Massages, 24-hour room service, a killer breakfast buffet—these are the amenities we’ve come to expect when we stay at a hotel. But now many hotels and their spas offer cannabidiol (CBD) services for their guests.
Feel like ordering in some CBD-infused dinner during a stressful business trip? Or do you want to sample some delicious CBD cocktails during your girl’s weekend away? Well, it seems like the hospitality sector has heard you and got you covered.
You may know that CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s also present in hemp plants—hemp is just a different variety of the cannabis plant than the ones that produce CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Hemp CBD is legally defined as containing 0.3% THC or less. So, it’s a miniscule amount that doesn’t get people high. If the CBD comes from the hemp plant, you can legally buy it nationwide.
People have been turning more and more to CBD to help with a host of health concerns like:
Folks looking to try out CBD to feel good can now choose to take it in so many different ways:
Hotels, spas and other companies in the hospitality industry are taking advantage of people’s newfound interest in making CBD a part of their lives. And since some CBD oils don’t have a strong taste or smell, what easier way to ingest the compound than add it to food.
If you’re looking for a CBD-friendly hotel in New York City, look no further than the funky James New York—NoMad in midtown. If you stay there, you can choose some room service munchies from its full menu of CBD-infused foods. The chef who put together the CBD menu, Andrea Drummer, studied at Le Cordon Bleu and started adding cannabis to her culinary creations to help ease joint pain.
She told Moneyish, “I like food that’s comforting so I thought, ‘What do you want to eat when you’re vegging out in a great hotel room?’ Meatballs is one of those things, and I really love tater tots.” So, comfort food is what you’ll find on the CBD room service menu.
Andrea’s spicy meatballs with pine nuts, Parmigiana and toast points include 15 mg of CBD. The house tots come with CBD-infused chipotle ketchup and Sriracha mayo—each with 10 mg of CBD.
The manager of the James NoMad, James La Russo, also told Moneyish, “We’re always researching ways to help our guests relax. CBD extract is proven to have calming effects, easing anxiety and stress. With it being legal in all 50 states, we knew we wanted to get involved.”
And if you’re not interested in food, the James NoMad’s CBD menu also includes non-food items to help you relax and look your best, like vanilla or lavender body soap from Wildflower, and Vertly’s CBD lip balm.
Many folks, who use CBD for aches and pains, inflammation and even stress, like to take their CBD in topical form. So, if you’re in Napa Valley, CA, book a CBD treatment at Spa Solage at Solage, an Auberge Resort. You can choose from a massage, facial or body scrub that includes CBD oil.
In Colorado, it’s no surprise that it’s relatively easy to find a hotel with CBD spa services on the menu. At the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, there’s a suite of CBD bliss treatments. Choose from a classic full-body massage with CBD oil or a CBD oil deep-tissue massage. You can also book a full CBD bliss package, which features a body scrub, full-body massage, scalp massage and a nice, relaxing cup of CBD tea to finish it all off.
But even in states without recreational or robust medical marijuana laws, you can still get a dose of CBD at your local hotel spa. At the W in Austin, TX, you can book the On the Road Again massage. An ode to local hero Willie Nelson, the full-body massage uses CBD oil to help fight pain and inflammation.
While it’s not advisable to mix alcohol and THC, as alcohol amplifies the effects of THC, the same isn’t true for CBD. So, hotel bars have taken to offering guests CBD cocktails that are tasty and have added health benefits.
If you’re in Los Angeles, head to the Hollywood Roosevelt where you can enjoy a CBD mojito at the bar. One woman at the Hollywood Roosevelt, Jessica Schupak told the New York Times why she’s a fan of its CBD mojito: “Part of the reason I have a drink is to relax, and the relaxation effect of this mojito is even more profound.”
If you’re reading this in California or were hoping to sample a CBD cocktail on your next trip to the Golden State, you’re out of luck. Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2914 into law earlier this year. This bill makes it illegal for any alcoholic drinks to be infused with CBD. It also prevents establishments with a liquor license from selling any kind of CBD-infused drinks at all.
The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, so get to those California hotel bars to sip their delicious and relaxing CBD cocktails while you can.
Hotels aim is to have their guests relaxed and happy during their stay. So, it’s no wonder they’re including CBD as part of their offerings. Yes, it means they can charge more for cocktails, food and spa treatments that include CBD, but it also means the further normalization of cannabinoids and cannabis in general—and that can only be good for all of us.
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