The Dope on Denver’s Cannabis Spa Scene

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Last year, I visited Denver, Colorado, to investigate the latest in legal weed wellness — specifically, cannabis-infused beauty treatments and the Denver Cannabis Spa scene. I met marijuana-enthused shamans, aestheticians, and massage therapists, and I had two massages using oil with CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid extract from the marijuana plant. (There are more than 80 actives called cannabinoids in cannabis. The two most well known are CBD, which does NOT get you stoned, and THC, which does.) The massages were two of the best rubdowns of my life, likely because when applied topically — usually in the form of an oil or lotion — CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. And because of that, practitioners who use CBD are able to work muscles on a deeper level without any of the extra pain you’d get from a deep-tissue treatment.

As you probably know, the marijuana beauty scene isn’t exactly brand-new. However, the legalization of weed means interest is blooming. Today, eight states plus Washington D.C. allow for personal use and possession of cannabis for adults, with an additional 18 states allowing medical use. (That’s more than half of the U.S. states. Ahhh, math.) So the buzz — pun legit unintended — has been louder than ever. Marijuana beauty products and treatments are becoming a legitimate category of wellness products: SpaFinder projected them as a top trend and Equinox used marijuana leaves in one of its New Year’s campaigns. To continue reading: