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How to make CBD lotion

How to make CBD lotion

With CBD products rising in popularity, people are becoming more and more interested in how to create products for themselves. In addition to saving money and learning a new skill, it means you can control the ingredients, scents, flavours, and dosages of your CBD products. Learning how to make CBD lotion is easy and this article includes a simple recipe to get you started!

What is CBD lotion? 

CBD lotion is, just as the name suggests, a skin lotion infused with CBD. CBD is a compound of cannabis that is growing in popularity due to its many health and wellness benefits. It doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of THC and so does not produce the sensation of being high—but it does have similar health advantages. CBD is a relaxant, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. It works with the endocannabinoid system to encourage homeostasis (a state of balance) in the body.

There are numerous CBD products out there, each with its own advantages. CBD lotion is particularly useful for improving skin wellness and repairing broken skin cells. It’s therefore popular among people suffering from conditions like psoriasis and eczema. But the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can benefit anyone, regardless of skin type. CBD works to naturally rebalance and rejuvenate skin, repair damage, and moisturize dry skin. For this reason, it’s an excellent addition to your daily skin regimen and it can be helpful as a remedy for sunburn. 

Benefits and uses for CBD lotion 

CBD lotion falls into the category of topical CBD products. This means you use it externally by applying it to your skin on specific areas of the body. The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in maintaining skin health. Research shows that the ECS controls the well-balance proliferation and the immune tolerance of skin cells. As CBD interacts with the ECS, it delivers an immune system boost and helps bring balance to your skin.

CBD lotion can be useful for managing skin conditions like psoriasis, as it can reduce swelling, redness, and itchiness, as well as lessen the pain that comes from inflammation. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD works to restore the skin back to its natural, healthy state. For the same reasons, CBD lotion can be beneficial for those suffering from acne. While CBD lotion can moisturize the skin, it can also reduce the amount of harmful oils that cause spot outbreaks. By inhibiting oil production, it can ensure your skin doesn’t become greasy, but is instead hydrated in a more naturally healthy way.

Through external application, CBD will also enter your body and act upon its relaxant properties too. By incorporating CBD lotion into your nightly skincare routine, for example, you can enjoy its calming qualities before you sleep. This can be particularly useful for those suffering from insomnia. By relaxing both your body and mind, CBD can make falling asleep and staying asleep much easier. It is also useful for anxiety sufferers whose rolling thoughts keep them awake at night. CBD has been proven to take the edge off anxiety so that your body can naturally calm down before bed. 

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CBD lotion recipe

Another brilliant thing about CBD lotion is that you can make it at home by following a simple recipe. Not only will this save you money, but it means you can also control such things as the scent and dosage of CBD in the lotion. The following CBD lotion recipe will create about 227g of CBD lotion.


  • 180 ml of distilled water
  • 59 ml of a carrier oil (sunflower, canola, coconut)
  • 28 g of soy wax or beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons of CBD oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil (optional)


  1. Boil a pot of water on the stove, then reduce to medium-high and let it simmer.
  2. Place the carrier oil and the wax in a heat-proof bowl and set over the pot of simmering water.
  3. Stir the carrier oil and wax until they completely melt together, then add the CBD oil and optional essential oils.
  4. Heat up the 180ml of distilled water and slowly stir it into the other ingredients.
  5. Using an immersion blender, mix the mixture for 30 seconds.
  6. Put the lotion in an airtight container and let it cool.
  7. Store in the fridge and use within a month.

The great thing about this DIY CBD lotion recipe is it has a lot of room for adaptation. You get to choose your own carrier oil, for instance. Options include sunflower oil, canola oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil— but coconut oil is a popular choice for making CBD products because it also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also change the dosage of CBD oil. A mild lotion might include about 500mg of CBD. Whereas much stronger ones might contain up to 5,000mg. Finally, you control the scent by adding optional essential oils. Some favorites are jasmine, lavender, rose, or grapefruit. Each essential oil has its own therapeutic properties. For example, grapefruit is considered energizing while lavender is considered relaxing.

Final thoughts

A DIY CBD lotion is an extremely useful CBD product. CBD lotions deliver relief for chronic or acute localized pain and inflammation. They’re also easy to make at home and discreet enough to carry around with you, applying whenever necessary. CBD is a brilliant way to enhance your skincare routine!


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