Iâ€™ll be honest: Despite the fact that I have cannabidiol (CBD) products sent to me practically every day and am well aware of theÂ plethora of wellness benefits attached to the ingredient, I havenâ€™t really used it consistently myself. As I got to thinking, however, that might be a miss on my part. After all, the cannabis plantâ€™s non-psychoactive component is known to combat inflammation, bust stress, and has a wellness resume thatâ€™s roughly a mile long.
So when I found out that New York Cityâ€™s hip cafe-manicure-massage studio Chillhouse on the Lower East Side was offering massages with CBD-spiked products, I scheduled an appointment right then and there in hopes that it, too, would help soothe my sore muscles resulting from a lot ofÂ Barryâ€™s Bootcamp classes.
While massage is a already science-backed way to help workout soreness, I was intrigued by what CBD would add to the experience. Chillhouse assistant general manager and lead licensed massage therapist Demetri Travlos told me that the CBD coupled with massage would, indeed, help to ease tightness and get me on my feet for another Barryâ€™s sesh in a jiff.Â â€śIs there a part of your body thatâ€™s hurting you?â€ť my massage therapist Sabrina Rajkumar asked me upon entering the serene, peach-colored and palm-leaf decorated treatment room. â€śMy legs areÂ always sore,â€ť I replied (because: tread life).
Rajkumar proceeded to start on my back, like a regular massage, getting out all my stress-related knotsâ€”so far so good. This was with regular lotion, howeverâ€”so, when she moved down to my legs, she whipped out the CBD balm. Upon first touch, it felt coldâ€”but as she massaged it into my skin, I got used to the cooling sensation. Combined with the kneading motions of Rajkumarâ€™s hands, the workout-induced pain in my calves and hamstrings seemed to be dissolving into thin air.
Shirley Chi, MD a California-based dermatologist offers a theory as to why: â€śEuropean studies show that topical CBD decreased inflammation and pain, while avoiding the negative side effects associated with taking it orally, such as stomach upset or lowered absorption,â€ť saysÂ â€śSo Iâ€™m all for a CBD massage for sore muscles.â€ť
When I leave Chillhouse and walk into the humid New York City evening, I notice that the heaviness that I usually feel in my gams isnâ€™t there anymore. Typically, even walking is a chore after doing so many sprints on an inclineâ€”but the CBD (coupled with the massage) seems to have been successful in vanquishing that seriously annoying soreness. I feel as though I could go run a mile without any pain (though in my blissed-out state, I decide not to).
But of course, while the offer of a massage is always glorious, you donâ€™t have to run to a spa in order to reap the benefitsâ€”you can giveÂ yourself a CBD massage right at home if you have a CBD topical (try Lord Jones High CBD Pain & Wellness Formula Body Lotion). â€śIf you want to massage your calf, for instance, itâ€™s best done with the help of a tool like a rolling pin,â€ť says Travlos, who recommends applying the lotion to your desired spot and then rolling over it to work away knots. Depending on what muscles are tight however, you can still try a CBD product to amp up your experience. Consider it the highest form of self-care.