Our editorial director investigated the benefits of a CBD massage. Check out her experience and insights from the founder of Chillhouse here. Want to learn what makes Mendi's CBD massage oil the best massage oil for relieving pain and southing aching muscles? Find out what it's like to get a massage with CBD oil and the benefits of applying CBD oil to your skin.
I Got a CBD Massage—Now I’m a New, Chill Woman
Faith Xue has worked in digital beauty for 10 years and is currently Bustle Digital Group’s executive beauty director. She was Byrdie’s editorial director for seven years.
Swiner is a family medicine/general medicine expert, covering a broad spectrum of both medical and mental health issues. She loves taking care of the family as a whole—from the cradle to the grave. Her interests include Minority Health, Women’s Health and Pediatrics. As a wife and mother of two, she uses real-life experiences to clearly communicate keys to better health and wellness for mind, body and spirit. She is the author of How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex.
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Let me just start by saying that there’s nothing I hate more than when people tell me to “relax.” As a highly emotional person, this is possibly the worst thing you can say to me when I’m feeling stressed or high-strung, and I guarantee that I will do the exact opposite the second I hear those words (my ex-boyfriends can attest!). Therefore, I felt like I had come to a place that understood me when I walked into NYC’s Chillhouse and saw that all the staff were wearing shirts that said, “Don’t tell me to relax.” Finally, a place full of kindred spirits who understood me. If more people realized that relaxing is not just something you can tell yourself to do, the world might be a more understanding place.
For me, the concept of relaxing often feels like a nice but unrealistic fairytale. Yes, of course, I’d like to Zen out and release tension from my body and mind. Now, would someone explain to me how I’m supposed to do that? Clearing your thoughts and allowing yourself to slip into deep relaxation is something that feels quite unattainable in a world where information is exchanged at lightning speed and there’s always, always something on your mind—from work stress to realizing you really underestimated Jessica Biel after watching season one of The Sinner (just me?). Anyway, all of this goes to say that I walked into Chillhouse feeling hopeful but slightly dubious about the de-stressing benefits promised by its CBD massage, an add-on you can choose to boost any of its normal massages for just $15.
Keep reading to find out what happened when I got a CBD massage.
What Is a CBD Massage?
First of all, let’s talk about CBD—full name cannabidiol—which is non-psychoactive and is found in high concentrations in cannabis and hemp (not to be confused with THC, which is the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that people associate with the “high” feeling). When incorporated into a massage, the only difference is the product used not the massage technique itself. So, while it sounds like something much different than a traditional rub-down, a CBD massage is just that: a massage performed with CBD-infused oils and creams.
Potential Benefits of a CBD Massage
- Calms inflammation
- Soothes anxiety
- Reduces chronic pain
- Melts tension
Health-wise, incorporating CBD into your routine has been shown to have amazing anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antibacterial properties, and lately, there’s been a boom of CBD products and treatments in the wellness space.
In terms of the benefits of CBD massage specifically, “CBD oil has natural anti-inflammatory effects that can more effectively soothe sore muscles and joints, which makes it great for massages,” explains Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Chillhouse founder. “It encourages the body to speed up the healing process and is beneficial in relieving anxiety as well as gastric distress. Our CBD cream also has arnica and lidocaine, which allows for additional anti-inflammatory benefits.” (As a note, arnica is a common natural ingredient that people swear helps reduce bruising and muscle fatigue more quickly, and lidocaine gives a soothing, cooling feeling). Ramirez-Fulton is clearly a CBD believer and told me that if she ever can’t make it in for a massage, she’ll turn to her inventory of CBD oils and creams. The second she puts them on her shoulders or anywhere tense, she feels temporary relief. “For creams, I love Lord Jones ($60) and Cannuka ($28). For ingestibles, I love Soul Addict’s hemp butter ($35) and Cap Beauty’s The Daily Hit,” she says. “Hard to say what’s working for me long-term, but I’m overall less stressed these days, so something’s gotta be working!”
CBD Massage vs. Regular Massage
As mentioned, the biggest difference between a CBD massage and a regular massage is the CBD. When it comes to Chillhouse (and most massage studios for that matter), the kneading technique doesn’t change. That way clients are able to really tell the difference of the CBD inclusion alone, as opposed to trying to figure out what’s a result of the CBD and what’s due to the rubbing motions.
