Is A CBD Massage Right For You?

CBD massage

You are confirmed for your Zeel massage on Thursday 8/23 at 8:30 PM.”

The plan was for a therapist from the Zeel network to execute a Swedish massage with CBD-derived products on my body.

My God, I thought. I am about to get a Marijuana Massage…

For those of you who don’t know what CBD is (I was in your shoes only a few days ago), here is the headline: CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It’s the most active ingredient in cannabis plants. And it is becoming both popular and trusted in health and wellness circles. Manufacturers of CBD products boast incredible healing powers, particularly for athletic injuries, inflammation, chronic pain relief, and even mood disorders.

During that Thursday appointment, my qualms about cannabis-derived products were proved totally wrong.

So this is the story of how my overall health and well-being gained a new friend in a new natural beauty line, called Cannuka.

My initial reservations and concerns

“There is no way this kind of product will ever have a practical role in my life”, I thought. I don’t need that. I am not their demographic. How could I be? I have never touched cannabis…

My sisters begged for a video of me post-rubdown with a hallucinogenic. My dad joked that I should keep some snacks next to the massage table for when I get the munchies. My grandmother – on the other hand – asked if she could have one, too.

Monday and Tuesday came and went. I remained doubtful about CBD. Wednesday, same attitude.

And then came Wednesday night: I went to my local New York Sports Club for my regular post-workday work-out and suddenly…

Cramp. My first-ever charlie horse tore through my quads. By 9:00 pm the night before my massage, I was hobbling like an old woman. On Thursday morning, I awoke with a soreness I could only explain to my co-workers as “a pain comparable to the last time I ran a half marathon”.

The irony was not lost on me that I needed CBD oil now more than ever. Cue the “I told you so’s” from all the long-time CBD-believers out there.

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What’s a CBD massage like?

By Thursday morning, I had the beautiful packaging in my hands. Cannuka’s CBD Healing Skin Balm looks high end and organic, the kind of thing you’d find in a fancy pharmacy or Whole Foods aisle.

Lying on the massage table at 8:30 PM, the timing was perfect. My poor quads were in dire need of therapeutic attention, and a Zeel massage mixed with my Cannuka might just be the fix.

The Cannuka balm had been described to me as a “versatile, swiss-army knife product”.

The product activates with body heat, in this case, the warmth of my therapist’s hands. The smooth viscosity of the balm was perfectly conducive to a Swedish massage, characterized by long, sweeping motions. She paid special attention to my quads, still sore to the touch from the night before. The product rubbed in over time, and we didn’t need much to feel satisfied. A little went a long way!

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Clean and healthy ingredients

Importantly, I was pleased to learn that Cannuka products do not have THC in them. That means, in layman’s terms, nothing in Cannuka products will make you high. (Surprisingly, this wasn’t immediately obvious to me, or my Dad or Grandma). Cannuka products are derived from hemp. Any myths that you will become loopy should be outright dispelled because the products are THC free.

Instead, Cannuka products are clean. They include only essential beneficial ingredients, such as manuka honey, grapefruit essential oil, hemp seed oil, orange peel butter, aloe vera, rose hip oil, shea butter, olive oil, and a few more all-natural, completely chemical-free ingredients.

Just as importantly, the product doesn’t smell anything like April the 20th – National Weed Day. The scent is derived from orange peel butter, so it is light and citrusy. My therapist and I lingered in conversation about the relaxing powers of the aroma alone. I note the scent because I am a young professional who now wants my Cannuka products handy on my work desk. The scent is ay-okay for a corporate environment.

The CBD oil myth debunked: it’s fantastic

By the end of the massage, my therapist was eager to purchase the product herself. The next day, my quads felt relieved. My legs recovered completely by the end of the following day (rather than the week it would normally take to overcome soreness).

And I have since invested in more! I sent a canister of Cannuka balm to my sister, who will use it after long road races. Another canister will arrive at my grandmother’s house by morning. She’ll use the balm on her joints when her arthritis flares. And for me, I carry Cannuka lotion and lip balm in my purse 24/7 (plus a stash at my office).

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In short, what originally felt risqué to me… now feels healthy and smart. A Zeel massage and some Cannuka will remain longtime partners in my quest for overall health and wellness. And to all those who hesitate to get started, take my story as a reason to give it a fair shot. I think you’ll be happy that you did.

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