OAR 334-010-0025 (b) states that massage therapy does not include use of equipment ordevices that require a prescription or (c) making a medical diagnosis. Dispensing or applying medication isnot within the scope of practice of a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Marijuana-infused massage oils obtained by or through a medical marijuana card holder are considered medicines under state law. Therefore, a licensee is prohibited from recommending or applying marijuana-infused massage oils obtained by or through a client who is a medical marijuana cardholder.Recreational Marijuana: LMTs can purchase and use marijuana infused topicals that are appropriately labeled and approved by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. If a client who is 21 years or older consented in writing to the use of a marijuana infused topical, the LMT who is 21 years of age or older can administer it to the client in a massage. The LMT is prohibited forcharging extra for that infused topical. Any use of transdermal patches is prohibited. The LMT will use protective gloves or other barrier protection while applying any marijuana-infused topical creams or oils.
May massage practitioners use cannabis-infused oils or lotions in their practice?
Items containing 0.3% THC or less are considered hemp or a cannabis health and beauty aid (CHABA). These products are legal for massage practitioners to use in their practice. It’s not within the scope of practice for massage practitioners in Washington State to use any products, including topical lotions and oils that contain more than 0.3% THC on their clients – regardless of being medical or recreational and regardless of whether the client provides the product. In applying cannabis oils or lotions as part of massage therapy, the practitioner would be illegally administering a Schedule 1 drug. Please see our medical marijuana webpage for more information.