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How to Make Marijuana Arthritis Balm

Gone are the days when reaping the benefits of cannabis were limited to smoking the herb.

Thanks to the boom of cannabis legalization and the increase in research conducted on the amazing healing properties of the green medication, it is now possible to enjoy an exciting myriad of cannabis infused treats, including but not limited to topicals.

Moreover, many of the cannabis derivatives can be made straight in the comfort of your home.

In this article, we will dive into learning how to make cannabis arthritis balm.

We will also discuss all the important and intriguing aspects of working with cannabis infused topicals by including science backed up research and test-and-tried smart tips so that you can feel confident and well-prepared on what to expect when rubbing cannabis infused topical ointments straight onto your skin to relieve arthritis pain (as well as other pain and discomfort related complaints).

THC and CBD: The Magnificent Arthritis Relief Duo

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis up-to-date. The torturous symptoms affect approximately 350 million people globally, 54 million being residents of the United States.

But while there is no cure for arthritis available yet, cannabis does significantly help to relieve the associated pains.

Wondering how the active cannabinoids in cannabis, and in particular, THC and CBD can help to provide effective pain relief accompanied by strong anti-inflammatory properties for arthritis sufferers?

Let’s see what scientific research results reveal on that matter.

#1.THC and CBD are proven to reduce the production of cytokines. Cytokines are signaling proteins created by immune cells. These signaling proteins are overproduced in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in patients suffering from different autoimmune diseases.

#2. CBD alone has strong anti-inflammatory properties. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can be extremely helpful when it comes to reducing the symptoms related to arthritis.

#3. THC and CBD have strong antioxidant properties. Oxidative stress is one of the most common factors that lead to further exuberating the inflammation and pain of arthritis sufferers.

#4.THC has the ability to bring apoptosis to immune cells that are out of control and hence, unable to function properly. This type of immune cells is associated with attacking the body, leading to further enhancing the symptoms of inflammation. With this in mind, THC is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect in rheumatoid arthritis as it can assist in balancing an overactive immune system. These properties of THC are shown to work best when in conjunction with CBD because of CBD’s antiproliferative effects.

#5. More scientific backed-up data regarding THC’s anti-inflammatory properties were shared by experts from the University of South Carolina who discovered that THC can suppress inflammation. In fact, THC has 20 times the anti-inflammatory power of aspirin!

#6. With both osteoarthritis, as well as rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, a cannabis-based treatment that makes use of both THC and CBD has shown to reduce pain and inflammation based on the natural endocannabinoids found in the body, and in particular,  2 arachidonyl glycerol (2-AG) and anandamide.

#7. Knee joint pain related to osteoarthritis can be significantly reduced with the use of cannabis-infused products, as shown in a study conducted by scientists from the University of Nottingham.

In fact, there are multiple benefits of cannabis topical solutions.

Topical marijuana balms can be used for addressing a wide array of concerns, and are not limited to the treatment of arthritis.

Here’s a short list of the complaints that can be relieved with the use of topical marijuana balms, creams, and lotions.

1. Muscle tension/ Sore muscles
2. Skin irritations/ Dry, chapped skin
3. Muscle pain/ Joint pain
4. Localized pain / Bruises /Localized inflammation

Do Cannabis Topicals Get you High?

For a start, it’s important to understand the way active cannabinoids interact with your mind and body when applied topically.

In a nutshell, weed topicals may or may not get you high. But how come is that even possible?

The active compounds found in marijuana (including active cannabinoids, e.g. THC and CBD, as well as terpenes and flavonoids)interact with your endocannabinoid system.

To be more specific, it is through a complex process of both stimulating and simultaneously inhibiting the signals received by CB1 and CB2 receptors how cannabis consumption leads to a synergistic symphony of effects, an excellent example of intercellular signaling in your endocannabinoid system being the depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition (DSI).

CB1 and CB2 receptors are located all over your body; it is as if they are literally floating around. More precisely, CB2 receptors are found throughout the entire body while CB1 receptors are found in the brain (predominantly).

