Could Cannabis Massage Help With Sports Injuries? Experts Say “Yes”

As a cannabis massage therapist, I deal with patients who have a wide variety of needs. Sports- and exercise-related injuries are some of the most common — my practice, Primal Therapeutics, is based in Colorado, and people here are serious about their physical fitness. And while this is a great thing in my opinion, it also means that I see a lot of patients with pains, sprains, and other sports-related injuries. 

I’ve noticed a common thread among many of my fitness-enthusiast patients — they don’t want to sacrifice their mental clarity for pain relief. In fact, many of them are initially skeptical about cannabis massage, since they’re nervous about the potential intoxicating effects of the topicals we use. However, after seeing thousands of patients, I can tell you that not one of them has ever reported feeling high after a session.

Some patients are harder to convince than others, though. In particular, I remember one man in his mid-fifties — the first time he called, he asked me no fewer than ten questions about what the session would be like and what kind of results he could expect. He’d seen a countless number of physical therapists, massage practitioners, and chiropractors, none of whom had been able to help much with his pain, which came from a hiking injury several months ago. He was hesitant to believe that cannabis massage would be any different. I’m pleased to tell you he was incorrect.

During our first session together, I discovered that the source of his pain was a tight muscle in his groin, which he’d aggravated during a particularly strenuous hike in the mountains. Months had passed since he first started treatment, and still he was unable to move around comfortably. All he wanted was to be able to hike again. 

I explained that, apart from the massage techniques themselves, the cannabis topicals we were using could help relieve his pain by activating the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, which would help him return to homeostasis, the body’s natural state of cellular balance. And again, he was skeptical. But after only a few sessions, he was back on the mountain. I think he became a believer after that. 

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Ask an Expert: Can Cannabis Topicals Treat Burns?

Your skin is your body’s most important line of defense against the outside world. When its integrity becomes compromised by a burn, proper treatment is essential to prevent permanent skin damage, infections, and other problems. Cannabis is not a magic bullet for treating all these issues, but in certain cases there’s reason to believe it could be useful.

Before we continue, it may be helpful to understand the different types of burns. These can be caused by exposure to heat, radiation, or electricity, along with chemicals, friction, or even (somewhat counterintuitively) extreme cold. Regardless of their cause, they’re commonly grouped into four categories, based on the layer of skin that has been affected:

First-Degree Burns
These are considered mild, and only affect the top layer of skin (known as the epidermis). It’s common for the affected area to be red and painful. 

Second-Degree Burns
Also known as a “partial thickness burn,” this type of burn affects both the epidermis and the layer of skin beneath it, which is known as the dermis. Typical symptoms for second degree burns include blisters and swelling, along with redness and pain.

Third-Degree Burns
These are sometimes called “full thickness burns,” because they penetrate through the dermis into deeper layers of tissue. With third degree burns, the skin becomes charred (often turning either white or black in color), and the affected area may feel numb.

Fourth-Degree Burns
This is the worst-case scenario type of burn. These burns can reach past the epidermis, dermis, and deeper layers of tissue all the way to muscles and bones. Since this tends to cause nerve damage, the patient will often have no feeling in the affected area.

The final two categories of burns are extremely serious, and treating them is beyond the scope of cannabis in any form. They require urgent, professional medical attention (more on that later). For first- and second-degree burns, cannabis — particularly topicals — may have more to offer, though the existing research is limited.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Burn Care and Research, found that cannabis use was increasingly common among patients with burns (who tended to be younger and less likely to have medical insurance), though it didn’t specify if — or how — those patients were using cannabis to treat their injuries. In 2018, a different paper in the same journal found that, “[Marijuana] use appears to be protective in acute burn admissions, despite classic teaching that illicit drug use leads to poorer outcomes.”

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Cannabis Massage for Parkinson’s Patients: Is It Safe?

While there’s not yet a cure for Parkinson’s disease, modern medicine has yielded a number of promising treatments that can reduce the severity of its symptoms and improve the quality of life for people living with it. One of the most intriguing (or at least unexpected) options is cannabis, and although research is still in its early stages, the plant does seem to offer some significant benefits — and adding massage to the mix could help, as well. 

