More and more people are making CBD a part of their pre and post-workout routines. From professional athletes to everyday gym-goers, CBD’s calming and anti-inflammatory effects are perfect for anybody who loves to work hard on the field or in the gym.
Available in multiple forms, CBD can both calm the mind and soothe the body. CBD oils can provide calm and focus throughout your workout, while CBD topicals can provide localized relief from inflammation and inflammation-related pain.
How can you incorporate CBD into your fitness routine?
Intense exercise can lead to muscle soreness and tightness, joint pain, and inflammation.
During exercise, muscles sustain tiny microscopic tears that can then be rebuilt into stronger tissue during rest. This process is crucial to building muscle mass, but can also lead to soreness – especially if you haven’t stretched well beforehand or if you haven’t exercised in a while.
Rest and recovery are absolutely crucial to building muscle and to cardio performance. If inflammation and inflammation-related pain is slowing you down or making your recovery period unnecessarily uncomfortable, CBD can help. CBD can minimize pain and inflammation throughout the recovery period, allowing your muscles to rest more quickly and be ready for their next challenge.
But physical exertion doesn’t just cause muscle pain, it also causes joint pain – just ask any serious weightlifter or endurance runner. CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects make it perfect for alleviating inflammation at the source and stopping any resulting pain in its tracks.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects have been well studied. In 2003, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared CBD to be useful in a range of “age-related, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases”. CBD’s system-wide anti-inflammatory effects fight inflammation all over the body, including in muscles and joints.
How does it do this? Researchers believe that CBD interacts with cell receptors and ion channels in the body’s inner endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help bring the body back into balance.
CBD can also keep you from having to rely on over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin and ibuprofen. While these kinds of products can certainly get the job done, they can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort and damage to the stomach lining. However, CBD has minimal side effects, especially when compared to these kinds of medications.
CBD oils and CBD topicals can work together to provide comprehensive relief wherever needed.
CBD oils work systemically to promote relaxation and produce anti-inflammatory effects. Some people rely on CBD’s calming anti-anxiety effects to help them relax and focus during their exercise sessions. CBD can provide clear-headedness and work to eliminate distractions, especially on a particularly anxious or stressful day.
Others simply prefer to use CBD to help them wind down after an intense, heart-pounding session in the gym.
Additionally, CBD topicals are a great spot-treatment for any localized pain and inflammation that may flare-up after a workout. If certain muscles or joints tend to experience frequent or constant inflammatory flareups, CBD topicals can work to calm them down within a matter of minutes.
In a recent article for Aspiring Gentleman, CBDPath CEO Michael Donnely shared how he incorporates CBD into his workout routine.
“Within fifteen minutes of completing my workout, I have a protein powder smoothie, the protein plays an important role in repairing and rebuilding your muscles. Lastly, I follow up with The CBD Path 1000MG Full Spectrum tincture prior to bedtime. It is an anti-inflammatory product that promotes recovery from inflammation as well as a calming effect to assist with sleeping. I place the dropper under my tongue and leave the CBD oil there for approx 90 seconds to get the full bioavailability through the glands under my tongue. After some extreme workouts where I push my body until my muscles give out, I treat myself to a massage using the 150mg Hemp CBD Intensive Relief Rub from The CBD Path. Rest and a good night’s sleep has proven to be a major factor in the body’s recovery. Feeling strong the next morning after a solid night’s sleep following the exhaustion from my workout the day prior is proof enough for me that rest combined with our CBD regiment is paramount for growth and recovery.”
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