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It is CB1 receptors that need to be stimulated in order to experience a typical sense of high. This happens when active cannabinoids are able to pass through the brain’s blood barrier.

It is CB2 receptors that are targeted when applying topical cannabis solutions. In such cases, the active cannabinoids can pass the brain’s blood barrier only in the presence of the a carrier chemical.

If no carrier chemical is added, the cannabis balm, cream, or lotion you apply will only pass through the epidermal layer of the skin but will not be capable of stimulating the CB2 receptors.

However, even in the absence of a carrier chemical, cannabis topicals can work wonderfully to alleviate a wide array of physical and/or mental complaints but without experiencing the high. You can picture this much like the effect of rubbing alcohol onto your skin it simply has no chance of getting your drunk, right?

According to a study, it is thanks to the distribution of cannabinoid receptors on mast cells and skin nerve fibers that the broad therapeutic potential of cannabis-infused topicals can provide anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive benefits.

Transdermal patches are a great example of cannabis-infused topical treatments that can get you high. A well known carrier chemical that can be added to cannabis ointments in order to get high is magnesium stearate.

Making Cannabis Infused Ointments: To Decarb or not to Decarb?

It is important to keep in mind that even in the presence of a carrier chemical, cannabis topical solutions, including but not limited to cannabis arthritis balms, cannot induce the sense of high (and some of the desired health benefits) if the tetrahydro cannabinolic acid (THCA), as well as Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) found in marijuana plants,  have not been converted to activated THC, and respectively, to activated CBD.

THC and CBD are only activated once they undergo a process of decarboxylation.

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In this guide to making cannabis arthritis balm, we will take advantage of activating THC for it has shown to possess an excellent action on calming inflammation (one of the major sources of pain) related to inflammatory arthritis.

However, it might also be a great idea to try a combination of non-activated THC (THCA) and CBD cannabis arthritis balm. Some experts believe that this combination is especially well-suited to particular forms of arthritis.

Obviously, more research is needed to identify the pathways in which the combination of active cannabinoids whether in their acid or activated form work best for the treatment of various medical conditions, including arthritis.

But one thing is for sure knowing how to make your very own cannabis arthritis balm (and in general, cannabis-infused topicals) can help you reap amazing health benefits without getting high.

Even though smoking and ingesting cannabis offer superior pain-relief properties, it might be merely impossible to be under the influence of cannabis at work – but this is not the case with applying a topical ointment that doesn’t get you high.

Plus, topical cannabis solutions are great for targeting the exact spots that you want to address something which cannot be achieved with consuming edibles or smoking the herb.

As to CBD, it will be inevitably get activated along with THC but it is good to keep in mind that you can add some extra CBD Oil to your topical ointments if desired.

So, to decarb or not to decarb?

Well, it’s a matter of experimenting and listening to the way your body responds to the cannabis-infused topical solutions. Because of this, we have got you covered with two different recipes for making cannabis arthritis balm to choose from and test for yourself.

Will I Fail a Drug Test when Using Cannabis Arthritis Balm?

If not opting for transdermal patches or making a cannabis infused topical treatment with the conscious addition of a carrier chemical to help active cannabinoids pass the brain blood barrier, you are highly unlikely to fail a drug test due to using cannabis topicals.

Since you are applying these only topically, it doesn’t matter that THC passes through your skin as it binds with receptors in the skin, the nerves, and muscle tissues without permeating the bloodstream. Drug tests of both blood and urine detect the presence of THC that has been absorbed by the body only after passing the brain barrier.

However, keep in mind that if you accidentally rub your eyes after applying a cannabis arthritis balm or other cannabis-infused balms, THC can, indeed, enter your bloodstream. The same goes to biting your nails since you can easily ingest THC from the balm. In such cases, positive reading may be triggered.

To avoid such issues from happening, always wash your hands thoroughly after application of cannabis balms and/or wear protective gloves when applying them onto your skin.

If not opting for transdermal patches or making a cannabis-infused topical treatment with the conscious addition of a carrier chemical to help active cannabinoids pass the brain blood barrier, you are highly unlikely to fail a drug test due to using cannabis topicals.

