The use of aromatherapy dates back centuries to monasteries and temples across the globe so it’s no surprise that the scented candle industry continues to thrive. Aside from the aromatherapy connection to scented candles they can also have some other benefits. Candlelight most closely resembles sunlight in the way that it makes the shadows and angles in the room more gentle. As a result of the pleasing light we are able to focus better and find a deeper concentration than before igniting the flame.
A candle will nourish the environment and can even alter a surly mood and with the right aromas added in. Certain fragrances promote various emotions and trains of thought so intentionally scenting candles can be an empowering experience. Cannabis is an aroma that can help someone reach deeper meditative thought and promotes relaxation even in the most stressful environment. Many religious cultures used cannabis as incense before it was discovered as a psychoactive inhalant and cannabis scented incense can even be found in almost every head shop. Just in time for holiday season we are excited to break down how to make our own cannabis scented soy candle.
You Will Need:
- 1 lb. Soy Candle Wax
- Hemp Wick
- 14 oz. Mason Jar
- Hot Glue Gun
- 1 Piece Card Stock
- A Double Boiler
- Food Thermometer
- Oven Mitts
- 1 oz. Hemp Seed Oil
Step 1: Use the double boiler (a glass bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water also works) to melt the candle wax on medium-low heat. While watching the wax take the hot glue gun and adhere the wick to the very center of the bottom of the glass jar. Be sure to measure an excess of hemp wick to be trimmed later.
Step 2: While still keeping an eye on the melting wax cut the cardstock to be larger than the jar but with about ⅕ of the card removed to reveal a pouring area in the top of the candle. Cut a hole in the middle of the card stock to suspend the hemp wick completely perpendicular to the bottom of the jar. This prepares the candle receptacle for pouring.
Step 3: Once all of the wax is melted let it cool to 120-140°F before adding 1 oz. of hemp seed oil. This is also the time to add coloring for anyone interested. To speed up the cooling process pour the wax into a room temperature glass container.
Step 4: Pour the wax into the jar leaving about 1 cm of space from the top of the jar to the wax. Allow to cool completely and trim the wick to ½’’.
Feel free to decorate the jar and give out as gifts this holiday season, a welcome gift, or even for bridesmaids gifts. Cannabis scented candles can help make a yoga practice go that much deeper, enhance a meditation practice, help us release stress after a super long day, and even help a masseuse get out more tension. Hemp oil is available and legal across the country just as long as it remains lower than a specific percentage of THC (the psychoactive compound in the plant). It should be easy to find in almost any state and if not, online. Have you ever used incense or candles to enhance a specific mood?