What is Cannabis?
Cannabis Lasts 1 Year, it's Dioecious and it's a Flowering Herb
Parts of the Cannabis Plant
Leaf, Stem, Bud or Flowers, which are typically what is smoked, Trichomes, Cannabinoids, also known as THC and CBD, Terpenoids or Terpenes
Other Names for Cannabis
Pot, MaryJane, Ganja, Marijuana, Grass, Weed, Hemp, 420, Sinsemellia, Skunkweed, Herb, Dope, DaMa, Joint, Blunt, Nuggets, Reefer, Hay, Skunk, Boo, Block
The Endocannabinoid System
Humans process cannabis because we have a built in system of receptors already in place. Humans produce endogenous cannabinoids naturally – anandamide and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2AG). The body has cannabinoid receptor sites throughout that not only react to endogenous cannabinoids but to phytocannabinoids such as cannabis.
The main active principle of cannabis and for the isolation and the identification of the endogenous cannabinoids anandamide from the brain and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) from peripheral organs together with his students, postdocs and collaborators.
Topical Cannabis Massage
Back in 2014, Dr. Penny Domm D.C. asked me if I had ever considered using cannabis-infused lotion in my sessions with clients. At the time, this thought had never occurred to me. I knew very little about using cannabis medically. I watched the CNN special, WEED, in which Dr. Sanjay Gupta first illuminated all the amazing medical benefits of cannabis. If you haven't seen the special, there are three parts.
I began researching and guess what I found... not much! There isn't much out there on cannabis topicals because there isn't a lot of research. Remember the industry is young and only 30 states have legalized medical marijuana, and only 9 states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. So I thought I would do my own research. I purchased some topical crèmes started to learn as much about the cannabis industry as I could.
Is Topical Cannabis Legal?
The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) allows for the use of topical recreational cannabis provided both the therapist and client are of legal age (21 years and older), the therapist has obtained written consent from the client, and the therapist wears latex gloves or some other barrier to apply the topical.
Therapists still may not apply any topical obtained by a medical marijuana card (either the therapist's or the client's), as it is not within the scope of practice for a massage therapist to administer any medications or prescriptions.
The sale of marijuana is highly regulated by the state. Therapists may not charge their clients additional fees for the use of topical cannabis in a massage, nor can therapists sell topicals.
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