Many states around the country have opened their laws to allow legal possession and and consumption of marijuana and CBD oil for medical reasons.
Although, there are now four states who’ve really busted the door open on pot.
Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, as well as, Washington, D.C., allow possession of marijuana by adults for both medical and recreational purposes. Boom!
Basically, the marijuana industry is exploding and will continue to grow. It may be a bumpy road getting there, but the legal pot industry will be a financial powerhouse one day soon.
Growers and manufacturers of marijuana-related products are at an all-time high.
One of the most popular products are CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) and topicals.
These include salves, creams, CBD oils and skin healing patches. They are used as muscle relaxants and pain-relievers. CBD is a main ingredient in the marijuana plant which is non-psychoactive.
Unlike, the plant’s active ingredient THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
With CBD’s potent healing properties, the world of massage therapy is adopting its use. More and more massage therapists are turning to CBD oil and infused lotions as part of their practice.
Some healing qualities of CBD are as follows:
- Antiemetic – Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Anticonvulsant – Suppresses seizure activity
- Antipsychotic – Combats psychosis disorders
- Anti-inflammatory – Combats inflammatory disorders
- Anti-oxidant – Combats neurodegenerative disorders
- Anti-cancer – Combats tumor and cancer cells
- Anti-depressant – Combats anxiety and depression disorders
Going Bare Handed
You may be wondering if the massage therapist or the client they are massaging would get “high” from using a marijuana infused oil.
It’s possible, but not likely since there just wouldn’t be enough to alter the therapist’s or the client’s mood and perception. Although, it will have enough to help with pain and other ailments (see above).
However, both THC and CBD are absorbed through the skin, so it’s possible that the massage therapist and/or the client could potentially experience a psychoactive effect… IF they are using an oil or lotion that is infused with some THC. Since THC which is the psycho-active ingredient in cannabis plants and CBD is one of the NON-psychoactive chemicals.
However, if a very potent oil is spread over a large area of the body or the therapist has enough of the oil on their hands for long enough, then yes, apparently it’s possible they may feel a bit “high.”
It Feels Good, But is it Legal?
Currently, the legality of using marijuana infused products depends on where the massage therapist practices and on the type of topical product he or she intends to use.
Whether marijuana is legal for medical, recreational or both types of use, there are a plethora of laws regulating the use of THC-based products. The industry is influx and each state has different laws.
For example, in Colorado, where marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use, massage therapists and day spas are cashing in. They’re offering cannabis based massage treatments, calling them “Mile High Massages.”
**I’m currently looking for products like this to add to my practice** 🙂
Anyone working in a state where marijuana is illegal cannot buy or use THC-infused products. Good news however. CBD-derived from hemp is legal to buy, ship and use in all 50 states.
Take a look at the video below for more info on marijuana infused products and massage.
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