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 hempista.com 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 hempista.com

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:
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 hempista.com

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:
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

Ingredients:

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

Preparation: