5 Great Cannabis Massages in the Denver Area
Here’s where you can get a cannabis-infused massage in Denver.
Courtesy of Matthew Behr
After a long day of hiking or mountain biking in the Rockies, there’s nothing like a nice, relaxing massage, especially when you add Colorado cannabis to the equation. And, we know what you might be thinking: Smoke weed, then get a massage. But there’s another way. Across the Mile High City, massage therapists are lining up to rub you down with weed-infused lotions and creams.
No, you won’t get high, but your body—and your mind—will thank you for the gentle melty feeling that some therapists say can last hours after the massage. The folks at Apothecanna, a Denver-based maker of cannabis-infused body oils and creams, claim that cannabis can relieve pain and reduce inflammation when it’s applied to the skin.
“The most well-known compound in cannabis is THC,” according to Apothecanna. “Studies have shown it has potent analgesic or pain-relieving properties, which is why it is widely used as medicinal. A less known compound called CBD is (also) present. Studies show CBD delivers potent calming and anti-inflammatory benefits.”
1. Behr Bodywork
Matthew Behr got his start as a massage therapist six years ago. He says his Denver-based practice is grounded in themes of music, water, lighting, and aromatherapy.
“I have been actively using CBD-infused balm in my massage practice for over two years now and the results exhibited and reviews from my clientele have been nothing short of amazing,” Behr says. “In my own experience and the feedback I’ve gotten from clients, the effect is more of a localized, subtle melty or numbing sensation, rather than being warming or cooling. I find it’s wonderful to apply to soreness in the body after rigorous exercise for faster muscle recovery.”
Behr incorporates cannabis-infused muscle balm into his medicated massages, which cost $110 for an hour, $140 for 90 minutes and $170 for 120 minutes. Behr specializes in a number of massage techniques, including myofascial release, Swedish, trigger point, neuromuscular therapy, deep-tissue, and others.
He said cannabis can ease inflammation, calm your body and help relieve pain organically.
“I believe the body is inherently self-healing when we can give ourselves a chance to rest and relax,” he said.
And, the best part?
“You will pass a drug test,” he says.
2. LoDo Massage Studio
LoDo Massage Studio has two locations—one in Denver’s trendy Highlands neighborhood and another in LoDo, short for lower downtown.
They offer a one-hour massage for $75, a 75-minute massage for $92, a 90-minute massage for $110 or a two-hour massage for $145. With their signature “Mile High Massage,” you can choose from a variety of techniques depending on your needs, including deep tissue, sports, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release and Swedish.
Now for the fun stuff. They let you pick your lotion. Choose between shea butter, a natural creme or Apothecanna’s Pain Creme, which is infused with THC, CBD, arnica, peppermint, and juniper.
“As the THC does not enter the bloodstream, there are no psychoactive effects,” according to the LoDo Massage Studio website. “Just soothing, cooling sensations and immediate relief from pain.”
Ed Rich, who owns the studio, said massage therapists apply Apothecanna’s Pain Creme first and let it sink in before starting the massage with an oil or a lotion. They apply it to areas that are tight or painful so that they can massage deeper, he said.
Massage therapists there use it as a valuable tool in their therapeutic arsenal, he added.
“When given the choice, people always want us to use it,” Rich says. “The response has been fantastic.”
3. Primal Therapeutics
Jordan Person credits medical marijuana with alleviating a mysterious pain that conventional medicine couldn’t help her curb.
Person, who worked as a nurse for 14 years and then as a traditional massage therapist for eight years, decided to launch Primal Therapeutics after witnessing the health benefits of cannabis with her own eyes.
She also worked at a medical marijuana dispensary before opening her own business. Person uses an array of cannabis-infused oils and salves with “broad-spectrum cannabinoid content” in her massages, according to her website.
She’ll come to you for your massage, so you won’t have to leave your hotel if you’re in town visiting the Mile High City. She offers an array of massages, ranging in price from $20 to $200.
4. Mountain Serenity Massage
Mountain Serenity Massage in Centennial was founded by Stacy Hoffman-Farmer in 2014 after she quit her corporate job because she suffered from chronic pain and fatigue. Hoffman-Farmer incorporates cannabis into her practice, which she says she uses to open her clients’ energetic pathways. She helps clients identify “stuck” energies that could be causing chronic pain.
