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How Can CBD Support Your Exercise Routine?

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.

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Four Ways to Use CBD Topicals and Creams

1. Relief From Localized Aches

CBD binds to the receptors in our brain that influences pain perception. This interaction helps soothe and provide relief. CBD topical creams and balms can be excellent options for providing localized relief to aching joints and muscles. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps you manage joint discomfort thanks to its CBD and sulfur-rich formula. Rub this soothing cream on your knuckles, shoulders, elbows, ankles, or any other area to provide instant natural relief.

2. Heal Burns & Cuts

Thanks to CBD’s antibacterial properties, topical CBD products are great to keep on hand for healing cuts and burns.

CBD topicals are absorbed quickly into the skin, meaning they’re fast-acting. Our CBD Infused Skin Balm can help soothe and calm down burns. Additionally, you can also apply our CBD Infused Skin Balm on cuts and scrapes to keep the area clean and moist. The restorative natural plant properties of the CBD balm quickly goes to work and helps relieve irritated and over-stimulated areas.

3. Skin Soother

As you may already know, full and broad-spectrum CBD products contain all the natural compounds found in the hemp plant (cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, antioxidants, and terpenes). They also contain antioxidants like Vitamins C, E, and terpenes that are especially beneficial for promoting healing.

Our customers also use our CBD Infused Skin Balm to soothe skin conditions. This simple, healing formula is made with our broad-spectrum CBD extract, beeswax, lavender, and eucalyptus extracts.

I use this for my eczema when I get flare ups and it definitely helps reduce it! I have eczema around my mouth, which sucks, so it’s nice to have a skin balm that’s flavorless, unlike nasty bitter prescription drugs that linger in my mouth.

– Alicia, Proper Hemp Co. customer

4. Muscle Relief

Whether you had a hard workout or experiencing tension from a stressful day, we’re all familiar with sore, tight muscles. That’s why we created our CBD Muscle Gel. Upon application, menthol crystals will work to cool down your aching muscles fast. Over time, you will feel the area will start to heat up thanks to another ingredient in our formula – camphor oil. This will help your muscles relax and help relieve some of the tightness.

Although CBD products won’t necessarily cure ailments, they may help relieve sore and strained muscles, skin irritations, and aches. Whether accompanied by other forms of CBD or used on their own, Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD topicals are a natural soothing alternative for relieving localized areas.