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How Does CBD Affect Exercise?

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From reducing anxiety to improving sleep quality to relieving pain, Cannabidiol (or CBD) is making headlines on all the ways it can benefit your life. But did you know CBD may also be able to help you achieve your health and fitness goals?

While specific studies examining CBD and exercise performance have yet to be conducted, current research suggests a plausible positive link between the two. A natural anti-inflammatory, CBD is gaining popularity amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts. And in 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of banned substances. Here’s why CBD may be beneficial for promoting quick muscle recovery and pain relief from exercise.

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its minimal side effects and non-addictive nature.

CBD for Muscle Recovery

Exercise, especially an intense workout, causes microscopic tears in the muscles. These tears naturally cause inflammation, triggering the body’s repair process for creating stronger muscles. However, muscle soreness and stiffness are also frequently experienced.

ny workout, especially a rigorous one, causes microscopic damage to the body’s muscles and tissues, explains Dr. Alan Beyer, sports medicine doctor and executive medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California. It’s this inflammation that 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. They also try to curb achy muscles and joints through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, Beyer says.

And CBD’s benefits are helpful for the average person’s workout, too. The natural inflammation that happens in the body after a workout can be difficult to overcome. The use of CBD—which is available in topical creams, capsules, sprays, and more—can help curb increased stiffness and soreness following workouts, allowing for greater flexibility and prime condition the next day.

That’s a good thing, experts say. After all, exercising without proper recovery risks counteracting the positive benefits of physical activity completely. Research has shown that overtraining can lead to poorer athletic performance, higher blood pressure, poor sleep, digestive issues and even mood problems like depression. What’s more, neglecting any one area of fitness can hold you back from achieving your goals: Building strength without range of motion, for example, can lead to a pulled muscle on your next heavy lift, while increasing flexibility without building strength renders you unstable in daily life.

How to Use CBD Post-Workout

Tinctures, soft gels, infused balms and topicals, edibles, vape pens. CBD is available in a wide of forms.

Beyond oils and oral supplements, CBD is often sold in infused balms, lotions, capsules, edibles, vape pens, and more. Basically, you just need to decide if you’d like to ingest it or rub it on for relief.

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Four Ways to Use CBD Topicals and Creams

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From dietary supplements to infused coffee to bath bombs, CBD is everywhere lately and offered in a variety of products. So then how does one decide? Which CBD products are the best for you? That all depends on what kind of results you’re looking for. However, a good multi-functional product we think everyone should have in their arsenal is a CBD topical.

In fact, we’re such fans of our CBD Infused Skin Balm, we almost always have a jar of it on hand just in case (think one in the medicine cabinet, one bedside, one in our desk drawer…) We can’t overstate how quickly this balm has worked for us on those pesky stove burns or painfully deep papercuts. You’ll definitely want to keep this CBD skin balm on hand. But CBD topical creams and balms are also especially great for joints, sore muscles, or anytime you need to relax. Below are just four of our favorite ways to use CBD topical creams and balms.

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1. Relief From Localized Acute Pain

CBD topical creams and balms can be excellent additions to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Recent research has specifically focused on the benefits of topical CBD for arthritis pain. After applying a topical CBD gel to arthritic rats for four days, researchers in a 2016 study saw reduced joint swelling and decreased measures of pain and inflammation. They found that topical CBD applications may provide relief for arthritis pain without the many side effects of traditional pain relievers.

CBD binds to the receptors in our brain that influences pain perception making it an effective pain reliever. Not to mention the fact that CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps every user manage their localized pain and cut down on inflammation. Rub instant relief on your knuckle, elbows, ankle, or any other area of pain and get back to doing the things you love. Pain-free.

2. Heal Burns & Cuts

Thanks to CBD’s antibacterial properties, topical CBD creams are great to keep on hand for healing cuts and burns. Additionally, CBD is known for helping reduce pain and inflammation. This can be especially beneficial because, well, burns and cuts can sting.

CBD topicals are absorbed quickly into the skin, meaning they’re fast-acting. The Proper Hemp Co. CBD Infused Skin Balm works better and faster than aloe in healing burns, while also clearing up cuts faster than other brands of ointments and creams. The restorative natural plant properties of the CBD balm quickly goes to work on any irritated or over-stimulated area of skin.

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3. Soothe Dry Skin, Eczema, & Psoriasis

A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that CBD topicals may be effective against eczema, psoriasis, atopic and contact dermatitis. The study’s senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle, MD, stated that “perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch.” It’s believed this may be thanks to CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Broad spectrum CBD, like Proper Hemp Co.’s products, contains all the natural compounds found in the hemp plant (cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, antioxidants, and terpenes). The antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and terpenes found in CBD are especially valuable for promoting healthy skin and reducing inflammation. While individually beneficial, they are especially powerful when working together synergistically. This creates what’s referred to as the “entourage effect.”

Additionally, many CBD topicals are infused with naturally moisturizing and soothing ingredients. (We can’t get enough of the pleasant scent of natural eucalyptus and lavender in our CBD Infused Skin Balm.)

4. Relieve Sore Muscle

Whether from working hard at the gym or simply tension from the stresses of life, we’re all familiar with sore muscles. Fortunately, natural and fast relief can be found with topical creams like Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Muscle Gel. In fact, thanks to its recent removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency‘s list of banned substances, CBD (especially in its topical form) has grown in popularity amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This is in part due to its ability to promote quick recovery and pain relief.

