As you can see from many of our other blogs, CBD has a lot of purported benefits, backed up by our array of real-life success studies and scientific evidence. Everything from helping cancer patients fight nausea, to acting as a sleep aid for people with insomnia, to heightening libido.
While those seem like potentially huge breakthroughs, CBD is also said to help with smaller stuff, like helping you recover faster from workouts thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s everything you need to know from Tom at DR CBD Rx.
Why are we sore after a workout anyway?
No matter how fit you are, sometimes you just feel it after a workout. Some workouts can leave you sore for days. That’s because, as the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) explains, working out causes microscopic damage to muscle fibres. Those muscles then become inflamed, which triggers the body to respond and repair, causing muscle soreness or stiffness.
Does CBD improve recovery from exercise and muscle pain?
Scientists are still in the early stages of studying CBD at a clinical level, but CBD has been shown to suppress the inflammatory response, along with the neuropathic pain that athletes may experience. Plus, it can improve sleep quality, and sleep is very important for recovery after exercise.
It also helps address delayed onset-muscle soreness, general muscle tension, muscle spasms and inflammation all of which can all result after exercise.
When CBD is used during training season, and especially during the winter months, it supports a strong immune system, and its high antioxidant content will maintain a robust cardiovascular system, which is of utmost importance for elite athletes.
DR CBD Rx is very simple to use compared to other products often associated with exercise such as CBD-infused protein powders, muscle rubs, and Epsom-salt soaks. With just a spray under the tongue and results often seen in less than 24 hours – it’s the easy on-the-go solution – rather than the other time-consuming alternatives on the market.
What other ways can CBD affect someone’s fitness?
Because CBD has such an array of benefits – it will make a user more up for fitness that ever before.
We have even seen client’s menstrual cramps resolve and menopause side effects reduced – so there will no longer be any reason to not exercise.
How do athletes use it?
- To alleviate chronic pain
Certain CBD products, including DR CBD Rx can relieve aches like lower back pain or injury.
- As an ibuprofen alternative
Popping an ibuprofen or Advil is a common practice for many athletes after a hard race or rough-and-tumble sports game. Lately, CBD has been touted as more natural form of relief for minor aches and pains, too.
- For routine recovery
Studies do show that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and can help individuals fall asleep, which accelerates the entire recuperating process.
- To reduce game-day stress
This might be the area with the most encouraging evidence, studies performed with actual human subjects (not rats) have shown that it has anxiety-reducing properties.
- To perform better
You may have noticed a surge in ultrarunners referring to cannabis-enhanced runs, or snowboarders boasting about really great rides after toking up. The only problem? Those studies and anecdotes focus on the effects of THC, not CBD.
Is there scientific proof?
According to a 2018 review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, CBD can indeed reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis. “It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective,” the review study’s authors wrote.
Make sure the product you choose is what it says it is?
I would like to highlight the report mentioned earlier, whereby the Centre for Medical Cannabis blind-tested 30 products advertising themselves as CBD, bought on the High Street and online. Only 38% of the products tested had levels of CBD within 10% of the amount advertised on the bottle. So, if users, especially those with a real consideration for their fitness, want to try CBD – we advise you choose products that are regulated and quality producers with transparent ingredients. Click here to see our products.