A massage already comes with its own set of health benefits. The application of firm touch in the right places has been shown to have positive effects on muscle and joint pain, stress, anxiety, headaches, digestive disorders and even sleep disorders.
Studies on the benefits of massage conducted at the Mayo Clinic demonstrate that massages may potentially help with the following:
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Temporomandibular joint pain
When it comes to massages, CBD products are a perfect complement. When CBD oil is added to a massage the benefits can be enhanced when applied appropriately.
CBD topicals provide one of the easiest ways to take advantage of CBD’s benefits and can be used to target specific areas of the body that require particular attention for pain relief.
People with arthritis, broken bones, sports injuries, overworked muscles from working out, neurological disorders, and those who want to relax or relieve anxiety can benefit from CBD oil treatments. By incorporating CBD massage oils and topicals, you can benefit both from the relaxing and invigorating effects of a massage with the medicinal pain and discomfort relieving effects of CBD.
It is also possible to use CBD in combination with other essential oils for specific desired effects. For example, adding peppermint gives a cooling effect.
Or mix with shea butter for a deep skin moisturizer.
So, how exactly does CBD benefit the body when incorporated into a massage?
When you apply CBD topically, the CBD compounds interact with cannabinoid receptors that are near where the product is applied. The cannabinoids do not enter the bloodstream, making it ideal for targeted treatments because you can massage in the CBD right where it’s needed most. Because the effects of CBD topicals are more focused, they’re a good choice for addressing tired muscles and joints or giving some much-needed attention to troubled skin areas.
It can be hard to relax when we feel overwhelmed.
Many studies have shown that CBD has potent anti-anxiety properties and an incredible ability to induce calming, relaxing effects without negative side-effects.
CBD facilitates calmness and relaxation by activating the pathways of existing cannabinoid (CB2) receptors in the body. These receptors interact with CBD help to warm your muscles, reduce tension, and leave you better prepared to keep up with your busy life when your massage session ends.
Inflammation is directly linked with acute pain, particularly at joints or in muscles. By applying CBD topicals directly to the affected areas, the cannabinoid’s natural anti-inflammatory effects can help to reduce the inflammation and therefore relieve any discomfort being experienced due to sore muscles. (source)
Inflammation is essentially the body’s response to a threat to your health. In the case of physical trauma or strenuous activity, inflammation can arise in response, which tends to show itself in the form of pain, swelling, redness and soreness. CBD can help target and reduce inflammation because of its unique ability to indirectly interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
Reduce chronic pain.
More people are turning to CBD to help them deal with pain management. In addition to reducing inflammation (a great pain-reliever itself), CBD can also increase blood flow throughout the areas affected and soothes muscle tension. Cannabinoids have also demonstrated various types of neuropathic pain including nerve injury, chemotherapy-induced, diabetic neuropathy, etc. (source)
Researchers have compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews covering dozens of trials and studies. Their research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults. (source)
A separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results. This research suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation.
The researchers also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD, so they would not need to increase their dose continually.
Targets Temporary, Occasional Discomfort
We all have those common spots of temporary occasional discomfort; CBD works to not only calm and hydrate the body, but it also leaves you feeling refreshed and nurtured, in part by releasing tension that causes discomfort.
CBD oil has been found to speed up the recovery of muscles that have experienced injury or overuse. During a CBD massage, CBD can help to naturally loosen muscles by reducing pain and inflammation which allows for faster healing.
CBD-Rich Hemp Oil Improves Skin Health
Hemp oil is extremely moisturizing, conditioning and protects the skin.
A clinical trial testing the effects of a cannabidiol (CBD) facial serum found a 100 percent overall improvement in skin appearance following two weeks of treatment.
The trial also found that 80.95 percent of the participants specifically noticed an improvement in skin texture. Also, 80.95 percent of the women reportedly noticed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. (source)
Luvitol Topical CBD products contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential amino acids and gamma-linoleic acid that leaves your skin feeling supple and soft. When used in massage, CBD-rich hemp oil can also help with an inflamed skin and other conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Acne is thought to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin (source 1, source 2).
CBD oil may also help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines (source).
Another study had similar findings, concluding that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to treat acne, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities (source).
When CBD is applied directly into the skin during a massage, it can actually promote skin health. CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid receptors can help to reduce inflammation, often a culprit behind acne. It can also help to reduce the production of oil in the skin further reducing blemishes. In addition, CBD contains linoleic acid, which further helps to regulate oil production on the skin and stop breakouts.
CBD oil helps clear toxins
Our bodies are constantly fighting to reduce the harmful effects caused by pathogens as well as free radicals that are found in our environment. Oxidation stress refers to a situation where the body cannot detoxify these free radicals fast enough which could lead to a myriad of physical problems in the body.
CBD is a powerful antioxidant with neuroprotective and antibiotic properties that can reverse the effects of these harmful toxins. When used in a massage, CBD oil helps clear dead, wrinkled skin and slows down the aging process of the skin leaving you in a euphoric state of mind with youthful clear skin.
Not All CBD Is Created Equal
Here at Luvitol CBD we feel the need to remind the public that not all CBD is created equally. If you are on the market to experience a CBD Massage we encourage you to do your research on exactly what is being used. Here are 3 tips for choosing a CBD Massage Oil:
CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum Hemp CBD – Although CBD Isolate can provide some benefits when applied topically, the real benefits for your skin come from the combined effect of amino acids, multiple cannabinoids along with CBD and phyto-nutrients that are all found only in full spectrum hemp extract.
Hemp Seed Oil vs Hemp Extracted Oil– This is one of those details that may not seem important, but in fact can have a huge impact. Hemp Seed Oil is oil that has been extracted from the actual seed and although it’s rich in fatty acids like omega-3s, it does not contain any CBD. So if you are looking to indulge in the benefits of CBD massages, reading the label is a must.
Don’t just take their word for it- The CBD industry is an industry with little to no regulation, which means that it is imperative to do your research before buying any products. One of the best ways to protect your wallet and health is to make sure the product you are buying is third party lab tested for accuracy, transparency, and potency.