We Get Letters: Get to Know Hemp Oil

By Editorial Staff

We Get Letters: Get to Know Hemp Oil

By Editorial Staff

Editor’s Note: Before adding CBD oil (or any topical) to your treatments, please seek continuing education.


I am a LMT in Portland, Oregon and I have been using topical cannabis - in all forms on my clients for the past several years. I have been careful to do so within my scope of practice working with the Massage Therapy board in our State as well as my professional liability insurance carrier to make sure I was covering my tracks. I worry that this article suggests that we as LMTs begin treating our clients and potentially diagnosing them with supplements - i.e., hemp oil (CBD).

This is a very grey area - first and foremost - CBD isn’t yet off the DEA’s list. Second, it is not in our scope to diagnose or suggest internal dosing of anything. Third, all CBD is not the same. Understanding the ECS (endocannabinoid system) is a complex and new area of study and research. LMT’s field of work is on the skin (the largest organ) and there are both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the skin.

For now - make sure it is in your scope of practice in your state and that your liability insurance carrier will cover any claims that may arise from the use of any topicals you choose to use.