CBD, The Hype, and How You as an AgeLess SPA Client Can Benefit

By: Melissa Gwinner

June 12th, 2019

It seems like everywhere you look these days, from your natural foods store to the corner gas station, there is a shelf dedicated to it: CBD. You see the pretty glass bottles, the colorful, sugary looking gummies, the decadent creams, and wonder… what is this stuff? What’s the big deal? Can I actually benefit from this or is it just another fad that will disappear faster than the pizza every Monday at Planet Fitness?

The truth is, CBD, or cannabidiol, is shaping up to be anything but the next fad. From its anxiety calming properties to its ability to ease chronic pain, this product could be a game changer in everything from the retail to medical industry.

But let’s break down the basics of this controversial, newly discovered gem:

CBD, as we mentioned, stands for cannabidiol, a substance extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Yes, this plant is also the one used to produce hemp and marijuana, hence the not so subtle controversy surrounding its use, legality, and whether it’ll show up on your drug test when you interview for your job at the bank next week (but more on that later).

CBD works by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis and help the body adapt to outside stressors. You know that feeling when you haven’t eaten in what feels like five days and your stomach is growling so loud you swear your coworker ten cubicles over can hear? That’s your ECB system telling you that you need a snack.

There are two types of cannabinoids:
– Endocannabinoids, found naturally in the body, with receptors in the digestive, nervous, reproductive, and immune systems
– Phytocannabinoids, produced by a plant and found in nature. And so yep, you guessed it, CBD is a type of phytocannabinoid.

So what does all this medical sounding nonsense lead us to? What exactly are some uses of CBD? Can it be used while at work, driving, operating heavy machinery…. Sorry,  I couldn’t resist.

It seems that the list of benefits from using CBD in its many forms (oil, capsules, gummies, tea, cream, salve, even bath bombs) is neverending. But here are some of the most impressive, functional ways that this compound can be of use to you:

            Improves Mood: CBD works directly on the brain receptors 5HT1A (serotonin) and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter). Lower levels of these can contribute to anxiety and depression. Over time and with continued use, CBD can elevate serotonin levels and help dig you out of that hole you feel yourself trapped in when you’ve had a particularly stressful day at work (we’ve all been there).

            Lowers Inflammation: Cannabidiol suppresses cytokine production and induces T-regulatory cells to protect the body from attacking itself. It could be potentially useful in helping autoimmune conditions.

            Decreases Chronic Pain: CBD inhibits transmission of neuronal signaling through pain pathways. Huh? In other words, that little jar of cream may help in easing conditions ranging from arthritis all the way down to that annoying ache you feel after a particularly strenuous workout at the gym.

             Helps You Sleep: CBD is known to aide in reducing stress and anxiety levels, as we’ve discussed, and therefore is helpful in relaxing both your brain and body, thus promoting a deeper, more satisfying night’s sleep.

            Can Reduce Acne: Cannabidiol has been found in recent scientific studies to have anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce sebum production, an oily secretion produced by the sebaceous glands that is partly responsible for those pesky breakouts.

            The List Goes On: There are countless other ways that this seemingly miraculous compound can improve your life, from encouraging hair growth and stopping hair loss, to treating seizures in young children (a key reason behind the founding of Charlotte’s Web, the company AgeLess Spa has teamed up with, which started business back in 2011).

            When it comes to buying a CBD product for the first time, regardless of what ails you, it is best to start with the one that is the least concentrated and work your way up if necessary. This will help your body (and your wallet) find what is best for you. For example, the CBD Clinic creams for sale at AgeLess SPA come in 5 different levels of concentration. Unless recommended by a doctor, of course, starting at Level 1 and staying there for a couple of weeks will give you a chance to see if that amount of CBD works for you. If you start to notice a difference, that’s great! And you now know that instead of spending $78 every couple of months, you only need to spend $39 (ca-ching!) If you don’t notice any changes, then maybe it’s time to go up to Level 2 or 3. Knowing your body and being mindful of what is going on is one of the keys to finding the correct CBD product for your lifestyle.

            Are there any downsides to using this substance of wonder?

            While the list is pretty short, as with anything, there can be side effects from using CBD. These include but are not limited to: Nausea, changes in appetite, dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloating. These symptoms are rare and usually resolve themselves within a few hours, but of course, it is important to consult with your doctor should any symptoms arise.

            And finally, as promised, the one question I’m sure almost everyone’s wondering- will CBD make me high if it is derived from the same plant as marijuana? Will it show up on that drug test?

            The answer, unfortunately, is rather inconclusive and is highly dependent on what particular company you purchase from. While it will never give you a high, certain brands of CBD, whether in oil form, cream, tea, coffee, capsules, etc., do contain trace amount of THC, the compound responsible for that high you feel when you smoke marijuana (not that any of us do, of course). While the amount is very low, typically around 0.3%, it is difficult to say if using CBD will show up on any drug tests, especially if you’ve only been using it for a short period of time. The best solution, though, would be to contact the company directly to see what they put in their products and get their take on its exact ingredients. If in doubt, it may be best to skip it altogether.

        As we wrap up here, I thought it would be helpful to discuss CBD and its uses in the spa industry, especially as it pertains to AgeLess. 

            With it having so many stress relieving, anxiety diminishing properties, it seems like a no brainer that this would be an amazing product to try along with your self care routine. Why not add a dropper of oil into your smoothie in the morning to help you further relax before your integrated, full body massage? Or maybe take a couple capsules every day to go along with your skin care routine- if I’m less prone to freaking out because this month’s rent is due and I still have to go to dinner with those pesky in-laws, then perhaps my skin with show it with less fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.           

            At AgeLess SPA, we pride ourselves on offering the very best care to our clients, whether it be massage, esthetics, medical care, or the products we carry on the shelves in our boutique. Charlotte’s Web and CBD Clinic are no exception. Using the very best ingredients offered at a variety of price points and concentration levels, there is sure to be a product in our spa to benefit you. Couldn’t we all use a little something to ease the stress of everyday life? And if our life is filled with more serious physical challenges, why not try a product recommended by our own team that is all natural and not filled with harsh ingredients we can’t even pronounce?

            If you’ve been wondering whether CBD products are right for you, I hope this article has given you some positive insight. While there are no easy answers for anything, a little research and discussion with the AgeLess SPA team can steer you in the right direction toward a richer, more satisfying lifestyle, and CBD might just be the answer you’re looking for.