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NY to Allow Use of Medical Cannabis Lozenges, Lotions, and More

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making more changes to its medical marijuana program designed to speed patient access and allow a wider array of treatment options.

Health officials announced new regulations Thursday that will permit new forms of the drug, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges as well as topical lotions, ointments and patches.

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The state also plans to create a new, shorter training program for physicians interested in authorizing medical marijuana for patients. The intent is to offer a two-hour training program in addition to the existing four-hour training, officials said.

“This is yet another positive step forward for New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program,” New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement announcing the news. “These regulations will continue to improve the program in several ways, including making new forms of medical marijuana available and improving the dispensing facility experience.”

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New York has one of the nation’s more conservative medical cannabis programs, and smokeable marijuana still isn’t allowed. Products currently available are mostly limited to tinctures, oils for vaporization, and capsules to be taken orally. Officials say they’re continuing to look for ways to tinker with the rules to make it easier for patients to get the help they need.

The new regulations are expected to take effect next month.

As of Tuesday, there were 26,561 patients authorized to obtain medical marijuana in the state and 1,155 practitioners registered to recommend cannabis.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

High DIY: How to Make Easy Cannabis-Infused Bath Bombs

Sylvia Plath wasn’t wrong when she said, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” And what could possibly make this already soothing activity even more relaxing? A little help from THC or CBD in the form of a colorful bath bomb!

It’s no secret that bath bombs have been a hot commodity for some time now—these palm-sized fizzies come in a variety of shapes and colors while boasting excellent skin benefits. Pairing those benefits with the added body-relaxing effects provided by cannabis can lead to the ease of tension, reduced inflammation, and overall tranquility.

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Whether you’ve been on your feet all day and your body is aching, or you’re simply looking for an excellent way to enjoy a lazy afternoon, below we show you how to make the perfect cannabis-infused bath bomb.

Note: Cannabis-infused topicals will not get you high. Click here to learn why.

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How to Make Your Own Cannabis Bath Bombs

Start to finish: 3+ hours (active: 15 minutes)

Yields: 1 bath bomb

Ingredients

  • Bath bomb molds (we love these ones from Amazon)
  • 4 ounces baking soda
  • 2 ounces corn starch
  • 2 ounces citric acid
  • 2 ounces epsom salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil
  • ¼ teaspoon THC or CBD infused coconut oil or tincture
  • 1–2 drops food coloring or mica color powder

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Directions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients (except color) in a bowl. Whisk until evenly mixed.
  2. Combine all wet ingredients (except color) in a small glass vessel (a shot glass works perfectly).
  3. Very slowly, stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see lots of fizzing, you’re going too fast. If you’re using food drops for coloring, add them now.
  4. After all ingredients are evenly combined, the mixture should feel like damp sand. To test it out, put a small amount in your hand and squeeze. It should stick together in 1–2 big chunks once you release your hand. Add a few more drops of water if it doesn’t. Once you reach the desired consistency, mix in the color powder (if using).
  5. Fill each half of your mold with the mixture until it is a little over-filled, but don’t pack too densely. Loosely sprinkle some more of the mixture on each half (this helps the two sides meld).
  6. Press the halves together firmly and hold for a few seconds. Gently remove one side of the mold.
  7. Place the bath bomb mold side down and allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the other side of the mold in a gentle twisting motion. (Pro tip: Bath bombs can fall apart very easily, but you can remold one side or re-mix the whole ball and start over if you need to.)
  8. Let sit for a few hours (or preferably overnight) until bath bomb is totally firm, then enjoy a soothing cannabis-infused bath and let your stress melt away!

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5 Best Practices for Using Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals are a great way to enjoy the benefits of THC and CBD without consuming cannabis. They’re useful for a variety of people because they offer localized relief from minor aches and pains without the heady, psychoactive effects of smoking or ingesting the flower.

Explore Cannabis Topical Products

Topicals come in a variety of forms. Some are moisturizing lotions made for every day use while others are balms, salves, liniments, or ointments designed to produce hot or cold sensations alongside their beneficial botanical and cannabis chemistry.

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Choosing the right cannabis topical is up to you, but here’s a set of best practices for applying your cannabis infused topical of choice.