By the year 2020, 1 million people in the U.S. will be living with Parkinson’s disease, according to estimates from the Parkinson’s Foundation. The condition, which currently affects around 10 million people worldwide, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that’s caused by the brain’s inability to produce enough of a chemical called dopamine, a deficiency that grows more severe over time. It’s more likely to affect men than women, and older people are more likely to be diagnosed than younger ones — over 95 percent of people with Parkinson’s are over the age of 50.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of Parkinson’s can vary widely from patient to patient. Tremors are one of the most common symptoms, with some patients noticing these movements even when their limbs are at rest. Many people also experience stiffness or rigid muscles, resulting in painful contractions that can limit mobility. These issues can make it difficult for people with Parkinson’s to write and speak. It’s common for patients to have problems with balancing and walking as well, and their movements are often slower than before. 

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Before your cannabis massage

We are often asked the question, “what should I do to prepare for my massage?” Before your cannabis massage session with Primal Therapeutics we highly recommend two things: a nice soak using our Primal Healing Soak to open up your pores and relax your muscles and a hot cup of Stillwater Tea to entice your relaxation.  Performing these two rituals can amplify your cannabis infused massage therapy experience.

First lets talk about the power of a nice hot bath. Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to provide relief from aches, pains and stress. A good soak calms the nervous system and open your pores allowing for total absorption of the organic infused oils and salves we use for cannabis massage therapy sessions.  Our bodies are mostly water so this makes soaking in it incredibly beneficial.  A warm bath makes the blood flow easier, it also makes the body more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower. As you may have had your massage therapist tell you in the past, “remember to breathe.” Deep breathing is so important to keep your muscles relaxed during your treatment session.

It is not just about taking a bath though. It is about enhancing that bath. By adding essential oils, minerals or salts you amplify the effect of the bath itself.  We recommend Primal Healing Soak. Every ingredient is organic and sustainable. The entire product line is made in small craft batches. In addition to CBD the herbal content is designed to provide the most therapeutic effects possible and it happens to smell like a lavender field of heaven. The aromatherapy alone will send you onto a cloud of relaxation. The protein in milk helps to breakdown dead skin cells and the magnesium flake assists in the muscles relaxation.

Now let’s talk tea. It has been said that green tea is the healthiest drink on the planet. It is full of anti-oxidants, improves brain function, and has been shown to improve over-all health. Tea composed of mint leaves  has been known to reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, and relax the body and mind. As you see tea is highly beneficial all on its own, then add water soluble THC or CBD, mind blown. Stillwater Beverages combine the highest-quality organic teas with a healthy dose of Ripple CBD 20:1. The light touch of fast-acting, water-soluble CBD is designed to relax, not intoxicate.

Stillwater keeps the dosing low and we like that. Micro-dosing is true plant medicine. The goal of Endocannabinoid therapy is to activate the system and provide balance at a cellular level. It is possible consume too much, especially for those patients we have coming from outside of Colorado. We also recommend to patients and consumers to start low and slow. You can always consume more later.  Ingredients are key and Stillwater uses all organic high quality ingredients.

Stillwater comes in Mellow Mint and Gentle Green. For patients and consumers wanting to add a few more milligrams of THC or CBD to their tea, guacamole, smoothie, queso or truly anything your heart desires you can use their Ripple. These tiny packets of water soluble THC and CBD allow you to infuse anything you eat or drink discreetly.

Cannabis massage is incredible. You will feel the difference the infusion of cannabinoids makes. Now you have the knowledge you need to take your experience to a higher level of healing and feeling. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Purchase Stillwater Teas or Ripple products at any of these fine retail locations:  Find Stillwater Brands

Purchase Primal Healing Soak: HERE

*No compensation was received from either brand for the writing of this blog.

Trendsetters in Cannabis Massage

What exactly does it mean to be trendsetters in an industry? Simply put, it is someone that leads the way in ideas.  In 2014 when the founder of Primal Therapeutics first googled the words “cannabis massage” no responses came back. Google, the search engine used by millions everyday had no advice to offer her. The search continued online for hours then days before she walked into her local medical marijuana dispensary and purchased every single topical that existed.  After using topicals on her own surgical wounds she knew their healing capabilities on a personal level but had no idea what their implications would be using cannabis from head to toe.

