Things to Consider when making cannabis topicals
What's the intended use of each product? With many new and diverse cannabis products in the market, the purpose of each product must be clear. Every ingredients should reflect the intended use of the product and its description!
Skin safety Always check your ingredient through the EWG Skin Safety database. Choose ingredients that are skin-safe and natural. Consider avoiding ingredients related to nut allergies such as almond oil. No formula should use any alcohol or chemical cannabis extraction methods. Traditional herbal oil based infusions are the safest on skin. Choose ethical ingredients Any ingredient which is not produced ethically, or considered environmentally damaging should be avoided! Chose ingredients that meet an ethical standard for natural body care, or are locally produced, certified fair-trade or horizontally-traded, and organic or food-grade, whenever available. Cannabinoids and Ratios Which cannabinoid ratio (CBD? THC? Both?) will achieve the best results for your intended use? Is it a remedy to calm and balance skin? Or for pain relief will be reflected in the amount of cannabis infused into each formula.
Lotions, creams, and balms contain a mixture of carrier oils, butters, enriching oils, waxes, floral waters, and aromatherapeutic essential oil blends. Carrier oils are derived from vegetables, nuts and seeds. They have therapeutic properties as well as nutrients to benefit your skin and can be used to dilute essential oils in wholistic aromatherapy and skin care. Carrier oils can be used as a base oil to infuse herbs and botanicals to create an enriching oil. For full-spectrum cannabis infusions select carrier oils best suited to carry cannabinoids deep into the skin. Enriching oils contain both the therapeutic qualities of the carrier oil as well as the added benefits of the infused botanical. Essential oils are fragrant liquid extracted from a single plant source with spiritual and medicinal effects similar to the plant they come from. Hydrosols are fractal flower waters containing the botanical characteristics of the plant they are distilled from. Hydrosols have skin nourishing properties that naturally help to repair, tone, hydrate, and balance the skin. They can also increase the stability of the products, and replace chemical stabilizers in formulas. Waxes bind, emulsify and affect the overall consistency of a product. Preservatives are added to maintain shelf life, by reducing the potential for any bacterial or fungal growth in a natural product. Purposeful considerations of all of these elements makes quality bodycare products.
Carrier Oils for Cannabis Infusions
Cocoa Butter Theobroma cacao Cocoa butter is a nutrient-rich vegetable extract used to heal and moisturize the skin. Coconut Oil Cocos Nucifera Coconut Oil is a nourishing skin moisturizer and softener with a slight coconut scent. Extra virgin coconut oil is also hypoallergenic.
Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT) Cocos Nucifera MCT oil is a viscosity regulator. It penetrates the skin and acts as a carrier for transdermal therapeutic ingredients.
Enriching Oils for Cannabis Infusions
Calendula flower in Sunflower Seed Oil Calendula ocinalis in Hellius annuus Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Regenerates tissue regenerator. Excellent in treating dry skin, varicose veins, and sensitive skin. Turmeric root Oil Curcuma longa in Ricinus communis and Helianthus annus Fresh turmeric root cold infused in oil. Penetrates skin to reduce inflammation in skin disorders, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and RSI (repetitive stress injury). Arnica Oil Arnica montana flower infused in Olive Oil Used to treat a range of conditions including sore muscles, sprains, inflammation, arthritis, aches and pains. It is believed to have pain reducing properties. It is easily absorbed by the skin and very soothing.