Health Wave: CBD Oil for Self-massage
“More brands have started to add CBD onto topicals, such as lotions, salve, and lip balms, for its skin benefits. CBD topicals are known to help with chronic pain, inflammation, acne, psoriasis, cancer treatment, anti-aging, and so many more.”
US Patent ‘Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants’# 6,630,507
filled by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Nowadays, the relatively new CBD oil market is much bigger than the essential oil market. Global CBD oil market size will increase to 3,860 Million USD by 2025, from 270 Million USD in 2018, at a CAGR of 39.5% during the forecast period. In the USA, CBD oil is available to customers who prefer safe, natural and inexpensive self-care treatments to negative side effects of prescription drugs. In Australia, under the prohibition rules, CBD use is allowed for medical purposes only, and under certain strict conditions.
Massage therapy as an essential part of complementary and alternative medicine is increasingly being offered for a wide range of conditions in the USA and globally. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, about 50 million Americans have at least one massage annually, and this number is expected to rise as more people turn towards complementary therapies.
To enhance the effects of massaging and introduce active substances into the human body, a mix of essential oils can be applied. The skin extremely easily absorbs oils that have the multidirectional beneficial effects (especially when pharmacological products are not recommended) including:
- Relieving pain.
- Improving the lymph circulation
- Detoxifying the body.
- Lessening depression and anxiety.
- Enhancing immunity.
- Increasing joint flexibility.
- Reducing spasms.
- Relieving migraine pain.
Research in Japan shows that massages with oils promoted skin absorption of the oils stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation, improving the oxygen and nutrient supply, relaxing muscle tone, and relieving emotional stress. Numerous studies have confirmed therapeutic effects and possible uses of essential oils (e.g. ginger, rosemary, clary sage, etc.) in massages, and recent European studies show that CBD oil can enrich the massage experience immensely.
The topical application of CBD oil allows avoiding some negative side effects associated with taking it orally such as harm for the liver. Applying CBD oil directly to the skin, the CBD bypasses the liver and reaches the bloodstream without any harm. Discovering that applying CBD oil to the skin is effective and with demand growing, spas and massage therapists offer massage with CBD oil as a regular service to treat arthritis, pain, and inflammation as well as to induce calmness and relaxation.
Within the Health Wave project, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are especially useful to treat inflammatory skin and scalp conditions and heal arthritis.