Illinois began selling medical marijuana in November of last year, and since, more nonconventional ways to ingest marijuana have been introduced, like during a massage. A spa located in Deerfield, Renu Day, is owned by Anna Pamula who has been using cannabis in her spa since January, and has experienced very positive results. The massage oils used do not contain THC, the compound that gets you high, but instead are high in CBD which can be used to treat many types of pain or inflammation, and even seizures. Anna uses the oils herself to help with her arthritis and can even help some patients with eczema or psoriasis.
The National Institutes of Health has ongoing research into its effectiveness saying more rigorous studies are needed. But it “has shown CBD to have a range of effects that may be therapeutically useful, including anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety properties.”