Most of what we know about the relationship between CBD and exercise is anecdotal—there is still very little research on the topic. That hasn’t stopped NFL players, Spartan Pros, professional skateboarders, martial arts competitors, MMA fighters and other elite athletes across multiple sporting professions from using CBD to relieve post-workout soreness, speed up injury recovery, and much more. Today we’re going to look at how CBD can enhance our at-home workouts.
Why do we get sore after a workout?
Workouts can leave us sore for days. That’s because working out causes damage and tears to muscle fibers, which is what prompts the repair process, making muscles grow back bigger and stronger. This is why we feel sore and stiff after a workout. But overloading our body with inflammation can take a toll, leading to increased chance of injury, excessive muscle damage and poor workout results. This is why most athletes have a workout routine that includes a strong recovery protocol of anti-inflammatory practices, like taking cold baths, eating healthy foods and incorporating rest days. So how can CBD help?
Reducing Pain and Inflammation
One way CBD may help with at-home workouts is by reducing pain and inflammation you experience once your workout is complete. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that CBD may help reduce inflammation. A 2018 review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, concluded that CBD is an effective way of improving pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis because it reduces inflammation. As we wait for studies to be conducted on whether that also applies to post-workout inflammation, many people have chosen to simply go ahead and try it themselves. Reducing inflammation can in turn reduce the normal muscle pain most people experience after a tough workout.
Aid in Injury Recovery
It is the ability to reduce inflammation that may also make CBD a useful aid in injury recovery. Dr. Alan Beyer, a sports medicine doctor and executive medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California, told US News that “CBD penetrates transdermally to reduce inflammation in the injured tissues.” Beyer thinks CBD is a promising approach to help patients recover from injuries and recommends his patients apply CBD salves to the injured area. CBD reduces pain and inflammation, which leads to speedier injury recovery, helping you work out frequently and for longer periods. Not to mention that the positive effects on sleep may also help you workout better, which brings us to our next point.
Get a Quality Night’s Sleep
Most of the body’s repair processes happen during sleep. Sleep gives our body time to recover and build up the muscles worked during exercise. When we get enough good quality sleep, the body produces growth hormone, which is essential for athletic recovery—helping our body to repair and build lean muscle. The problem however, is that whether or not we’re aware of it, more than 30 percent of Americans are sleep-deprived. That means approximately 108 million people in the U.S. without being aware of it, are sabotaging their own fitness goals.
How should I use CBD for recovery?
If you’re focusing on workout recovery, we recommend using the Total Body care capsules. If you’re focusing on injury recovery—our Topical Oil is a good place to start. The dosing guidelines can be found on each, but it’s best to remember that CBD reacts differently in every body. Once you feel the desired effect, though, you won’t have to up the dose. To sum it up, if your doctor says it’s OK and you’re game to try CBD instead of popping traditional anti-inflammatories, go for it! Try it for a few weeks while varying the delivery method and dose to find what works best for you. Who knows? By tomorrow, you could be recovering faster from your workout and have one less excuse to skip leg day.
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