Ancient Wellness Secrets: Why Spas Love CBD

CBD wellness products have become staples on supermarket shelves – but what if you want to take things up a notch? The spa world has embraced cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, taking it well beyond the daily routine stress relief. Shedding the stigma, CBD has become a luxurious part of many treatments, a wonderful addition to any spa day.

Many of CBD’s well-known qualities lend themselves to the indulgent tranquility synonymous with the spa experience. CBD is famous for being a stress reliever, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can assist in easing muscle soreness.* This helps to achieve the total body relaxation that spa-goers crave. Next time you want a real treat, add a touch of CBD to the mix, lie back, and enjoy…

The Science Behind CBD's Relaxation Magic

How does CBD work so well to bring the body to a state of calm? Let’s take a moment to unpack how cannabidiol works with your body to add to the restful spa experience. CBD interacts with certain cannabinoid receptors in the body to affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate things like sleep, mood, and appetite. This results in CBD’s most famous effect, its ability to relieve stress and ease anxiety.*

Researchers are still studying its uses, rigorously testing each new effect. For example, it’s often said that CBD can help to improve circulation and relieve pain and inflammation.* The use of full-spectrum CBD products in a spa environment adds the benefits of other cannabinoids and compounds from the cannabis plant. Some full-spectrum CBD may contain a very small amount of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” experienced when cannabis is smoked, so ask your spa to confirm if this is the case if you prefer to steer clear.

There are two main ways that CBD is incorporated into spa treatments: topically – applied directly to the skin – and in a tea. Some spas use both delivery methods to ensure a deep feeling of ease and release. Using CBD this way unlocks its calming effects on both body and mind, the tea helping set the stage for the massage. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may also allow the massage therapist to work more effectively by tackling tension and muscle knots from the inside.*

CBD in Spa Treatments: Oils, Tinctures & Aromatherapy

The spa industry has long incorporated natural elements for their soothing effects, and CBD is no different. It brings a feeling of holistic wellness to the mix, allowing people to let go of the stressors and muscle tension that build up in everyday life. As mentioned above, CBD is usually added to spa treatments through a soothing tea or incorporated into the massage itself. Whether in a CBD facial or massage, the delivery method is used to enhance the whole spa experience.

CBD Tinctures

When CBD is given in the form of a tea, this is usually provided before the massage. CBD tinctures provide rapid and robust effects, but this will be mitigated by their dilution in the tea. This allows for a more gradual, pleasing onset. The tea also masks the sometimes bitter or earthy taste of a tincture.

CBD Oils

CBD oils are popularly used to soothe aching muscles or joints. Often mixed with essential oils, such as lavender, CBD oils are applied directly to the skin before or during the massage. In addition to acting as a lubricant for the masseuse’s hands, the benefits of the oil are absorbed through the skin.

CBD Aromatherapy

Some spas elevate their offerings with some CBD aromatherapy. Whether in a foot bath, diffuser, or sauna, CBD is added to other aromatherapy oils to bring a new dimension to the experience as you breathe it in. This aspect of the CBD skincare products may also come into play during the massage.

Ready to Unwind? Create Your Own CBD Spa Experience with JACANA Wellness

Combining the effects of CBD with a deep-tissue massage might be a ticket to heaven. Let the worries of the world go, and indulge yourself in something special. And if a spa visit isn’t on the books for you, we’re here to help you create the experience at home.


The JACANA Body & Massage Oil is a treat for the senses, combining full-spectrum Jamaican CBD with jojoba and grapefruit essential oils. It soothes the skin and tantalizes the nose, bringing on a gentle sense of recentering and rejuvenation.


All of JACANA’s CBD wellness products are produced to internationally recognized standards for quality and sustainability. Get your own in our shop and treat yourself to your own personal spa day.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.