Hand-made Cannabis Infused Topical Liniment Using Previously Vaped Bud.

The skin is the human body’s largest organ. Among other structures it contains pain receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors.

The CB1 and CB2 receptors also respond directly to the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, when they are applied in a topical form, …not just when they are ingested.

The role of these receptors in the skin is still being studied but what is known is that they play a role in immunity, pain modulation and in the growth and death cycles of skin cells.

As a result, many people report achieving  great pain-relief, from applying cannabis topically to inflamed joints and sore muscles. (Myself included.)

Hardly anyone I know has found a beneficial use for their previously vaped bud material. It often is simply discarded because it is considered to be spent and nothing more than waste.

This is not the case. If it’s been properly decarboxylated, it will still contain approximately 48% of it’s active medicinal qualities. 

I never throw mine out. I simply save it in a glass jar with an air-tight lid until I have about 30 grams or 1 ounce saved up.

The glass container on the right-hand side, with the “green happy face” is previously vaped ground cannabis. The liniment that I will be making with it, also contains calendula, comfrey, and St. John’s Wort.

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From left to right: Calendula, Previously vaped Cannabis, Comfrey and St. John’s Wort.

All of these herbs are known for their skin soothing, wound healing, pain-relieving characteristics. All of them can be grown in your garden, harvested and dried for long term storage and later use.

There are 6 components to making a topical liniment. They are:

  1. herbs;
  2. oils;
  3. essential oils;
  4. an emulsifier;
  5. a thickener
  6. and a preservative.

The herbs I used are:

  • 30 grams of previously vaped Cannabis
  • 20 grams of St. John’s Wort
  • 10 grams of Comfrey
  • 5 grams of Calendula

The oils I used are:

  • 1 cup of Olive butter
  • 1 cup of Aloe butter
  • 1 cup of Cocao butter

The essential oils I used are:

  • 15 ml of Rosmary
  • 15 ml of Orange
  • 5 ml of Clove

The emulsifier I used is:

  • 1 tbsp of Sunflower Lecithin

The preservative that I used is:

  • 1/2 tsp of Vitamin E

The thickener I used is:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Arrowroot powder

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The tools that I used are:

  • a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon;
  • a 1 cup measuring cup;
  • a large mixing spoon;
  • a large mixing bowl;
  • a fine mesh strainer;
  • a muffin tin and paper liners or any container to store your liniment in;
  • and a Magical Butter Machine.

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If you’ve never seen a Magical Butter Machine before, you can watch the short video, I made in a previous post here:

https://steemit.com/marijuana/@rebeccaryan/a-look-at-the-magical-butter-machine-a-kitchen-applliance-that-infuses-herb

Directions:

  • Place all the oils in the Magical Butter Machine.

(All of the oils are a solid at room temperature. I turned the machine on for 30 minutes and let it heat to 120 degrees F to make it easier on the machine to infused the herbs and oils.)

  • Add the herbs, followed by the sunflower lecithin, vitamin E and essential oils to the machine.

  • Put the lid on it, set the temperature to 160 degrees F and select the 2 hour cycle.
  • After 2 hours, strain the mixture over a medium-size bowl with a fine mesh strainer to catch the herbal pulp.

( I recommend straining the mixture when it is still warm. As the oil cools it will start to solidify and that makes it tricky to strain properly. Throw the strained pulp into your composter or trash bin. We are finished with it now.)

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( You can see that the liniment is quite dark.)

  • Stir 1 1/2 cups of arrowroot powder into the liniment mixture, with a large spoon. This will lighten the colour and it will thicken the mixture. Arrowroot powder is very finely ground and resembles corn-starch in consistency. Stir really well to make sure the final mixture is smooth and lump-free.
  • Prepare your containers for filling.

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( I used 4, 50 gram applicator containers for ease of application and storage. I also made 8, 50 gram “muffin-base size” pieces that can be put into other containers and easily cut into small pieces. You could also put it into small 125 ml glass sealer jars.)

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Notice that the liniment is still a liquid at this point. The mixture is easy to pour, because it’s still warm.

  • Let the mixture cool and it will solidify. If you put it in the refrigerator, this process will speed up substantially.

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Muffin-tin size liniment tarts.

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As there are a lot of oils and herbs in the liniment, I tend to keep it in the refrigerator and dispense it as I or anyone in my family requires it.

