A Glasgow hotel is to launch spa treatments using cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

Therapists at the five star Kimpton Blythswood Square are thought to be the first in the world to be trained in an accredited qualification for CBD use in the health and beauty industry.

U.S reality star Kim Kardashian arranged a baby shower themed around CBD treatments after the birth of her fourth child while actress Jennifer Anniston is also said to be an advocate of the oil.

CBD is derived from hemp but does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis.

These chemicals act on cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body as part of its endocannabinoid system, which helps balance a whole host of bodily functions like pain sensation, mood, memory and appetite.

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The Blythswood has signed a partnership with the skincare range La Rue Verte to offer facial and massage treatments.

Finlay Anderson, Spa at Blythswood Square Manager, said: “This is a very exciting time for us all at the the spa launching such an innovative range of treatments and products.

“We already have an amazing treatment list but we feel this gives our clients something so innovative and different.

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With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first used medicinally — or for rituals — around 750 B.C.

Several clinical trials have shown CBD as an effective treatment for epilepsy and the NHS has approved two CBD-containing medicines for use in treating certain types of the illness.

There’s also evidence that CBD may help ease symptoms of other medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, arthritis and addiction. However, research is limited in these areas.

Argyle-based brand Zing Organics produces a massage oil range containing CBD.