2. Is CBD Oil Good for Massage?
3. What Does CBD Oil Do for a Massage?
4. How CBD Oil Boosts Massage and Reduces Inflammation
4.1 Effects of Inflammation on Your Health
4.2 How CBD Boosts Your Massage
5. How to Make a CBD-Infused Massage Oil
5.1 CBD Tinctures and CBD Isolates
5.2 CBD-Infused Salves
5.3 CBD-Infused Lotions
5.4 CBD-Infused Creams
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Who doesn’t love a tension-reducing, muscle-loosening massage? Massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues in your body to achieve a calm and relaxed state. Massage techniques can range from the use of hands, fingers, elbows, knees, to sometimes feet or devices. The purpose of massage is to relieve tension, stress, discomfort, pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
Have you ever had a CBD oil massage or thought to try CBD-infused massage oil? Hold that thought—we’ll come back to it in a minute. First, a little more on massage.
There are many approaches to massage that can each help with different issues you might be facing:
With the stress of everyday life, most people tend to hold a lot of tension in their bodies. While we are equipped to handle it in smaller doses, chronic stress can severely affect our bodies and overall health. If you are someone who feels tense and anxious often, regular massages could benefit you immensely.
People will usually feel stressed over finances, being overwhelmed with day-to-day responsibilities that may pile up, or having a demanding job. One study evaluated the effectiveness of relieving stress through on-site massage in the workplace. Fifty-two participants had their blood pressure checked before and after a short 15-minute massage session. After the session was complete, there was a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the patients who were observed. 
Not only can CBD oil help with stress and anxiety on its own, but when combined with massage techniques, CBD massage oil can do amazing things for your body and your mind. (Click to tweet)
In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about getting the most out of your experience by getting a cannabidiol massage.
Before we use CBD in conjunction with massage, we should understand why the two go perfectly together.
The answer to this question, in short, is yes. Let’s elaborate on the reasons CBD oil can be great for massage.
While massage feels excellent by itself, you can maximize the relief you feel by using CBD oil. (Click to tweet) You’ve probably wound up visiting your massage therapist more than once because of stiff, tight muscles that won’t relax, sometimes to the point where it becomes unbearable. The pain and discomfort are more often than not the result of inflammation.
So what is inflammation, anyway? Inflammation is the body’s way of responding to an infection or injury. It is a way of communicating to the immune system that reparative action is needed. Friction within the joints due to damaged cartilage and bones could cause this response, and injuries to the muscles can also cause painful inflammation.
Blood vessels in the inflamed area dilate, which allows a larger blood supply to travel to the area, supplying the cells necessary to heal the injury. This is why you often see inflamed areas that are red and swollen.
Usually, a person would be prescribed an anti-inflammatory drug when an area of their body is affected. However, it seems that CBD might be a viable option as well. CBD works along with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, which is a mechanism that produces compounds called endocannabinoids.
These endocannabinoids work with receptors to achieve a state of balance and regularity called homeostasis. Part of homeostasis is making sure the nervous and muscle systems are in equilibrium, and it achieves this by reducing overall inflammation. 
Now that we know why CBD can be good for massage, let’s explore what it does for massage.
When CBD is applied topically—or in other words, directly to the skin—it can be absorbed through the surface of the skin and interacts with nearby cannabinoid receptors. However, through topical application of massage oils or lotions, CBD never reaches the bloodstream. Human skin generally has low permeability, which means it will block most substances from entering.
So when you or your massage therapist is applying CBD massage oils, salves, balms, or lotions, you will need to be liberal with the amount you use to overcome this barrier. When you use the right amount, it will penetrate your skin and pores and will be able to interact with your cannabinoid receptors successfully.
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While the effects of CBD topicals are amazing, they aren’t immediate. It’s essential to keep in mind that it will likely take a while before you feel significant relief. You may achieve comfort quicker when ingesting it orally through tincture or capsule form.
However, CBD topicals are a great option because you can rub them directly into any areas causing you pain, and by doing so, you can localize the effect of the cannabidiol. It may be worth it to try topical CBD for massage in conjunction with oil you consume sublingually. (Click to tweet)
Here are some things CBD oil can do for your body: 
Here are some things CBD oil applied topically can do for your body:
Suppose you are looking for a massage that does great things for your body in addition to just relieving tension. In that case, CBD may be something to introduce into your routine, whether it’s applied topically or taken orally.
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Let’s dive into the true benefits of CBD oil for massage.
First, we need to understand why inflammation can be so bad for your health to see how beneficial CBD oil can be for massage.
