Tending to Burns with Salves

Colby McCoy
Written by Colby McCoy

In reality, human beings are quite frail creatures. Over the course of our lives we experience all sorts of ailments ranging from colds and allergies to physical injuries.

One of the most painful type of injuries one can experience is burn injuries, which is something I can speak from personal experience. It has been estimated that from 2005-2014 close to 43% of burn center admissions were for fire/flame injuries. In addition, another 34% of admitted patients listed scalds as the cause of injury. Indeed, the two major cases where I have been burned would fit into these two groups.

Regardless of cause, burns can be extremely painful. For minor burn treatment it is recommended to run the affected area under cool water and apply a lotion/moisturizer to help heal the skin.

For a lot of folks, the traditional method of pain relief will come in the form of an over the counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). But what if you’re looking for another type of relief that isn’t an over the counter medication? Funnily enough, there is another option—cannabis salves.

As recent studies have convincingly shown, cannabis acts as an analgesic and has great potential in treating severe/chronic pain. [1] These findings echo results from a separate study on using an Iranian folk treatment of hemp, sesame, wild pistachio, and walnuts oils to treat burns on lab rats. [2]

According to the results of the study it has been found that this oil concoction, which contains hemp, was highly effective in healing the wounded area. That being said, there is still a lack of concrete data on using cannabis to treat human burn injuries.

So, if you’re looking to possibly try another treatment method for those pesky household-related burns cannabis salves might be an excellent option! Just add your favorite cannabis topical to a cooling lotion and apply it to the affected area.



  1. Elikkottil, Jaseena et al. “The analgesic potential of cannabinoids.” Journal of opioid management 5,6 (2009): 341-57.
  2. Mehrabani, Mehrnaz et al. “Accelerated Burn Wound Closure in Mice with a New Formula Based on Traditional Medicine.” Iranian Red Crescent medical journal vol. 18,11 e26613. 17 Aug. 2016, doi:10.5812/ircmj.26613


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