How to Prepare for a CBD Massage
Just chill. No, but really, when it comes to getting a CBD massage, the whole point is to reach peak relaxation, so don’t stress out over how to prepare for the rubdown. Simply arrive as you would to any other massage and get excited for a calming CBD experience.
What to Expect During a CBD Massage
As someone who also wants to feel less stressed overall, I immediately took her up on her offer to experience the CBD massage. I told the masseuse that I’d like her to focus the CBD part of the massage on my shoulders, which always holds a million knots from sitting hunched in front of a computer all day. As I laid facedown on the massage bed, I felt the familiar hurricane of thoughts begin to swirl in my mind. Deadlines, upcoming projects, what I’d be eating for dinner (one of my favorite things to think about)… I tried to quiet my mind and focus on my breathing using a meditation technique I had learned last year that involved counting up to eight while picturing the shape of the number eight. It worked. I felt my shoulders unclench (though that may have been because of my skilled massage therapist). The last thing I remember was feeling a slight cooling, chilly feeling on my shoulder blades. Then, the next thing I knew, my masseuse was gently shaking me awake and telling me she was done. A full hour had passed. It felt like minutes. Slightly surprised at just how quickly it had gone by and how the tension in my shoulders seemed to have all but melted away, I floated out of the room in a hazy cloud. I felt inexplicably calm and, yes, relaxed. If someone told me at that moment to relax, I probably would have smiled serenely and said, “I am. Isn’t it lovely?”
While many people swear by topical CBD, more research needs to be done. Currently, the majority of the studies on CBD pertain to oral dosages, which, in some cases, have been associated with diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, and more. None of these results, however, have been tied to topical use as of now. As such, when considering a CBD massage, remember that, while it seems like everyone on social media is singing CBD’s praises, the science isn’t all there (yet).
Bliss out. That’s it. Simple as that. Following a CBD massage, there’s no need to immediately hop in the shower—in fact, it’s advised against. By going about the rest of your day with the CBD cream still intact, you’ll be able to benefit from the calming ingredient for hours to come.
The Final Takeaway
If you have the opportunity to incorporate CBD oil into a massage or facial treatment, I highly recommend it. It adds another level of relaxation, and you’ll emerge a chiller, less anxious person. As a very un-chill, anxious person, I can attest.
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What are the benefits of CBD massage oil?
This article covers the ins and outs of CBD massage oil. How to use CBD oil, how often and how much. We are getting into the science of what makes Mendi’s No THC CBD Massage Oil the best massage oil for relieving pain and soothing aching muscles.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis-derived compound with anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show it can have a positive effect on pain and anxiety. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound in cannabis, CBD is non intoxicating and non-psychoactive. This means it won’t get you “high.” As you’ve probably seen, CBD oil can be featured in many different types of products, including CBD massage oil.
CBD massage oil has the same key benefits as other massage oils — reducing tension from stress, deep muscle pain relief, inflammation relief and hydration for the skin. The most notable benefit of CBD massage oils is to provide deep muscle pain relief and recovery.
Not every CBD massage oil meets the same standards for purity and quality because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t currently regulate CBD products the same way it regulates dietary supplements and drugs. Mendi’s CBD massage oil meets the most advanced third-party testing specifications in the industry with purity tests of potency, heavy metals, pesticides, microbials and solvents.
When you’re comparing purity, efficacy and all of the other hemp oil products in the market, finding the right CBD massage oil for pain relief and tension relief can be confusing. We’re excited to introduce you to one of our favorite hemp oil pain relief products we offer.
Below are a few tips to help you get started using our CBD massage oil to experience the powerful pain relief effects of the hemp oil and ten other all-natural oils we blend into this product for maximum pain relief results. We want you to get the most out of your CBD massage.
CBD massage oil product standards
Our CBD massage oil goes through strictest criteria to ensure safety, quality, transparency and maximum result to help relieve chronic pain, pain relief and stress and anxiety relief.
- There is proof of our advanced third-party testing specifications on the CBD massage oil product page, tested for pesticides, microbrials, molds, heavy metals and CBD oil potency
- Oregon sourced hemp, USA grown essential oils
- Contains no THC, review our certificate of analysis
- High dosage of CBD oil to ensure the best results for pain relief
- Supporting all-natural ingredients to further aid in chronic pain, pain relief and relaxation
Mendi CBD massage oil ingredients
Thriving naturally can be simple. The no thc CBD massage oil is formulated with scientifically proven all-natural ingredients to provide pain relief and help reduce anxiety and stress throughout the day or before bed. The CBD oil is infused with ten all-natural essential oils for deep pain relief and muscle recovery. This CBD massage oil can also help with chronic pain, depending on the severity.
