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CBD Products and Applications for Post-Workout Muscle Recovery

As cannabis becomes more widely accepted and utilized for many things, it is inevitable that there will be many new applications in the future. One of these is the growing use of CBD in the regimens of athletes and exercise enthusiasts. While much of the evidence around CBD to help  ease recovery is anecdotal, there is an overwhelming amount of support for the cannabinoid’s efficacy in pain relief. If widespread anecdotal evidence is to be dismissed, one needs only look at the fact that in late September of 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from it’s banned substances list.
 
Muscle Soreness and CBD
One of the ways in which CBD is blazing a path in healthy-minded lives is by offsetting Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. DOMS is notable in that it causes muscle soreness for days after the initial workout, which serves to prevent further activity and dampen expected results.  Potentially, CBD could help reduce the amount of time between workouts by shortening recovery time.
 
Recovery Time
Frequently, people looking to cut down on their recovery time will use Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen to combat the pain from inflammation.  While this is a stigma-less short term solution for workout recovery, in the long term, this can be toxic to the body, particularly affecting the kidneys.  Additionally, extended use of such drugs could mean trading in the shortened recovery for more visits with your general care practitioner for other issues.  Considering that the body has a widespread system for taking in cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, CBD is becoming a clearer choice for combating the stiff muscles for the day after you train.
 
Topical Pain Relievers
The soreness after a workout is a side effect from tearing the muscle fibers. This tearing is necessary for the sought-after “gains” but CBD has been shown in some studies as a potent analgesic, as well as, an anti-inflammatory agent. This is where topical CBD applications come in.  As opposed to menthol and capsaicin based alternatives like BioFreeze and Tiger Balm, CBD salves penetrate the skin to work though your body’s endocannabinoid system, reducing the amount of inflammation on the site applied.  This can offer longer lasting relief rather than masking the pain of the inflammation. Some research suggests you may not need to ramp up the dosage of CBD to maintain the same relieving effects.
 
Internal Use
That being said, the superior method of supplementing CBD into a routine is sublingually (under the tongue) with a CBD tincture.  Although they usually don’t kick in until about 20 minutes after ingested, they give the body a well-rounded relief from soreness instead of a specific area, like full spectrum salves. While people that don’t work out as often might prefer a salve to use to address their muscle recovery, roll-on CBD products often receive praise due to the general lack of a residue that is common with creams.
 
There is no specified regiment for using CBD post-workout for muscle recovery, and we recommend finding a routine that works best for your needs!  From salves to tinctures, or even CBD isolate, there’s an application for everyone.  Interested in learning more about CBD?  Read through some of our blogs or reach out to Fully Activated CBD for more!

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