Simply massage CBD topicals and balms well into your skin over any sore areas–like your back, legs, or shoulders. You’ll feel a noticeable difference in the amount of tightness and soreness. Go ahead and try it yourself; we promise our CBD Balm will have your back!

CBD topicals and creams won’t necessarily cure ailments. However, they can provide relief from sore and strained muscles, stress, skin irritations, and arthritis pain. Whether accompanied by other forms of CBD or used on their own, Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD topicals are a natural and soothing alternative for relieving localized inflammation and promoting overall wellness.

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Can CBD Help with Pain Relief?

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It’s been estimated that 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. It’s also the most common reason adults seek health care. Unfortunately, traditional painkillers and opioids have dangerous side effects, causing many to look for alternate, healthier options. While it’s still a relatively new option, popularity is growing around Cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management. And although more research needs to be done to more fully understand abilities, initial research is promising.

A 2008 report examined recent research on CBD and other cannabinoids for pain relief. Compiling studies from the late 1980s to 2007, they concluded that adding CBD to one’s treatment plan for pain relief “shows great promise.” It’s not surprising then that according to a 2018 cross-sectional survey of CBD users, pain was the most common medical reason for using CBD.

By intercepting the transmission of pain signals in the body, CBD works with the body’s nervous system. It helps provide natural pain relief without the nasty side effects of Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and opioids.

CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s defense mechanism against infection and vital to our immune system. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues, including pain. But by suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD may provide relief for many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems, including alleviating pain and reducing swelling and soreness.

A study on mice and rats, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicinesupports these theories. Additionally, their study suggests that individuals are unlikely to build up a tolerance to CBD. Meaning that, unlike typical anti-inflammatories and painkillers, CBD likely poses no threat of addiction and increased dosing won’t be necessary for continued results over time.

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CBD for Pain Relief

Recently, osteoarthritic rats were part of a study evaluating CBD’s potential to relieve inflammation, pain, and joint neuropathy. Findings revealed decreased joint inflammation as well as improved weight bearing in the rats with CBD use. Researchers also noted CBD’s potential to actually prevent the development of joint pain from occurring in the first place, concluding:

This study showed for the first time that local CBD administration inhibited pain and peripheral sensitisation in established OA. Topical treatment with CBD reduced leukocyte trafficking and joint hyperaemia during the early stages of MIA. By attenuating this initial inflammatory response with CBD, end-stage OA pain and peripheral neuropathy were abrogated. Thus, CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy.

2016 study also examined arthritis pain in rats.  After applying a topical CBD gel to the rats for four days, researchers saw reduced joint swelling and decreased measures of pain and inflammation. They found that topical CBD applications may provide relief for arthritis pain without the many side effects of traditional pain relievers.

CBD Topical Creams

As emphasized by the above studies, CBD topical creams and balms can be an excellent addition to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Infused Skin Balm delivers a soothing dose of relief for pain induced by inflammation. It’s especially great for sore and strained muscles, skin irritations, or anytime you need to relax. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps every user manage their localized pain and cut down on inflammation. Rub instant relief on your knuckle, elbows, ankle, or any other area of pain and get back to doing the things you love. Pain-free.

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Curcumin + CBD for Pain Relief

You’ve probably heard of turmeric and its impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. But did you know that curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric? Curcumin has actually been shown to be the ingredient responsible for all those great benefits that have made turmeric a staple in our wellness cabinets.

However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches and several chronic conditions.

Disclaimer: Though the current CBD research as a pain reliever is encouraging, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s routine. 

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CBD for Pain Management

In September 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report estimating that 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. While others have provided their own estimates, one thing is clear and can be agreed upon: Pain is the most common reason adults seek health care. Traditional painkillers and opioids have dangerous side effects, causing many to look for alternate, healthier options. And while it’s still a relatively new option, popularity is growing around CBD for pain management.

CBD for Pain Management

Whether you’re looking for pain relief from arthritis, migraines, or a hard day at the gym, you may want to try CBD. Research is mounting in support of its abundant benefits, including managing pain with CBD oil and products. By intercepting the transmission of pain signals in the body, CBD works with the body’s nervous system. It helps provide natural pain relief without the nasty side effects of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and traditional painkillers.

Along with the impressive list of conditions it can provide relief for, CBD comes in a wide range of products. Softgels, gummies, oils, and topical creams are just a few of the CBD products Proper Hemp offers. This provides you with natural pain relief and ensures maximum benefits, minus the addictive properties. As with any dietary supplement, Proper Hemp encourages you to talk with your doctor before combining CBD products with prescription medications.

Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s defense mechanism against infection and vital to our immune system. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues. In fact, did you know that diabetes, cancer, hormonal issues, digestive problems, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions all stem from inflammation? Did you also know that CBD is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory? By suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD can relieve so many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems. Whether you’re wanting to maintain homeostasis or are looking to reduce pain and inflammation, CBD is a powerful resource.

Curcumin

You’ve probably heard of turmeric and its impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. But did you know that curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric? Curcumin has actually been shown to be the ingredient responsible for all those great benefits that have made turmeric a staple in our wellness cabinets.

However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches and several chronic conditions.

Topical Creams

Inflammation can be a real pain to deal with (no pun intended). Topical creams and balms can be a helpful supplement to soft gels and sublingual tinctures in combating this. Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Infused Skin Balm delivers a soothing dose of relief for pain induced by inflammation. It’s especially great for joints, sore and strained muscles, or anytime you need to relax.

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