Analgesic Effects From CBD Topicals + How To Make Your Own

CBD Topicals with Analgesic Effects

CBD topicals with analgesic work effectively against pain, including back pain, joint pain, and chronic pain. Some of these include balms, salves and creams. In today’s post, let’s discuss the topicals that have pain-relieving properties as well as a homemade salve recipe that you can also make into a lotion or cream if you wish to.

The analgesic effects of CBD

Over the centuries, cannabis has been used for its pain-relieving properties even in the early civilizations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Today, people still use CBD, one of the main compounds of medical cannabis, for pain management with which an medical marijuana doctor can recommend to their patients at the right dosage.

The analgesic effects of topical CBD are made possible due to the fact that you have CB2 receptors (part of your endocannabinoid system) present in your skin, allowing you to have local pain relief.

Learn all about how topical CBD works.

In the next section, see which topicals may actually help for pain relief.

CBD topicals for pain management

The following are CBD topicals for pain management. Check them out and ask a local pot dispensary about them.

CBD Topicals: Creams

These creams are used for back pain, which is becoming all too common for people who are sitting for long periods of time or those with a bad posture.

CBD Topicals with Analgesic Effects - Cream

CBD Topicals: Balms

A balm is defined as a fragrant ointment or preparation used to heal or soothe the skin. CBD balms are soothing hemp oil based balms that can help in relaxing the muscles and joints and relieving pain.   These products, especially those made from full spectrum oils can be better than those made with isolated CBD form. In short, full-spectrum hemp oil balm can offer better health benefits.

CBD Topicals: Salve

A salve is defined as an ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection. CBD-infused salves are also popular for pain management among medical marijuana patients.

DIY Recipe For Cannabis Topicals 

Check out the following for the steps on how easy that will to make a topical cannabis salve at home.

Making a Basic Cannabis Salve

If you think that it’s hard to make your own version of a cannabis salve, you might want to think again.  Discover how simple that is to create your very own salve with the following steps.


  • 7-10 g dried and ground cannabis
  • 1/3 cup beeswax
  • Optional:  1 ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup coconut oil
  • Choice essential oil


  • A double boiler or saucepan
  • A cheesecloth
  • A jar
  • A baking sheet


  1. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees F.
  2. Get your baking sheet and spread the ground cannabis on it.
  3. Put the cannabis in the oven for 30 minutes to decarboxylate it.
  4. Mix the olive oil and the coconut oil in the double boiler or saucepan over low heat while stirring constantly while the cannabis is in the oven.
  5. Take the cannabis out of the oven and mix it into your oil mixture.
  6. Stir the mixture continuously over low heat for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove it from heat and pour it through cheesecloth over a jar. Set aside.
  8. Put the beeswax on the same saucepan or double boiler. Melt it.
  9. Slowly add your cannabis-infused oil to the beeswax as it is melting.
  10. You can also add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender tea tree or peppermint.
  11. Once thoroughly mixed, take it out of heat and transfer it into a container.

That’s it!   You now have your cannabis-infused salve to use against pain and other health benefits.


  1. Especially if using a saucepan, you should keep the heat low.  Otherwise, you’ll burn the weed and burn off the THC compounds, reducing the salve’s potency.  It is critical to remember this tip especially if using olive oil, which has a low smoke point.
  2. The cannabis salve won’t last forever, so you should store it in a dark and cool place to improve its lifespan.
  3. To use it, rub on the affected area and wait for it to work to get rid of pain and aches.

Making cannabis-infused cream or lotion

Now, let’s discuss something that you might also find interesting. Did you know that you could also make the salve into a lotion or cream?  Here is how.

CBD Topicals with Analgesic Effects - Lotion

You can make the cannabis-infused salve into an infused cream or lotion by adding,

  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • A cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter/Shea butter

You can also increase the lotion or cream’s fluidity by adding more vitamin E oil, olive oil or almond oil.


  1. The cannabis-infused lotion will still be thick.  Do not put it in a lotion pump.
  2. For the container, it might be quite clever to re-use a glass cannabis jar.  You can also buy jars in bulk online if you wish to.

About Nicco Reggente, PhD 167 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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