Cannabis Continues to Infiltrate the Spa Scene

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Cannabis, CBD oils, and hemp-infused products have been on the rise in the spa and wellness industries within the last few years. In 2015, Sandra Hinchliffe published The Cannabis Spa at Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More. More recently, this past December, we here at American Spa named cannabis one of our trend picks in our 2018 Trend Report. In February 2018, Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge (Denver, CO) submitted its application for a Denver Cannabis Consumption Establishment license to become the first ever marijuana spa in the U.S. In fact, a new hemp-infused ampoule, a private-label CBD product line, and a spa offering medicinal cannabis to employees are just a few of the recent cannabis-friendly updates happening in within the spa industry.

Babor has released a limited-edition Hemp & Peace Ampoule Concentrate, designed to relax and revitalize the skin. The seven-day treatment is loaded with hemp seed oil, aloe vera, cactus, and panthenol to help stressed skin start recovery as soon as its applied. The omgega-6 fatty acids from the hemp seed oil promote skin regeneration; the extracts from two desert plants—aloe vera and cactus— moisturize; and the panthenol calms and smooths. To use, simply apply once daily in the morning or evening by pouring the liquid into the palm of your hand and patting it gently into the cleansed skin of the face, neck, and decollete. For best results, apply your favorite moisturizer on top.

After a successful push in sales of CBD products earlier this year, TallGrass Spa (Evergreen, CO) has announced the launch of its own private label of therapeutic-grade CBD salves, soaking salts, sprays, tinctures, lip balms, bath bombs, and bottled water. The product line is being sourced locally from Ambary Gardens in Kittredge, CO, an organic hemp grower who uses sustainable farming practices and high standards for safety and potency. The line is designed to treat pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other ailments. The rubs, salves, and skin silks have been recommended for their warming, cooling, soothing, and misting effects.


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Steering away from CBD-product sales, Ste. Anne’s Spa (Grafton, Canada) has an enticing work perk for spa employees. The destination spa will now be offering a progressive health benefits plan that includes medical cannabis for qualifying employees. Issues that qualify for coverage will include chronic pain, depression, and anxiety, among others. The spa has become one of the first in Canada to help staff cover the alternative therapy. Jim Corcoran, owner of Ste. Anne’s Spa, is also contemplating how he can incorporate the trend into future client services. “For massages, topical cannabis oil with CBD has no psychogenic effects but it allows the muscles to relax for a deeper massage, plus there are pain-relieving, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties too,” says Corcoran. “More people worldwide view it as socially acceptable and medically important.” Ste. Anne’s is also hosting clinic days so its staff can learn more about medical cannabis.

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