• 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.

Steps from the Convention Center and Petco Park, this waterfront location is an architectural and acoustic wonder.

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park made its long-awaited debut the weekend of August 6-8, with a varied program that included the San Diego Symphony playing the music of Gershwin and Stravinsky, a “Best of Broadway” evening and a closing performance headlined by Gladys Knight. This is the first bayside concert venue in the nation to be operated by a Symphony orchestra and the first permanent waterfront venue on the west coast. 


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Location: Known as the “Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad is nestled along the Pacific Ocean 35 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles south of central Los Angeles. 


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Location: Nestled between the Pacific foothills and the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley borders neighboring Oakland to the south and is a short 15- to 30-minute drive east of downtown San Francisco and 1.5-hour drive north of San Jose.