One of the reasons I keep a pepper buzz going is to keep my endorphins kicking to help control chronic pain. I think it may be a good idea to control it from the outside too and use the capsaicin topically. Although I've never been able to accomplish it with commercially available capsaicin pain relief products, the science says if you do it right, you can deplete the nerves in the target area of the type of slow moving neurotransmitter responsible for sending the chronic pain signals. I've started looking for a better way than use of the impotent commercial products that are available.
Here's what I've learned so far. I did skin testing with the hottest products I have in the house. First I used 1 million SHU Ghost Cap. That's pretty much imperceptible when painted on top of my forearm. I gave it a half hour before moving up the ladder. Next step was two drops of 1.5 million SHU Pure Evil capsaicin spread on the inside of my forearm. I did get a little tingle from that but nothing notable. After another half hour I moved up to the biggest gun I have and painted a 3x3" patch of custom built 5 million SHU Ghost Cap on my inner forearm. That indeed gave me a stronger tingle but was definitely a non-event. I washed after an hour and the tingle remained for another 15 minutes or so.
All this established is my skin can tolerate a whole lot of very hot stuff without the slightest bit of discomfort or blistering or peeling like flesh from a zombie. I guess it also establishes I can utilize just about anything I can make and anything I make will certainly be a whole lot stronger than the store-bought junk I've tried over the years.
The next thing I learned is I may be able to make me some stuff out of my scorpireaper powder but I wonder about the "transfer rate". I started cold soaking ½ tsp of my powder in 9 ml of 190 proof Everclear this afternoon. It didn't take long for it to turn a very pretty red color and then after a few hours, develop about a millimeter of oil that floats on the top. I didn't try the oil but I pulled a drop of the red alcohol from beneath the capsaicin layer and it was pretty spicy. About wallyworld habañero hot, I'd say.
My idea of a perfect product is a spray that evaporates quickly and doesn't leave me an oily mess to contaminate my surroundings with highly potent capsaicin residue. Another plus to a product like this is my wife could spritz me and be done. There would be no pepper accidents that would certainly occur if I asked her to rub a capsaicin cream or oil into my back every day.
Now to ask for the advice, experience and insight from any who know or have ideas. I need a carrier. I wonder about the transferability of compounds like this ethanol tincture. I can certainly make it much, much more potent than the little bit I have brewing at the moment but will it be effective as a transdermal application? It would evaporate very quickly and wouldn't leave a mess but how well would it work at getting the active ingredient to the target?
What level of heat should I try to create in a brew like this?
Another carrier option is the opposite extreme of blending pepper extract into a phospholipid deficient oil like emu oil. This stuff pulls medications through the skin like grease through a goose but I wonder if it's really a good thing to do that with capsaicin.
Thanks for sharing any of the productive things you may know.