CBD has become a big buzz word in the world of beauty. CBD creams, lotions, and potions have made their way into some of the trendiest spas across the country … for good reason.
Not only can CBD be an amazing support for your skin, but the way it works in harmony with the endocannabinoid system may contribute to a number of wellness improvements.
Getting a massage is, hands down, one of the most popular spa treatments there is. When it comes to massages, it’s no surprise CBD is the perfect complement. What exactly are the benefits of a CBD massage?
Let’s take a closer look. Before we do so, let’s recap why CBD offers unprecedented benefits.
Understanding How CBD Works
Many people have heard about the benefits of CBD, but most don’t understand exactly how it works to provide these benefits. All the potential contained in this cannabinoid comes down to how it works with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for several physiological functions that regulate processes in the body and mind. Some of these include immune function, sleep, appetite, memory and more.
Within the endocannabinoid system are two receptors known as CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are typically found in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are found abundantly throughout the rest of the body, including the immune system, spleen and gastrointestinal tract.
While CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors, it does have a significant indirect impact upon them. CBD works by activating what are known as TRPV1 receptors. CBD also inhibits FAAH, which increases anandamide, a neurotransmitter associated with memory, body temperature, mood and more.
Research also indicates the skin has a functional endocannabinoid system of its own, which is responsible for several biological skin processes. A 2009 study suggests that the skin’s endocannabinoid system is involved in proliferation, growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cytokine production. It also plays a role in the mediation of hormone production in various types of skin cells, as well as hair follicles and sebaceous glands.
Why Massages Are So Amazing
CBD or no CBD, getting a massage is a truly amazing experience. Who doesn’t enjoy the relaxing, pain-relieving, muscle-soothing benefits of a good massage?
Massage has been used for thousands of years, with ancient texts referring to massage in China, Japan, India, Egypt and Greece. Massage became common in the West in the 19th century but didn’t become as popular as it is today until the 1970s when natural healing practices started to become a popular alternative to western medicine.
Did you know there are more than 200 different types of massage techniques? Some of the most popular include deep tissue, Swedish massage, shiatsu, hot stone massage, sports massage and more.
Typically, massage involves the use of some type of oil that lubricates the skin making it easier to rub the body without friction. In the case of a CBD massage, a CBD-infused oil or topical such as a salve, balm, or cream is typically used in place of traditional massage oil.
Massage has long been used as a complementary therapy for countless health conditions. Research suggests massage offers such positive effects because of the way it stimulates pressure receptors that lead to reduced cortisol levels and enhanced vagal activity.
A 2014 review found that moderate pressure massage can benefit pain reduction, increased attentiveness, weight gain in premature infants, enhanced immune function, increased natural killer cells and natural killer cell activity and a reduction in depression.
No wonder massages make us feel so good!
Here’s something else. The benefits of human touch are truly exceptional. Sure, you can rub your own neck and shoulders, but there’s something different about receiving the touch of another through massage therapy. Getting a massage can be especially beneficial for someone who doesn’t receive much outside human touch by offering that connection we all genuinely need.
Yes, massages are great.
Could a CBD massage be even better?
The Benefits of a CBD Massage
CBD has gained the status it has for a reason. We know this is because CBD helps support the endocannabinoid system, which has been referred to as one of the most important physiological systems there is involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
There is plenty of clinical research, as well as anecdotal reports, that CBD can help maintain both mental and physical health. Combining CBD with massage has the possibility to increase the already amazing benefits of both.
Check out some of the benefits you might expect from making your next massage appointment a CBD-infused massage.
Support Sore Muscles and Joints
Whether you’re sore from a strenuous workout or carry tension in your muscles and joints due to any number of reasons (a sedentary lifestyle, too much time at a desk, lack of exercise and more), a CBD massage could help soothe sore muscles and joints.
Countless individuals turn to CBD to help support muscles and joints. When used as part of a soothing massage, a CBD topical could carry some impressive benefits. CBD has shown to help recover after a workout, and when used in a massage could be just what’s needed to soothe sore muscles and joints by offering targeted results.
If there’s one thing many people who take CBD can attest to, it’s the calming effects it seems to offer. While getting a massage is great alone for increasing relaxation and relieving stress and tension, the added benefit of a CBD in a massage could take the calming effects a step further.
If you’re looking for some added support for your mood and stress levels, consider booking a CBD massage for your next appointment. It could make an already relaxing massage that much more soothing to the soul.
Support Skin Health
We mentioned that the skin has its own endocannabinoid system. CBD helps support endocannabinoid system balance so it only makes sense that it can promote healthy-looking skin.
During a CBD massage, CBD is applied directly to the skin and allows the cannabinoid to harmoniously interact with the skin’s endocannabinoid system.
The Blissful Benefits of a CBD Massage
While some states still have some strict regulations when it comes to CBD, there are quite a few spas across the US offering options for CBD massage.
We do our best to be mindful about taking care of mind, body and soul, and truly believe regular self-care rituals should be practiced by everyone. While CBD is obviously a huge part of our lives, we’re also no strangers to getting a regular massage.
Considering the significant impact CBD has had in our own lives, regularly getting a CBD massage is something we encourage as part of a commitment to self-care. We also find a CBD massage can be particularly beneficial after a strenuous workout or a long day on the trail.
There’s no doubt massages are already amazing. Add a bit of CBD into the mix and you might just discover a whole new level of self-care.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Joy Smith is Joy Organics Co-founder and visionary. After her own life-changing experience with CBD, Joy started Joy Organics to create a line of sustainable and premium CBD products consumers could trust. Before founding Joy Organics, Joy worked as an itinerant speaker, traveling to over four continents to empower women across the globe.