With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and the popularity of cannabis-related travel, more spas in the state are offering cannabis-inspired spa treatments, including some that use hemp products, others that tout the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), and more.
The trend started with small independent spas, but now, even high-end Hiltons are hopping on board. Cannabis businesses have begun launching elite and high-end brands, marketing toward wealthy professionals and luxury travelers.
What to Know
These spa treatments are typically done using CBD oil or lotion, which is not psychoactive. In other words, it won’t get you stoned. (THC is the cannabinoid from the marijuana plant that gives you a buzz.) And some studies have linked CBD to pain relief and reducing inflammation. That makes it a suitable fit for a deep-tissue massage or facial. Other research has suggested it could treat acne, eczema, or dry skin.
Marijuana, including both the THC and CBD components, is legal in Colorado. But that doesn’t mean all employers like it, especially in other states. If you are given a drug test after receiving a CBD massage, know that high doses could possibly show up as marijuana or THC, though it’s unlikely.
And you can't get a marijuana massage just anywhere. It's still not common enough to see on most mainstream massage parlor menus, but here's a breakdown of some of the coolest spas that offer these treatments.
Hilton Denver Inverness
The elegant spa inside the Hilton Denver Inverness probably isn't somewhere you would expect to see a cannabis-influenced massage. This hotel is located right near the Park Meadows Mall in south Denver, and the 4,500-square-foot spa is an oasis of tranquility in the city.
In 2017, it began offering a massage with CBD oil. Try it with a body exfoliation first, to really prime the skin.
The Hilton uses Colorado-made CBD Care Garden Products, which claims to be the first luxury skin care line to make THC-free, CBD-rich, plant-based products. CBD Care Garden opened in Denver in 2016. It calls CBD beauty products “one of the hottest trends.” Most ingredients are organic. A popular product is the Melt Body Butter made with pure hemp cannabidiol, green tea stem cells, CloudBerry, coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil, shea butter, and coconut oil.
Add the CBD products to any regular massage; the spa offers 50- and 80-minute treatments featuring relaxation, Swedish, deep tissue and couples massages.
The CBD massage is not listed on the spa's menu online, but it's advertised as soon as you walk in the lobby.
Bodhi Body Studios
Bodhi Body Studios, in Broomfield, offers a cannabis facial and Mary Jane Massage.
This massage studio specializes in back, head, neck, and shoulder problems, using a variety of different techniques, including cannabis-infused lotions. These products contain both CBD and THC.
People commonly treat back pain, migraines, shoulder problems, and jaw pain at Bodhi. Again, these cannabis treatments are not widely advertised on Bodhi's website, but they are promoted on cannabis-friendly websites.
Indulgences Day Spa
Indulgences Day Spa in Denver is where to go for a massage with the Lacuna Total Body Rub Cream, which contains 25 mg of CBD.
Indulgences also offers a stronger CBD cream for those hard-to-penetrate spots. This is a 100-mg deep-tissue balm. For something unique, try a CBD and essential oil body wrap. This treatment blends CBD oil with coconut oil, kukui oil, watermelon seed oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, and more. It only contains 5 mg of "high cannabinoid hemp extract."
You can find information about these treatments on Indulgences' menu under "enhancements."
Nature’s Root, in Longmont, makes its own hemp and cannabidiol oil out of its own Colorado-based hemp farm. It claims to have been the world’s first ever hemp spa.
Nature’s Root claims hemp nourishes the skin, is moisturizing, healing, relaxing and even a natural SPF.
It has a variety of beauty and wellness products, including a face scrub, body scrub, lotion, soaps and chapstick, a face mask and more. In the spa, get a hemp massage or hemp facial.
Have your cannabis-inspired massage delivered right to your door with Primal Therapeutics. Whether you’re in a hotel (if the hotel approves, of course; make sure you ask), a bud-friendly Airbnb, or staying in a private house, these therapists bring their cannabis-influenced oils and creams to you.
Peace of Mind Massage
Peace of Mind Massage near Washington Park in Denver offers a CBD-infused massage. It works with the skincare line Ambary Gardens. Products are vegan, cruelty-free and organic, whenever possible.
Ambary Gardens offers therapeutic-grade tinctures (high in CBD and low in THC) in all 50 states. The product is tested and certified in a cannabis-testing facility, so it's super high-quality. The line offers a variety of oils and tinctures, including a 5,000 mg extra strength hemp extract. It's not cheap, running $280 for 60 ml. The salves and rubs, like the Deep Rub product (250 mg) are more suited for a regular massage.
Peace of Mind Massage offers a Cannablessed Massage, which it says can help improve swelling, pain, tension, and inflammation, as the CBD is absorbed through the skin. You can choose between a warming or a cooling massage, each featuring a different product with a different experience. Bonus: You will leave with a product sample to take home.
The warming massage is done with the Cannablessed Warming Salve, which contains arnica and essential oils of clove, nutmeg, and peppermint, as well as other ingredients (and, of course, hemp seed oil and hemp-derived CBD extract).
The cooling massage features the Cannablessed Cooling Salve, which has essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, camphor, and more, plus hemp-derived CBD extract and hemp seed oil, among other ingredients.