CBD and Muscle Recovery
Why is there so much hype around CBD and exercise? It doesn't take much searching to find amateur and professional athletes using CBD to help with different ailments caused by an active lifestyle. In this blog, we will take a look at the 2 most popular ways to use CBD for muscle recovery, tinctures and topicals. How are they different? And how can they help?
Preparation: Before you begin using CBD to help with different sorts of recovery from exercise you need to check a few boxes. The first being that you need to make sure you have a high-quality CBD product to use. If the CBD product you have is inferior it's not going to make a difference and won't help you actively recover. If you're not sure what to look for in a high-quality CBD, click here to check out our blog on what makes a great CBD product.
If you're concerned about any potential interactions or if CBD is right for you, we recommend talking to a medical professional first. We've put together a helpful blog (you can view here) with how exactly to talk to your doctor about CBD. We at Relyf also offer a free 15-minute consultation if you'd like to connect with one of our Natural Health Practitioners more about if CBD is right for you. Simply call the number attached on our Contact Us page.
Oils: CBD Oil Tinctures are some of the most popular ways to use CBD for muscle recovery. Tinctures are taken sublingually (under your tongue) and are a quick and effective way to get CBD into your system. Cannabidiol (CBD) can work on a host of bodily needs. However, for the sake of this article, we are going to focus on how it works on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and helps your body achieve balance.
CBD effectually improves the ECS by lowering FAAH and therefore increasing anandamide, a neurotransmitter synthesized in areas of the brain that are important for memory, motivation, movement control, and higher-order thinking. Anandamide also plays an important role in pain tolerance, appetite, and fertility.
Study after study has shown that restful sleep helps your body actively recover. Which is great for CBD users because CBD works directly on the system of the body that regulates your sleep pattern, your ECS. Your ECS is the regulatory system in your body and affects everything from restful sleep to your mood and beyond. So when you take a high-quality CBD oil it can help you achieve a great night's sleep and allow you to wake up refreshed and recovered.
Outside of helping with your nightly recovery, CBD also can help directly with muscle recovery due to its inflammation-fighting properties. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and by taking high-quality CBD Oil you can help reduce the inflammation in your joints and muscles. Thus helping you recover faster and get back to exercising!
Topicals: CBD Topicals are fantastic for any external discomfort your body might be dealing with after working out. While ingesting CBD is great for helping your body achieve homeostasis, CBD Topicals can help with the discomfort caused by a rigorous workout routine. If you've ever done multiple reps of pull-ups or barbell movements you've probably experienced skin ripping on your hand, or additional paint in your joints caused by stress. CBD Topicals are a quick way to help with that discomfort. Depending on the need, look for different topicals that contain other complementary ingredients. For instance, if the bottom of your feet are hurting from the long run than try to find a CBD Topical with Menthol. Menthol has a cooling effect and can help relieve the built-up tension in your muscles.
Frequency: One last note to consider is how often you take CBD. Similar to a vitamin you want to use CBD consistently to truly feel the benefits. As you consistently take CBD your body builds it up in your body and it better carries throughout your body. Not sure how much CBD to take? Check out Relyf's groundbreaking DNA Kits which use your specific DNA make up to recommend exactly how much CBD you need to take for different bodily ailments.