CBD is fast becoming the most talked about thing in the natural alternatives field. I have been taking it myself and I have discovered that using it in a massage brings about amazing benefits to the treatment. But first, a small introduction into CBD, to help you decide if adding it to your treatment is something you would like to try.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabinoid is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis or hemp plant that has been reported to help reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation and it doesn't get you high! It's close relative THC is the part of the plant that does have psychoactive properties.
What is The Endocannabinoid System?
In the late 1980s, scientists discovered that we have cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in every organ system of the human body. In the early 90s, they discovered the Endocannabinoid system, which is a signalling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors. This Endocannabinoid system is essential for maintaining homeostasis - the balance between interdependant elements in the body. It plays a huge role in sleep, mood, appetite, memory and fertility. Basically, our bodies are designed to work with cannabinoids and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellbeing.
As we age, the systems in our body break down and this, alongside stress, can cause an imbalance in the Endocannabinoid system. If it is not functioning at it's best, it can create a whole host of health issues. By supporting our Endocannabinoid system with CBD, it can help with many problems including: arthritis, multiple sclerosis, pain relief, anxiety, epilepsy, muscular tension, sleep problems. For a massage, because it has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, it will undoubtedly enhance your treatment and leave you feeling even more relaxed.
How will it affect my massage?
A CBD massage works so well due to the abundance of CB receptors in the skin itself. The highest concentration of CB receptors is in the nervous and digestive systems, but the skin has a huge number of both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the cutaneous nerve bundles, mast cells, and epidermal keratinocytes, as well as the epithelial cells in the hair follicles and also in the sweat and sebaceous glands. This means that topical applications of even small amounts of CBD can have quite significant effects when it comes to local pain relief as those cells can quite quickly absorb and make use of the CBD as its applied.
Is it legal?
Yes in the UK, CBD is legal and will not show up on a drugs test. The product I use is Captain Jacks CBD Massage Oil which has 10% CBD in it and less than 0.3% of THC in it, which is the industry standard.
Is it safe?
CBD is perfectly safe but if you are taking any medication, I would suggest speaking to your GP to ask their advice or have a look online to see what others are saying.
So, why not try CBD in your next massage and feel the difference for yourself. £45 for 1 hour.