No one wants to deal with pain. Even minor discomfort can make performing regular everyday activities more challenging. No matter if you pulled a muscle working out, hurt your back lifting something heavy, or deal with chronic pain, relief is always welcome. While some people take over-the-counter or prescription pain medications, others get by with topicals. A THC salve provides an effective alternative to conventional pain creams, offering the soothing relief you’ve been searching for. 


What Is a THC Salve?

A salve is a topical product. THC salves are cannabis-infused topicals. In many cases, these products contain additional ingredients that help to achieve pain-relief, such as capsaicin, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Some may also contain ingredients such as lavender to help ease sore muscles, allowing you to relax. 

What makes a THC salve different from conventional topicals? The biggest difference is that THC salves contain THC. Some also have additional cannabinoids, which help to enhance the entourage effect. The cannabinoids absorb into your skin to ease your pain, making it easier to bear. 

THC Salve Benefits

Benefits of a THC salve include:

  • You don’t have to ingest cannabis to get relief 
  • Even with THC in the product, there’s no risk of getting high
  • Topical application provides quick, effective relief right at the site of your pain 
  • Salves are incredibly discreet and easy to carry with you wherever you go

How Do You Use a THC Salve?

For the most effective results, begin by cleaning the skin where you want to use the salve. Be sure to dry the area thoroughly. Next, take a generous amount of the product and massage it in with firm pressure. Avoid using too much pressure, however, as you don’t want to cause even more discomfort. If necessary, go over the area a second time. 

One of the great things about THC salves is that you can use them as often as you need. If you feel the effects wearing off in an hour, you can apply more without getting high and worrying about the THC interfering with your daily functions. 

Making Salves at Home

Licensed dispensaries carry a broad range of products, including THC salves and other topicals. If you’re more of a DIY person, these types of products are fairly simple to make at home. All you need is your favorite strain and some additional ingredients. 

Before you make your own salve, you first need to decarboxylate your cannabis buds to activate the THC. Grind the buds coarsely and spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake them at a low temperature (240° Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes. 

As your cannabis decarboxylates, melt 1.5 cups of coconut oil over low heat. After taking your ground buds out of the oven, add 10 grams to the liquid. Keep the heat low to avoid a decrease in potency. Stir for 20 minutes, then strain the liquid through cheesecloth to remove the plant matter. 

Next, melt 1/3 cup of beeswax. Add the infused oil to the pot and stir to combine. Add a few drops of essential oil (if you’re using it) and give the mixture one last stir. Transfer it to a jar to cool. Store your salve in a cool, dry place and use it as needed for soothing pain relief. 

A THC salve provides an effective solution for alleviating pain and discomfort, making it easier to go about your day. Despite containing THC, these products won’t get you high, allowing you to get the relief you need without any mind-altering effects.