Jen Chan, Licensed Massage Therapist, BCTMB

Where massage therapy is a necessity, not a luxury...

Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (CHABA)

What are CHABA?

CHABA stand for Cannabis Health & Beauty Aids. These are products applied topically that have less than 0.3% THC, are non-psychoactive (non-intoxicating, non-euphoric, and will not get you high), and they are not for human/animal consumption.   As of July 2015 House Bill 2136 in Washington State passed (RCW 69.50.575).  There were many parts to this bill, but most importantly to the massage industry is part VII, which defines CHABA and exempts them from all regulations in the state’s Controlled Substance Act (CSA) pertaining to marijuana.  This means CHABA are NOT considered a drug in WA state and to the WA Department of Health, the entity responsible for licensing massage practitioners. Since CHABA are NOT considered a drug in Washington, it is the ONLY cannabis infused product that is legally allowed for use by WA licensed massage practitioners. IF THE CANNABIS INFUSED PRODUCT IS NOT A CHABA, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ALL LICENSED MASSAGE PRACTITIONERS TO USE!!!

CHABA are amazing!  The interaction of cannabis/hempseed oil with the different carrier oils they are added to, and the essential oils added to that, make these topicals almost like “super topicals” as they are super beneficial to the human body. Most of these topicals will NOT break the blood-brain barrier, which means the THC will not enter your bloodstream or get you high and you will NOT test positive for THC on a drug test.  Certain oils, like emu oil, do penetrate deeper layers of the skin and may cross that barrier. So beware of what carrier oil is mixed into your topical.

Lastly, the line of CHABA I prefer come in both CHABA and hempseed oil based.  CHABA based and hempseed oil based products are amazing because they are full of essential fatty acids (EFA). EFAs are essential and required for good health, but our bodies do not produce them.  We source EFAs from our food and our skin care.  They are important as they help prevent free radical damage in the body because it’s such a super antioxidant. Consistent topical application of essential fatty acids help improve elasticity, hydration, and helps prevent the skin breakdown in individuals with poor nutrition.  My clients prefer massage with CHABA because they feel it makes the massage exponentially better because they notice their healing process is faster and it’s more therapeutic without that “high feeling”.


The Revised Code of WA (RCW 69.50.575) in regards to Cannabis Health & Beauty Aids (CHABA) can be found at:


According to the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), this is the first such legislation in the United States.

Side note: A BIG THANK YOU for EVERYTHING Cannabis Basics has done to define a new industry of CHABA.  Without them, I wouldn't be able to help most of my clients the way I do.  I am always open to other companies products, but hands down, CANNABIS BASICS is my favorite line of CHABA to use.  PLEASE check out for more in depth information about the line and CHABA/Cannabis.  :)