“CBD may provide a kind of full-body massage at the molecular level.”
That’s a quote from a Writer describing the myriad of positive affects CBD has on the body.
CBD has gotten a lot of coverage lately in the news, social media, and pop culture. A celeb recently had a CBD themed baby shower (WHAT?!) It’s easy to dismiss it as a fad–with it being added to everything from makeup to burgers. However, while there is still much mystery and misunderstanding about CBD, It is becoming recognized more widely by the scientific community as a legitimate supplement and prophylactic.
The massage profession has embraced CBD and believed its legitimacy for some time.
First, a little background: CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is derived from both the hemp and cannabis plant families. CBD’s primary purpose it to bring the body to a state of homeostasis. One of the common misconceptions is that CBD is the same as marijuana. This is false. The difference between CBD and marijuana is that marijuana contains THC. This is the element that causes the high. CBD contains trace amounts of THC–so small it is untraceable. Hemp derived CBD has the least amount of THC, which is why it is the version that is most desirable.
We have receptors for CBD in our brain, and throughout our bodies.
Cannabinoid receptors in the brain, kidneys, lungs and liver are called CB1. White blood cells of the immune system, the gut and the spleen have receptors, known as CB2. The network of cannabinoid receptors and transmitters is now known as the endocannabinoid system. It’s central to homeostatic regulation, that is, how the body maintains, and returns to, its baseline state after being disturbed. For example, if a person is injured, native cannabinoids increase in order to resolve the inflammation. They also increase after strenuous exercise, and some scientists believe they, not endorphins, are responsible for the pleasant post exercise feeling known as runner’s high. Endocannabinoids also help regulate immune activity, appetite and memory formation.
Most recently CBD has been cleared by the FDA for use in epilepsy medication. It also has been recognized as a viable option for people struggling with opioid addiction withdrawal and recovery. Additionally, in recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness month, scientists at King’s College London have found evidence that CBD can help treat schizophrenia, the scientists are now testing CBD as a way to prevent schizophrenia from even emerging.
The use of CBD in massage is a natural fit. As we know one of the primary purposes of massage is to increase the parasympathetic nervous system. Applying CBD topically during a massage session to an area of pain or discomfort can increase the time a client will feel relief. Similarly, it also can be applied to clients who just want a break from stress by relaxing with a soothing massage. It is still in its infancy to be used for medical purposes. I believe our industry can be at the front leading the charge to see that it becomes recognized as more than a fad.
Post by Crystal Hopkins