Since you are applying these only topically, it doesn’t matter that THC passes through your skin as it binds with receptors in the skin, the nerves, and muscle tissues without permeating the bloodstream. Drug tests of both blood and urine detect the presence of THC that has been absorbed by the body only after passing the brain barrier.

However, keep in mind that if you accidentally rub your eyes after applying a cannabis arthritis balm or other cannabis-infused balms, THC can, indeed, enter your bloodstream. The same goes to biting your nails since you can easily ingest THC from the balm. In such cases, positive reading may be triggered.

To avoid such issues from happening, always wash your hands thoroughly after application of cannabis balms and/or wear protective gloves when applying them onto your skin.

Top 2 Cannabis Arthritis Balm Recipes: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Please, note that neither the THC cannabis arthritis balm nor the THCA + CBD cannabis arthritis balm will get you high.

Even though the THC cannabis arthritis balm recipe makes use of activating THCA through heating in order to convert it to THC, there is no carrier chemical involved in both of these recipes, which means no sense of high will be experienced at any time after application.

Also, if you are a marijuana grower, you can make excellent use of your trim instead of marijuana flowers. Trim obtained from male marijuana plants will do perfectly well, too.

However, adding marijuana flowers instead of trim will result in increasing the pain-relief properties of your cannabis arthritis balm.

Pssst! A secret ingredient for your cannabis arthritis balm.

We recommend adding Cayenne pepper to any of the cannabis arthritis balm recipes below.

A teaspoon of Cayenne pepper can significantly boost the pain-relieving properties of your cannabis-infused topical solution.

But don’t forget to be careful during and after application because if you accidentally rub your eyes or part of the topical gets into your mouth, it can be a burning experience (not the kind of Burning Man festival experience; just the burning, Ouch!)

THC Cannabis Arthritis Balm

List of ingredients

½ ounce of cannabis trim/buds

8 ounces of coconut oil

1 tablespoon beeswax

A few drops of Lavender/ Peppermint/ Clove/ Wintergreen/ Eucalyptus essential oil (optional)

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115 degrees Celsius).

While the temperature of your oven is reaching the desired rates, grind or cut the trim/buds. Next, spread these on a clean sheet of baking paper lined onto a baking tray.

Decarboxylate your cannabis trim/buds by placing the baking tray in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Step 2: Slowly melt the coconut oil.

In the meantime of decarbing your cannabis trim/buds in the oven, melt the coconut oil using a double boiler. A saucepan can also work fine for melting down the coconut oil but do make sure the heat is set on low.

Step 3: Add the decarbed cannabis trim/buds to the melted coconut and beeswax mix.

At this point, it is truly important that you maintain low heat as you are about to get down to mixing the decarbed cannabis trim/buds with the melted coconut oil.

You’ll need to keep stirring carefully throughout the next 20 – 25 minutes.

Once done, pour the coconut oil and decarbed cannabis trim/buds mixture into a jar, using a cheesecloth to remove all tiny particles of the plant material. Set the mixture aside while you are working on melting the beeswax.

Word of Caution: High heat and/or leaving the concoction for longer than the recommended 20 – 25 minutes can result in burning the THC and CBD present, therefore, decreasing the quality of your cannabis arthritis balm.

Step 4: Meltdown the beeswax and proceed by mixing it with the cannabis-infused coconut oil.

Beeswax should not be melted along with coconut oil because of the mere fact beeswax will prevent the cannabis trim/buds from getting thoroughly infused into the coconut oil.

Using the same saucepan or double-boiler, add the beeswax. Now, all that’s left to do is to add the cannabis-infused coconut oil into the melted beeswax. Add the infused coconut slowly and stir energetically to help the mixture become perfectly uniform.

Step 5: Transfer your cannabis arthritis balm into suitable containers.

Glass-made containers with a re-sealable lid work best. Just take the beeswax and cannabis-infused coconut oil off the heat and pour the mixture into containers of your choice.

This is the point when you can also add several drops of your favorite essential oil.

Do not seal the containers’ lids before the mixture cools down.

