DIY Marijuana Glow Cream Recipe
I'm a low maintenance gal. My nails are a disaster and mascara is the only makeup I wear. I exfoliate with baking soda and make my own face cream.
But my 43 year old face looks I bathe in milk. The skin around my eyes is smoother, and my forehead doesn't have those permanently etched lines like it used to. Acne and age spots are a thing of the past.
And it's all because I started making my own face cream with marijuana. I can't find anything like this in dispensaries, so I have to make my own. The marijuana infused topicals at the dispensary are for pain, not beauty. For great skin, we need something special.
Marijuana infused creams are more effective for clear, bright, glowing skin than anything we can buy at Sephora. Store bought creams are mostly water, and water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold so creams need preservatives and emulsifiers to stay shelf stable. Creams made with oils and butters, without water, are richer and more effective skin treatments.
The trick is to use oils that work with your skin type. Oily skin needs tea tree or grapeseed oil because they are antibacterial and help control oil production. For dry skin, use rich olive or argan oil. Argan oil is anti-aging, with lots of vitamin E and antioxidants that reduce lines and wrinkles and tightens up the skin by hydrating the hydrogen-lipid layer of the skin. If your skin is sensitive, try chamomile oil.
Dry skin can use almond or avocado oil for deep moisturizing without clogging pores. Avocado oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E. It's an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which reduces inflammation and redness. Avocado oil is also great for anti-aging creams because it contains sterolins, compounds that help heal sun damage and age spots. Olive oil is high in oleic acid (a monosaturated fatty acid), making it perfect for drier skin. It is a heavier oil that dries a bit more slowly, so save it for night creams.
For this recipe, we want to use emu oil, mango butter and the proper oil for your skin. Mango butter is deeply moisturizing without clogging pores or aggravating acne. You can also use shea or cocoa butter as the base of your cream.
Creams are infused with cannabis oil, concentrate or tincture. The number of milligrams is not as important as it is with edibles. Use more marijuana to create a higher potency cream for skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, and use less marijuana to maintain clear skin. THCA and CBDA are powerful anti-inflammatories, so we only need to decarb our marijuana for half the time, to retain some of the THCA.
Concentrates like wax, shatter and co2 oil are easily melted into oils and butters, and since we're using small such small amounts, it's easier to infuse concentrates into face cream than marijuana flower, but you are more than welcome to use flower if you prefer.
To whip oils and butters into cream, use a blender, immersion blender or mixer. The most important thing to remember is not to whip the mixture until it is completely cooled. Warm oils and butters won’t whip up into a smooth cream. Whip longer than you think you need to, or you will have lumps of butter in your cream.
Strains: choose a high potency 1:1 THC/CBD strain and decarboxylate for 10 minutes for a complete range of cannabinoids, including THCA and THC.
Marijuana: concentrate (mild/half gram strong/1 gram), flower (mild/3.5 grams or strong/7 grams) or trim/shake (mild/7 grams or strong/14 grams)
1/4 cup emu oil
1/4 cup argan oil
1/2 cup mango butter
10 drops vitamin E
1 tablespoon liquid lecithin
- Flower: decarboxylate marijuana and infuse into oil. OR,
- Concentrate: decarboxylate at 250 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments. Whisk all ingredients together for several minutes before cooling in the fridge for an hour.
- Whip into a creamy texture. Allow mixture to warm to room temperature.
- Whip mixture again. With a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl to whip all of the cream.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
Feel free to add your own essential oils if they work for your skin. I prefer unscented products because my face will freak out about anything, but a few lemon oil drops can perk you up in the morning, and a few drops of lavender can settle you down at night.
Lecithin is a emulsifier that makes creams feel creamier and more luxurious. Since I always have liquid lecithin in my kitchen for edibles, I can easily add a tablespoon to whipped creams for a more luxurious, less greasy texture. If you don’t have lecithin, don’t worry, it’s not necessary.
Vitamin E is a preservative that makes the cream shelf stable. Vitamin E is also incredibly nourishing for the skin. It's not necessary for this recipe, but it is very helpful.
If you have any questions about making your own marijuana infused face cream, leave them in the comments.