CBD spa massages could resolve stress, anxiety, other health problems

CBD spa massages could resolve stress, anxiety, other health problems
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(CBS) - CBD is a big trend in wellness this year. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound in cannabis. It is derived from cannabis but doesn’t contain THC, the chemical that gets you high. Advocates believe it may be the answer for all kinds of health problems.

Several spas around the country are adding CBD to massages. Demetri Travlos is a massage therapist at Chillhouse in New York City. He says, "CBD is great for relieving inflammation and pain and it's also good for relaxation and reduction of anxiety and stress."

Spas are adding CBD to massages to relax and treat stress, anxiety

Breanna Arrington spends her life being active. She's an actor and a personal trainer, so it was a major setback when she recently injured a muscle in her hip.

“An injury will definitely not only not allow me to do my ‘job-job’, but also it takes a little bit of me away, a little bit of me dies,” Arrington says. Physical therapy didn’t help, so a few months ago she turned to massages using cream infused with CBD.

Arrington says she quickly saw results. She gets a CBD massage twice a month and says, “I’m back doing the things that I like to do, back at taekwondo, back lifting, using my body in dynamic ways.”

CBD is popping up in drinks, snacks even cosmetics, but experts say it's happening faster than the science can catch up.

“We are still at the beginning of trying to understand what CBD does in the body,” according to Dr. Margaret Haney from Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Haney is internationally recognized for her research on cannabis. She says while she’s excited about the potential of CBD, right now there is little evidence to support its medical claims.

“We don’t know as scientists if it gets absorbed, how it’s acting, what dose one needs, so there’s so many unanswered questions. I need placebo-controlled evidence to be convinced,” Dr. Haney says.

Consumer products made with CBD are not currently regulated by the FDA.

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