1. Determine Where to Apply Your Topical

Before applying your cannabis ointment, consider where your pain is coming from. This might sound like an obvious statement, but what I mean is, “Are you getting a headache from your head or the tension in your neck?” We inadvertently put a lot of stress on our bodies, and finding the “why” of our pain will help define a way to subdue it and, in this case, where to apply the topical.

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If you don’t have any specific nagging areas to focus on, try adding some topical relief to these common sore spots (or, better yet, get your significant other to massage them for you):

  • Temples
  • Neck
  • Elbows, knees, and other joints
  • Wrists
  • Soles of your feet
  • Back of the heel/foot
  • Shoulders

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2. Clean the Area

We come into contact with a whole world of unseen bacteria and contaminants that can adhere to our skin. Before applying a dollop of cannabis-infused lotion/topical to your hands, feet, elbows, etc, give yourself a quick rinse. You don’t have to get in the shower and do the Hokey-Pokey, just grab a moist wash cloth or paper towel and scrub the applicable area to remove any unwanted particulates from your skin, then dry the area prior to application.

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3. Be Generous and Vigorous

After you’ve sufficiently cleaned and dried the affected area, generously apply your cannabis topical. You don’t need to bathe in it, but doing a second or third application is not uncommon. With every application, vigorously massage and rub the topical into your skin. Do not apply too much pressure as to exacerbate your discomfort, but be firm and don’t be shy about a second pass.

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4. Wash Your Hands!

After applying your topical, wash your hands well. Many topicals have touches of citrus, capsaicin (pepper), or mint, and none of those compounds feel very good in a nostril, eye, or butt crack. Just trust me. Wash your darn hands!

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5. Adjust Your Expectations

Cannabis is not a panacea, but it can be quite helpful. Don’t expect a lifetime of arthritis to suddenly feel like nothing, or for old war wounds to subside entirely. Rather, prepare for subtle, innocuous relief alongside other sensations depending on the concentration of other soothing ingredients in your topical. Just like a heating pad or IcyHot, cannabis topicals don’t necessarily cure our ailments, they simply make them more bearable.

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What are some of your favorite cannabis-infused topicals? Share your preferred brands and your topical best practices in the comments!

7 Must-Try Cannabis Topicals for Those Scorching Summer Days

As summer heats up, it’s easy to run around and splash and play while forgetting about the human body’s largest organ–your skin! While that summer sun is beautiful, especially after a brutally long winter, we’re often so excited to soak up the rays that it’s easy for before-and-after-suncare to fall by the wayside.

To help protect your epidermis during the hottest months of the year, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best cannabis-infused skincare products on the market:

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Evergreen Organix SPF +THC Sunscreen

Evergreen Organix Sunscreen SPF-THC

A good sunscreen is one of the most important items to remember during summer. Depending on how hot it is and how much time you plan on spending in the sun, apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to help block out harmful UV rays and avoid a sunburn.

Evergreen Organix, sourced and produced in the desert of Nevada, has a product that contains SPF 30 as well as THC cannabinoids to soothe and protect your skin, even in the hottest temperatures. The active cannabinoids will help hydrate your skin while protecting it from damaging UV rays.

Don’t forget to re-apply at least every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Reapplication can be just as important as applying sunscreen in the first place!

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Cannabis Basics Ink 20/20

Cannabis Basics Ink 20/20

Summertime is one of the most alluringly enticing times to get a tattoo. It’s a lot more fun to run around with fresh ink that you can show off to the world instead of hiding it underneath a thick layer of sweaters and socks, but beware! Fresh ink can be easily and severely damaged by the sun’s harmful rays, and once the damage is done, it’s nearly impossible to undo without going back for a fresh layer of ink.

In comes Ink 20/20 to the rescue! This product is made by the renowned Seattle topical company Cannabis Basics and is specifically designed for tattoo aftercare within the first 24 hours to help keep your fresh design nourished and protected while it heals. Not only does it contain SPF to protect your skin, it also has a number of cannabinoids to help with inflammation and ward off potential infections.

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Lost Remedy Burn Formula

Lost Remedy, Inc. Burn Formula

If you’re suffering from the after-effects of a nasty sunburn, speed up the healing process with Lost Remedy’s Burn Formula, curated from Montana but available for nationwide shipping. The balm was originally created as an effective remedy for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy and provides instantaneous soothing, cooling relief for sunburn pain, as well as pain caused by accidental burns.

The basis of the lotion is pure aloe vera gel, combined with avocado oil, tea tree oil, and organic, hemp-derived CBD to cool, refresh, and promote healing.

