CBD for Sports Recovery

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a highly popular natural remedy for many common ailments. CBD is the most commonly referred to compound of cannabis, however, there are over 100 chemical compounds. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.[1] In 2018, clinical research on cannabidiol included preliminary studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.[2]

CBD can be taken into the body in several ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke or vape, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, topically, and by mouth in the form of various edibles. It may be supplied as CBD oil containing only CBD as the active ingredient (no included tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes), a full-plant CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or as a prescription liquid solution.[2] CBD does not have the same psychoactivity as THC,[3][4] and may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present.

CBD is used by many to relieve health problems such as anxiety, depression, reduce seizures, and combat insomnia, in addition to treating pain and inflammation. There are hundreds of studies being conducted on the various uses for CBD as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. The FDA is not recognizing CBD as a supplement at this time, but it hasn’t slowed the sales of CBD nor the amount of research being done on effectiveness on ailments and disease. If you are interested in the various studies, the US National Library of Medicine is an excellent and reliable resource.

Since CBD is known to ease inflammation, reduce muscle spasms, relieve pain and anxiety it is no doubt that it can be a good supplement for avid exercisers to include it in their overall active lifestyle. Athletes are finding that taking CBD is a great alternative to NSAIDs, which are known to cause kidney issues, bleeding ulcers, and even seizures.  Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters (5). This is why many athletes are keeping easy to apply CBD, such as Fit Hot Mess Roll-On Freeze, in their gym bag. The immediately soothing and super strong (500mg) liquid CBD goes to work immediately due to the added ingredient of Yerba Mate (an analgesic herb) and uncaria tomentosa extract (anti-inflammatory plant extract) to help with faster muscle recovery. 

In fact, CBD oil is thought to be one of the best anti-inflammatory aids on the market today. Muscles recover when you sleep, CBD, when taken orally, has helped people with sleep issues for hundreds of years.

What Causes Muscle Fatigue After Strenuous Exercise?

Not all muscle soreness is the same. There are two types: acute muscle soreness (felt immediately) and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Acute muscle soreness is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. This type of soreness resolves rather quickly, unlike its counterpart, DOM, which can take 24-72 hours to peak. DOMS is a result of micro tears in your muscle fibers and surrounding connective tissues. While consuming anti-inflammatory foods have shown promise, one must factor in the high amount of sugar in pineapple or watermelon, in order to achieve any noticeable results. Therefore, CBD is growing among athletes. It’s calorie free and if you use a good CBD cream, or roll-on, there is an immediate relief.

Most people consume protein powders and add nutritional foods into their routine as post-workout meals to replenish the body of the energy lost and to help in muscle recovery. Nevertheless, CBD is more powerful than all these post-workout meals when it comes to fast muscle recovery and reduction of fatigue after rigorous workout or training.

To sum it up, if your doctor says it’s OK and you’re game to try CBD instead of popping traditional anti-inflammatories, go for it. Try it for a few weeks while varying the delivery method and dose to find what works best for you. Try it for a few weeks while varying the delivery method and dose to find what works best for you. Who knows? By tomorrow, you could be recovering faster from your workout and have one less excuse to skip leg day.