An ace up your sleeve for Valentine’s
Again, what’s better than a homemade, cannabis-infused present? Not a whole lot, in our humble opinion.
Cannabis infused oil can be used for treating a variety of different ailments, but beyond that, it simply feels really good. We will put this as a disclaimer, cannabis-infused lubricants have been receiving a lot of hype, but this recipe should NOT be used as such. Coconut oil can deteriorate latex and essential oils can be irritating to our sensitive bits. Please use this oil only for its intended purposes!
The effects may take about 20 minutes to feel, so post massage the full effects should take place. You will not feel the traditional head high, but you should feel uplifted and relaxed.
There has been some debate about cannabis-infused topicals. If the topical does not contain a carrier oil, the cannabis actually cannot penetrate the skin barrier and no effects will be felt. Topicals should always contain a carrier oil for that reason. In this case, we are using coconut oil. A carrier oil is simply an oil used to dilute the essential oils, and “carry” them onto the skin, or in case of infused oils, “carry” the cannabis extraction.
Since we are using coconut oil in the recipe, it will be thicker than traditional massage oil. That being said, the whipped texture feels luxurious and it melts perfectly onto the skin.
For this recipe you will need:
- ¼ cup Cannacoconut Oil
- ¼ cup Pure Shea Butter
- 20 drops essential oil – customized to your desired experience, see below
- Melt coconut oil in a double boiler. Watch closely, this doesn’t take long!
- Once melted, stir in shea butter with a whisk until melted, then add essential oil.
- Remove from heat and allow mixture to completely cool.
- Once cooled, using an electric hand mixer or a whisk, beat the mixture for several minutes, scraping the sides with a spatula occasionally, until it is smooth, creamy and the desired consistency. Beating the mixture enough is key for it to set properly.
Place mixture in a tightly sealed jar and store in a dark, cool place.
Customize your lotion with essential oils:
If you’re looking to set the mood, you can add – Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli Patchouli, Lavender Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, or Ginger. Feel free to experiment to your personal preference.
For a floral scent, we recommend Ylang Ylang, Rose, Neroli or Jasmine. For something a little spicier, Ginger, Orange and Cinnamon make an uplifting and stimulating blend. About 7-8 drops of each, or 10 of a dominant scent, and 5 of the secondary scent.
You can also use this recipe to treat sore achy muscles (because able muscles are sexy too!) with a blend of peppermint, arnica and comfrey. About 7-8 drops of each essential oil will help you reap the benefits.
Happy Valentine’s, lovers!