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Green Garden Gold Day Sunrise Serum

Green Garden Gold's Day SUNRISE Serum

Do you love the sun and often forget sunscreen? Have you started noticing a few more wrinkles that weren’t there before? Time to step up your skincare game!

Green Garden Gold’s Day Serum infuses 75mg of CBD with spearmint, a dose of antioxidants with ginger, healing eucalyptus, and clove bud oils for a fresh, summery scent. The addition of rose hips seed oil, known as the “Aloe Vera of the Chilean Andes,” adds a soothing, anti-aging quality, along with broccoli seed oil for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This serum helps prevent wrinkles and undo past sun damage, and it’s available for shipping all over the country. For best results, start your day with a fresh application of the soothing Day Serum.

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MüV THC Pain Relief Cream

Muv Products <strong>THC</strong> Pain Relief Cream

Don’t let achy muscles and sore joints stop you from having a fun and active summer! Slather yourself in the ultra-hydrating and soothing CBD and THC-infused cream from MüV Products, based and sold out of Arizona.

This cream includes jojoba, aloe, vitamin E, and shea butter, along with a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD for soothing pain relief that will leave your skin silky smooth. It’s great to keep on hand for when you know you’re going to have an active day; you can apply up to three times daily.

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Hemptouch Ointment for Problem Skin

Hemptouch ointment for problem skin

For those with extra sensitive skin, the change in seasons can be devastating. From eczema to acne, psoriasis and insect bites, your skin suffers in a number of ways when summer hits, and using certain lotions or sunscreens may further irritate your skin, causing you to break out in acne or hives.

Thankfully, Hemptouch Ointment can provide instant relief for long-term skin problems, including chronic inflammation and autoimmune skin conditions, as well as the more standard acne and dermatitis.

Hemptouch is based out of Slovenia and is available for international shipping. The product uses a highly concentrated triple dose of hemp plant extracts, including raw hemp seed oil, hemp flower water, and hemp leaf extract for a full spectrum of over 85 cannabinoids, anti-inflammatory terpenes, and antioxidants. Not only that, but Hemptouch products are free of artificial fragrances, parabens, or other skin irritants, and the formula is vegan-friendly.

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Mary Jane’s Medicinals Heavenly Hash Bath

Mary Jane's Medicinals Heavenly Hash Bath

Spending too much time in the sun can be exhausting. After a little too much sunshine and activity, sometimes the nicest feeling is to sit back in the bathtub and let your aches and stress melt away.

Mary Jane’s Medicinals, available in California and Colorado, provides a soothing and transcendent bathing experience. The sachet includes cannabis leaves, Epsom salts, dead sea salts, lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and grapeseed oil for calming, analgesic properties. Drop the sachet into your tub and it will infuse your bathwater like a tea bag, steeping you in aromatic herbs and scents.

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Do you have any topical products that you swear by? Let us know in the comments!

6 of the Best Cannabis Bath Products on the Market

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times—light some candles and take a hot bath! It’s a common self care tip, for both physical and mental stresses. That said, cannabinoid-infused soaks are a relatively new phenomenon, there are also as of yet no studies on their medicinal efficacy. That’s not to say that these baths have no therapeutic value: Though we’re currently in the realm of anecdata, my personal experience and that of the folks I spoke to for this article suggest that not only do these products work, they’re incredibly effective and helpful for folks dealing with pain and inflammation. Plus, there is plenty of research suggesting that essential oils (which most of the products below contain) can provide benefits of their own.

Adding cannabinoids allows for more flexibility in topical application—where one would normally have to apply a cream, salve, or oil to pain areas, an infused bath allows for all-over relief. It’s important to note that topical application of cannabinoids, even THC, will not cause psychoactive effects and will not show up on a drug test. THC-infused products are only available in states that have medical or recreational laws, so for those in prohibition states, you’ll have to stick to CBD-only products.

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The bottom line is, your mileage may vary. Some will find cannabis-infused bath products to be a life-changing addition to their self care regimen, and others may find it equally beneficial to take a hot bath devoid of any additives whatsoever. The great thing is, these are all relatively inexpensive so give it a shot and see for yourself how it works for your body. Here are the five I’d recommend checking out.