Chronic inflammation can cause numerous problems when it comes to your well-being. One of the biggest dangers is the way it can impact your heart health. People who experience repetitive or constant stress and inflammation in their daily lives are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
Inflammation can also influence your hunger signals and slow down your metabolism, so you end up eating more and burning fewer calories—which can, in turn, cause unhealthy weight gain and potentially lead to diabetes. Inflammation can also increase insulin resistance, which also contributes to a diabetes diagnosis.
Aside from these adverse effects, stress inflammation is common as well. Since anxiety can cause long-term stress, inflammation is likely to occur. That inflammation may cause your joints to swell, which ultimately leads to more pain with your movements. Inflammation due to stress can also cause atherosclerosis, a condition where the heart’s arteries become hardened and narrow. 
Symptoms and effects of stress include: 
Here’s what’s important:
This is where CBD comes in again. The combination of massage and CBD can drastically reduce your stress and anxiety levels. CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including its ability to interact with several receptors known to regulate fear- and anxiety-related behavior.  (Click to tweet)
By managing your stress and anxiety, you can lower your chances of stress-induced inflammation and all of the adverse effects it can have on your health. 
You may be wondering if you have to buy CBD massage oil or if you can make your own, so you know exactly what ingredients are going into it. Well, the good news is, you absolutely can make your own, and we will be covering how to do so in this next section.
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When using CBD to make your own topicals, CBD tincture or CBD isolate work best. Here’s a little background information on each of them so you understand why.
The most popular use of CBD is by tincture. CBD tincture is made by extracting CBD oil from the hemp plant and is favored over isolate because it includes additional terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids, encouraging the “entourage effect.” After it has been extracted from the plant, it is mixed with a base oil, otherwise known as a carrier oil. A few options for the base oil would be:
When complete, the result is a CBD tincture that is usually either taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed into food or drinks. Tinctures are also a good option when you’re looking to make your own CBD topicals because all you need to do is measure the milligrams you want to use with the dropper, and then add the rest of your ingredients. (Click to tweet)
CBD isolate is a crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. The main difference between isolate and tincture is that isolate is made through a more complex extraction process.
Once the concentrated CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, it goes through an additional process with multiple steps. This process thoroughly removes any traces of waxes, plant material, and all other components that may have been left behind during the initial purification process.
The result of this multi-step extraction and purification process is a fine, white powder that is nearly pure cannabidiol. CBD isolate has no distinguishing odor or flavor and can be used in many different ways. It’s a popular way to infuse your food—such as smoothies, coffee, and tea, as it mixes into liquids very well—and it doesn’t smell or taste like anything.
CBD isolate is also a fantastic ingredient for making topicals because it can be measured precisely, and it mixes perfectly with any carrier oils you have chosen to use.
Now that we know what main CBD products you’ll need to make your own infused topicals, let’s dive into what else goes into infused topicals and the most common homemade forms.
Salves are probably one of the easiest options if you plan on making a CBD-infused topical at home. CBD salves are simple; it’s just a combination of oil (ordinarily olive or coconut oil), beeswax, and your choice of CBD. They are a bit heavier and thicker than lotions or balms.
Here’s an excellent recipe for a homemade CBD-infused salve:
CBD-infused lotions are a combination of oil (something like almond, jojoba, or other liquid oil), water, and an emulsifying agent (normally beeswax, soy wax, or candelilla wax), and of course, your choice of CBD.
The main ingredient of lotion is 70%–80% water; this is what makes it different from salve. It’s important to keep in mind that the type of oil you choose to use will determine your lotion’s texture. Lighter oils like apricot, sweet almond, or sunflower will give you a lighter-weight lotion. If you plan on using shea butter or cocoa butter, it will produce a noticeably thicker, heavier consistency.
Here’s a simple recipe for a CBD-infused lotion:
Creams have consistency between lotions and salves; they are thicker than lotions and a bit thinner than a salve. The main reason creams are more viscous than lotions is that they contain less water and more oil. CBD creams are made with similar ingredients as the other two topicals we discussed. They are a combination of water, oil, an emulsifying agent, and of course, the CBD tincture or isolate.
The percentage of oil to water is much higher, probably along the lines of 75% oil and just 25% water. This ratio of oil to water offers a thicker consistency that works wonders on dry skin. Creams are probably the best option for colder climates and winter months because they are incredibly moisturizing.
So as you can see, the main difference between various types of CBD topicals is the oil/water ratio that is used while making them. CBD-infused salves have the thickest consistency because they contain no water. A CBD-infused lotion will have the lightest and thinnest consistency because of the higher water content, and creams sit right in the middle of these two.
If all this seems a bit intimidating, remember that using CBD to make your own infused topicals is relatively easy so long as you have all your necessary ingredients. The more you do it, the easier it will be. And don’t forget how good both CBD and massage are for your skin and body!
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