NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Marijuana isn't just good for getting a high — it also boasts medicinal benefits that make it great for your skin, too.

"Topical cannabis preparations are not a new way to use cannabis, but rather a very old herbal medicine practice that originates in Asia and the Middle East," says Sandra Hinchliffe, publisher of and author of The Cannabis Spa Book: Make Marijuana Lotion, Balm, Soak, Wraps, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh & More! (Hempista Press 2013). "People still use topical cannabis preparations for the same reasons that they used them in ancient times — for pain relief, healing and the soothing of irritated skin."

If you're able to purchase marijuana legally, you can actually whip up your own spa products right at home. Read on for a few great do-it-yourself recipes for topical spa products—plus easy instructions to make the perfect spa smoothie!

Cannabis Ointment for Sensitive Skin
Recipe courtesy of: Sandra Hinchliffe at


  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 oz. ground cannabis flower including keif OR 1 to 3 grams of keif OR 1/2 oz. of cannabis trim, chopped or ground

1. Marinate cannabis in olive oil until saturated. Bake covered in a glass dish, in a preheated oven at 300° F for 15 minutes. This process decarboxylates the cannabinoids.
2. Allow this to cool and strain the oil from the plant material, squeezing as much of the oil out as possible.
3. Put the oil in a clean glass jar that has been sterilized in boiling water and dried.

TIP: You may use the oil immediately, but the best way to enjoy the benefits of this oil is to place it in the refrigerator and allow the oil to turn into a solid, semi-soft ointment that will be easy to apply and less "runny" compared to the oil at room temperature.

Simple Cannabis Cold Body Wrap
Recipe courtesy of: Sandra Hinchliffe at

If you are experiencing heat and inflammation, you can cool down with this moist, cooling wrap.


  • Cannabis Ointment for Sensitive Skin (see previous recipe)
  • 3 to 4 clean towels
  • 1 large pan or basin of ice water, including ice chips or cubes
  • Optional: add crushed mint leaves to the cold water

1. Generously apply the cannabis ointment to the affected area.
2. Soak one towel in the ice water and squeeze. Wrap the cold towel around the area that you have applied the cannabis ointment to for 15 to 20 minutes.

TIP: Brewing or crushing mint leaves in the ice water will add an additional cooling sensation to this wrap.

Arthritis Topical Salve
Courtesy of: Chris Scully of Vaped


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut oil
  • 15 grams of beeswax
  • 4 oz. marijuana shake (leftover "un-smokable" weed) OR 2 oz. quality marijuana

1. Set oven to 250° F. Add marijuana to baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
2. Warm up coconut oil in a pot on the stove until liquefied.
3. Add the baked marijuana to the coconut oil and let sit on low heat for 20 minutes.
4. Melt the beeswax in a separate pan on the stove for 10 minutes on low heat.
5. Remove the coconut oil and marijuana mixture from the stove. Stretch a cheesecloth over a mason jar and strain the mixture through the cheesecloth to remove excess oil.
6. Mix the strained oil into the pan that contains the melted beeswax and let sit for 5 minutes on low setting.
7. Remove the salve from the stovetop, pour into a bowl and let it sit overnight.

The Full Body Fever Plunge
Recipe courtesy of: Sandra Hinchliffe at

This recipe is great for sunburn, fever or any time you need to cool down right away.


  • Cannabis Ointment for Sensitive Skin (see first recipe)
  • A tub filled with cool water
  • A blender
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 large sliced oranges
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint
  • 2 cups of hot water

1. Fill the bath with the salt and the coolest water temperature that is most comfortable for you.
2. In a blender combine the hot water, mint leaves and oranges. Blend until chopped, but not smooth, because you will want to strain this bath tea, especially if you are using a jet tub for your plunge. Strain the resulting tea and add to the bath water.
3. Generously apply the cannabis ointment to the heated areas of your body that need to cool down. Allow this to soak in for about 15 minutes before plunging into the bath.

Blood Orange Hemp Cream Smoothie
Recipe courtesy of: Sandra Hinchliffe at

Makes 4 servings
Does not contain THC


  • 1 quart or 1 liter of freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of ice chips or cubes
  • 1 cup of shelled raw hemp seed

Everything goes straight into the blender and is blended until creamy and smooth. Serve immediately.

--Written by Kristin Colella for MainStreet