(Courtesy of Empower)(Courtesy of Empower)

This soak is the only one on the list that’s available both in Oregon and nationwide, so everyone can try it! The Black Label version, also available in Oregon, contains THC, but if you’re out of state, you’ll have to go with the White Label CBD version.

I love the wintergreen, bergamot, and lavender combination—the scents play nicely together and I felt myself taking deep breaths just so I could smell more of it! I was in the midst of menstrual cramps when I tried this bath and found that within ten minutes, my cramps had almost completely subsided. Was it the hot bath, deep breathing, or the CBD that made the difference? Who knows. What I can tell you is that this is going to become my go-to gift for friends in prohibition states.

Ingredients: Pharmaceutical-grade Epsom, Dead Sea, and Pink Himalayan salts, non-GMO grape seed oil, organic jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, non-GMO mixed tocopherols, CBD derived from hemp, sodium bicarbonate, and a proprietary blend of essential oils that include wintergreen, bergamot, Oregon lavender.

Available in: Oregon

Will I get high? No.

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You could divide this into multiple baths, but I decided to go big and dump the entire six-ounce jar into the tub. It was heavenly. The oils softened my skin, the peppermint oil provided a soothing chill and pleasant aroma, and the cannabis definitely left my muscles feeling nice and loose from top to bottom. One important thing to note: Since this soak seems to have more oil than the others I’ve tried, it will leave an oily residue in your bathtub. Be super-careful getting into and out of the tub since it might be slippery, and for cleanup I’d suggest using dish soap.

Ingredients: Hybrid cannabis, Epsom salt, avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, peppermint essential oil.

Available in: California

Will I get high? No.

(Courtesy of Mary Jane's Medicinals)(Courtesy of Mary Jane’s Medicinals)

This product reminds me of steeping tea. The soak comes in a sachet, which makes it so much easier for cleanup! After the soak was dissolved, I eased myself into the tub and could immediately smell the peppermint and lavender essential oils. The peppermint was pleasantly cooling and the lavender relaxing, so I breathed deeply and allowed the relaxation to wash over my body.

Ingredients: Cannabis leaves, Epsom salts, dried sea salts, lavender, chamomile, peppermint, grape seed oil.

Available in: Colorado and California

Will I get high? No.

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This four-ounce mineral bath from Cannabis Basics allows you to turn your bathtub into a spa. Eucalyptus is an analgesic so it helps with pain and inflammation, and the aromatherapy aspect is great for anyone, particularly if you’re feeling sniffly or congested—you’ll get out of the bath feeling refreshed and uplifted. Hunt it down at Sugarpill in Seattle.

Available in: Washington

Ingredients: Cannabis, eucalyptus, hempseed oil, Epsom salt.

Will I get high? No.

(Courtesy of Ganja Chica)(Courtesy of Ganja Chica)

This salt soak has an artisanal feel, packaged in a cork-topped glass bottle with the label affixed to a piece of twine wrapped around the neck. I love that the company’s owner, Linda Aguilar, is a Reiki Master and infuses Reiki energy into all of her products. Reiki, for those unfamiliar, is Japanese for “universal life energy,” and is a “technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.” After soaking in this bath, I felt much more grounded and energetically aligned.

Ingredients: Ground cannabis, Himalayan Pink salt, eucalyptus/spearmint Epsom salts, Reiki energy.

Available in: California

Will I get high? No.

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These bath bombs were the brainchild of Olivia Alexander, a cannabis industry influencer and creator of The Crystal Cult fashion vaporizer. When dropped into the tub, bath bomb fizzes and dissolves within a few minutes. I spoke with Rachel, a fan of the product, who shared, “I definitely noticed a difference. I felt relaxed and fell asleep pretty quickly, and my body wasn’t hungover the next day.” The best part? You can buy them as part of The Lit Kit, containing one bath bomb, one infused milk chocolate, and one half-gram pre-roll.

Ingredients: (Relieve Bath Bomb:) Organic clove bud, sweet birch, rosemary, black pepper, coriander seed essential oils.

Available in: California

Will I get high? No.

