Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is emerging as a popular natural treatment for various health conditions, making it an appealing option for those seeking relief from chronic pain, depression, and more. A non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis Sativa plant, CBD is one of over 100 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, and is considered a safer option for those who are concerned about the potential mind-altering effects of other cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
“Unlike other cannabinoids such as THC, CBD does not produce a euphoric ‘high’ or psychoactive effect because it does not affect the same receptors as THC,” says Holly Edgin, Spa Director at the Langham Huntington Pasadena’s Chuan Spa. “The human body is an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids on its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune system responses and pain.”
CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of hemp—a Cannabis Sativa plant that only contains trace amounts of THC, and has become a popular ingredient in beauty and wellness products. Hemp remains the primary source for commercial CBD oil for legal reasons, and as of 2019, CBD derived from hemp is legal nationwide. It can be consumed orally, by inhalation, and absorbed through the skin.
Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted to highlight CBD’s many potential benefits—it is purported to help ease inflammation, provide antioxidants, relieve pain, reduce stress, improve sleeping disorders, and more. The anti-bacterial quality of CBD can also help reduce the ongoing effects of acne, as well as help to immediately reduce the swelling and discomfort of an active breakout.
“CBD oil massage is known to provide excellent pain relief and is also shown to be anti-inflammatory,” says Deisy Suarez, founder and CEO of DESUAR Spa in Los Angeles. “It’s non-toxic and highly recommended for anyone suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, or other inflammatory diseases. Oil can be used in a targeted way, massaged specifically into the areas of concern, or for a more generalized benefit, CBD oil can be mixed into lotion and used across the entire body, or poured into a bath.”
Edgin and Suarez recommend using high-quality CBD care products from a reputable brand such as WELL, which uses zero THC, is derived from industrial hemp, makes its products in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant facilities, and is third party-tested for efficacy and quality. Choosing the right CBD products will help to extend the benefits obtained in a CBD oil massage and provide ongoing pain-relief at home.
Local CBD Spa Treatments to help you relax and heal
Chuan Spa at Langham Huntington Pasadena
The spa is offering CBD lotion or oil as an enhancement to any massage in lieu of its signature Chuan oil upon request.
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
In addition to a CBD oil massage and a CBD-infused facial to treat acne, the spa offers a 25-minute CBD bath soak in a copper tub to help ease pain and discomfort.
220 W. 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Upon request, CBD oil can be added to any spa massage, body scrub, foot wrap or foot soak. The spa also has an acupuncturist who offers the option of incorporating CBD into treatment sessions.
41 W. Bellevue Dr., Pasadena, CA 91105