What exactly is cannabidiol (CBD)?
There are 400 components of the cannabis plant that are commonly found in other species of plants. Which is why marijuana can smell like pine trees or taste like fresh lemons. Of those 400 compounds, more than 60 of them are specific to the plant type- Cannabis. Scientists call these special compounds “cannabinoids.” However, not all cannabinoids are created equal. One of them, cannabidiol, or CBD, holds the key to the wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects marijuana offers.
What exactly does CBD do?
The most notable qualities of CBD is its lack of psychoactive behaviors. In other words, this means that cannabidiol will not give you the “high” that THC properties provide. CBD has been found to have fantastic painkilling and epilepsy-fighting properties. It is thought that the CBD in a plant is what regulates the THC “high”. From the medical—and legal—perspective, when using CBD alone, there are none of the traditional effects that users experience such as being stoned. Since CBD doesn’t get you high, products that contain only this cannabinoid can get around the legal ban on marijuana. When you take a traditional drug test, the aim is to detect THC in your body, not CBD. Marijuana without THC has a different name, it is called hemp. The rules governing hemp are quite different from the restrictions placed on cannabis. In fact, every state that has yet to legalize marijuana for medical use has some kind of law allowing people to obtain and use CBD-only products for medical or therapeutic purposes. In most cases, that means obtaining Cannabidiol from hemp, rather than cannabis flowers. In places with legal medical marijuana programs, CBD products are widely available and easy to access. Hemp plants and marijuana are the two sources for obtaining CBD. Depending on the legalization of each State, it then determines which source CBD is produced from. Cannabidiol dominates the conversation about the medical applications of cannabis.
The endocannabinoid system is a network of neurons that run throughout the entire body, It’s loaded with receptors that bind to the cannabinoids you introduce to your bloodstream when you introduce marijuana. The endocannabinoid system is also responsible for regulating balance in our body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory, and more. In spite of the integral role this system takes on, until recently it remained an unknown part of the human body’s functions. Without distorting the science too much, you could say that human beings are “hard-wired” for Marijuana. The endocannabinoid system runs deep and touches all of the major systems of the body. Which is why marijuana can do so many things for us, from regulating moods to stimulating appetites and reducing pain. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
|Medical Properties of CBD
● Reduces nausea and vomiting
● Suppresses seizure activity
● Combats psychosis disorders
● Combats inflammatory disorders
● Combats neurodegenerative disorders
● Combats tumor and cancer cells
● Combats anxiety and depression disorders
Cannabidiol has no toxicity for humans—simply meaning, it doesn’t make you intoxicated (i.e. high)—it is highly reactive with the endocannabinoid system. A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found both CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in many areas of human skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands and nerve fiber bundles. This finding implies that the chemical compounds found in cannabis can directly affect these receptors without requiring a passage through the blood/brain barrier, thus keeping the user from feeling “stoned”. We mention this study to explain the use and effects of cannabis topically. Because not everyone wants to feel the effects from either smoking or eating cannabis.
One of the easiest ways to utilize Cannabis is through topical application. Topicals are salves, balms, creams, lotions, gels and oils that have been infused with the essence of the Cannabis plant or flower, much like using various essential oils that are applied to the skin. The topical application of cannabinoids allows them to be absorbed directly into the affected area for faster and more focused relief. To put things as simply as possible, CBD makes things happen. When it binds to the endocannabinoid system receptors, it stimulates all kinds of changes in the body. Most of those changes are incredibly beneficial, and researchers keep uncovering real and potential medical uses for them.
“CBD-rich” versus “CBD dominant:” By “CBD-rich,” we mean a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC, or more CBD than THC (usually at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight.). By “CBD-dominant,” we mean strains or products that are CBD-rich but have very little THC content.
The most awesome things about CBD for the recreational crowd is its ability to act as a kind of counterweight to THC. The passive, sustaining Yin to the active, creative Yang of THC if you will.
Cannabis Massage FAQ
- Will I get high?
No! First, because we use 100% Hemp Cannabis which contains less than .01% THC, and second, because massage topicals are not absorbed into the blood so there is no “high” associated with use. FYI: any topical product labeled as “transdermal” WILL enter the bloodstream. Divine Connections Massage & Spa does not use any topical with this type of absorption.
- Can I drive legally and safely after a Cannabis massage?
Yes, if you can drive after a regular massage, you can drive after having a Cannabis massage. The topical application will not impair your brain.
- What is a Cannabis Massage & how does it work?
Cannabis Massage is still a typical massage, just using oils/salves/creams/gels/balms/lotions that have been infused with flowers from the Cannabis plant- in our case, Hemp Cannabis. Think of the infusion the same as infusing lavender flowers into oil, or strawberries into water- the essence & oils contained in the plant are infused into the carrier oil.
- Will this show up in a drug test?
To-date, topical use has not been associated to a failed drug-test. We know that it may be possible when hair follicle testing is used for the screen, however, typical fluid testing has not created a failure to our knowledge.
- How do I know if a Cannabis massage is right for me?
Cannabis massage is right for everyone! Since the topical does not enter the bloodstream, people that do not normally use cannabis may still enjoy the various benefits. That being said, Cannabis Massage is particularly helpful for people that suffer from chronic pain and inflammation, such as Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, migraines, recovering skin cancer survivors, and many more!
- How to I explain this to my boss/friends/family?
Most of our clients are trying Cannabis topicals for the first time. We know that Cannabis still has some negativity associated to all forms of the plant, and not everyone is open to the experience. It’s up to our clients to share their experience with friends and family as they feel comfortable, and we hope the benefits we have found and described on this page are helpful in alleviating any concerns.
- Is this legal?
Yes-Cannabis topical use is legal in Florida! We do need to abide by the State, County & City specific laws. Our business IS NOT A DISPENSARY. Each of our topicals are single use only.
- I’m pregnant – are Cannabis Topicals safe for my baby?
Currently, the research on Cannabis use (in all forms) during pregnancy is on-going. To-date, there are no direct correlations to fetal developmental problems using Cannabis in smoke/vapor or edible form, and data around Cannabis Topicals during pregnancy is limited to non-existent. We have included links to several promising studies so you may educate yourself with current research.
Our pregnant clients have not reported any negative side-effects post-massage. In fact, they have reported feeling an extra sense of relaxation, and a high degree of joint and muscle pain-relief associated to the changes the body experiences during pregnancy!
If you are uncertain – make an appointment with your doctor to ask questions about Cannabis Topicals and your baby prior to booking a Cannabis service.
More about Pregnancy and Cannabis use: Cannabis in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (Credit: The Elephant Circle), Pregnancy & Medial Marijuana (credit: Patients for Medial Marijuana), Cannabis Topicals: Because your Skin & Sex Life Will Thank You (credit: HERB), and Clearing the Smoke About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy (creditMotherToBaby), Are CBD and Hemp Oil Safe During Pregnancy? (credit:Elixinol)
- Divine Connections Massage & Spa IS NOT a dispensary. We DO NOT sell any marijuana cannabis products or store any marijuana cannabis products on site, per the rules and regulations of the State of Florida, and Hillsborough County. Please visit your local dispensary to purchase a marijuana cannabis topical of choice.
- CBD Infused services are provided using 100% Hemp Cannabis for maximum CBD benefits. There is less than .01% THC in our topicals.
- Divine Connections Massage & Spa will provide the CBD Topical for all CBD Infused services.