10 Best CBD Oil Lotions, Creams, and Other Topicals to Try

Oils are hot in the beauty world. As a beauty editor, I’ve slathered everything short of butter onto my face: argan, coconut, rosehip, sandalwood, chia, neroli, calendula, mandarin, macadamia, rice bran, seabuckthorn, patchouli, grapefruit seed, sesame seed, soybean, sweet almond, pomegranate seed, lemon myrtle, sunflower seed—even extra virgin olive oil from my pantry when I was desperate. I’ve washed my face with oil-based cleansers, and dabbed expensive mixtures being sold as “face oils” onto my skin in hopes of achieving that Instagram-ready glow. Contrary to popular belief, the right oil is actually good for your face and won’t clog your pores. Your skin needs a reasonable amount of oil to do its business; as a matter of fact, if you scrub away all your natural face oil (as I was prone to do with rubbing alcohol as a frustrated and misguided pizza-faced teen), you may actually be prone to more breakouts as your skin tries to make up for the imbalance. As cannabis meets up with the mainstream beauty world, cannabidiol (CBD) oil may be the next big thing.

CBD Oil’s Benefits for Your Skin

Two dermatologists I consulted with, New York-based Whitney Bowe, MD and New Jersey-based Jeanette Jacknin, MD, both agreed that CBD’s anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits are clinically proven. “Studies have shown that the cannabinoids like CBD in marijuana are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging and topical CBD has proven helpful for acne, eczema, and psoriasis,” Jacknin told me. “Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom, so it is less pore clogging but a great moisturizer for dry, cracked skin.”

Previously, I had reviewed hemp-based beauty topicals and THC beauty products pioneering the way for cannabis in the skincare industry. This time, I tested the diverse range of CBD oil-based beauty products, which are both potent and legally available for shipping to most states. This is the new frontier in skincare—and these companies are paving the way. Go support them before Sephora hears about this.

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There are two preventative procedures you should be taking if you want to keep your skin as youthful for as long as possible: wear sunscreen and wear anti-aging cream at night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t source a reputable sunscreen with CBD, so you’ll have to trust me on the face cream, instead. This organic hemp CBD—sourced from Colorado—and vitamin E oil-enriched formula is too rich for daytime use (unless you have very dry skin and you don’t live in a humid climate), but it’s the perfect luxe treatment to massage into your face and neck before bed every night. After a week of wearing this cream every night, I, a very cystic acne-prone person, did not have any breakouts and had noticeably softer skin in the morning.

The cream smells faintly of the rosemary and mint essential oils and arnica flower infusions—not unpleasant at all (and probably very soothing for bedtime), but beware if you have sensitive skin or are prone to redness: fragrances and essential oils can irritate, and they don’t really add any benefits when topically applied to skin.

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I’ve been hoarding Girl Scouts Thin Mints lately (they’re especially good if you freeze them)—the chocolate is fine, but the peppermint oil is what makes them addicting enough to go through a whole sleeve without getting sick of them. I’m also trying to cut down on sugar, though, and while it would be a huge stretch to say that this peppermint oil-infused clear lip balm is a direct replacement for Girl Scout cookies, it really does have a very satisfying full-mouth taste of peppermint. The CBD oil, which soothes and facilitates healing at the same time, makes this formula an ideal balm for outdoor enthusiasts and or just those who are prone to painfully chapped lips. For those of us with long-hair-don’t-care, it’s not sticky—as a matter of fact, the formula is on the stiff side and won’t cause your hair to stick to your face, a welcome departure from many balms.

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This non-greasy formula is a lightweight counterpart to all those heavy hemp salves and balms that you tend to see on the market, so much so that you could use this every day on your entire body without worries about staining your clothes. Along with the Colorado-grown CBD oil, it has a lotion base made with aloe vera leaf juice powder (good for antioxidants), lactic acid (good for exfoliation), and other reputable skincare ingredients. Keep this by your shower and use it while your skin is still moist, warm, and soft for the best results.

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Oh, was I just talking about Girl Scout cookies? I prefer showers over baths—we all have an allegiance to one or the other—but we can’t ignore how many memes have come out of #bathbombs. It’s satisfying to watch them fizzle, they turn your bath into fun colors, and they claim to provide aromatherapy benefits, too. They’re also much tidier than traditional bath salt products; just chuck one in and wait!

This mint-green bath bomb, made by Los Angeles-based De La Beuh, combines the invigorating aromatherapy of peppermint oil with the pain relief benefits of CBD. I sat in the bath with this bath bomb soak for an hour—until the water ran cold—when I had both cramps and lower back aches, and while it doesn’t beat ingesting a painkiller, it did help soothe my pains so that I fell asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. De La Beuh sells bath bombs in many varieties—including a glittery Kaleidoscope version that will turn your bath into “unicorn” colors—so your preference just depends on your preferred aroma.

