CBD Oil & Massage
Is it safe?
Most studies and feedback from real people report no side effects with hemp based CBD massage oil. That said, everything has a potential to cause side effects. Also, I was raised by lawyers, I'll never say anything is 100% safe.
Should you be interested in having CBD oil used during your massage, note that it will only be used on targeted areas and not your entire body.
Even though we are only using it topically, side effects could include: dry mouth, temporarily lowered blood pressure, dizziness or lightheadedness from lowered blood pressure, nausea, sleepiness or drowsiness.
Is it legal?
In Montana, where I'm licensed as a massage therapist, yes, CBD oil used topically for a massage is legal as long as any THC content is less than 0.3% (which it is).
The CBD oil I use for massage is hemp based as opposed to marijuana based. That's the key difference. However, I'm using full spectrum which means it does have small amounts of THC so though legal it has a potential to show up on a drug test. Again, though, we're using small amounts on targeted locations, not your entire body.
Note that CBD is not approved by the FDA, but then we aren't ingesting this so that's ok.
CBD oil in general helps reduce inflammation, decrease anxiety, induces a sense of calm, helps balance and regulate mood, enhances memory, decreases stress, decrease pain, help with weight loss and more.
These are similar benefits to massage in general, so this helps to compound the benefits of both things. It helps to understand that when you can induce a sense of calm and thereby help decrease stress, this reduces the output of cortisol in the body. This is the stress hormone that causes inflammation which causes weight gain and body pain which causes more stress...and you see the cycle.
If you can decrease stress and anxiety you can help reduce all the crappy things that result from just that.
First and foremost, talk to your doctor. CBD can interact with some medications and I'm not entirely comfortable using it on a pregnant woman. Although we're using it only on targeted spots and in small amounts, you just never know. I'd rather be safe than sorry.