Giving or getting a cannabis massage is in many ways very similar to getting a regular massage; the only difference, of course, is that you’d be using a cannabis-infused body oil or cream. Before, during, and after the massage, you may want to prep and be sure you’re paying attention to your body — or if you’re giving the massage, ensure that you are sensitive to the person’s aches, pains, and knots. Whether you’re already familiar with the art of massage or not, here are some tips to get started.
Identify what’s going on in your body
Do you have a knot in your back you just can’t get out? Have you suffered from an injury recently? Are your muscles tight or are you sore from a workout? Decide where you need to be massaged and how deep you want it to go. If you’re the one giving the massage, ask the person where they might be feeling sensitive or where in particular they’d like you to focus.
Assess any pain, inflammation, aches, or soreness
Similar to the first step, making this assessment may also help you decide what kind of cannabis cream or oil you should use. For example, if you’re bruised or inflamed, you may want something with a higher ratio of CBD, which is known to help with inflammation.
Decide which cannabis product you want to use during the massage
With all the cannabis infused topicals on the market, it can be hard to determine the best one for your specific needs. Opt for a medicated massage oil such as what Mary Jane’s Medicinals makes, which incorporates a number of other aromatic and therapeutic herbs into the blend. Other brand like Apothecanna name their products according to the effect, so you can also find a cream or oil to provide “calm,” “relief,” or even to enhance circulation.
Be generous with the medicated oil or cream
While you might feel a tingling sensation from the cannabis oil or cream, it won’t get you high. Be generous in how much you use — it will help to deepen the massage, soothe your muscles, and provide relief.
Drink water, stay calm, try to keep good posture. You’ll most likely finish the massage feeling rather blissed out. And you’ll probably want to maintain that feeling. Stretch out your limbs and be kind to your body — eat well, replenish your body with nutrients, and try to get a good night’s sleep to let the movement that took place in your muscles settle and help you heal.