What began with a whole lot of research turned quickly into development and making cannabis massage into something that was more than just applying cannabis to a patient and calling it cannabis massage. What has made Primal Therapeutics the trendsetters in the field is their passion for knowledge and spreading the word of what a healing and therapeutic modality cannabis massage is. After years of exploring the topic Primal Therapeutics now offers educational classes to fellow massage therapists around the world.

Every year American Spa magazine releases their projected list for the upcoming years various spa trends. This year Primal Therapeutics is considered the trendsetters for cannabis in the spa space. You can read the full list of descriptions with links to each section by clicking here. The 2018 trends include the following categories in no particular order.

  • Fighting Pollution
  • Crystals
  • Hotels with Spas
  • Natural Beauty
  • Cannabis
  • Animals in Wellness
  • DNA Testing
  • Guilt-Free Skincare
  • Regional Spa Associations
  • Intentional Beauty

She noted the first thing that made her realize cannabis was an effective treatment for massage and all kinds of various spa treatments was the fact she no longer needed acupuncture. After being a massage therapist for many years cannabis massage gave her a new lease on her worn out and tired wrists. “It was a total game changer for me and my business” Person said.

As Primal Therapeutics approaches their fourth year in business in Colorado they could not be more proud to be a part of this list. Founder, Jordan Person said recently, “My Grandma always used to call me a trendsetter! She could have never guessed this would be my future.” Cannabis saved Person’s life and she has since gone from being an advocate to an activist and a cannabis consumer to a cannabis business owner.

Read the article in American Spa magazine here:

https://www.americanspa.com/skincare/2018-spa-and-wellness-trend-benefits-cannabis

 

 

 

TIME magazine Special Edition

Marijuana Goes Main Street By: Bruce Barcott

Recently our Founder was making a trip to Florida and she went looking for some reading material in one of the many magazines shops that all airports have. Without question she was drawn to the TIME magazine publication with a gigantic marijuana leaf on the cover. What she was not expecting was to find Primal Therapeutics on page 94! But there she and Primal Therapeutics were, locked in history in TIME magazine.

Primal Therapeutics was to be the  world’s first Cannabis Spa however laws and regulations would not support the business model and in 2014 when the recreational cannabis  industry was really kicking off our founder had the honor of meeting author, Bruce Barcott at an industry event. That chance encounter landed Jordan in a few sentences in Bruce’s book, Weed The People.   Then flash forward three years that same encounter put our founder in TIME magazine’s special edition, Marijuana Goes Main Street. 

Needless to say Primal Therapeutics is ecstatic to be a part of history and she had been carrying her copy of TIME in her bag with her which ended up coming in handy. Just when she thought it could not get any better, Jordan was recently in DC to lobby for marijuana policy reform with NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and Bruce Barcott was one of the presenters at the 2017 NORML Conference and Lobby Day. She immediately approached Bruce at the conference and requested that he sign her copy of TIME magazine. He wrote, “Thank you for your pioneering work.” Little did he know that is exactly what Jordan calls all of the students she teaches, “pioneers.”

It is moments and memories like this that solidify our space in this movement. It is these times that push us to keep going and to keep teaching and no matter what to remain on the cutting edge of what will become the greatest industry of all time.

 

(L to R) Jordan Person (Primal Therapeutics), Bruce Barcott (author), Keith Stroup (founder of NORML)

Buy the topicals designed for our patients

When Primal Therapeutics first started we tried every topical we could get out hands on. There were only a few that were worthy of our patients. We needed topicals that would be good for a variety of skin disorders and types of pain as well as be viscous enough to apply to the entire body. As the years went by our desire for a better product increased. We are excited to announce you can now buy the products designed for our patients! Visit our SHOP here.

The more time we spent working with our patients learning about different disorders that we would be helping with the more we craved research about other herbs that can be used as plant medicine in our topicals.  After several courses in herbalism we began to formulate our products. Using friends, family and regular clients as our test subjects we experimented until we received enough positive feedback that we had found the recipe we were looking for.

