Living with chronic pain and receiving a diagnosis for chronic disease can be defeating, defeating beyond words some days. Over the last 10 years I have learned to care for myself the best I can by utilizing various methods of care. Medicating with plant medicine has been the most promising to managing my pain without narcotics. I smoke it, eat it and rub it all over my pain points. This recipe is for the ones who want to make their own canna balm. You can typically find Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) or Full Spectrum Oil (FS0) at your local dispensary.
Cannabis balm, harnessed from the healing properties of the cannabis plant, presents a promising natural remedy for chronic pain sufferers. Packed with cannabinoids and essential oils, cannabis balm offers targeted relief by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system, known for its role in regulating pain and inflammation. When applied topically, the balm's soothing properties penetrate deep into affected areas, alleviating discomfort and promoting relaxation. Unlike traditional pain medications, cannabis balm delivers its benefits without the psychoactive effects associated with ingesting cannabis. This makes it an appealing option for those seeking holistic pain management without compromising cognitive function. By harnessing nature's wisdom, cannabis balm stands as a gentle yet potent solution, offering respite to individuals burdened by the challenges of chronic pain.
- Coconut oil
- Essential oil of choice
- Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) or Full Spectrum Oil (FSO) (for medicated balm only)
See recipe card for quantities.
- Stovetop Method: Combine beeswax and coconut oil in a candle pouring pitcher. Set the pitcher in a pot of water, filling halfway. Simmer water until beeswax melts into the coconut oil.
- Microwave Method: Place beeswax and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl or jar. Heat in 30-second intervals until beeswax is melted into the coconut oil.
- Caution: Carefully handle the hot mixture from the microwave or stove (it will be very hot, exercise caution). Add preferred essential oil and optional RSO/FSO, stirring until well combined.
- Transfer the melted balm into a heat-proof jar and allow it to cool.
- Once cooled, your homemade balm is ready to use, offering you both relief and savings.
- Candle pouring pitcher (for stovetop method)
- Pot for water (for stovetop method)
- Microwave-safe bowl or jar (for microwave method)
- Stirring utensil
- Heat-proof jar for storing the balm
Store in an airtight container at room temperature in a dark spot. This balm will keep up to six months.
Start with a Small Amount and Gradually Increase
When using cannabis balm for chronic pain, it's wise to begin with a small amount and gradually adjust to find your optimal dosage. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and gently massage it in. Allow some time for the balm to take effect before deciding if you need more. Remember, the potency of cannabis balm can vary, and individual responses differ. Starting conservatively ensures you can gauge its impact on your pain levels and make informed adjustments as needed, helping you achieve the best possible relief.
The onset of relief from cannabis balm can vary from person to person. Many individuals report feeling some relief within minutes to an hour after application. However, the full effects may take longer to develop, especially if the balm needs time to penetrate the skin and interact with the body's endocannabinoid system. It's recommended to wait for about an hour after application before assessing the extent of pain relief. Additionally, consistent use over time may lead to cumulative benefits as the cannabinoids build up in your system, potentially offering more sustained relief for chronic pain.
- 65 grams beeswax
- 325 grams coconut oil
- 20 drops essential oil of choice
- 0.5 grams RSO or FSO for medicated balm only
- In a candle pouring pitcher add the beeswax and coconut oil. Place in a pot of water halfway up a pitcher. Bring water to a consistent simmer until beeswax has melted into coconut oil.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or jar place the beeswax and coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second increments until the beeswax has melted into coconut oil.
- Carefully remove melted beeswax and coconut oil from the microwave or stove. (IT WILL BE VERY HOT. BE CAREFUL.) Add the essential oil of choice and the optional RSO/FSO. Stir until combined.
- Pour melted balm into a heat-proof jar. Let sit until the balm cools.
- Enjoy saving some money!
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