How to Make Cannabis Infused Salve and Chapstick

For this month’s episode of Easily Baked with Ardent, our free monthly cooking show that teaches beginner-level, from-scratch, infused recipes with the aid of Ardent technology right on Instagram Live, we tackled two different topicals: medicated chapstick and hand salve! 

In case you missed out on the fun, we’re recapping it right here:

How to Get Started

The infusion base of these recipes, along with plenty of other topicals (and edibles), is cannabis oil. We also add some CBD FECO to help boost the potency in both recipes, but this is completely optional. 

To make cannaoil, you’ll need to decarb your plant material in the Ardent FX. Once your decarb cycle is complete, add the plant material and a few tablespoons of oil (in these recipes you can infuse almond oil, coconut oil, or EVOO) to the Concentrate and Infusion Sleeve. Place the sleeve inside the FX and run an Infuse cycle. When the infusion is complete, strain using a strainer, cheesecloth, or the Ardent Frainer. To make your cannaoil even stronger, infuse your oil with concentrate or kief, instead of flower.

Kitchen Tools:

Ingredients:

  • Cannabis or hemp
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Cannabis or hemp plant material 
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut oil 
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet almond oil 
  • ½ teaspoon shea butter 
  • ¼ teaspoon melted beeswax
  • 4 drops of the essential oils of your choosing; we like lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, vanilla, and sweet orange oil

How to Make FX In-Unit Chapstick

*Recipe makes (1) tube of chapstick

  1. Decarb your cannabis material in the Ardent Nova or FX. In the Nova, press the single button interface. In the FX, use the A1 setting to activate THC or CBG-rich material, and the A2 setting to activate CBD-rich material. 
  2. Using the Concentrate and Infusion Sleeve, add sweet almond oil and coconut oil to the decarbed material and place the FX on the Infuse setting, or run a second cycle in the Nova. Make sure the material is fully submerged in the oil. (Make a larger batch of oil if need be.)
  3. Strain out the spent plant material using the Ardent Frainer once the cycle is complete. 
  4. In the Sleeve, add infused oil blend, shea butter, and beeswax on the Infuse setting until it’s fully melted. 
  5. Remove the Sleeve from the device, quickly mix in the essential oils of your choosing, and pour into the chapstick. Allow it to cool, then cap, label, and enjoy. 

Ingredients:

  • Cannabis or hemp plant material 
  • Arnica flowers 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon Ardent Traditional EVOO 
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil 
  • 1 tablespoon melted shea butter 
  • ¾ of an ounce of beeswax 
  • 10 drops of the essential oils of your choosing; we like patchouli, lavender, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, sweet orange, and bergamot

How to Make FX In-Unit Hand Salve

*Recipe makes (1) 4 oz. jar of salve

  1. Decarb your cannabis material in the Ardent Nova or FX. In the Nova, press the single button interface. In the FX, use the A1 setting to activate THC or CBG-rich material, and the A2 setting to activate CBD-rich material. 
  2. Using the Double Lifter, add a jar of coconut oil with Arnica flowers on one shelf, and a jar of almond oil with decarbed cannabis material on the other shelf. Place on the Infuse setting. 
  3. Once the infusion cycle is complete, strain out the spent arnica and cannabis material from the jars using the Ardent Frainer (or a disposable cheesecloth). Clean the Frainer very well, as arnica can be toxic if ingested. 
  4. Add infused coconut oil, infused almond oil, EVOO, shea butter, and beeswax to a jar. Double the recipe if making two jars to fit on the Double Lifter. Place on the Lifter and inside the device on the Infuse setting. 
  5. After about 20 minutes, remove the Double Lifter from the device and quickly stir in the essential oils of your choosing before leaving the jars out to cool and harden. If you prefer a more firm consistency, add more wax. If you prefer a more soft consistency, add more oil of your choosing. Label and enjoy!