It’s excellent to treat sore aching muscles and relieve pain topically. All the herbs can be grown in your garden and the base recipe can be modified with any herbs you might want to try.

I specifically chose the herbs and essential oils that I used because they are all known for creating similar effects on the skin. Making your own liniment is especially rewarding when you can use herbs that you have grown and harvested from your own garden or from a friend’s garden. A lot of love goes into the final product that way and I think it lends towards the healing potency of the ointment. If you don’t have access to herbs, they can be purchased at better Health Food stores and are sold by weight, in their dried form.

How To Make Cannabis Infused Bee Honey

You can successfully infuse bee-honey with cannabis. It’s not a hard process but it takes some time and careful selection of just the right honey to use as your base.

The cannabinoids in cannabis, which are the active medicinal molecules, are fat soluble. This means that they readily dissolve in fat, are absorbed more efficiently in the presence of fat and can be stored in fat.

This is why, when we make an infused cannabis edible, we would choose a high fat medium, like a butter or an oil as the most common infusion mediums, especially for homemade edibles.

Bee honey isn’t typically recognized as a high fat food, so it isn’t something that many people would try to infuse with cannabis or, even know that it is possible to do.

In order to successfully do this a honey that hasn’t been highly filtered or processed, must be used.

This type of honey is typically found in the backyard gardens of bee-keeping hobbyists and very small apiaries.

You want to use the cloudiest honey that you can find because this means that the honey still maintains lots of beeswax particles. It’s the wax particles that THC, CBD and the other 109 cannabinoids are binding to.

Cloudy honey is typically not very translucent. This is what it looks like:

As you will notice, you can’t really see through it. This is the type of honey you want to use.

When I infuse honey, I use the following ingredients:

  • 2 kg container or 1 litre of cloudy honey;
  • 1 ounce or 30 grams of decarboxylated whole cannabis buds, not ground;
  • and 4 tbsp of bee-pollen or sunflower lecithin.

This is bee-pollen. It contains lecithin and just like sunflower lecithin, it helps to attract both water and fatty substances. Basically, it gives the cannabiniods additional molecules to bind to and makes the infusion more efficiently blended or emulsified.

Special Tools Required:

A Magical Butter Machine or a crock pot;

A strainer;

A spatula;

And a Mason jar with its lid or another glass container that will hold 3/4 of a litre of infused honey.

Directions:

  • Decarboxylate 30 grams or 1 ounce of the cannabis strain of your choice. As I prefer to use a Magical Butter Machine, I put the buds into the machine whole and don’t grind them in advance. I always decarb them first though. Here’s my previous post on how to do this step:

https://steemit.com/marijuana/@rebeccaryan/strain-teslin-indica-19-5-thc-decarbing-to-make-mtc-coconut-oil-tincture-part-1-the-decarb

  • Place the buds in the bottom of the Magical Butter Machine. This is what the machine looks like:

Here’s 30 grams or 1 ounce of bud in the machine:

  • Add the 2 kg or 1 litre of cloudy honey on top of the buds and the bee-pollen on top of that.

  • Place the lid on the Magical Butter Machine and set the temperature to 130 degrees F and run it for 8 hours.

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If you decide to use the crock-pot method, you’ll want to grind your decarboxylated bud and be prepared to monitor the temperature and regularly stir your honey blend for 8 hours. It is important that you use a low setting because the honey will burn if it gets too hot.

  • After the infusion has been heated and stirred for 8 hours, strain it off. In the Magical Butter Machine, you may only be left with a sandy pulp and the odd bit of  partially intact bud material. If you pour it and strain it while it’s still warm, it will actually pour. If you let it cool, it will harden. It’s easier to strain when it’s still warm and I recommend this.

Any pulp or cannabis sand that you strain off can be added directly to a recipe that calls for a sweet component. It will medicate it nicely and add to the sweetness of the recipe. It’s great in cookies or squares.

  • Place the cannabis infused bee honey in a glass container for long term storage. I keep it refrigerated and it will last indefinitely.

Cannabis infused bee-honey is incredibly versatile. It can be eaten right off a spoon, stirred into beverages, drizzled over other food and used directly in all kinds of recipes. It’s most definitely a super-food and a medicine. We need to thank all our gardeners, bee keepers and of course the bees for creating this wonderful elixir.