We currently have four topical products available. Our salve is called Primal Salve-Vation because it will become your salvation.  It provides relief to countless conditions.  Our herbal body oil is excellent for dry skin especially after a bath it glides over large surface areas. Primal Soak & Scrub can be used in two ways: as a scrub to your face, feet or anywhere that needs extra TLC or add a couple tablespoons to your bath for total relaxation. Last but not least we have Velvet Balm’s. They work like lotion bars, simply hold it in your hand and rub over the skin and feel your body melt and become soft like velvet.

Topicals are an incredible way to learn more about the power of plant medicine. If you have any questions about our products or would like to place a custom order please email us at: primaltherapeutics@gmail.com.

Cannabis Wedding Expo

Primal Therapeutics is excited to take part in the second ever Cannabis Wedding Expo. We will be providing complimentary chair massage and we will also have all of our Primal Therapeutics body care products available as well.

This years event takes place on February 19th, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado at the Falls Event Center. With marijuana medically or recreationally available in over half of our country the ability to incorporate cannabis into your big day is easier than ever. The Cannabis Wedding Expo will have 70 unique vendors, live music, free food tastings, view glass blowing demonstrations, and there will be prizes and raffles as well. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door.

Primal Therapeutics has participated in several wedding celebrations already and there are unique ways someone can incorporate cannabis infused massage therapy into weddings.

  1.  Pamper the bride and groom
  2. Say thank you to mom and dad for everything
  3. Pamper the entire bridal party on your wedding day
  4. The very best gift for your attendants
  5. De-stress the week of the wedding
  6. Great gift for anyone that makes your big day special

Stop by our booth and receive your complimentary chair massage and learn all about how to incorporate cannabis infused massage into your big day!

Primal Therapeutics in Billboard Magazine!

Ryan Snook Billboard Magazine

Primal Therapeutics in Billboard Magazine!

Recently Billboard magazine reached out to Primal Therapeutics owner, Jordan Person. They discussed what the future would be like as more famous people “come out green” and the demand for cannabis infused skin care goes up.  “Our goal at Primal Therapeutics is to educate as many people as possible on the powers of cannabis massage. We invite our patients to feel the difference every day,” says Person.  “Our patients tell us how amazing they feel so we now think it’s only a matter of time before cannabis infused topicals are widely accepted.”

Cannabis beauty products are steadily going mainstream and they have the ability to change the skin care game. As marijuana topicals become accepted so do the desires to have cannabis infused facials and full body scrubs and massages. Primal Therapeutics has been providing some of those services for 3 years now in Denver, Colorado and they are looking forward to what the future will bring. “We see awesome collaborations on the horizon so that we can continue bringing our patients what they want and need.”

“How Cannabis Beauty Products Could Change the Red Carpet Game”

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Cannabis Infused Massage Therapy

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Cannabis Infused Massage Therapy

Written by Travis

We need to dispel a common myth before we can talk about why you should try cannabis infused massage therapy. The products that are used by the massage therapist will not get you stoned, it is more of a way to open up your skin’s sensory profile, which leads to many other health benefits.

Given enough time for these topicals to take effect, and you wind up feeling revived, refreshed, as your tendons and muscles begin to heal from the combination of deep tissue massage and cannabis infused products.

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Before we talk about the reasons why you should try a cannabis infused massage, we need to discuss what this type of unique therapy is all about.

A professional and therapeutic massage will soothe more than a tired body, it can also heal the soul. There is something therapeutic about being massaged, so when the massage therapist knows exactly how to relieve and relax stressed muscles, the end result is you feel alive again.

The ambiance of the massage clinic is just as crucial as the service, and proper lighting, music, and scents will amplify the overall experience, creating deep relaxation that allows the massage therapist to work more efficiently.

It only stands to reason that cannabis, which is known for restorative and properties, goes hand-in-hand with massage. Scientific basis for marijuana pain relief makes it a no-brainer for the ideal complement to massage.

