Balance, sleep, relief – some of the many reasons people turn to CBD for. Cannabidiol (or CBD) is making headlines on all the ways it can benefit your lifestyle. But did you know CBD is a great way to support your fitness regimen?
In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of banned substances. Since then, CBD has quickly become a favorite of athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Here’s why CBD may be beneficial for promoting quick relief and muscle recovery after exercise.
CBD for Muscle Recovery
Exercise, especially an intense workout, causes microscopic tears in the muscles. These tears trigger the body’s repair process for creating stronger muscles which result in inflammation. This can make your muscles feel sore and stiff. Dr. Alan Beyer, a sports medicine doctor, and executive medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California explains how inflammation triggers the body’s repair processes, allowing tissues to grow back stronger and fitter. However, too much inflammation left unchecked can contribute to excessive muscle damage and poor workout results. Inflammation is also a hallmark of exercise injuries including strains and sprains, he says. For this reason, exercisers commonly integrate anti-inflammatory measures – such as eating antioxidant-containing foods and taking ice baths – into their workout routines to aid the workout process.
Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts are turning to CBD to help in their post-workout recovery because CBD can help soothe muscles and joints. The use of CBD—which is available in topical creams, capsules, tinctures, and more—can help curb increased stiffness and soreness following workouts, allowing for greater flexibility and improved condition the next day.
How to Use CBD Post-Workout
You can support your body right after a workout by taking a dietary supplement like our CBD Drops, or CBD + Curcumin Relief Softgels. These support your endocannabinoid system by interacting with your CB2 receptors. CBD supports these receptors which include the systems responsible for starting the recovery process after exercise.
You can also target localized areas with our topicals. Our CBD Joint Cream is formulated with OptiMSM – a supplement that is rich in sulfur which our bodies need to maintain healthy connective tissues. Use our CBD Joint Cream to rub on inflamed joints, tendons, and ligaments to help calm and relieve them.
On the other hand, our CBD Muscle Gel is formulated with menthol crystals which have a cooling effect when applied. Overtime camphor, another key ingredient in our CBD Muscle Gel, warms up the area and helps relax your muscles over time. The CBD in our Muscle Gel goes in and provides support and relief to recovering muscles.