The next time you book an appointment, consider adding CBD to your massage.
CBD, or cannabadiol, derived from the hemp plant is considered to be a safe, non-addictive substance. It is one of the phytocannabinoids, and has a myriad of health benefits. Most people turn to massage for pain relief, stress management, or general wellness enhancement. Adding CBD to a massage will amplify all those positive benefits.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
In a nutshell, it’s all about how CBD interacts with the receptors in the brain and body. Unlike THC which bonds to the receptors in the brain causing the ‘high’; CBD effects both brain and body receptors without binding to them. Therefore CBD doesn’t cause a high, but still offers the benefits of pain relief, inflammation reduction, and many more. During a massage, CBD interacts with the endocannaboaniod system that regulates sleep, pain, inflammation and moods. By interacting with the receptors instead of binding to them, CBD offers the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of THC but without the experience of being ‘high’.
WHAT DOES IT DO:
Reduce Inflammation – Inflammation is directly linked to acute pain. Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself when it senses a threat. Pain, swelling, redness are all indicators of inflammation. And because CBD impacts the receptors instead of binding to them; it slows and reverses the inflammatory process.
Relieve Pain – Probably the most popular use of CBD for massage clients is as a pain reliever. Pain is the body’s message that something needs attention. Chronic pain irritates the nervous system which and further exacerbates the pain response. This can build a loop of pain that can be difficult to break. CBD improves blood flow and introduces the relaxation response from the nervous system, both of which interrupt the pain cycle.
Improve Skin Tone – By reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow and relaxing the nervous system; the skin naturally clears, brightens and tones. Topical CBD helps the skin modulate and heal itself.
Reduce Anxiety – Many people choose CBD for it’s reputation as an anxiety reducer. Again, looking at how the CBD molecules interact with the receptors in the body; CBD is an effective anti-anxiety agent. Add in the relaxtion and anxiety reducing benefits of a massage; combining the two is a powerful solution for many anxiety and stress problems.
Massage is already such a strong tool for pain & inflammation relief, stress & anxiety management; adding CBD to your massage will just amplify the benefits of your session.