And we, apparently, are not the first to think so. With the recent wave of legalization spreading roots across the globe, the science of the Cannabis renascence has brought with it a major cultural shift in how we view, and now, prescribe, wellness. The beauty industry, as well, is undergoing major transformation as it seeks to become more sustainable, and meet the changing demands of the ever -growing conscious consumer.
Founded in 2021 by a team of industry experts tired of the lack of accessible education, standards and resources for spa professionals, the Cannabis Spa Association is an exclusive community for spa professionals, business owners, and those curious to learn more about Cannabis & hemp science, safe products, experiences & emerging insights from leading industry experts.
Our main mission is to be the #1 trusted Cannabis resource for the spa industry.
Through authentic and pure representation of the member community we serve, we are always striving to provide meaningful products and services of the highest quality that uphold the best practices.
The “Cannabis Spa Community” is nothing new or something we claim to have originated. We desire to create a safe space for you, the planet’s oldest and largest culture – the Cannabis community- a body of healers, therapists, practitioners and professionals who have long been fighting for the freedom and liberation of this most precious gift and resource.
It is our aim to become the haven for all spa (wellness & beauty) professionals who want to network and learn more about Cannabis science, business & culture from industry experts.
As professionals, we have a duty of care and accountability to our patients and clients that requires us to uphold the highest standards, as we are ultimately the students, and the teachers, essentially living examples of the ancient wisdom and future science at work, as more is discovered, validated and integrated into our individual practices.
At the root of all our programming is a central theme that reflects our reverence and love for nature and Mother Earth. The applications for Cannabis in the spa are growing exponentially, and as more states begin to legalize, the consumer demand for Cannabis products and services on beauty and wellness businesses increases, as well. We take pride in delivering the most relevant and needed resources to our members, based on the latest science and research, as well as the sacred traditions of our past.
Our experts include nationally recognized educators, medical professionals and industry leaders from diverse backgrounds, who together form an unprecedented team of support and expertise for the spa industry.
April spent over twenty years with Sally Beauty/CosmoProf Beauty as Sr. Director of National Accounts for North America. She developed strategies for chain salon and school partners to improve efficiency and profitability while positively impacting the student and stylist community. She is now working to assist start up and small businesses with their sales and operational strategies. April is currently under contract to a well respected manufacturer of medical quality cannabis tinctures. She is particularly proud of joint efforts that have raised large sums for charitable organizations. April has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time you can usually find her on the back of a horse or traveling the world with a beloved circle of family and friends.
Meet Wendy May Real, the founder and plant maven behind Pure Bloom. It is her extensive scientific training and knowledge of the cannabis plant which created Pure Bloom’s collection of super-powered cannabinoid complexes, unique delivery systems and highly effective products. Pure Bloom is a culmination of her agricultural upbringing in rural Maine and 25-year professional career in clinical medicine, scientific research and targeted drug development. In addition to earning an MBA, she is also one of the first woman in the country to graduate from the UVM College of Medicine, Cannabis Science and Medicine Program.
Los Angeles based Celebrity Makeup Artist, Kimberly has demonstrated various brands and beauty related products in the media for several years. She has extensive experience and enthusiasm for transforming lives through —-skincare——concealing skin discolorations. Kimberly’s compassion for her clients brings a healing element to everyone she touches. Kimberly has also been interviewed on countless news programs and talk shows in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada including; NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and WB and you may have seen her demonstrate cosmetic brands on The Doctor Oz Show, QVC, TSC and HSN. In addition to television appearances, she has also been interviewed by multiple national publications and internet radio shows. All of this incredible experience is a result of Kimberly’s own personal experience of being born with a vascular birthmark
Nicole Fryer, CMT has been a holistic health practitioner for 15 years. She is the owner/operator of the first day spa legally permitted to administer THC rich topicals into massage treatments at Papa and Barkley Social in Eureka, CA with several other similar projects underway throughout the US and Europe. Utilizing her various certifications in massage therapy, holistic health coaching, cannabis consultation and education, as well as her personal training certification she uses a more integrated approach to the treatment and alignment of her clients mind, body and spirit with the use of cannabis, nutrition and healthful practices. With over 2 decades of cannabis experience Nicole has also consulted and collaborated on the cannabis curriculum written for the cannacierge at Papa & Barkley Social, Humboldt County’s first consumption lounge. She has also formulated a massage oil made with live full spectrum terpenes derived from the cannabis plant. Nicole’s passion and purpose is to normalize cannabis through education, transparency and meaningful connection to meet each individual’s needs.
Dr. William L. Courtney has an extensive medical education that began with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. He also received his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University, and Interned for Residency in Psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center and went on to earned his Post Doctorate in Forensic Examination and Forensic Medicine. Dr. Courtney is currently a member of American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabis as Medicine, and the Society of Clinical Cannabis. Dr. Courtney has also been teaching Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses in clinical cannabis.
His area of special interest is in the dietary uses of cannabis to achieve 250 to 500 mg of cannabinoid acids, which he considers as a conditionally essential nutrient in the diet of individuals from the 4th decade on. He has presented on high dose non-psychoactive dietary uses at Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island April 2010, the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in June 2010, the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in November 2010, and the International Cannabinoid Research Society conference in Chicago in July 2011.
Dr. Courtney is Vice President of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Methodes Preventives, an ambulatory care facility in Luxembourg utilizing dietary unheated cannabis. He is working with dispensaries interested in providing high dose raw / juiced cannabis to seriously ill medical marijuana patients, and is also working to establish analytic / medical laboratories in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, California.
We are looking for partners and leaders of all kinds as we launch this new community! Schedule a call with our Director to explore potential collaboration if you feel there is synergy!