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We live in a world of essential oils, natural remedies, and a whole lot of buzz when something new comes to town! CBD is on nearly everyone’s marquee–so what is it exactly?

What is it? CBD is Plant-based pain relief

Essential oils and natural plant remedies for pain relief have been on the radar of medical professionals since the dawn of time, and as we learn more with research studies, our access to plants and natural remedies increases.  CBD was first extracted in 1940 by Rodger Adams. Known as Cannibidol and referred to as CBD, this oil is growing popularity now that it can be extracted from the plant. CBD is used in massage therapy as a topical application.

What does it do? The nervous system and CBD are linked

There is a group of neurotransmitters in your body that were named after this naturally-derived chemical.  Scientists are still learning more about the endocannabinoid system, which is linked to the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

CBD is not:

  • Psychoactive (will not inhibit or change your brain function) 
  • going to give you a positive drug test for THC– (unless you take a substance that contains both CBD and THC)
  • Going to always smell strongly of plants. We use a fragrance-free CBD oil for the body.


  • Reduce inflammation.

Inflammation is a culprit responsible for making medical conditions and everyday pain worse. In a 2015 study, it was found that CBD can reduce inflammation due to injury and arthritis!

  • Relieve pain

No one wants to live with pain, and humans are equipped to handle pain so much so, that sometimes we don’t realize how much pain we were in until we’re out of it.  Add CBD to the pain-reliving properties of massage, and you’re in great hands!

A study published in 2018 showed a reduction in pain relief in 15 out of 18 trials, when patients took cannabinoids to reduce pain!


In summary, we’d love to see more research on CBD and how the extraction of this plant property can help people in need to find relief and live their best lives. The pain relief and inflammation relief benefits are stellar. CBD is here to stay, and the more we learn, the better!

CBD oil is available as an upgrade for massage at Shimmer Spa. Book your massage and updgrade online at or call us at 440-783-1473.



Darkovska-Serafimovska, Marija et al. “Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases.” Journal of pain research vol. 11 837-842. 23 Apr. 2018, doi:10.2147/JPR.S160556

Burstein, Sumner. (2015). Cannabidiol (CBD) and its analogs: A review of their effects on inflammation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 23. 10.1016/j.bmc.2015.01.059.



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