Should I get a CBDa massage?
Here’s a pop quiz:
(1) Do you enjoy being pampered?
(2) Do you like having stress literally pushed out of you with comforting, warm touch?
(3) Do you want these effects to last longer and penetrate deeper into your muscles than a standard massage?
If you answered no to any of these, then you’re not in the right place. Otherwise, take a seat and get ready to learn the science behind what’s actually going on during a cannabis-enhanced massage.
First of all, what is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid. These are chemical compounds that interact with our bodies and its cells to alter the release of chemicals. This happens in the endocannabinoid system. In this system, there are receptors that interact with cannabinoids and allow them to work their magic. They are found in the brain, the eyes, the male and female reproductive systems, immune system, and more all over the body. The human body even produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids, aside from the ones cannabis introduce.
So basically, cannabinoids = good. Our body makes them naturally and knows what to do with them.
Okay, I got the low-down on cannabinoids. What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
When you think of someone who is high, you think of someone in an altered state of consciousness. They act differently with different impulses, sometimes contrary to their sober state. This is the effect of THC, which is psychoactive and affects receptors in the brain.
CBD on the other hand, doesn’t affect the user mentally. Instead, it engages with the physical body. It offers more traditionally medical benefits, soothing and relaxing the body without psycho-actively triggering the mind. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that accomplish this.
That makes sense. Let’s dive deeper. Why CBDa instead of CBD?
CBDa, or cannabidiolic acid, is the precursor to CBD. When you pluck raw, fresh flower straight from the plant, you’re most likely getting CBDa instead of CBD. To convert CBDa to CBD, it must be exposed to heat. This activates the process called decarboxylation to remove carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Essentially, CBDa is the raw form out of the two.
While studies about CBDa are limited, they are fruitful. A patent on CBDa for seizures exists, as well as a plethora of studies on its effect to combat nausea. It has even been directly linked to impeding the growth of aggressive breast cancer cells. In addition, the wellness world has illuminated the importance of anti-inflammatory everything and how inflammation is the source of most of our bodies’ problems. Add that to the list of CBDa’s magical effects. Studies have shown it inhibits inflammatory mediators in the body, mimicking the effects of common drugs used to fight inflammation, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Synthetic drug or natural, plant-grown remedy; which would you rather use on your body, nay your sacred inner temple?
Wow, CBDa can really do it all. Tell me more about CBDa massage.
CBDa engages with the human endocannabinoid system by inducing cellular death. But don’t be scared, not all death is bad. CBDa promotes the death of diseased and damaged cells. By the power of touch complemented with the magic of CBDa penetrating deep into our bodies, CBDa massage can flush out these toxins and get blood flowing to stimulate new cell growth.
The endocannabinoid system, which controls inflammation and therefore pain, has receptors found in most organs including our biggest one: skin. A massage including cannabis products helps by tapping into these receptors and calming inflammation within muscles and joints. It also prevents further inflammatory signals from immune cells, shutting down inflammation once and for all. CBDa’s close cousin, CBD has been proven during massage to heal injured tissue and soothe anxiety, which might otherwise manifest in physical pain. We can extrapolate similar effects for CBDa.
So basically, inflammation is the source of all problems and CBDa is a blessing from the Earth that our bodies readily welcome to join the fight. The biggest takeaway is that a CBDa massage can help by soothing the body and mind for a thoroughly relaxed you.
Last question. Can I get high from CBDa massage?
It’s possible, but if you’re looking to get psycho-actively high, you’re better off ingesting THC. Those who have received CBD massage say that they only feel high from the relaxation effect and don’t feel any other cannabis-induced high.
So what are you waiting for? Go and get your CBDa massage!
It will not just relax you; it will literally detoxify you by working with your body’s natural biological systems. Lie down, relax, and become healed holistically inside and out, all while embracing the touch of your masseuse and the loving plant cannabis. You deserve it.
(High Times, The Ultimate Guide to Cannabinoids in Cannabis)
(Creating Better Days, CBD vs CBDA)
(Endoca, 9 Amazing Facts about CBDa)
(CFN Media Group, CBD vs. CBDA: What’s the Difference?)
(CAT Scientific, The Effects of THCA and CBDA on The Human Endocannabinoid System)
(Massage Magazine, The MT's Guide to Marijuana and Massage)
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