CBD oil is everywhere these days. You’ll find dozens (if not hundreds) of products boasting CBD — and its stress and pain relieving benefits. CBD can be purchased online, in bodegas, at high-end retailers and at bars and coffee shops. One of the best ways to add a little CBD into your life? Adding it to your massage oil. There are so many benefits of a CBD massage that practitioners all over the country are adding this ingredient to their oils.
What is a CBD Massage?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid in cannabis. It has all the benefits of cannabis — without the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive drug that gives you all the chill feels.
CBD is extracted from the plant and comes in a wide variety of application forms — including massage oils. When you use CBD massage oil during a service, you get a cornucopia of pain management and stress relieving benefits. It’s especially good for people who have a difficult time winding down and relaxing enough to enjoy a massage.
What You Can Expect from a CBD Massage
You won’t experience a huge difference between a CBD massage and a regular one. Your massage therapist might focus on a different part of your body when using CBD massage oil. The veined areas of your skin can absorb CBD more rapidly than other areas, so your therapist should have a little more specialized knowledge regarding the oil.
Most recipients of CBD massage say they feel even lighter and looser leaving the treatment room than after a regular massage. Since the oil can help ease sore muscles on the spot, you might not even experience the typical massage discomfort as your therapist is working tight muscles.
How Does CBD Massage Oil Work?
CBD oil works very similarly to regular massage oil. It helps to lubricate the skin, so your therapist’s hands don’t drag or chafe your dermis. In addition to offering a smoother experience, you can expect some added benefits.
As your therapist works the CBD oil into your skin, your skin absorbs it. The oil can work on the surface — but it also gets absorbed into your fat cells, muscles and bloodstream. From there, it targets over 50 molecular pathways and changes the way your body’s endocannabinoid system receives signals.
To put it simply, it can help you chill during your massage and helps your body stay chill long after your massage is over.
CBD Massage Benefits
Adding CBD to your massage can help your body relax, recover and release tension. It also offers several other benefits, including stress relief and pain management. These massage oils can ease sore muscles — even the ones that feel stiff and uncomfortable during your massage.
One of the biggest benefits of using CBD oil (with or without a massage) is stress relief. Many sufferers of chronic stress and anxiety claim that CBD can help them relax. Many patients have even kicked their traditional pharmaceuticals to the curb, including anxiety and depression meds, after using CBD for an extended amount of time.
When you use a CBD massage oil, you can kick your massage’s stress relief benefits up a notch. Not only are you able to relax on the table, but you’ll feel super chill for the rest of the day. Got a big presentation the next day? Consider a CBD massage. Can’t remember why you wanted kids in the first place? Give it a try. Driving a forklift for the first time? JK. You know you can’t use CBD before operating heavy machinery…
One of the main uses for CBD oil is pain management. People who suffer from chronic pain (especially pain that isn’t easily managed) have found relief thanks to CBD. When you incorporate CBD oil into your massage, your muscles have an easier time relaxing.
People who suffer from chronic back pain have noted that adding CBD to their massage oil offers relief that they wouldn’t normally experience with a regular massage. CBD has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties (similar to aspirin). Your body’s receptors receive signals from the CBD that they can “chill out,” and your body responds accordingly.
Ease Sore Muscles
You don’t need to suffer from chronic pain or arthritis to reap the benefits of a CBD massage. In addition to chronic pain, CBD can also ease sore muscles. Many athletes have used CBD oil to relieve the tension in sore muscles. (It is important to note that some CBD oils have a small amount of THC. If you’re worried about THC showing up on a drug test, you should consult your physician before using CBD).
Runners in particular have reported that their muscles can recover quicker after using CBD. Many runners use it in place of OTC pain relievers, like ibuprofen and NSAIDs.
Aid in Relaxation
Finally, CBD can help you relax during your massage, after your massage and before you lay you down to sleep. It’s been known to continue to help with relaxation throughout the day — and sometimes even keeps working through the following day.
Insomniacs have begun using CBD to help them fall asleep at night. You can expect a great night’s sleep after getting a CBD massage, even if that massage was earlier in the day.
Where to Get a CBD Massage
Spas all over the country have begun offering this treatment. If you live in a major city (like San Diego!), you can bet that you’ll be able to find at least one spa offering them within a 25-mile radius.
If you don’t live in a major city, you can always buy your own CBD massage oil and ask your therapist to use it. Just be sure to tell your therapist that the oil contains CBD; your therapist could also absorb some of the oil into his or her palms during the massage.
If you’re all about the DIY life, you can also perform CBD self-massages at home. Simply place a dime-sized dab of CBD oil on your palms and rub into your sore muscles. Just be sure not to — uh — get that oil on any tender parts of your body.
You can even use it before heading to a yoga session at your local studio or before a home stretching session. Many yogis claims that it helps them relax enough to get into those tough pigeon poses.
And whatever you do, consult your physician before using CBD massage oil. You’ll also want to try a test patch on your skin to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the CBD — or the carrier oil for that matter.
Ready to try a CBD oil massage yourself? If you’re in San Diego County, you can see what all the buzz is about during one of our cannabis infused massages. We’ll even travel to your home, office, or hotel room.
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