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The JS Guide to CBD, the Biggest Wellness Trend of 2019

There’s a reason you’ve been seeing CBD everywhere lately—infused in your beauty products, offered topically during spa treatments, even spiked into your food and drinks. As U.S. states continue to debate marijuana legalization, the non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant has gained traction (first quietly and now brazenly) for its abilities to relieve anxiety, pain, inflammation, and more. Hotels and spas around the country have jumped on the bandwagon, and so have big-name stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Barney’s. Here, everything you need to know about CBD—the wellness trend of the year.

What is CBD?

Formally known as cannabidiol, CBD is a naturally-occurring, non-psychoactive (i.e. won’t get you high) compound found in cannabis—the umbrella term used for both marijuana and hemp. CBD that comes from hemp (the more common option) is totally legal nationwide, while marijuana-derived CBD is legal only in the 10 states where marijuana is legal recreationally—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

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The Benefits of CBD

Whether you get it from hemp or marijuana, CBD works by interacting with various systems in the body on a therapeutic level. For travelers in particular, the benefits are plentiful: CBD can lessen anxiety, offer pain relief, and allow for an easier sleep before a flight. (It’s worth noting here that while CBD from hemp can be shipped across state lines and sold legally in all 50 states, it cannot be brought onto airplanes per TSA guidelines). Need more of a boost? Many products on the market combine CBD with essential oils or other ingredients to amplify its effects, like ashwagandha for stress relief or chamomile and melatonin for sleep.

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CBD in Hotels, Spas, and Experiences

In New York, CBD is at the forefront of the wellness scene. You can add it to any massage in a topical balm form at the über-popular Chillhouse self-care sanctuary, see its effects on the skin in the iconic CBD Vibe facial at Ildi Pekar (the facialist of Miranda Kerr, if that’s enough to convince you), or take it as part of a meditation session at the cult-favorite Inscape studio.

In hotels across the country, the compound has found its way into spa treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate guests. Lake Tahoe’s Ritz-Carlton offers CBD wraps, massages, and pedicures on its spa menu and just revealed a new in-room Bath and Bubbles CBD Rejuvenation menu (including bath oils and bombs, face masks, and champagne) for guests who’d rather try it out in privacy. The St. Julien Hotel and Spa in Boulder offers The Ultimate Colorado Bliss CBD Experience, which includes a full body exfoliation, hot oil scalp massage, and full body massage using CBD-infused wraps and oils, plus a complimentary CBD-infused tea. At Austin’s W Hotel, the On the Road Again treatment specifically targets muscle relief for those who want to hit the live music scene all night long—think CBD oil full body massage, foot soak, and hot stone neck massage.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe pool
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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe spa

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