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Happy Friday!

SO- looks like this week’s theme is cannabis which is quite appropriate following the birthday week, no? I’m v stoked about this post since using cannabis topically is one of my absolute favourite ways to use it & I partnered with a totally rad canna-company, Costbud.

I mentioned it briefly here but last year, I tore my calf running {note to self, don’t run in velvet mules but that’s neither here nor there}. It was a tear that was severe enough to keep me from walking but not severe enough for any surgery. I was told that it would just be a matter of time and to take things SUPER easy.

I had compression sleeves galore but I added one other thing that REALLY helped with the pain: a cannabis salve.

Basically, it’s topical cannabis mixed with oils that you rub on to heal what ails you. It really helped relieve the pain & I was walking again later that week.

Since then, I’ve been obsessed with topical cannabis.

Like most things involving cannabis, the benefits are endless but to name a few it helps with:

burn treatment

helps eczema / psoriasis

relieves arthritic pain


helps relax muscles

regenerative effects on body tissues {aka AWESOME for after the gym}

menstrual pain {i like to put it on my lower pelvis}

….. & much, much more.

note: it should never be used on open or bleeding wounds

Topicals are a way to get the healing aspects of the cannabis plant without getting the high. Basically, they just make your body feel damn good.

It’s super easy to make that it’s basically foolproof. I partnered with costbud & created a salve of my own for this post!

Here is all you need: cannabis, oil of your choice {I used coconut, but olive oil will work well too – this is my fav coconut oil brand}, shea butter, & essential oils of your choice.


Equipment wise, you can get as basic as a sheetpan, saucepan, fine mesh strainer, a heat proof bowl, & a container to put it in… I used a small mason jar and it fit PERFECTLY.

I did two parts. You can do both or even just the first one. In fact, the first one will make a salve that you can use as an edible {…i might or might not have had a piece of whole wheat bread with a schmear of canna-coconut oil}.

The second step makes things a little bit more “luxurious” & customized to you. Basically, choose what you want as a skin softener. I used shea butter but you can also use cocoa butter or beeswax. Note: using beeswax makes it non-vegan. Then, use the essential oils of your choice. Here’s some fun oil combos depending on the mood. I used peppermint, lavender, & sage.

{ before cooling }

{ after cooling }

After it hardens {both the coconut oil & shea butter will as it returns to room temperature – you can speed this up by putting in the fridge}, this is totally optional, but I whipped it with an immersion blender. Two reasons. 1- it’s a new purchase so I’m obsessed – I got it in lavender & it’s SO pretty! 2- it gives a whipped airy texture vs a super hard one. It makes it more “lotion” like vs waxy. Again, personal preference.

Let’s talk cannabis super quick. I used preground sage OG from costbud. If you have a medical marijuana card, I highly recc a Costbud membership. The prices are VERY low – think of it as the cannabis costco.

Before using, you’ll want to decarboxylate the green in the oven. Complicated name, super easy process. You just heat it in the oven at a low temperature (like 225 degrees fahrenheit) for up to 50 minutes. To put it very simply, decarboxylation makes it more potent. For all edibles, you’ll want to decarbocylate or else the THC will be weakened and you won’t get the full effect. Read more on decarbing here.

Here is the recipe – let me know if you give this a go! I can’t get enough of it.

Champagne at Shannon’s Cannabis Salve


ground cannabis

coconut oil

shea butter, 1/4 or 1/2 cup depending on how creamy you want it

essential oils, 10-15 drops

note: use a 1:2 ratio of cannabis & coconut oil. adjust quantity accordingly


  1. decarboxylate cannabis: preheat oven to 225 degrees fahrenheit. on a sheet pan, line with parchment paper & lay out ground cannabis evenly. Let cool
  2. Melt coconut oil on med-low in a small sauce pan. don’t rush it!
  3. Add decarbed cannabis to the oil and make sure the oil is just covering the cannabis. Simmer until it is slightly bubbling, then lower heat to low/warm & stir every few minutes for 20-30 minutes.
  4. In a fine mesh strainer, strain the oil into a heatproof bowl & let it cool. Now, you have a cannabis infused oil which is edible. You can either stop here or go the extra step. Going the extra step will make it more topical vs edible.
  5. In a small sauce pan, melt shea butter with the cannabis oil. Stir to combine & then pour in a small container. Add essnetial oils, mix, & store in fridge to cool.
  6. Once solid, whip with an immersion blender until light & fluffy! Put in container of your choice. I like these jars.


It seems intimidating but it is seriously so easy, foolproof and fully customizeable.

On that note, g2g! We are off to somewhere very special for my birthday weekend here in California. Be sure to follow along on my instagram!

Any fun weekend plans?

xo Shannon


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