• The St. Regis San Francisco Offers CBD as a Meetings Amenity

     
    POSTED March 4, 2020
     

Less than two years after California legalized recreational marijuana, cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant, is gaining widespread acceptance as a therapeutic substance used to promote relaxation, relieve pain and reduce tension. Where else but San Francisco to take it mainstream?

Randy Pierce, director of the Remède Spa at the St. Regis San Francisco, a 269-room luxury hotel in a South of Market (SoMa) skyscraper, introduced CBD products, co-branded with Denver-based Mary’s Nutritionals, in January 2019. He has found a ready audience with curious first-timers, spa-savvy regulars and, now, trend-watching meeting planners.

“This has been a great success as an amenity option for the hotel’s meeting planners to offer in the bags attendees receive upon registration,” Pierce says. “Additionally, when offering it in the honor bar, the tincture and bath balls have been quite popular with St. Regis business travelers.”

People are also more willing to try new things while traveling or away from home and outside their everyday routine, notes Pierce, who says the CBD element was introduced to him by colleagues  in  Colorado,  where  cannabis  products  have been legal for years longer than in California. “And I thought … Colorado? San Francisco? Very similar markets. I sourced some CBD massage oil from their distributor and the therapists gave me feedback that their guests were walking out feeling like they are were on cloud nine.”

Pierce was skeptical at first. “I’ve been around the block and seen every kind of snake oil there is,” he says. But when the spa began offering a “Love and Haight” CBD massage it soon became one of the most popular items on the treatment menu. Now the spa’s retail offerings include transdermal patches, gel pens and extracts in addition to tinctures, bath balls and massage oils.

While these products won’t get you high, they might contribute to an elevated mood, as will the meeting venues at the St. Regis, which have floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views. The total meeting space is 15,000 square feet.

Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and more were essential to sustaining the continued stay-at-home orders that helped fight the spread of COVID-19. Such workers put their health at risk for the benefit of society, and Nakoma Resort and the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce want to recognize them for their efforts through the “Send Your Heroes” campaign.   

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.