Oh, how far we’ve come. Marijuana, once something only your hippie brother felt comfortable publicly touting the benefits of, is now thoroughly mainstream. Lighting up is becoming as accepted as unwinding with a strong glass of whiskey after a stressful day at the office—plus, there’s a growing industry of luxury paraphernalia, should you want your habit to look a little bit more refined than it did in your teenage years. And now a cannabis-friendly attitude is starting to work its way into classically conservative spaces—namely big-brand luxury hotels—and winding up on the massage table. A strain of the trend has piqued the curiosity of even this admittedly-square editor.
The 50-minute massage makes use of five CBD-laced products from Mary’s Nutritionals ranging from a tincture you drop underneath your tongue before you settle in—which keeps you feeling loose and relaxed long after the treatment is over, with no residual buzz for even this lightweight—to a medical-grade cream formulated for deep relief that your therapist will mix and match according to your specific needs.
In the name of research, I directed mine to layer me up with all five products. The result was surprisingly firm-handed—almost verging on a sports massage – as she worked the CBD creams deep into my skin, moving and stretching my limbs to better target tight muscles and long-held knots. Afterwards, my shoulders did un-glue themselves from my ears, my limbs felt relaxed and heavy in that satisfying way they do after a particularly hard yoga class, and I certainly slept like a rock that night. But just how much the effects differed from any standard high-quality massage is hard to quantify.
But whether or not you buy into the buzz, what is undebatable is that CBD is coming to a spa near you. Treatments have already cropped up across green states – with the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, Solage, an Auberge Resort, and St. Regis outposts in San Francisco and Aspen being a few at the highest-end to put CBD on the menu. And if you’d like to amp up the space out-factor of your next massage with a hit of CBD, that’s between you and your therapist.