"Scientifically, cannabinoids are classified as 'lipophilics.' This means that they are absorbed into the cell membrane, so they can be applied topically with some effect," (167; Ed Rosenthal, S. Newhart) Did a quick search and didn't find too much information or a dedicated salve/topical thread here. My interest in a canna-salve was sparked when I bought some coconut oil for ABV cooking; someone mentioned to me that you can use canna-coconut oil as a salve. I won't go into the coconut oil as there are several threads that do a good job, I'll just say that its so cool to watch the oil go back and forth from solid to liquid in the jar. Anyways, the first part of this will be more generally a canna-coconut oil recipe. In researching salves (with a coconut oil base specifically) I read about a method of infusing herbs that I hadn't encountered on here. I'm just gonna copy and paste what I found and provide the link at the bottom. I'll do this tomorrow with coconut oil--and ABV are the herbs in this case--and update with pics. I'm gonna dedicate about 2/3 of the product to the salve and save the rest for cooking. I've done the water+butter+herb in crockpot before but not like this. Seems like a simple and clean way to do it. At this point I think you could call it quits, especially with coconut oil...eat some from the jar and rub the same stuff where needed (more on that later). The problem is that its really oily, I've put coconut oil on dry skin before but its greasy. Also, I think further steps allow for better skin absorption, thats what we're after in the end. Anyways, continued instructions from the same page. I'm not trusting the oil:beeswax ratio so I'm gonna add the wax little by little and test it with a spoonful. I've read some stuff about smoothing agents but I think I'm gonna leave those out. Topical Cannabis Uses Been doing some research on the medicinal properties of topically applied cannabis. I'm gonna update this part as I post links, lots of great info out there. In my particular case my girlfriend suffers from pretty bad menstrual cramps, MJ is her saving grace but not always appropriate or plausible (the MFLB is pushing the latter ) when vaping. There's a lot of evidence supporting the medicinal value of MF for cramps, my girl's personal experience is enough for me. A topical salve for her to apply is what really spurred the idea. Also, working construction I come home pretty sore sometimes, especially after cement work. Still, a simple and short list of (suspected/anecdotal) uses below: -treatment of inflammation (anti-inflammatory) -rheumatism -eczema -psoriasis -muscle aches and pains -lip balm/chap-stick (on the list of to do's!) What else to add I've got to do some more research but so far I'm thinking -Vitamin E -little bit of aloe vera -essential oil Gotta do some more reading on what will facilitate absorption into the skin, the beeswax and aloe vera should make the mixture a little less greasy and easier to use (I hope). Could really use some suggestions from the herbalists on here, or anyone with knowledge of this sort of thing. Done for now, I'm gonna edit this post as I go through the process and keep reading. There's a bunch of other links that I didn't reference that I'll have to dig up from my history as well. I never asked if anyone had experience with topical application either....? Always looking for suggestions. I know that a lot of people wouldn't want to forfeit the pyschoactive properties of their ABV but I've got more than I know what to do with and have only been nibbling on what we cooked up. This seems appropriate in this particular household. Links Jar Method: http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/article.../2010/april/12/i-made-an-herb-girl-out-of-me/ "Ask Ed: Marijuana Gold: Trash to Stash"----> seems in spirit with vaping! I'm looking to buy! http://books.google.com/books?id=H_...v=onepage&q=marijuana topical coconut&f=false Beeswax info & recipes: http://www.rachelssupply.com/bwax.htm Great info and recipes! This one almost deserves its own post, from Cannabis Beer to Arthritis Balm, very cool. http://www.oregonmedicalmarijuanaprogram.com/cannabis_recipes Meh http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/articles/3405.html Short recap of some research. http://articles.sfgate.com/2007-06-09/bay-area/17249111_1_cannabinoid-receptors-thc-immune-system _______________________________________________________________________________ EDIT for PICS! Supplies (and a clean work area!) Canna-coconut-oil, beeswax, cocoa butter mixed together and ready to go into jars for long-term storage.