Enter the marijuana spa experience!
Wait, what?!!? Did I just say marijuana and spa in the same sentence? I sure did. And that's because there is a new way (if you are in a state where cannabis is legal for medicinal or recreational purposes) to explore and enjoy the cannabis herb through lotions, massage oils, bath salts and more. And best of all, topically applied cannabis spa potions are a (mostly) sober, yet relaxing experience, which makes them attractive to many more people. People who may not enjoy the mild intoxication of vaporizing cannabis will enjoy the benefits of this herb by applying it topically with lotions, or even a marijuana massage!
When I authored my new book, The Cannabis Spa at Home: How to Make Marijuana-infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh and More, I opened the book with a "quick start" chapter to get you on the ground and running with a few very luxurious cannabis salves, ointments and massage oils using some of the most basic ingredients, like olive oil, that you have in your kitchen right now. Try this cannabis spa recipe from my book to create a massage oil that will relieve your stress and make the holidays a lot more jolly this time of year:
This recipe is for cooling relief of irritated skin and includes chamomile, mint, thyme, marjoram and rosemary. I like to break open bags of chamomile tea and add it to dried mint, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary. This soothing and cooling oil was inspired by the “four thieves” formula of the Middle Ages using common European kitchen herbs. I like to use all five, but if you only have two or three, plus the chamomile — which is essential to this recipe — you can still make a great massage oil with whatever herbs you have in your cupboard.
Additionally, the ground cannabis flower can be substituted with several alternate ingredients. Possible substitutions include: 1 to 2 grams or more keif; 1/4 ounce or more cannabis trim, chopped or ground; 1 tablespoon of culinary hemp seed oil for spa-makers in prohibition states.
*Or no water if you are using an extractor or Magical Butter machine (pre-decarb your cannabis if desired, put everything in the machine and set for 160 degrees F for 2 hours. You'll want to double this recipe to fill the extractor to the minimum level.)
Note: Now, you have a pile of leftover herbal mash and probably a cup of water from the oil-making process. Freeze or use these leftovers immediately.
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