Pot for pain? Suburban spa offering marijuana massages

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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- A spa in the suburbs is taking a less conventional approach to pain treatment.

Anna Pamula is the owner of Renu Day Spa in Deerfield and added cannabis to her spa service in January - not long after a medical marijuana dispensary opened nearby.

But is it legal?

The ingredient theorized to reduce pain and inflammation – among other things - is called CBD. Unlike the more well-known THC which makes users high, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. When CBD is taken from the hemp plant, it is legal and popping up in more and more products like the three lines Anna carries.

“I learned since it has no THC it can be used topically and that is all we do,” Anna says. “We work on the top layer of the skin and we relax the muscles.”

Anna uses it on her own arthritis and says it can help clients with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

CBD products are not FDA approved. 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.”

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