CBD Salve

Lately, there has been a massive rise in the popularity of skincare products infused with CBD. This rise can be attributed to the phenomenal effects that cannabidiols produce for the human body. But there are many products and forms of this skincare, from moisturizers and lotions to tinctures, balms, and salves. There is something for everyone.

CBD salves are stiff balms due to the presence of beeswax in them. They are applied like a lotion over an area of the body and are often used because of their skin-protection quality. Let us discuss how you can make them at home!

Why Use CBD Salve?

There are many ways of taking CBD in general. Oral tinctures are the most common way of taking CBD, which is great if looking for effects targeting systemic health. But they don’t taste that great and are bitter. And only some people are looking to consume CBD for the same reason.

Most people want healthier-looking skin, and this is where CBD salves can be helpful! Not only are they good moisturizers, but they also have neuroprotective and pain relief properties. As they are topical, they have ease of application and are beneficial to those that suffer from exercise-related injuries or even arthritis.

CBD is scientifically proven to have anti-inflammatory effects, which is excellent for skin conditions like rosacea, acne, etc. But also helpful in reducing painful swelling. All in all, topical CBD preparations like salves benefit those looking for all the benefits of CBD without consuming it orally.

How To Make CBD Salves?

Finding the best ingredients is an excellent way to start if you wish to make your own CBD salve at home. It is relatively easy to make salves at home. There are only a few things you need. Here’s a breakdown of what you need and how to make your CBD-infused salve at home.

You will need the following:

  • CBD Oil.
  • Beeswax.
  • Coconut or any other oil.
  • Essential Oils.
  • Shea Butter (Optional)

Once you have your ingredients together, the salve won’t take too long to make.

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  1. First, heat and melt down the beeswax (9 grams) and shea butter (10 grams) in a double boiler.
  2. Add to this about 20-25 grams of coconut oil.
  3. Allow to cool a little, and add sufficient CBD oil drops into the mixture. Ensure you’re aware of the amount you put into the salve.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool down further before transferring it to an empty container with a tight-fitting lid and allow it to solidify.

And there you have it! Your own CBD salve is made quickly at home.

  • CBD salves essentially have three components which are:
  • A natural wax such as beeswax.
  • Coconut oil or any other fatty oil that acts as a carrier.
  • CBD oil acts as a therapeutic agent.

Coconut oil is mainly preferred as a carrier oil because it contains many fatty acids. These acids are essential because they help carry the CBD inside the body and produce its effects. The beeswax serves as an emollient and helps hydrate skin. 

How To Use CBD Salve?

CBD salves are topical preparations and, thus, are easy to use. You apply the salve just as you would an ointment or cream, but if you wish to enjoy the effects properly, follow these steps:

  1. Apply the salve only to the target areas. These can be any inflammation, soreness, or redness. Suppose applying to the face targets dry, patchy regions instead of going all over.
  2. Rinsing and drying the area before the application is also good as it ensures all the dirt and debris have been removed from the skin. Drying ensures that the salve isn’t diluted when rubbed into the skin.
  3. Start with a small quantity. CBD acts fast but if you’re still not seeing or feeling any effects, apply more salve to the affected area. Always remember that a little goes a long way!

CBD salves are beneficial as they help you avoid consuming and metabolizing CBD orally.

How Does CBD Salve Work?

CBD salves, when applied to the skin, are absorbed into it. Once they reach inside, the CBD interacts with the skin’s Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS system releases chemicals known as endocannabinoids. This system is present in the skin as the skin is the human body’s largest organ. The system has receptors that positively respond to THC and CBD.

So, once the salve is applied, CBD starts affecting the surrounding cells and tissues, which is why it is an excellent option for treating localized pain and inflammation.

CBD salves do not penetrate deeper past the skin or enter the bloodstream, so they may not be great for systemic pain relief. For anything more profound than localized pain, you will need transdermal patches. But for simple aches, pains or redness, salves are great as they don’t mask the pain but ensure that the pain or inflammation goes away for specific periods.


Although rising in popularity and demand, CBD topical preparations may work differently for some. As many products are available in the market, it is best to be wary when selecting them, as many products need proper labels or are poorly made. Doing your research will greatly benefit you using such products as they have great benefits if they are made well.

The FDA still has cautioned against such products as they consider the dosing essential, which is also something to keep in mind when selecting CBD topicals. Now that you know how CBD salves work, will you try them yourself?


  • Camille Quintin

    Camille Quintin is a trained health professional with over ten years of experience in medical service delivery, basic science, and applied clinical research. She aims for the highest quality results to help professionals raise awareness with critical health literature. Her medical and health writing experience includes working with researchers at various European Universities and research organizations to assist in preparing articles for publication in international journals.

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