Just like the cannabis from which our CBD oil is derived, massage and its therapeutic use has been a part of human life for thousands of years. Incredibly, the earliest documentation of massage dates way back to 3000BC, when it was used as an integral part of the sacred system of Ayurveda – something that is still practiced by many people today, to regain and maintain balance both in body and mind.
This again is shared in the inner workings of CBD, which works in harmony with our in-built homeostatic regulator, the Endocannabinoid system, to ensure equilibrium is restored in what ever way is needed.
With this in mind, it’s apparent that on the surface CBD oil and massage make the perfect match. But if we look a little deeper we’ll see that the reasons for this are more impressive still.
Can CBD oil improve a massage?
Most forms of massage require some sort of oil or lotion, to help hands glide easily over tense muscles, without dragging the skin. But unlike many other massage oils, which are simply there to make things slippery, CBD massage oil may actually play an important role in accentuating the benefits of massage too.
Our skin is permeable, meaning that much of what goes on goes it – particularly if what is going on contains permeation enhancers. As it so happens, many of the terpenes (aromatic compounds) in cannabis act as natural permeation enhancers, which is one of the reasons why CBD topicals, like oils, lotions and balms, can be very effective at targeting internal points as well as external.
Making CBD massage oil your product of choice for massage therapy means that as your muscles are pummelled and knots are released, certain other things are released in unison to help aid the process, like our endocannabinoids: neurotransmitters produced to activate the endocannabinoid system.
Thanks to the cannabinoids in CBD massage oil, which support the endocannabinoid system, these will now coursing round your bloodstream, binding with receptors in the brain to reduce stress, and receptors in your muscles and joints to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms – something that also happens naturally as a result of massage, for a double whammy.
Massage, CBD and Serotonin
In addition to supporting the synthesis and release of endocannabinoids, CBD (the most abundant cannabinoid in CBD oil) also directly activates a number of other receptors, for a wide range of remarkable actions.
Perhaps most impressively, this includes our serotonin receptors which, when activated, produces serotonin neurotransmitters that play a vital role in a huge variety of bodily processes, such as digestion, mood, pain, sexual function and many, many others.
Just as with endocannabinoids, serotonin levels are naturally elevated during massage. In a clinical trial on back pain, published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, 24 adults were treated with 30 minutes of massage therapy, twice a week for five weeks. As well as experiencing improved mobility and less pain overall, the results also showed that all participants had raised serotonin and dopamine levels. Throwing some CBD into the mix will support that boost and, as a result, make the therapeutic benefits all the more powerful.
Massaging to reduce pain
It’s probably fair to say that most people needing a massage are in some sort of pain, and reducing that discomfort is the aim.
Boosting serotonin and endocannabinoid levels both help with this, and so does the activation of yet another receptor: The vanilloid (capsaicin) receptor, which plays a key role in pain sensation and inflammation. It may come as no great surprise, now that you’re getting an idea of just how broad the mechanisms of CBD really are, that this wonderful little cannabinoid also directly activates these receptors.
Unlike the other pathways mentioned here, the activation of vanilloid receptors actually occurs to alert the body to pain – effectively causing the pain signals to reach the brain. This may not sound great for mitigating muscle soreness, but over the years many medical researchers have discovered that by continuously activating these receptors, as with regular CBD use, we can actually become desensitised (to some degree) to pain. So much so, that capsaicin (a chemical compound isolated from chilli peppers), which can also be used to trigger these receptors, has been successfully used in the form of a nasal spray, for the management of chronic pain!
As you can imagine, this is far from a pleasant experience. A CBD enhanced massage, on the other hand? A considerably better choice.
Our 2 CBD Infused Arnica Massage Oils: The Tonic CBD Massage Oil and 0,5% Muscle Recovery CBD Massage Oil are so popular so we think you should try the unique element of synergy of CBD oil brings to your body, and the treatment as a whole.