Between gridlock traffic, work deadlines, and the garbage fire that is our current political system, Los Angelenos are more likely than ever to neglect self-care. But with all the city’s hidden gardens, CBD spa treatments, and feel-good social gatherings, it’s time to recharge, refuel, and reconnect. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to practice self-care in Los Angeles.

From an electronic sound bath in Venice to a puppy cafe in Westlake, here are 15 of the best (and most 420-friendly) ways to take care of yourself in Los Angeles.

15 Best Ways to Practice Self-Care in Los Angeles

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Get a Cannicure at Bellacures
Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Larchmont Village, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, South Bay & Studio City

The mani/pedi of 2018 is the cannicure, now offered at Bellacures’ seven Los Angeles locations. Customers who opt for the canni-mani and canni-pedi are treated to maximum relaxation thanks to cannabis-based Kush Queen products including CBD bath bombs, hand and foot scrubs, lotions, and chocolates.

Dip Your Toes In the Sand at El Matador Beach

With sea caves, rock formations, and rocky cliffs, northern Malibu’s El Matador Beach is a refreshing alternative to the tourist-packed beaches closer to the city center. Make a day of it—hit the Pacific Coast Highway, and drive up the coast for a day of soaking up sun rays and scenic views.

Picnic the Day Away at Grand Park
Downtown LA

With public art, manicured lawns, and stadium seating overlooking City Hill, Grand Park is one of DTLA’s epicenters of local culture. Dubbed the “Park for Everyone” and powered by The Music Center, the public space not only provides venues for lawn-lounging but also for events featuring food trucks, live music, and walking tours.

Watch the Sunset from High Lounge

Cannabis-themed Hotel Erwin and its signature rooftop lounge was always ahead of its time—but since the marijuana prohibition has been lifted in California, rooftop bar High Lounge has solidified its status as the hottest summer hangout in Venice. While any time is good to visit the lounge overlooking Venice Beach and the Pacific Ocean, sunset makes for the best views (and social media posts).

Balance Your Chakras at Dynasty Elektrik Venice Los Angeles’ OG crystal sound bath, by Dynasty Elektrik, gathers Fridays at 8 PM in—where else—the heart of Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard at Mystic Journey Bookstore and Crystals. The hour-long session showcases the event’s signature blend of traditional sound bath instruments and electronic sounds.

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Balance Your Chakras at Dynasty Elektrik

Los Angeles’ OG crystal sound bath, by Dynasty Elektrik, gathers Fridays at 8 PM in—where else—the heart of Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard at Mystic Journey Bookstore and Crystals. The hour-long session showcases the event’s signature blend of traditional sound bath instruments and electronic sounds.

Glow Up with a CBD Hair Treatment at Le Salon
Beverly Hills

The posh Sofitel Los Angeles isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find one of the city’s first hair salons working with cannabis-based products. But that’s exactly what Le Salon is doing with the Green Goddess Treatment, a CBD oil treatment including a leave-in conditioner, scalp massage, and rinse.

Sip a CBD Juice at Moon Juice
Beverly Grove, Silver Lake & Venice

Take care of your body from the inside out with Moon Juice, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved destinations for cold-pressed juices, tonics, cleanses, nut milks, and, of course, CBD! In addition to offering a $3.50 CBD “booster” to any item from the coffee and tea menu, the juice chain retails CBD tinctures and the popular Charlotte’s Web hemp oil.

Find Your Center at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
Jefferson Park

Journey into the center of the maze a la Westworld at this spiritual hideout in Jefferson Park, a.k.a. the best way to spend a day in Los Angeles away from smog and I-405 gridlock traffic. The labyrinth and meditation gardens are located on the grounds of the historic Guasti Villa, built in the 1910s by a wealthy Italian wine purveyor; today, visitors can visit with a free tour (donations accepted) or attend events like meditation workshops and yoga classes.

15 Best Ways to Practice Self-Care in Los Angeles

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Walk It Off at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Pacific Palisades

This 10-acre temple, lake shrine, and yoga retreat is a true oasis, hidden between the mountains and the sea near the northmost intersection of Sunset Boulevard and PCH. Visitors can feed the ducks, visit the meditation garden, and roam the grounds on their own, or attend one of the fellowship’s ceremonies, classes, or retreats.

Cuddle a Furry Best Friend at The Dog Cafe

What better way to let the stress of LA melt away than by curling up with a pup in need? Find your new four-legged BFF—or simply visit with doggos for the day—at The Dog Cafe, a dog rescue and coffee shop. Guests can get their pupper fix for a $15 entrance fee, and beverages are available for purchase separately.

15 Best Ways to Practice Self-Care in Los Angeles

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Stroll the Grounds of The Huntington Library, Art Collection, & Botanical Gardens
San Marino

With 207 acres of art galleries, botanical gardens, and library collections, The Huntington offers plenty of room to get lost. Highlights of the massive site include the Desert Garden, one of the largest outdoor collections of mature cacti and succulents in the world, and the Japanese Garden, which includes a traditional Japanese house, bridge, Zen garden, and bonsai courts.

Laugh It Off at The Laugh Factory

If laughter is the best medicine, then a trip to The Laugh Factory should be a universal prescription. Seriously, you’d have to try not to feel more relaxed after spending an evening at The Laugh Factory, the Sunset Strip’s stand-up comedy club known for appearances by celebrity comics like Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, and Whitney Cummings.

Elevate Your Massage at The Now
Santa Monica, Silver Lake, Studio City & West Hollywood

Boutique massage chain The Now is the kind of place that delivers on all fronts: design aesthetic, price tag, convenience, and, most recently, 420 friendliness. One of the newest in-store enhancements—which can be added to treatments for a $10 fee—includes CBD lotion therapy.

15 Best Ways to Practice Self-Care in Los Angeles

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Get Out of Your Own Head at Unplug Meditation
Santa Monica

Meditation has been proven as one of the best ways of reducing stress, improving concentration, and boosting health—and there’s no better place in Los Angeles to find your inner peace than Unplug Meditation. As the first drop-in, secular meditation studio, Unplug Meditation is beginner-friendly and welcoming to all.

Relax, Recharge, and Rooftop Gaze at Wi Spa

This Korean day spa is a legend for good reason—the 24-hour mega-spa offers everything from acupressure and massage to manicures, facials, and scrubs. But visitors don’t need to purchase a treatment in order to experience the magic that is Wi Spa; the complex also features five different sauna rooms as well as a co-ed lounge room, rooftop, gym, and restaurant.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.