Once cooled down, seal the containers and keep them in the refrigerator. Do not expose the cannabis arthritis balm to high temperatures or direct access to sunlight.

Quick Bonus Recipe: Cannabis Arthritis Lotion THCA + CBD Cannabis Arthritis Balm

If you wish to achieve a more creamy, a lotion-like texture of your cannabis arthritis balm, you can easily increase fluidity by adding a few simple ingredients to upgrade the recipe just shared above.

List of Ingredients

4 ounces of aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon cocoa butter/ shea butter

½ tablespoon Vitamin E / Olive Oil/ Almond Oil

Step 1: Melt the cocoa butter/ shea butter.

In a double boiler or saucepan, let the coconut butter or shea butter meltdown.

Step 2: Add Vitamin E/ olive oil or almond oil.

Once the shea butter or cocoa butter of your choice have to melt down, add vitamin E or olive oil or almond oil (it’s merely a matter of personal preferences which one to use)

Step 3: Add the aloe vera gel and mix well.

Finally, add aloe vera gel and stir well until the concoction is smooth and uniform. Mix this blend with the cannabis arthritis balm fusion listed above but make sure neither of the mixtures has cooled down yet.

Once mixed well, pour the mixture into containers. Store the containers in the refrigerator and apply as needed.

THCA + CBD Cannabis Arthritis Balm

List of Ingredients

½ ounce of cannabis trim/buds
2 ounces of almond oil/ olive oil

2 ounces of coconut oil

4 ounces of shea butter

175 mg CBD Oil

A few drops of Citrus/ Rosemary/ Arnica/ Rose essential oil (optional)

Step 1: Meltdown the coconut oil and shea butter.

Using a double boiler or a saucepan, carefully melt down the coconut oil and shea butter until smooth.

Step 2: Add almond oil/ Olive oil and CBD oil

Next, add almond oil or olive oil along with CBD oil and mix well. Then again, do make sure the heat is only low as not to damage the quality of your CBD Oil.

Step 3: Add your cannabis trim/buds.

Lastly, add your cannabis trim/buds to the concoction. Keep stirring well for no more than 3 – 5 minutes since the goal is to experiment with a combination of non-activated THC (aka THCA) and CBD, right? Also, this is the time to add a few drops of essential oil or essential oils of your choice.

At this point, all that’s left to do is to use a clean cheesecloth to strain the THCA + CBD cannabis arthritis balm, getting rid of the plant material by pouring the mixture into clean, suitable containers.

Store in the refrigerator and apply as much and as often of the cannabis infused balm as needed. For achieving a creamier, lotion-like fluidity, follow the steps we shared in the bonus recipe for cannabis arthritis lotion.

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How to Make Cannabis Arthritis Balm: Final Thoughts

Making your very own cannabis-infused treats whether it comes to topicals, edibles or concentrates – is the best way to understand exactly what gets into your body. It helps you save money while also expanding your knowledge of working with cannabis, for this is a miraculous herb that truly deserves to be explored and made use of in the best possible way.

In fact, you can easily close the cycle of self-supplementation with the green medication by growing your own marijuana plants in the case you live in any of the legal states. With this in mind, here’s a tiny at-depart gift the top strains to grow for making the best cannabis arthritis balm.

Cannatonic (massive yields accompanied by a high percentage of CBD)

White Berry (low traces of CBD but an excellent strain for arthritis sufferers due to its mighty pain-relieving properties)

Northern Lights (a cult-classic, heavy hitting, extremely well-working when it comes to pain reduction and management strain that is fairly easy to grow)

Harlequin (another strain high in CBD that can work wonderfully for reducing inflammation related to arthritis)

Gorilla Glue (soaking with THC, Gorilla Glue strain is known for its out-of-this-world potency, as well as its extremely beneficial action for pain relief)

For best results, we recommend experimenting with a combination of a high CBD strain along with a high THC strain so that you will not only learn how to make cannabis arthritis balm but you will learn how to make the best cannabis arthritis balm ever. If you want to keep up with more exciting things cannabis-related, subscribe to our newsletter.

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