She believes that cannabis massages can be beneficial to anyone, even those who don’t regularly use marijuana.
“Cannabis massage is particularly helpful for people that suffer from daily pain and inflammation,” she said on her website.
Hoffman-Farmer charges between $65 and $150 for a cannabis massage, depending on the length of time, massage technique and number of people.
If you venture down to Colorado Springs for the day while visiting Denver to check out the Garden of the Gods or the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, consider stopping by Yeden for a cannabis massage.
Yeden touts the benefits of cannabis massage for issues such as muscle pain or spasms, rheumatism, and arthritis, back pain, sciatica pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia, depression and nausea. They also work with people who have experienced sports-related injuries.
Treatments range from $90 to $200 depending on the technique. Complimentary cannabis oils are available upon request for any massage.
“Through our non-intoxicating cannabis massage and hands-on massage therapies, we’re able to utilize the natural anti-inflammatory elements and other benefits of the plant to help alleviate your chronic pain and provide you with results lasting up to 3 days longer than a normal massage,” according to the Yeden website. “Our lotions are completely optional and are non-psychoactive.”
Here are five places where you can enjoy a cannabis-infused massage in Denver, Colorado.
I Tried a Cannabis Massage and This Is What Happened
I know what you’re thinking: Did it get you high?
That’s all anyone asked me after I got a massage with cannabis cream in Denver, where marijuana is legal.
While I consider myself a connoisseur of spas and weed (only where it’s legal, of course), I still wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the LoDo Massage Studio. I booked the studio’s signature Mile High Massage using Apothecanna’s Pain Cream, a massage lotion laced with cannabis (plus arnica, peppermint, and juniper—but who cares, right?).
Topical cannabinoids are, according to doctors, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories with, according to The Dude Lebowski, pain-killing properties. I’m going to be honest here—I’m suspicious of the never-ending health claims that position cannabis as a panacea: You can cook with it; it will cure a headache or help you sleep like a baby. It seems too good to be true.
But my massage was ridiculously good. I’m one of those “Harder! No, harder!” massage people. (Does this make me a masochist?) This one was intense even by my yardstick, but still I floated through it in a blissed-out blur. After the massage ended, I felt loosey-goosey relaxed and ready for a nap. Or an order of fries. Maybe someone could throw fries in my mouth while I napped? If I didn’t always want fries and a nap, I’d think there might be something to this topical cannabis business.
The only thing to do was investigate further! For science! So off to Primal Wellness in Englewood, Colorado, the “world’s first cannabis-infused spa.” Yes, that line is trademarked, and yes, every service here—facials, waxes, lash extensions, manicures—can be enhanced with something cannabis.
“Our gateway treatment for women is the manicure,” says Danielli Martel, who co-owns the shop. “We use Zoya natural nail polish and organic, vegan cannabis-infused oil during the hand massage. That’s when they get hooked.”
Since it doesn’t penetrate the bloodstream, topical cannabis has no psychogenic effects (meaning you won’t get stoned), but it relaxes muscles so the therapist can go deeper without causing pain. And as I discovered, the power of suggestion can make you feel high. Cannabis oil is also used at the spa to reduce the redness and sting of waxing and to calm stressed-out skin during facials. (“Put cannabis oil on a zit overnight,” says Martel. “You’ll look like a witch with a green wart, but it’ll clear up.”) Even getting lash extensions includes a depuffing cannabis mini massage around your eyes.
Later, therapist Angie Borgeson gave me the first Swedish massage I have ever enjoyed in my entire life. Her strokes were subtle and precise, like an experienced cat burglar picking a lock. “That’s cool,” I murmured into the face hole. “Hey, is there a big variance in how cold people’s feet are?” No idea why, but it seemed very important at the time.
So did it get me high? That depends on your definition. I didn’t get baked, but I felt something between a runner’s high and post-coital bliss, along with the certainty that massage and marijuana go together like peanut butter and chocolate. And I could definitely go for a Reese’s right now.
Update: Stoners aren’t exactly known for their business acumen. In the time it took to write this, Primal Wellness spa went out of business. But don’t worry: You still have options.
I know what you're thinking: Did it get you high? That's all anyone asked me after I got a massage with cannabis cream in Denver, where marijuana is legal….