The hemp massage oil is made with a warming effect in order to open up the muscle fibers, getting the CBD oil and essential oils deeper into the tissue for maximal pain relief results. This massage oil is used by many professional massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and physical therapists.
This pain relief and anti-inflammatory relief comes from many all-natural essential oils that are blended into the CBD oil. The ingredients include:
- CBD oil – sustainably Oregon grown hemp CBD oil to help with pain relief, chronic pain, stress and anxiety relief and to promote better sleep
- Sweet almond oil – to prevent free radical damage and is an excellent moisturizer for the skin and hair, it is also known to prevent stretch marks and protect your skin from sun damage
- Apricot oil – helps to facilitate faster healing of wounds, protects skin against toxins and bacteria and is a natural skin toning reagent to create an even glow
- Kernel oil – palm kernel oil is a rich antioxidant agent containing vitamin E which helps to prevent signs and symptoms of aging by promoting healthy skin growth and glow.
- Sunflower oil – it’s a highly absorbent, non-irritating oil that contains vitamin E and used to protect the skin from the sun and other free radicals.
- Arnica montana flower oil – a natural pain relief remedy from bruises, sprains, muscle aches and wounds. It can also relieve joint pain, inflammation, bug bites and swelling.
- Juniper oil – most commonly used to treat muscle fatigue, aches and arthritis. It can also help sooth skin flare-ups
- Turmeric root oil – a powerful natural pain relief oil because it is rich in antioxidants, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and has potent anti-inflammatory properties, keeping muscles and joints at ease
- Vanillyl butyl – natural warming effects to heat up your muscles, joints or tense areas of the body allowing the CBD oil and other essential oils to penetrate deeper into the skin for pain relief, stress relief and chronic pain
- Clove bud oil – used for pain relief and provides a warming aroma for your skin and nose
- Beta-caryophyllene – a powerful terpene found in the hemp that has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antibacterial and antioxidant properties which help to further aid in pain relief and stress relief
What are the benefits of CBD massage oil?
CBD oil for massages is a wonderful experience that provides lasting pain relief effects, even after your massage is done. Mendi’s CBD massage oil is smooth, not greasy and absorbs very nicely leaving your skin hydrated and glowing. The subtle, pleasant smell of clove is very warming and welcoming, not overbearing at all.
Besides the muscle, tissue and blood flow benefits of massages, a CBD massage oil can further aid in skin hydration, healing from wounds, bruises, irritations or skin toxins and it promotes mild heat which further aids in deeper muscle pain relief and relaxation. This CBD massage oil reduces friction on the skin.
How often can you massage CBD oil into your skin
CBD massage oil does not penetrate into the bloodstream. You can use this CBD oil as frequently as you’d like. Many of our customers use our CBD massage oil multiple times a week for pain relief and stress relief, after hard workouts or busy days.
Over-use of CBD massage oils may lead to some skin irritation, although this is very uncommon.
How much CBD massage oil should you use
The soothing all-natural blend of CBD oil and ten all-natural essential oils come in a 60mL jars containing 450mg of CBD and a 200mL jar containing 1500mg of CBD. Our light-weight hemp oil formula absorbs directly into the skin to provide immediate and extended pain relief, with no thick oil residues remaining.
The effects can be felt fairly quick, 15-20 minutes, and can last up to 2-3 hours. Our CBD massage oil does not enter the blood stream so you can apply as needed throughout the day. A little bit can go along way! Start off with an amount the size of a quarter and increase your dose as needed. This CBD oil blend is a powerful formula to help with pain relief, inflammation relief and stress relief to help you start thriving naturally.
How to use CBD massage oil
Apply the CBD massage oil with clean hands, using a quarter-size amount of CBD massage oil onto your palms to start. Anywhere that you are experiencing muscle soreness and stiffness gently massage the CBD oil into your pain points; shoulders, neck, back, glutes and legs. Gradually work the CBD massage oil into your skin until it has absorbed nicely.
