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Quality of Life.

If you walk through the door of  bāsalt feeling relatively comfortable in your skin, a massage may be just one of the ways you choose to pamper yourself that day.cropped-basalt-open-door

However, if you are like most people, pampering yourself is not something you rate high on your list of priorities. You have made your way to bāsalt because you are suffering in some way. A massage then becomes a catalyst–reminding your body at the cellular level that it has the ability to heal.

basalt massage table

Our bodies whisper riddles to us every second of every day. Unfortunately, in this fast-paced world with all of its distractions, imbalances usually have to manifest in a loud and concrete manner before we humans will actually take action.

At bāsalt, we offer the opportunity for our clients to reap the benefits of attaining an improved quality of life via massage/bodywork. And recently, we have made the decision to carry small batch CBD ointment. This affords our clients the option of incorporating CBD with their massage or using the product in the privacy of their own home.

The purpose of this page is explain the

potential benefits of CBD.

peace-1496041_1920Peace, Mama!

Let me begin by saying, I would not be able to paraphrase years and years of others’ research had it not been for the controversy created between a cross-section of the earth’s human population who were innately driven to and derived benefits directly from– smoking cannabis… and another cross-section who derived pleasure from scorning this behavior.

Thus, because of this controversy, curious researchers discovered a whole body system that was never known to have existed. Additionally… this curiosity has allowed them to become closer to  fully understanding one of the many symbiotic relationships between plants and humans.


So, it seems…all of the years I spent flushing my mother’s stash have come full circle… 







Within our bodies’ cells, we have what has relatively recently been termed:  an Endogenous Cannabinoid System– “ECS” for short.

eyballWithin this system is an amazing microscopic communication between messenger molecules (neuromodulators) made of fatty acids (“endocannabinoids“) and protein receptors that are found in  multiple sections of the brain, eyes, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. This system is relatively under-researched in comparison to its complexity, but several endocannabinoids have been identified. 

Anandamide… isolated way back in 1992 is one. 

Fun–bordering on “mainstream”–Fact:

“Ananda” is Sanskrit for bliss. 

2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol) is another. 

“Healthy” Anandamide levels within the body correlate with one’s overall positive mood and resiliency to stress, but conversely–and just as importantly– “Healthy” transient drops in Anandamide levels accommodate the ever important “fight or flight” response to stress. We need both.

So, what is our ECS designed to do?

Well, that is definitely not a question nor topic that this nurse/massage therapist has the brain power to tackle out of fear of being thoroughly ridiculed by academics. However, I can point out a few basics.

Simply put– for the most part– we can attribute our mind/body balance to an ECS that runs smoothly.


My mind’s eye.

As a child, I received a microscope as a present. However, I was in love with my kaleidoscope.

When I think about molecules, receptor sites, and catabolic enzymes, my mind envisions a glistening drop of dew landing ever so precisely within a perfect indentation on a leaf all aglow by the morning sun–suddenly eaten by a caterpillar.


molecular structure of Anandamide

My mind would never skip to a scientific drawing of a molecular structure forming a bond with a twisting, turning, and tunneling receptor site as it weaves in and out of a cell membrane nor a diagram of how it was enzymatically decimated.

My Anandamide won’t let me.

Microscopic molecular structures bonding to and conforming receptor sites while at the same time communicating information and influencing the behavior of one of my body’s cells absolutely boggles, yet controls, my brain.

However, what I find interesting about our endocannabinoids is this:  when compared to other types of messenger-molecules, they are larger… travel backwards…can’t travel very far or for very long… and are destroyed relatively soon after after they accomplish something spectacular. Thus, I identify with their journey… it is one that has assisted in proving my personal theory–

Being blissful– let alone following your bliss–

is not as easy as it sounds.


Ocean City, New Jersey boardwalk and amusement park

In  the meantime, while plugged in to the appropriate roller-coaster receptor sites, these molecules regulate the level of excitation and inhibition of the cells associated with appetite, gastrointestinal activity, cardiovascular activity, pain perception, inflammatory reactions, mood, memory… EVEN bone mass, tumors, fertility, pregnancy, and perinatal development. 

Thus– by design– these short-lived molecular modulators play a vital role in telling our bodies exactly what they will be deriving from neurotransmitters such as dopamine, adenosine, serotonin, acetycholine, norepinephrine, and others.

Pain, inflammation, and mood fluctuations rarely whisper.


(walnuts have nothing to do with CBD, but I think they look like a brain)

In a nut shell, the ECS is all-encompassing and vital. If for any reason, it doesn’t  perform to maintain balance, many processes we take for granted are impaired. These impaired processes can significantly affect one’s quality of life.



Whatever your relationship to Cannabis may be:  love-love; love-hate; etc… By now, many of you have heard about the positive attributes associated with Phytocannabinoids.


Cannabis is NOT the only plant species that produces phytocannabinoids via photosynthesis. 

In my opinion, it is fascinating that there have been over 100 cannabinoids isolated from Cannabis. Most people, such as myself, have only heard of of two or three such as: Tetrahydrocannabinol-type (THC); Cannabinol-type (CBN); Cannabidiol-type (CBD).


cbd trichome

Magnified trichomes of Cannabis

What I find even more phenomenal is how these plant-based cannabinoids mimic our own endogenous cannabinoids. Depending on one’s perception, they can function to either impair or enhance our own human ECS.

What do I mean by mimic?

Some phytocannabinoids, though not remarkably similar in chemical composition to our endocannabinoids, have an attraction to the same receptor sites.

Remember your endogenous cannabinoid named Anandamide? Cannabis THC has an affinity for the same receptor sites in the brain as Anandamide. 

BUT… we aren’t talking about the controversial, psychoactive–and in some states–illegal THC… we are just talking about one of its side-kicks… CBD– the unassuming… sometimes smothering, but overall well-intentioned cannabinoidal friend. 


cbd molecular

molecular CBD

CBD is unlike THC in that it is not psychoactive and it doesn’t gravitate to the same receptor sites.

Instead, CBD is attracted to and activates neurotransmitter receptor sites that regulate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and temperature levels. It has also been shown to deactivate receptor sites known to spur processes such as osteoporosis and cancer cell proliferation. Among other receptor site activation and deactivation, CBD hitches a ride on the enzyme known to destroy both anandamide and 2-AG… leaving more free circulating bliss molecules in your system.

drip-2201235_1920One may look at this as a miracle and be tempted to ingest and/or slather CBD on frequent and consistent intervals.


Is it yelling or is it quiet? If your ECS is working on its own, don’t rock the boat. CBD has been known to cause side-effects similar to those symptoms that it helps.

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in mood
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily good,,,

but when it’s good–it’s really good.

On your next visit to bāsalt, keep CBD in mind if you think your body has been trying to tell you something. We commend you for taking responsibility for your own well-being.


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