With 19 states allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes, and four states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington—plus Washington, D.C., allowing the possession of marijuana by adults for both medical and recreational purposes, the cultivation of this plant and the manufacture of various health-related products derived from it is at an all-time high.
A medical marijuana patient may purchase marijuana in bud form, in strains with names such as Headband, Jack Flash and Buddha’s Sister. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—or cannabidiol (CBD)—infused chocolate bars, elixirs, tinctures and hard candies might also be in a medical marijuana dispensary’s cases, along with a variety of marijuana-derived topical products
That category of topicals—the growing number of CBD-containing salves, creams, oils and patches touted as relaxing and pain-relieving—is the point at which marijuana and massage intersect.
MASSAGE Magazine spoke with experts around the U.S. to get the answers to questions massage therapists have about marijuana and massage, regarding the differences between products that contain hemp-derived versus marijuana-derived CBD; the pain-relieving mechanism of cannabis products; possible effects on massage therapists who apply such products; legality; and research.