Massage therapy can be a vital part of your health and wellness routine. Massage improves circulation, releases tension, and is highly effective for pain management and injury recovery. Not to mention that it’s relaxing! While effective on its own, consider a massage with CBD Oil to optimize your wellness benefits.
What Is CBD Oil?
Let’s first cover what CBD oil is, and what it is not. CBD has been legal in all 50 states since the Farm Bill of 2018. It’s farmed from a low-THC strain of the cannabis plant, then processed to ensure .3 percent or less THC. THC is the intoxicating compound that gets you high. With .3 percent or less of THC, CBD will not get you high.
During processing, CBD is processed into an oil concentrate and infused in olive oil. The olive oil can be consumed as an oil tincture, added to softgels, or used to create gummies, and topical products. The oil and topical products can be used solo or during your massage.
Just be mindful that you are using CBD Oil, not hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is a cooking oil that does not contain measurable milligrams of CBD. However, many hemp seed oil brands label their products in a misleading manner. Even if labeled properly, it’s easy to confuse the two, as CBD is often referred to as “hemp-derived CBD”, “hemp oil”, or “industrial hemp.”
To ensure you are purchasing a product with CBD, read the label in search of the milligrams per serving. If it doesn’t indicate any, it’s hemp seed oil. However, hemp seed oil can be used as massage oil, but it won’t deliver the soothing benefits of CBD.
Finally, if you’ve tried oral or topical products in the past and they weren’t effective, read the label to ensure they are pure and full or broad-spectrum CBD.
Why Use A CBD Topical?
The primary reason to use a topical CBD product is that it targets pain and tension and absorbs rapidly through your skin to your cannabinoid receptors. It will soothe your body significantly faster than oral products, which take about an hour to kick in. Topical products take effect within 10 to 20 minutes.
Every CBD brand has unique topical products, but it’s usually an oil or cream. Oil tinctures are versatile because they can be applied topically or taken orally. Holmes Organics has both oil and a Cool Menthol Cream that contains CBD. It delivers the similar benefits of ice, without having to ice.
Can You Rub CBD Oil On Your Back?
Yes, you can rub CBD oil tincture or CBD infused massage oil directly on your back, neck, leg, or any other topical location. Just be mindful that oil can stain your clothing. During a professional massage, standard or infused oil is absorbed into your skin faster, and your massage therapist will likely wipe off any excess oil.
If you have an electric massager, consider applying your CBD oil or cream before massaging your tense or inflamed area.
Can You Absorb CBD Oil Through Your Skin?
Yes, CBD oil and cream will absorb through your pores. Topically, not as much CBD will enter the bloodstream. Instead, it will connect with nearby cannabinoid receptors. You may have heard that CBD delivers the benefits of marijuana without the high. Let’s dive deeper into what this means.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of many active compounds found in plants and many other foods, referred to as cannabinoids. What makes CBD unique, is that it’s the only cannabinoid that connects our central and peripheral nervous systems. Whether hemp-derived or marijuana-derived, the cannabis plant is the only plant that contains CBD at a high enough level to deliver the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
What Does Cannabidiol Do In Your Body?
Our body naturally creates cannabinoids as a type of cellular messengers that assist in the vital process of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the process of keeping our body internally balanced. This includes regulation of:
- Pain control
- Quality of sleep
- And more
Homeostasis is prompted by our two endocannabinoid systems:
- CB1 which is in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord).
- CB2 which is in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system.
CBD is the only cannabinoid that connects these two systems. However, your CBD must also contain terpenes for optimized results.
What Are Terpenes And Why Do They Matter?
When purchasing CBD products for topical or oral use, you must determine if the products are isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum. While an isolated form of CBD may sound more concentrated and effective, full and broad-spectrum products deliver the maximum benefits.
There are over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. While CBD and THC get most of the attention, terpenes are responsible for what is known as the Entourage Effect. Isolated products remove all other cannabinoids including terpenes, while full and broad-spectrum products contain terpenes and all other naturally occurring cannabinoids. The only difference is that the THC is completely removed in broad-spectrum products.
While cannabinoids connect the endocannabinoid systems, terpenes bind the two systems together. This binding is what is referred to as the Entourage Effect.
If you have tried CBD products in the past and they didn’t work for you, check to see if they were isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum.
What Is CBD Massage Oil Good For?
CBD massage oil isn’t used from head to toe, but to soothe and synergize targeted areas. Standard massage oil will be used on other areas of the body.
Targeted areas might include:
- Tense muscles caused by stress, poor posture, or poor ergonomics.
- Muscles and joints that are sore from repetitive motions such as typing.
- Muscles and joints that are inflamed from accident, injury, or overuse.
- Arthritic areas as both a proactive and reactive way to soothe your body.
- And more!
Does CBD Oil Massage Work?
Everyone’s body responds differently to CBD, so you’ll have to try it for yourself. Many who give CBD-infused massage oil a try, continue adding it to their massage. For maximum benefits, you must ensure that you:
- Find the right therapist for your individual needs, so you may need to try a few.
- Select the right type of massage, such as deep tissue for pain and inflammation.
- Clearly communicate your pain, tension, physical limitations, and injuries.
- Have massage frequently enough to enjoy the maximum benefits.
Is Massage Oil Or Lotion Better?
Your massage therapist will determine what is best for you. If you have a large area of pain or tension, such as your shoulders, they may use oil. If you have a smaller area of tension, such as a thumb joint, they may use cream. They might even use standard oil to massage the area first, then apply CBD cream to the area after they have finished massaging for a cooling effect.
In addition to CBD topicals, your massage therapist may suggest taking an oral CBD product an hour or so prior to your massage.
What Are The Benefits Of A CBD Massage?
Enjoy all the benefits of a standard massage, with the added bonus of soothing and synergizing your body.
The benefits of massage include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulating lymphatic system
- Reducing stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Improved sleep
- And more!
CBD Massage Oil Recipe
If you are wondering how to make CBD massage oil, there’s no need to start from scratch. If you are making marijuana oil, then you may want to start from scratch. But with CBD, it’s easier to purchase an oil tincture and just use that. Use CBD to massage as-is or add essential oils to combine aromatherapy with massage.
Adding Essential Oils To CBD Oil
Transfer the tincture into a slightly larger dark glass bottle. Then, add in 20 to 70 drops of a topical-safe essential oil. Also, ensure that the essential oil is pure, and ideally organic. Yes, you can mix different essential oils! And as long as it’s topical safe, you can also use pre-mixed essential oil blends. These are ideal as they often have clearly targeted goals, such as relaxation, energizing, or opening your chakras. Aura Cacia is a premium essential oil brand with organic options.
Topical-safe essential oils include:
- Tea Tree (Unoxidized)
CBD Topical Cream From Holmes Organics
Shop from Holmes Organics with the confidence that each of our products is:
- USDA-Certified Organic
- Broad-spectrum CBD
- Pure with no synthetic additives
- Third-party lab tested
Many Holmes Organics customers use a combination of our CBD Oil and CBD Cream for massage and topical application. Our oil can be used to make homemade CBD massage oil that is infused with essential oils. You might already have a cooling cream, but we urge you to give ours a try to see how CBD can further soothe your body.