CBD, or cannabidiol, is being marketed as the answer for all kinds of health problems, and a growing number of spas are adding CBD-infused massages to their list of services.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world.
What is CBD’s Role in Massage Therapy?
The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents of CBD reduces inflammation within muscles and joints, allowing the massage therapist to work more effectively. People seek massages as a way to relax and escape stress. For athletes, CBD also has the reputation for accelerating the recovery and healing process of injured connective tissue.
Always check with your massage therapist before trying CBD.
It’s important to discuss CBD with your massage therapist, and, for MTs, it's even more important to study up on CBD in order to answer common questions. Relationships such as massage therapy and cannabis are just the beginning of cannabis’s role in our everyday health.