Here are the 5 reasons why you should try cannabis infused massage therapy:

1. The Anti-Inflammatory Properties – One reason you should consider a cannabis massage is the fact it can help heal certain ailments. Unlike marijuana which has high THC levels that have narcotic properties, the CBD in the cannabis massage oils oil has healing properties and little or no narcotic effects.

No only will you not be getting high during or after the massage, your body will benefit from just the healing anti-inflammatory properties of these oils. Combined with the deep therapeutic massage performed by a professional, you will begin to feel relief from the painful symptoms associated with arthritis or sports-related injuries.

The CBD in the cannabis oils works to soothe those sore joints, giving you a boost of energy and allowing you to feel like you are not having difficulties with your muscles and joints at all. The healing sensations of the massage are only amplified when the oils penetrate the skin and reach the areas that are causing pain.

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2. Increased Sensory Stimulation – The muscles and joints react immediately to a massage, but add in the cannabis oils and your entire body and senses will be stimulated. The skin is the largest organ on the body, and it needs to be taken care of just like other organs to be able to keep you healthy and feeling strong each day.

A gentle massage with the cannabis infused oils will stimulate your skin and help you to feel more alert and alive. The massage therapist performs the treatment in a way that not only is the muscles and joints stimulated, the skin now comes to life and will perform more efficiently.

Skin cells are being produced every second of every day, and this cannabis massage will allow the old skin cells to fall away rather than clog your pores, helping to revitalize your skin, tighten the appearance so fine lines and wrinkles disappear, and improve overall skin tone.

The therapist can also incorporate many different unique essential oils like peppermint that will also help appeal to your sense of smell and heighten the overall experience.

3. Increased Muscle Relaxation – Everyone knows that after smoking weed the body goes into this deep state of relaxation. That is part of the allure of smoking weed, you eliminate the stresses of the day and fall into this euphoric state that allows you to easily deal with the troubles in your body or mind.

Now add into the mix a massage therapist who is gently rubbing cannabis oils deep into your skin, and you have one of the most therapeutic and relaxing experiences possible. In addition to stimulating the skin surface, the cannabis oils will relax muscles and ease any tension or pain that you are feeling.

This is perhaps one of the best ways to decompress after a long and stressful day at work. It will revitalize, rejuvenate, and replenish your body during one session without the sleepy sensations you feel after getting high. You get all the healing benefits without any of the narcotic sensations.

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4. Alleviate Stress and Anxiety – One of the most common ailments people experience today is stress and anxiety. People are worried about their jobs, about their money, about their children, about their health, and the list goes on and on.

By the end of a day, the added stress that a person imagines in their mind begin to take a toll on their body too. The physical symptoms begin as nervousness and escalate to anxiety, which can lead to deep bouts of depression if not dealt with in a timely manner. When a person sees a professional therapist who performs cannabis massages, the treatments can go to work on eliminating many of those thoughts that are leading to stress in the first place.

The massages can put a person in a happy place, allow them to look forward to a reward each time, and wash away the stress that can lead to depression or even strokes. The cannabis massage is ideal for people of all legal ages, massage needs, and lifestyles.

5. Eliminating Chronic Pain – Those who suffer from chronic pain often turn to marijuana to help them to cope with the pains they feel on a daily basis. According to reports released by the Maryland Medical Center, they found that deep tissue massages can be more effective for relieving chronic pain than most conventional medicines.

The reason that the cannabis massage is such an effective method for dealing with any chronic pain is because it decrease the inflammation, increases blood flow throughout the affected areas, and soothes that tension in muscles associated with the chronic pain.

The cannabis massage is also beneficial for helping to reduce blood pressure, provides stress relief, and rehabilitates muscles patients have sustained from various injuries. During these massages, the cannabis oil acts like a natural aid to loosen muscles and allow faster healing. The cannabis oils help muscles to relax just a little easier.

So now you know about the cannabis massage and how it works to heal a number of physical and mental ailments patients experience. Massage itself is an amazing way to help the mind and the body of people, it just doesn’t unlock the pain from certain areas, it’s all connected.

As legalization continues to sweep the country, cannabis oil combined with relaxation massage will only help benefit more people.