, but when you put it into other formats, the prices can double, sometimes even treble.
So what we are going to do it quickly is tell you how to make your own cost-effective CBD cream at home which could save you a significant amount of money. It uses completely natural ingredients and is perfect for anyone to use.
Why CBD Cream Is So Effective
CBD (cannabidiol) has been linked more and more strongly scientifically to helping with a range of physical and mental problems.
When infused with butter and oil is to create a rich, natural, CBD cream, you can apply it to the skin and not only derive the benefits of moisturization, but also topical application of CBD.
So rather than taking orally, you are rubbing it into the skin generally, and depending on the condition, specifically on to the area that is causing you pain or is inflamed.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which has receptors in many key areas. By applying it topically, it is absorbed through the skin, and then interacts with the receptors in that area, bringing significant topical relief from symptoms.
Here are the main benefits of applying CBD topically:
1. CBD Cream Has An Anti-Ageing Effect
CBD has a strong antioxidant effect. In fact, some studies suggest it’s more potent than the proven antioxidants vitamins C and E, which are in many existing face creams.
As we age, free radical damage gets worse. These are produced by the body, both from ageing and from environmental factors. So the strong antioxidant potential of CBD could help to offset more free radical damage than a lot of existing face creams that tend to cost a lot of money.
2. CBD Cream Is A Brilliant Anti-Inflammatory
Another helpful property of CBD is that it’s a strong natural anti-inflammatory. This is now backed up by a significant body of study data.
Cannabis generally is being looked into for a new generation of anti-inflammatory drugs that are less invasive than current ones.
One area it’s already been significantly studied in is allergic dermatitis. It significantly eases inflammation in that condition and has already been touted as being able to counter the inflammation that causes eczema.
3. CBD Cream Can Help To Manage Localized Pain Relief
The endocannabinoid system in our body is a group of neurotransmitters that deals with a range of things, including appetite, mood, and crucially, pain management.
So it’s that system of neurotransmitters that regulates the pain we feel. By modulating the messages between those neurotransmitters, it helps to lessen physical pain sensation.
Because CBD interacts with these neurotransmitters to modulate the messages, it’s brilliant for pain relief. If you rub topical CBD cream into your skin, it gets straight to the area where those receptors are locally more quickly, helping to dramatically lower localized pain.
4. Topically Applied CBD Cream Can Have Positive Effects Throughout The Body
Just as CBD can help with localized pain relief, so it can help with general pain relief throughout the body, even when applied topically.
As we’ve already discovered, the endocannabinoid system is throughout the body, including a heavy presence of the neurotransmitters in the spine.
So when you topically apply a strong dose of CBD, some does go into the bloodstream, which is carried around the body, then interacting with the neurotransmitters. Although it’s not as powerful as all CBD, it does mean that you get the localized effects we’ve talked about, and also a slightly more general relief from pain as well.
Isn’t It Easier And Better To Just Buy Good Quality CBD Creams
It certainly is easier to buy good quality CBD cream and to make it yourself. There are tons of great products out there, from cheap through too expensive.
The problem is that you’re looking for a concentration of CBD than strong enough to do what’s needed.
Usually, this is at least 300 mg per ounce, and ideally, you’re looking for 500 mg per ounce or more for a strong effect. In fact, the strongest CBD creams out there sometimes have concentrations up to 1500 mg per ounce of cream.
But you’re looking at really serious prices at those high concentration levels. That’s why many people cut the corner in pricing by just buying good quality CBD oil that’s far cheaper, and then mixing it with cheap everyday butter and oils to make their own cream at home.
How To Work Out What The Strength Of Your CBD Cream Should Be
As we are looking for a strength of around 500 mg of CBD per fluid ounce, then that’s a great starting point for working out how to make your CBD cream.
A lot of it will depend on the bottle of CBD oil that you buy, but if you use a whole bottle, you’ll know the total dose, and how many fluid ounces of liquid the CBD is suspended in.
For the sake of argument, let’s say you have bought a bottle with 30 mL in it (1 fluid ounce), with a total dose in it a 1500 mg.
If you then add that to 2 ounces of butter and oils, you will have 1500 mg suspended in 3 fluid ounces of liquids, giving you a dose of 500 mg per ounce, a really decent dose.
Now you may want to make your CBD oil go further. 300 mg of CBD per ounce is also a really good dose, but not quite as effective. It will allow you to make 2/5ths more cream. Partly it will depend on whether your goal is mainly moisturization, or getting as much CBD to penetrate the skin as possible.
Instructions For Making Home-Made CBD Cream
It’s not actually tough to make your own CBD cream. It’s just a case of understanding how the different types of cream and oil you use, alongside a couple of other ingredients, can really help you to make some really high-quality cream that’s highly absorbent and moisturizes your skin as well.
These are the ingredients you will need to make your own CBD cream:
- Shea butter and/or cocoa butter
- Coconut oil
- Aloe Vera gel
- Vegetable glycerin
- CBD oil
- A few drops of essential oil
You will also need a saucepan filled with hot water, and the bowl fits over the top. Allow the bowl to warm, so that what you put in it will slowly melt.
Once you’ve got everything you need together, it’s time to follow these instructions to make your CBD cream:
- Bring water to boil in a saucepan, making sure it’s not going to touch the bowl that you put onto the top of the saucepan. Once boiled, turn down to simmer, and put the bowl on top until it’s warm to the touch, then you can turn the heat off.
- Put the correct proportions of butter and coconut oil into the pan. The correct proportions will depend on a little trial and error, but 50-50 is a good starting point. Then let them meltdown and use a wooden spoon to speed this process up.
- Add in a couple of tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel, and then a couple of teaspoons of vegetable glycerin.
- Then add two or three drops of essential oil. Something like peppermint really works for this.
- To act as a preservative, add a couple of drops of liquid vitamin E. This will extend its fridge life from days to weeks.
- Once it’s all blended in, use a small hand blender, or a strong battery operated coffee frother to emulsify the ingredients. Keep doing this until you get a consistency that’s thick and creamy.
- Gently spoon the warm cream into a small pot. Screw on an airtight lid (alternatively an airtight small freezer container will work just as well), and put in the fridge to harden.
Your created CBD cream will last about one month in the fridge. Some people say to let it reach room temperature before you use it, but it’s not always necessary for me, because it can have a cooling and soothing sensation as it melts while you rub it in.
If your CBD cream is too gritty in texture, then try melting it down again, and whip it for longer. You should also add a very small amount of extra glycerin as this creates a silky texture.
If it’s too thick, add a small amount of extra Aloe Vera gel. Continue to whip it until you get the right consistency.
If you find it too thin and isn’t like a proper cream, or when it hardens it doesn’t harden properly, melt it down again, and add a small amount extra of shea or cocoa butter.