The first time I went to a spa, I almost fainted. I was 27 years old, and fear of the unknown coupled with the thick, hot sauna steam sent me into a panicky, “I-can’t-breathe-get-me-outta-here” downward spiral.
Sadly, I have not been back since. But recently I thought of something that would lure me back on the spa saddle. And that thing is cannabis.
Imagine this: You show up to your spa appointment, a little nervous. You’re greeted with samples of flavoured organic hemp waters, and you select one that tastes like honey crisp apples, basil and burning mandarin. It tastes amazing, and a wave of calm overtakes your anxiety. Then, you’re led to a room filled with the smell of terpenes and essential oils. You lie down, and a therapist gives you a 50-minute full-body massage with high-CBD oil. Ahh.
This is what the spa experience is like at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, where cannabis and spa treatments go hand-in-hand.
At The Standard in Miami, Florida (a state that isn’t even cannabis legal yet), the popular Royal Chill Treatment includes a 60-minute reflexology foot massage paired with Lord Jones‘s best-selling High CBD Pain & Wellness Formula – famous for soothing the ailments stilettos can inflict.
My ultimate cannabis spa dream includes sipping on a canna-cocktail or puffing on a nice vape pen while having your feet rubbed with a full-spectrum cannabis topical cream is still just that: nothing but a dream.
Colorado, where weed is legal, is another cannabis spa destination. The Hilton Denver Inverness, one of the swankiest and most iconic hotels in the state, offers a full range of cannabis infused spa packages. Each package includes their house-made Melt Body Butter, “made with pure hemp cannabidiol, green tea stem cells, cloudberry, coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil, shea butter and coconut oil.”
So when will Canada get on this trend?
I am happy to report we are inching closer — hemp oil treatments have been available since the ’90s (thanks to companies like The Body Shop) and now, demand for cannabis-infused spa treatments is growing.
Take, Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ont. for example. Its owners saw cannabis legalization (and the accompanying normalization of the plant) as the perfect opportunity to expand their client base, and have been offering hemp-derived CBD spa treatments since 2018.
Ste. Anne’s also offers a plethora of other plant-based products like lavender, chamomile, marjoram, vetiver, vanilla, balsam and jojoba oils, so introducing CBD oils was a natural next step. They also offer nature and yoga retreats, and aim to create “an atmosphere to help rebuild your strength, recapture your energy and reflect on what’s truly important in your life.”
Sounds like the perfect environment for a little green, right?
Unfortunately, hoping for anything more cannabis-oriented beyond cannabis oil treatments might be fruitless. My ultimate cannabis spa dream includes sipping on a canna-cocktail or puffing on a nice vape pen while having your feet rubbed with a full-spectrum cannabis topical cream is still just that: nothing but a dream.
But we’re getting there. With regulated cannabis topicals coming to the market soon, Canadians will start to see more spa treatments that incorporate them. I hope we will see the spa industry fight for the ability to use cannabis in all its forms, too, such as edibles or in vape pens.
After all, what better tool for relaxation is there?
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Written by Sarah Hanlon, POT CULTURE