Thanks to new technology and some determined innovators, it’s now possible to enjoy your cannabis legally in pretty much any form these days – including the tub.
If you’ve been to the mall, a drug store or a favorite cosmetic retailer recently, you know that bath bombs and salts are EVERYWHERE right now. Some stores sell nothing but these.
Bombs are a mix of dry ingredients compacted into a ball or other novelty shapes that fizz when dropped in water. Salts are similar but consist of grains instead of one unit. Both products add color and scent to bath water and are designed to enhance your relaxation and improve the overall experience.
Cannabis-infused bath bombs and salts can also include THC for those who want a nice body or head high without having to eat or smoke anything. Other types of bombs include more CBD, a natural compound in cannabis that doesn’t have psychoactive effects but is touted as having significant benefits for pain and stress relief, as well as anti-anxiety and insomnia-reducing properties.
Any cannabis is absorbed through the skin, as well as the steam from hot water. The experience is believed to be similar to bathing with Epsom salts – relaxing and good for the skin, but nothing is supposed to enter the bloodstream.
You can buy infused bath bombs of both varieties at most area cannabis retailers, including Sativa Sisters in Spokane Valley.
“We carry the Forest Pharms Vitality line,” said budtender and certified medical consultant Shawheen Azizi.
Forest Pharms is a cannabis and hemp processor based in the Spokane area that creates a variety of products including soap, roll-on gel, pet treats and peanut butter.
“Their products are just really well made,” said Azizi. “There’s really not a whole lot of stuff in the bombs: citric acid, baking soda, essential oils, vitamin E, avocado oil.”
While Azizi says he hasn’t used them himself, he says bath bombs are highly recommended.
“My co-workers say it’s very pleasant,” he said.
Azizi says you won’t really get stoned using the bombs, but many describe experiencing extreme relaxation.
“Very physical,” Azizi said. “Just the heaviest calm. You just feel very relaxed.”
Bath bomb practitioners say the experience is much more than sitting in a tub of warm skunky water.
“Most of these have coconut oil and a bunch of other moisturizers, so they smell really pleasant,” Azizi said.
Stephanie Lamb, a cannabis blogger, infuser and researcher at Blue Roots Cannabis in Airway Heights, agrees.
She and her husband recently launched Bitchcraft Beauty and Bath, a line of hemp-derived CBD-infused skincare products, including bath bombs. She’s also developing a THC bath bomb for Blue Roots called Crafted.
“My thought was, if I’m sitting in a tub for 45 minutes it should be better than just sitting in pretty water,” Lamb said.
Lamb’s line focuses on gender-neutral scents like Treetox, a blend of tea-tree and eucalyptus essential oils. She says her bath bombs are great for pretty much everyone except children.
“They’re OK for people with sensitive skin, people with eczema… a lot of time the colors and things some companies put in these aren’t good for people with sensitive skin,” she said.
Lamb’s products include soothing ingredients such as oatmeal, honey and milk. Her THC bath bombs include 500 mg of THC. Her CBD version has 300 mg per bomb. There are also natural ingredients plus some fun touches like rose petals in some bombs which emerge during the fizzing and float around the tub.
“A lot of the bombs on the market are really low-dose, such as 25 milligrams. When you’re sitting in gallons and gallons of water, that’s not much,” she said.
The result of adding more THC, she says, is more relaxation.
“I feel like a noodle when I get out of the bathtub and it’s usually some of the best sleep that I get,” she said.
Bitchcraft CBD bath bombs will be available online and in stores nationwide. Blue Roots’ THC-infused bombs will be dropping soon at licensed cannabis retailers in Washington.
Or if you are feeling really adventurous, there are instructions at Leafly.com on how to make your own infused bath bombs.
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