Sunday 20 February 2022

CBD for Muscle Recovery

Image: Crystalweed Cannabis. (A CBD tincture on a wooden table)

What is CBD?

To understand how CBD can benefit muscle recovery, we first need to understand what CBD is. CBD is a chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. But CBD, unlike the compound THC found in cannabis, doesn’t cause the user any psychoactive effects albeit derived from the same plant. It’s helpful to think of CBD as THC’s more reserved, less controversial cousin. 


By Tess DiNapoli

DiBapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.


“Cannabis and CBD are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of different reasons, helping people who suffer from chronic pain, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety, or helping active people with muscle recovery after a workout. While we see plenty of customers who, in their words, ‘want to get really high,’ we also see many people looking for a way to ease pain and discomfort,” says Domenic Suppa, COO of Massachusetts-based dispensary, Native Sun. CBD is available in no shortage of forms. You’ve probably walked past a coffee shop that offers CBD tinctures to put in your cup of Joe, or seen it advertised for dog treats to calm down your anxious pup. The greatest thing about CBD is that it’s legal, so you won’t have an issue buying high-quality products, so long as you do your research and prioritize buying from brands you can trust.


There are many ways to use CBD in your everyday life, but today we’ll be focusing on the benefits of using CBD in the realm of muscle recovery.


Reducing Inflammation: The biggest factor in CBD working as an effective muscle recovery tool after a strenuous workout routine is its ability to reduce muscle inflammation. Using CBD in your preferred form post workout is a good way to calm your muscles. Salves, tinctures, gummies, and more are all available. Studies have shown that CBD inhibits several inflammatory molecules, thus actively reducing inflammation that has occurred during your workout and giving you a quicker recovery time.


Workout-Related Injuries: If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a pulled muscle or a sports-related injury, you understand the sheer agony. An injury that occurs during a workout feels especially unjust. Instead of jumping straight to NSAIDs, muscle relaxers or pain killers, give CBD a fair chance to help decrease muscle tension. Bonus: You won’t have to deal with the potentially ugly side effects of using a muscle relaxer.


Pain Reducer Sans Side Effects: We can’t stress the importance of pain relief minus the side effects you’ll experience if you rely on muscle relaxers or pain killers for a sports-related injury. CBD can offer effective pain relief without making you feel dizzy, confused, or depressed. These are just three of the well-known side effects of painkillers and muscle relaxers. CBD is a natural painkiller. According to an article published by The Cannifornian, studies have shown that, “CBD can reduce pain through three mechanisms by stopping pain transmission in the brain and spinal cord, decreasing inflammatory messenger activity, and reducing muscle ache sensitivity”.


Gives You More Energy: Who can argue with more energy? When the coffee shakes become too much, maybe it’s time to rely on something else for a more sustained energy boost. This is where CBD comes in. CBD is great for athletes and those of you who enjoy staying in shape because research has shown it improves energy levels. By managing a natural homeostasis in your body, CBD helps you achieve steady energy throughout your days, making your workouts that much more enjoyable. See for yourself if CBD can take your physical activity to the next level. *As always, talk to your doctor first if you’re experiencing low energy levels, as it could be a health problem worth addressing!


Better Sleep: No-one should deny themselves a restorative night’s sleep. Sleep habits are important to learn and implement in our lives. Sleep and muscle recovery go hand in hand. If you’re not getting proper sleep, your muscles can’t recover properly. When you don’t get enough sleep, you risk higher cortisol levels which limit the insulin-like growth factor. Studies proved CBD helps with better quality sleep.


With muscle recovery and CBD, there’s no shortage of evidence to suggest that it helps massively. The next time you hit the gym or break your distance record on a run, incorporate CBD into your post-workout routine and see for yourself if CBD positively impacts your active life.

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