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Many people say that you should scrub your body with leftover coffee grounds because the caffeine helps get rid of cellulite. (It is actually well documented in medical literature.) But if you feel weird about dipping into the coffee machine at the office, try this CBD-infused coffee scrub, made with coconut oil and shea butter for extra moisturizing benefits, instead. I like using it when I need a little bit of medication with my exfoliation (which the coffee grounds are for)—plus, the strong scent of coffee will wake you up if you use it in the morning. If you live with anyone else, just make sure to clean the shower afterwards—coffee scrubs can be messy and staining.

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Out of all the CBD products I’ve tested and used in the past few weeks, this thick green lemon-vanilla scented salve is my favorite. I massage it onto my sore red knuckles after boxing practice, and if it weren’t so expensive, I would encase my entire body in it. The cannabis sativa seed oil in this salve has antioxidant properties so that your skin can repair itself from the inside out, while the thick balm-like formula protects your skin from environmental aggressors. I would not recommend rubbing this onto your face because it’s so thick, but do whatever you want on the rest of your body—and if your feet are in need of some serious TLC in time for summer sandals weather, consider rubbing this onto your cracked heels and putting on a pair of soft socks before bed. The next morning, you’ll have baby’s feet again.

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Before I even checked the ingredients list and saw that cocoa seed butter was involved, my first impression was that this body butter smelled like chocolate, so much so that my stomach rumbled with hunger because it was 4pm and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Don’t the “whipped” descriptor fool you—unlike most body butters you’ve used, this formula is solid to the touch, a balm rather than a cream. But that might be exactly what you want if you’re looking for a CBD-infused treatment anyway—something that feels extra-nourishing and almost medicinal. Luckily, it smells incredible in a subtle, natural way, not like other body butters with artificial tropical fruit scents.

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This pocket-sized salve is perfect for travel or for sports, when you need a quick fix for your sore joints and muscles. It is also infused with arnica, meadowsweet, elderflower, calendula, ginger, vitamin E, turmeric, and other nourishing skincare ingredients that provide anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s good to know ahead of time that this salve is extremely hard to apply—there’s a lot of beeswax in there, which makes it difficult to melt enough to rub into your skin. (There is also a handy Topical Roll-On version so that you don’t have to even use your fingers—the problem is, the roll-on formula is also made with beeswax. It’s been 65 degrees in New York City all week and I still can’t get the formula to melt in the roll-on. Nothing that placing the container in a bowl of hot water won’t solve, but it’s not up to general skincare standards.)

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Everyone needs a lip balm in a tube for on-the-go situations, and Colorado-based Ambary Gardens made a clear version with a faint lemon scent and only seven ingredients including CBD extract. It doesn’t leave your lips glossy or shiny or sticky—it just adds a layer of hydrated protection on the surface of your lips. While I’ve yet to try this on chapped lips, I imagine it’s a quick fix for quick relief, no glossy residue left behind.

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This peach-hued sea salt soak is the perfect Sunday afternoon bath ritual—and unlike a trendy bath bomb, it won’t turn your tub water a different color. With ingredients like magnesium flakes (stronger than Epsom salts), pink Himalayan salt, arnica, and of course, CBD extract, these crystals provide proactive therapeutic relief while also relaxing your senses with lavender and clary sage essential oils. You can also use them to soak your feet after a long run, just as you would with Epsom salts.

How to Make Your Own DIY Cannabis Topicals

The incredible health benefits and seemingly endless uses for cannabis are still being discovered, but one of the most prominent new trends is the emergence of cannabis-infused topicals.

Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been shown to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because topicals are applied directly to the skin, they won’t get you high, which means they’re a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can’t responsibly consume cannabis to relieve painful symptoms.

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Making your own cannabis-infused topical lotions and salves is not as difficult as you might think. If you’ve ever made cannabis-infused butter or oil, the recipe is remarkably similar and can be used in a variety of ways.

How to Make a Basic Cannabis Salve

Ingredients:

  • 28 grams of ground, dried cannabis
  • 1 ½ cups of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (optional)
  • 1/3 cup beeswax
  • 1 baking sheet
  • 1 saucepan (or double boiler)
  • 1 jar
  • 1 cheesecloth
  • A few drops of essential oil (your choice)

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Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your dried ground cannabis on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, decarboxylate your cannabis in the oven for 15 minutes.

