If you follow or have any interest in the cannabis industry, you know that CBD products are trendy. From gummy bears and infused beverages, to full spectrum CBD medications for epilepsy. There’s even a bunch of products specially for pets such as dogs and cats. The market has it all. And it’s growing fast. 

According to a recent Brightfield Group report, the CBD market could rise to $22 billion by 2022. Bethany Gomez, managing director for Brightfield Group, told Rolling Stone during 2018, that what they witnessed was the explosion of an industry:

“Face mask, bug bites, skin care, topicals. It’s being used for everything you can think of — sports, triathlons. People want to buy it for their grandma, for arthritis. Women get it for PMS and endometriosis — common things that people have been using over the counter medications”. At last, people have acknowledged that not all cannabis gets you high and that the plant itself has a wide range of medicinal uses. Consequently, CBD products are selling like hotcakes.

Therefore, health and wellness companies are also introducing CBD to their products and treatments. It is not random that Sephora or The Body Shop have their own CBD lines up on their shelves. And throughout last year, spas all over the United States have also given in to the trendiness of CBD products.

But before we go into the whole spa and CBD euphoria, let’s quickly look at some of the medicinal properties of this cannabinoid for the cosmetic industry.

CBD properties in cosmetics and stress relief

We know what you’re thinking. “Another medical benefit of CBD?”. Well, yes.

It turns out that cannabidiol is also really good for your skin. Hemp oil moderates oil production in your skin. It hydrates and regulates oil production. Therefore, CBD cream is good for acne prevention.

CBD oil is rich in vitamins A, C and E. Working all together, these vitamins will help your skin stay firm and healthy, it stimulates collagen production and it can even reduce the inevitable signs that come with age. Also, hemp oil is high in fatty acids such as Omega-6 and gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. These type of fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate new cell skin generation.

On the other hand, CBD is becoming a very popular treatment for relaxation and stress relief. We’ll tell you why: this cannabinoid binds with 5-HT1A, a receptor in our brains that plays a major role in anxiety. Another receptor that CBD binds to is CB1. By doing so, the endocannabinoid system can maintain balance and keep the body relaxed and therefore, helping with anxiety.

CBD products and practices used in spas

CBD Oil massage

This one is the Prom Queen of CBD products in spas. The most popular one. At Spa Anjali, in Colorado, they have included the “CBD Massage”. As described on their website, the CBD hemp oil is “designed to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin while easing the inevitable aches and pains of an active lifestyle”. The massage also works for specific areas in your body to deal with tension, pain, injuries and chronic ailments. The cost is between $180 and $275.

Simply Massage, also based in Colorado, has offered massages since 2006. Last year, they included an upgrade that people can buy with a massage: CBD Massage. For an additional $22, they offer 100mg of “healing CBD oil that targets specific aches and pains”. They explain that THC and CBD are two very different compounds, and why you are not going to get high with their massage. They also give you a bit of CBD Oil used during the massage as a reminder. How cool is that?

The NOW Massage is another spa that has fallen in love with CBD. For just $10, you can enhance your experience adding a “deep and effective physical relief using peppermint infused CBD Balm”. They describe its benefits to reduce inflammation, ease stress and anxiety and increase sensory stimulation. Gara Post, Co-Founder of the company, said on Med Men how important CBD products and treatments have become to society: “With today’s fast-paced society and the stress from technology, anxiety is at an all-time high. People are looking for relief and we love that we are at the forefront and a part of the solution”.

Full body CBD experiences

The St. Julien Hotel has The Spa. Yes, that is its name but it is also that good. They have recently added the Ultimate Colorado Bliss CBD Experience. If you are a CBD lover, you must try this one. Although it is a little expensive ($295), the experience is totally worth it. You will get a scrub, wrap, and massage combination. The treatment will include a full body exfoliation with CBD body butter wrap, a hot oil scalp massage, a full body massage with CBD infused oil and, at the end, a complimentary CBD infused tea. There are cheaper options. Like the CBD Classic Massage for $160, or the CBD Tissue Massage for $175. This last one is specially good for pain or any other ache.

Spa Solage is another spa that has added CBD products. They are currently offering Healthy Lotus to their massages and other services like facials washes and scrubs. The best way to benefit from CBD is by taking the Mellow Me Out routine. In a two-hour experience, CBD is introduced in every step. It even includes hair treatment. But you want to know the best part? They also have CBD treats for your pet!

Since October 2018, the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Los Angeles added CBD to their options. They offer two different CBD treatments: CBD Healing Massage, which is customized, so that CBD can work better in each person. They offer to start the treatment with a drop of CBD tincture under the tongue to “encourage a sense of serenity, followed by a full-body massage”. This routine will include up to five hemp products. The 50-minute treatment costs $245, while the 80 minute massage costs $310.

CBD for facial rejuvenation and pedicure

The Ritz-Carlton Spa also offers a CBD pedicure. You can choose between two CBD infused “bath bomb soaks to promote relaxation and calm”. After that, your legs and feet will be “gently exfoliated” followed by a full cuticle care and polish. This one costs $120 for 50 minutes.

Ildi Pekar Wellness Studio will do wonders for your face. How? With the Ildi Pekar’s CBD Vibe Facial. After electric stimulation, your skin gets the treat of CBD oil to keep it hydrated and help with inflammation. On their website, they describe this routine as an “instant uplifting energy and illuminate the skin by combining the effects of CBD Oil, electric stimulation, and oxygen therapy”. If you have $400 to spend, you should definitely try it.

Dragontree Spa in Portland offers, as well as other spas above, the possibility of having a full CBD oil massage. However, they also included a CBD Custom Facial treatment. On their website, they describe some of its benefits, including “anti-inflammatory, high antioxidant content, an amazing ability to regulate the skin’s immune system, and its richness in omega 3 fatty acids, making it a perfect choice for clients concerned about acne, skin irritations, and premature aging” For a 60 minute treat, the price is set at $138. And if you’re already there, try the massage for an additional $125.

CBD is all about wellness

As you can see, wellness experts are looking into and adding CBD to their treatments and routines. Tamara Ische is the Ritz-Carlton Spa director, which, as read above, offers CBD massages and facials. She says that cannabidiol can expand and enhance what spas have being doing forever: “One small drop of CBD tincture under the tongue complements our massage therapy, enabling the spa team to bring a guest’s sense of serenity and relaxation to an entirely new level”, she told MedMen.

But beauty and relaxation are not the only benefits people are searching for in spas. People are often booking spa sessions and treatments to deal with chronic pain as well. Demetri Travlos is General Manager at Chillhouse, a cafe-spa in New York. For him, CBD is what really helps with pain management: “It’s wonderful as a pain management alternative, non-habit or tolerance-forming, and can be used in a targeted manner. Some cannabidiol oil or cream on your trouble spots each night before sleep can help with chronic pain and relax you enough to achieve a deeper sleep”.

The CBD tendency is growing fast. Dispensaries are not the only places where you can find and enjoy the benefits of these and other cannabinoids. As research and anecdotal evidence continues to grow, more and more businesses will include CBD as a way to deal with anxiety and chronic pain.