Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is the botanical extract of hemp, think essential oil of the hemp plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana, CBD is non-psychotripic so you don’t get a “high” from it, but you still receive the benefits from it.
The health benefits of CBD:
- CBD reacts with the body through the endocannibinoid system, which regulates homeostasis, the body’s state of balance. In other words, CBD helps the body stay balanced and calm, which can be beneficial for people who struggle with anxiety or depression. Applying CBD topically, taking it as a tincture, or in a capsule can bring a state of calm to the body and help relax the muscle groups that may be affected by anxiety and/or depression.
- “CBD is a powerful anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative.” () In short, CBD can be beneficial in helping with epilepsy, depression, inflamed muscles or even IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), nausea, insomnia (prevention), muscle pain, and even the spread of cancer cells. Many doctors, holistic practitioners, and psychologists will prescribe CBD to patients. Brazilian doctors now prescribe CBD to mental health patients due to its benefits with epileptic patients and its benefits in helping with traumatic brain injury because it helps limit brain tissue death.
- CBD is used in Israel to help those who suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Again, it helps maintain balance and homeostasis, so it naturally will bring balance in a stressed individual such as those who suffer from PTSD.
- CBD is an antioxidant, which is why it is a cancer fighter. “Cannabis affects a gene which controls metastasis so it decreases metastasis, encourages apoptosis (death of old or abnormal cells), and inhibits angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels).” () What this means is that CBD slows the rate of cancer cells and encourages, or helps, the body dispose of abnormal cells, or cancer cells.
- CBD is a great alternative for those suffering from chronic pain because it is non-habit forming unlike opioids. CBD interacts with receptors in your brain, which tell your body how to respond to certain stimuli. So CBD acts an anti-inflammatory and painkiller in telling the receptors how to respond.
CBD in a massage:
CBD is highly effective in a massage because, as noted above, it can help with pain and inflammation. I’ve personally used CBD oil on clients with Fibromyalgia and the clients all reported instantaneous effects. They said their muscles were relaxed and they found they were able to move. Clients with exceedingly tight shoulders and neck muscles love CBD oil because they feel immediate relief. It also adds to the relaxation of a massage. My massages are therapeutic, which means they can feel intense because of deep tissue work, but CBD oil can take “the edge off”, and it allows for relaxation even in a deep tissue massage. CBD oil has a lasting effect in that a client will have continued relief from pain long after the massage because the CBD is working with those receptors in the brain to minimize the pain he/she may have felt before the massage.
CBD really is incredible and is helpful in so many ways. The best part is that you don’t experience the euphoric effect from it that you would from THC, so you can still drive safely, go to work, etc. If you want a CBD oil massage just make note of it when you book online and I will make sure to include it (it costs as much as the aromatherapy massage because it is an add-on).
There are a few noted side-effects of CBD including dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness. If one is pregnant or breastfeeding it is not recommended for use mainly because there hasn’t been enough information found on safety. Those with Parkinson’s disease have been found to have worsened tremors with high doses of CBD, so it is recommended in small amounts.