Redefining Healing & Relaxation
This week b.Blunt sat down with Jessica Bernardo, owner, and founder of Canna Bath Co., a unique line of CBD-infused bath bombs, salts, and lotions made of all-natural ingredients, scented with essential oils, and blended with intuition and grace.
Canna Bath Co. products are for those seeking a luxurious bath experience, softer skin, pain, and stress relief. Infused with CBD derived from legally grown and tested North American hemp, Canna Bath Co. products include a blend of Epsom and Himalayan bath salts to help you relax, breathe more clearly, and soothe sore muscles
We love these bath bombs so much they are a favorite thing in the 2019 b.Blunt Holiday Gift Guide.
Tell me more about Canna Bath Co. How did you come up with the idea?
I trained as a massage therapist and have always had an interest in health and natural remedies. I’ve also always loved to take long, luxurious baths. A few years ago, I was having a lot of pain from monthly cramps and tried pouring cannabis-derived CBD oil into the bathwater. Your skin is your largest organ, and I immediately felt better after soaking in that tub. It occurred to me that other women might benefit the same way and I began making my own infused bath products with natural holistic ingredients.
When I was in massage school, my focus was on helping people feel better without pain medicine. I was already playing around with bath infusions and supplements using apple cider vinegar, lavender, rosemary, and other natural ingredients.
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I eventually moved from cannabis-derived CBD to hemp-derived medicine when I realized that my customer wasn’t in the dispensary; she was in a boutique. I use only North American grown hemp-derived CBD because every part of my product must be as clean and healthful as possible.
From that first oil, I knew I had to create a line of bath bombs and lotions that soothe and energize and even arouse.
Where are you located? What is the weed scene like there?
I’m in Oakland, California, which is just exploding with energy and great ideas in both the cannabis and CBD spaces. I keep a studio in the Arthaus Studios, a former Del Monte cannery factory that’s been transformed into a fantastic space for artists and makers from all disciplines. It’s a very exciting place to work, and I connect daily with creatives and influentials from all walks. I met my photographer here, and I met my social media person here. It’s a wonderful place to take ideas to the next level!
The Bay Area is also a socially conscious place, and that works for me, too. Part of the reason I got into cannabis in the first place was to find an alternative to opioids and to combat the terrible addiction to pills that we see all around us. Cannabis and CBD both work to ease pain naturally, and that’s important to me. I feel a lot of support around that here in Oakland.
The perfect bath bomb to help ease the effects of stress and anxiety.
What is your favorite product that you use to relax?
For relaxation, I love the Calm Bomb, a CBD bath bomb that’s infused with organic bergamot and patchouli and is soothing to my naturally dry skin. Following a bath by slathering on my CBD Body Lotion makes me feel even-tempered, refreshed, and ready for the next challenge. Plus, I smell great! The lotion is lightly scented with natural vanilla bean essence, which has such a subtle note.
What were some of the things you learned unexpectedly since launching Canna Bath? Have there been any challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s all been a learning experience! I love it. Which is not to say it’s been easy. I come from a large Italian restaurant family, and I always knew that I would have a business of my own — I just wasn’t sure what it would be. I tried several things until I had my ‘ah-ha’ moment in the tub using CBD oil for a soak and realized that this could be a path for me. What I didn’t know then is how important it is to find all-natural ingredients — particularly with hemp-derived CBD and particularly for bath products, which interact with the body so intimately. It’s been a fascinating journey learning how to find and obtain the highest quality ingredients and learning more about their healing properties.
Another challenge is just the reality of being an entrepreneur every single day. I’m thirty-four and work all by myself. My younger sister helped me for a while, but now she’s back in school. There are no days off when it’s all yours, but I realize how worthwhile it is to chart my path and stay true to my convictions, offering the most healing and pure products I can.
All-Natural CBD infused bath & body products
What is your spirit animal?
The bear. Bears are natural-born leaders, often in charge, but they also represent the importance of rest and relaxation.
What three people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner and why?
Steve Jobs: He’s the man. I have questions for him!
Olivia Alexander, the Kush Queen: She’s the best in my industry right now, and a big inspiration and I want her to know she has some competition 😉
My Dad: He’s the coolest guy around and has taught me a lot about running a business. He would have to be there to enjoy the dinner date with me!
Where can you buy Canna Bath products?
They are available in nearly 100 outlets across the U.S. You can always find them on my cannabathco.com website.