You don’t even need to wash your hands afterwards because the CBD massage oil will fully absorb into your hands with no greasy residue.
Establish a routine
To ensure you are getting the most out of your CBD massage oil is to establish a regular routine of applying it. This routine will allow you to feed your endocannabinoid system and all of its tiny receptors in the localized area so you can reap the full pain relief benefits of CBD oil. A regular routine will also help you understand if you’re needing to increase or decrease your dose, based on your desired effects.
How CBD Can Make Your Massages So Much More Relaxing
Erin is a Brooklyn-based beauty editor and has been with InStyle since 2016. She covers all facets of beauty for the site.
I have zero chill. Whether I’m getting my blood pressure checked, my aura read, or on the phone with my mom, I’m always told the exact same thing: calm down.
Physically, this mental stress manifests itself in my posture. When I get really in the zone at work, I’m often hunched over my keyboard with my shoulders all tensed up. I do the same thing when I’m trying to stay warm walking outside on a cold, windy New York winter day.
So, as much as I hate being told to “calm down,” I probably should. That’s why I was down when Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in New York City offered me the opportunity to try their new CBD Ritual Massage one Saturday afternoon.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil (or cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that has been reported to help reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation — but no, it won’t get you high.
Even though CBD oil-infused products have been one of the biggest beauty and wellness trends of the past few years, I haven’t used it consistently enough to know whether or not any of the tinctures and gummies out there have any effect on my anxiety. In terms of skincare, the CBD-infused products I’ve tried have worked wonders in reducing any inflammation or redness on my face.
Since there’s research that massages can relieve muscle soreness, I was curious about the effects of a massage with CBD oil thrown into the mix.
“There is little reliable research when it comes to how cannabinoids are absorbed topically, but since the skin is the biggest organ, it makes sense that so many users cite the benefits of CBD when the ingredient is applied to multiple parts of the body,” explains Cindy Capobianco, co-founder and president of Lord Jones, a leading brand of CBD-infused products.
Capobianco says that CBD acts as an “analgesic and anti-inflammatory” and has been known to “reduce pain and inflammation when used topically.” This explains why it could create a soothing and relaxing massage experience. However, keep in mind that more studies are needed to determine if topical CBD works, as well as the recommended dosage to be effective. You should also avoid CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as taking certain medications. Talk to your doctor with any concerns.
What Happens During a CBD Massage?
Before my actual massage started, Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa massage director Michael Shanahan explained to me that CBD massages “can be helpful for anyone that deals with muscle inflammation, circulation issues, chronic pain, arthritis, headaches, and so much more.”
The hour-long, full-body, deep tissue massage started with Shanahan asking what areas of my body have been feeling tense (I told him to go hard on my shoulders) and cleansing the room’s energy with a sage hydrosol spray. A typical massage followed — except CBD oil was rubbed all over my body.
Shanahan started with my back, getting out all of the stress-related knots, and then moved onto my shoulders, where I hold all of my tension. When he was getting all of the knots out of my shoulders (and there were a lot) it sounded like someone repeatedly cracking my knuckles. It hurt a little, tbh, but damn — did it feel good once those knots were out.
At this point, I was pretty relaxed because I was in the middle of a massage, but then Shanahan asked me if I tend to overthink things because there’s a belief that people who do tend to hunch their shoulders — which I had apparently been doing throughout the massage. And Michael, yes, I do.
This led me into a downward spiral where I began stressing over what I’m going to look like when I’m older if I continue with this bad posture. As I tried to put these thoughts aside and relax, Shanahan continued the massage, moving onto my arms and legs. When he was working on my arms, he reassured me by telling me that based on how I was laying on my back, my shoulder placement wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. I made a mental note to start being more mindful of how I’m sitting at work.
Once the CBD massage was over and done, I did feel more zen than when I woke up that morning, but not any different than I’ve felt after regular massages — or so I thought. When I got up and outside, I felt loose and just good overall. After I left Paul Labrecque, I hit up Whole Foods on the way back to my apartment. Normally a trip to WF on a Saturday afternoon makes me rage-y. Even though the store was a hot mess with long checkout lines and a handful of crying babies in strollers, I wasn’t phased by any of it.
When I took a shower later that night, I discovered that I had put my underwear back on inside out and hadn’t noticed all afternoon. I guess I was on another level of chill.