How to Make CBD Lotion with Hemp Flower

Published November 17, 2020
How to Make CBD Lotion with Hemp Flower - Secret Nature

CBD lotion packages the immense benefits of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid and delivers them topically, but it’s hard to find a CBD lotion that fits your exact specifications. With so many CBD creams, salves, and balms that feature isolate CBD or other inferior types of hemp extract, it’s natural to want to cut through all the clutter by making your own CBD lotion using CBD-rich hemp flower.

Making your own CBD lotion at home is easier than you think, and taking this approach to fulfilling your CBD topical needs is more rewarding than you could possibly imagine. In this guide, learn the benefits of using high-grade Secret Nature hemp flower to make CBD lotion, and discover the steps you’ll need to follow to make your very own hemp-infused topical.

What is CBD lotion?

There are quite a few different types of CBD topicals, and in some cases, brands use terms to refer to their topicals that aren’t entirely accurate. Let’s provide some clarity by defining the four major types of CBD topicals:

CBD lotion

The term “CBD lotion” usually refers to a water-based CBD topical with a reasonably runny texture. CBD lotions contain up to 50% water, and they are surprisingly difficult to keep stable. As a result, CBD lotions sometimes cost more, and they usually contain more additives than other types of hemp topicals.

CBD cream

In some cases, the terms “CBD lotion” and “CBD cream” are used interchangeably. Technically, however, CBD cream is slightly thicker than CBD lotion while remaining water-based. While CBD lotion is often offered in pump bottles, CBD cream is usually packed into tubs.

CBD balm

CBD balms have oil bases, and they are usually thicker and harder than other oil-based hemp topicals. Often featuring high concentrations of beeswax, CBD balms are commonly packaged in tins, and due to their high wax content, they create effective skin barriers.

CBD salve

While CBD salve is similar to CBD balm, this type of oil-based hemp topical usually has a softer consistency, and it might contain higher concentrations of essential oils while featuring lower concentrations of beeswax.

Benefits of DIY CBD lotion from hemp flower

The modern hemp market has plenty of CBD lotion options to offer, but these topicals are often disappointing. To keep CBD lotion stable on the shelf for long periods of time, it’s necessary to add ingredients like stearic acid, lecithin, or emulsifying wax, which may or may not be safe to apply to your skin. Even if you’re unconcerned by the additives that commonly lurk within prepackaged CBD lotion formulations, there are plenty of benefits of crafting your own CBD lotion that make this project fully worthwhile:

Total control over the creative process

When you make your own hemp lotion at home, you can include or avoid any ingredients that you like. While it might take quite a bit of experimentation to land on a lotion formula that you love, the topical you end up producing will be all yours.

Option to add extra antioxidants

Making your own lotion provides you with endless opportunities to boost the topical benefits of CBD. Whether it’s vitamin E, vitamin C, polyphenols, or other natural, antioxidant substances, you’re the boss when it comes to the antioxidant ingredients that make their way into your lotion.

Plenty of potent terpenes, flavonoids, and minor cannabinoids

Using hemp flower to make CBD lotion provides benefits that other sources of CBD do not. Non-intoxicating, CBD-rich Cannabis sativa flower is packed with terpenes and minor cannabinoids, which might offer potent topical benefits while also triggering the entourage effect. Perhaps even more importantly, however, CBD flower is a rich source of flavonoids, which are commonly used to boost the antioxidant properties of lotions and other topicals.

Maximizing the benefits of anti-aging CBD cream

When you make your own hemp lotion using CBD flower, you’re free to enhance the anti-aging properties of your formula with ingredients like collagen, jojoba oil, lactic acid, or peptides.

Enhancing CBD cream for inflammation or pain

From ginger to turmeric to calendula, natural health experts have identified a wide variety of natural ingredients that might help with inflammation and pain. Add these ingredients to your hemp flower topical for enhanced anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

Effects of CBD lotion

The effects of your DIY CBD flower lotion will vary depending on the strain of hemp flower that you use and the additional ingredients your formula includes. Many people make CBD lotion in the hopes that it will help with pain and inflammation, and others craft their own CBD topicals to help with aging or acne. Regardless of the unique effects your specific formula provides, Secret Nature CBD flower is guaranteed to contain less than 0.3% THC, assuring that your DIY CBD lotion won’t cause any intoxicating effects.

Choosing the right dosage for your hemp flower CBD lotion recipe

We generally recommend that you infuse your DIY recipes with 3-7 grams of Secret Nature CBD flower per cup of other ingredients. If knowing the exact dosage of your DIY CBD lotion is important to you, this figure is relatively easy to calculate.

Say you decide to make an indica CBD lotion using Secret Nature Frosted Kush. This strain contains 20.9% CBD per gram, which means that every gram includes 209 milligrams of CBD.

If you decide to include 10 grams of CBD flower in your lotion recipe, that means it would contain 2,090 milligrams (2.09g) of total CBD. If you follow the recipe below, your finished lotion will have a total volume of approximately 2 cups or 128 grams. As a result, each gram of lotion lotion will contain approximately 16mg of CBD.

How to make DIY CBD lotion with hemp flower

Now that you know about the different types of CBD topicals and the benefits of making your own hemp lotion using CBD flower, it’s time to discover the steps you’ll need to follow to make CBD lotion using Secret Nature nugs. Grab the following ingredients, assemble the following materials, and use the following recipe to make high-potency, full-spectrum CBD lotion in your own kitchen:

CBD lotion ingredients:

  • 3-7 grams of ground, decarboxylated Secret Nature CBD flower
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup beeswax pastilles or grated beeswax
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup aloe vera gel
  • ¼ cup jojoba oil
  • 20 drops of your choice of essential oils

Materials you’ll need:

  • Double boiler or crockpot
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mason jar
  • Mesh strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Probe thermometer
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Medium-sized pot

CBD lotion recipe:

  1. Set your crockpot to low, or fill the bottom half of your double boiler and set your stove top to low
  2. Place the beeswax and the coconut oil in the crockpot or double boiler
  3. Slowly stir the CBD flower into the beeswax and coconut oil mixture
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for 30-60 minutes
  5. Using a probe thermometer, raise the water to the same temperature as the mixture in a separate pot
  6. Remove the CBD-infused mixture from heat, and line the mesh strainer with the cheesecloth
  7. Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl through the cheesecloth and strainer
  8. Slowly pour the water into the mixture, stirring continuously
  9. Continue blending until you have achieved an optimum consistency
  10. Stir the aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, and essential oils into the mixture
  11. Pour the finished lotion into a glass container, and use it within three months

Take your CBD lotion to the next level with Secret Nature

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