Move over, regular massages. Many spas are now starting to offer CBD massages, following the recent boom in popularity of the cannabis compound, and yes, they will bring you to your maximum level of chill.
CBD, aka cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the hemp plant that you’ve probably seen everywhere in the last few months. CBD has become a super popular addition to many common products — including your fave beauty essentials like lip balm or mascara, brownies (naturally), and even vape pens. Unlike THC, another active compound in cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive, and studies have concluded that it may have a range of health benefits, from helping seizure patients to general de-stressing. You can experience the benefits of CBD orally, through oils, pills, or tinctures, or apply it topically — which brings us back to the whole massage situation.
Cyndi Ramirez Fulton, the founder of Chillhouse, a self-care oasis that offers manicures, massages, and a wellness café in New York City, tells Bustle that adding a CBD massage balm option to their services was a “no brainer.” She explains, “[I’m] not always one to always jump on wellness trends for the hell of it. [But] CBD products are obviously thriving right now.” At Chillhouse, you can add CBD to your service as a $15 add-on.
So, what are the benefits to CBD massage? Obviously, many people who ingest CBD-infused edibles find it relaxes them and improves their mood, but a CBD massage will do the same thing — without the high, or risk of potentially triggering mental health issues like anxiety. In fact, many people who’ve received a CBD massage claim the practice is a perfect way to destress and relieve anxiety: As Anna Gragert, writing for Hello Giggles, explained, the whole experience made her feel “present in the moment, and accepting of the fact that this was my time to shed pounds of stress.”
Moreover, when applied topically, CBD can be extremely beneficial for people experiencing chronic physical pain. “CBD cream has natural anti-inflammatory effects that can more effectively soothe sore muscles and joints. It encourages the body to speed up the healing process, and is beneficial in relieving anxiety, as well as gastric distress,” explains Ramirez-Fulton, adding that the CBD balm Chillhouse uses “also has arnica and lidocaine for further anti-inflammatory benefits.”
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Published: May 23, 2018
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