While your cannabis is in the oven, place your coconut and olive oil in the saucepan or double boiler over low heat and stir continuously.

Remove your decarboxylated cannabis from the oven and mix it into the coconut oil. Maintain a low heat and continue stirring the cannabis and oil mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Note: Keep the heat very low, especially when using a saucepan and not a double boiler–if the heat gets too high, you’ll scorch the cannabis and burn off the THC, decreasing the oil’s potency. This is especially pertinent if you’re using olive oil in your recipe, as olive oil has a lower smoke point than other oils.

After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.

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In the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is melted. As the beeswax melts, slowly add the infused coconut oil.

You can also add essential oils to your mixture–we recommend lavender, peppermint, or tea tree oils. Just a few drops will do.

Once the beeswax and coconut oils are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer into containers for your infused salve.

How to Make a Cannabis-Infused Lotion or Cream

In order to make your salve into an infused lotion or cream, add:

  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter

To increase the fluidity of your cream, increase the amount of olive oil (or any other kind of oil–we recommend vitamin E oil or almond oil) in your mixture.

Keep in mind that your lotion will still be fairly thick, so we don’t recommend trying to put it in a lotion pump.

If you’re not sure what containers to use, many containers used for cannabis flower can also be used for topicals and lotions. Our personal favorite is the classic 4 oz. glass canning jar, easily bought in bulk and useful for a number of purposes.

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And there you have it!

Your cannabis salve won’t last forever, but storing it in a cool, dark place will help preserve its longevity. Just rub salve on the affected area, and sit back and relax while the activated THC works magic on your aches and pains.

Other Creative Ideas:

  • Tinted Lip Balm: Adding frozen raspberries to your coconut oil and beeswax mixture is a quick and easy way to make your own naturally-tinted lip balm.
  • Flavored Lip Balm: A teaspoon of honey will add sweetness to your balm, and if you’re feeling adventurous, try a teaspoon of cocoa powder for chocolate-flavored lips.
  • Arthritis Relief: If you suffer from arthritis or other aches and pains, consider adding a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for effective pain relief. Be careful, however, and keep any cayenne-infused lotions (or lotion-covered hands) away from your eyes.
  • Headache Relief Balm: If you suffer from migraines, making a headache relief balm is fairly simple. Just add 15 to 20 drops each of peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus oil to your coconut and beeswax mixture. Apply sparingly to your temple and the nape of your neck for best results.
  • Calming Sleep Balm: Add dried rose petals and chamomile oil or tea leaves for a calm, relaxing balm. Apply to the soles of your feet before bedtime for a soothing sleepytime aid.

Have you ever created your own cannabis-infused lotion or balm? Share your recipe in the comments!

Best Cannabis Topicals Packaging

Oils, patches, lotions – they’re a non-psychoactive way to consume cannabinoids that appeals to those looking for relief without ingestion, and many who have tried topicals praise their myriad effects. Below, we list some equally appealing bottles, tins, and other containers that house these awesome products. Don’t see your favorite topical on the list? Let us know in the comments!

Apothecanna Body Oil

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Available in: Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, California

Simple and discreet, Apothecanna body oil looks just like a fancy facial serum you’d keep in the bathroom cabinet. Sleek black bottles are complemented by a thick, shimmering colored band and list of natural ingredients so you know exactly what’s in every bottle.

Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Patches

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Available in: Colorado

Mary’s Medicinals is widely known by their 1920s-hospital-style packaging, and their transdermal patches follow along that same path.

Marley Naturals Hemp Body Wash

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Available in: USA

Hemp seed oil and Jamaican botanicals mix beautifully within Marley Naturals intriguing body wash, and the packaging communicates this. Showcasing the brand’s iconic lion and signature colors, Marley Naturals keeps it…well, natural.

Editor’s note: Marley Natural and Leafly are owned by the same company. 

Empower Body Care Soaking Salts

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Available in: Oregon

Housed in plain black bags with a stark black and white label, Empower Body Care keeps their products ahead of the game and says everything they need to say about their soaking salts with this classy color scheme.

Ambary Gardens Lip Fix

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Available in: USA

Ambary Garden’s CBD Lip Fix looks like something you might find in an old memory box from your grandfather. The steel tin and simple label aren’t flashy, but definitely exude a classic, old American feel.