Cannabidiol – an extract from Cannabis for post-workout use
7 CBD infused recovery products specifically for post-workout feels
The use of CBD as a workout supplement has grown massively in the last few years thanks to a number of famous sportspeople who use it for building strength and treating muscle soreness.
But what do we know about CBD and its link to marijuana? Here’s a quick breakdown:
CBD is extracted from seeds, stalks, buds, and flowers of hemp plants. It provides therapeutic effects that make it a ‘herbal medicine’ of sorts.
THC is also present in hemp, but is a completely different compound and is responsible for the euphoria that comes from smoking weed. While cannabis does contain a psychoactive compound (THC), using CBD-infused products doesn’t necessarily mean you will get high; but it’s wise to check the product label.
Exercise causes tiny tears in microfibers, which unless repaired, can deteriorate muscle and reduce strength; which would obviously make your workouts impossible. The trick is to treat muscles before and after each workout to minimize inflammation and speed up healing, and CBD has been found to help with this.
Cannabidiol is great for post-workout self-care
The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill greatly enhanced CBD’s perception, particularly as a workout supplement; but it’s actually the health benefits that got people interested in the first place. CBD not only reduces inflammation, but it is also potentially a treatment for sleeplessness and anxiety – both of which can hinder muscle growth. As new data continues to support CBD as a reliable supplement, new products are coming out. The following are 7 CBD-infused workout products designed to improve performance by eliminating post-workout inflammation:
Island makes a line of THC and CBD flower
Island’s new CBD Flower product contains both CBD and its psychoactive cousin, THC. It is sold in a jar and can be ingested via smoking. It contains about .16% THC, which makes illegal in many states. Federal regulations currently allow the use of CBD in all states, provided it has only trace amounts of THC, so at the moment, it is only sold in certain countries in Europe, Africa and USA.
Apothecanna Circulating Foots and leg Crème
This formula is perfect for runners. Sore feet are a common side effect among runners, and this product combines essential natural antioxidants including cannabidiol, ginger grapefruit, and capsaicin, all of which form the strongest formula for treating inflammation and soreness in the feet. It takes just minutes to apply and massage it in, and the ingredients penetrate deep under the skin to minimize pain and inflammation.
CBD cartridge for the G Pen Gio Vaporizer pen
Sold in 41 states, the new Gio Vaporizer pen came out when the company that makes G Pen partnered with Eaze Wellness, and the vaporizer is available in strawberry and peach flavours. G Pens are popular for their long battery life and what the manufacturer calls “discretion in use”. This particular brand of vaporizer cartridges was initially introduced by Herbology, a company that makes CBD oil. The company is known for making eco-friendly products and developing their products through rigorous testing.
The Now peppermint makes CBD rich body balm
The LA-based massage studio The Now produces a brand of CBD balm that works as a treatment for muscle soreness and is available for home treatment. It’s perfect for post-workout feels and combines the antioxidant property of CBD with peppermint to make a perfectly soothing balm. The manufacturer is known for making workout treatments for pro-athletes
Wildflower CBD + Healing Stick
This product combines CBD with the healing power of coconut oil, shea butter, and a few essential oils. It works as an all-natural roll-on stick that you can take with you and it has one of the highest concentrations of CBD. It’s mess-free, easy to use, and it has a nice scent. Use it post-workout to reduce inflammation and speed up recovery.
Apothecanna more strength spray
Perfect for when you don’t have time for a massage or form rolling; this strength spray is designed to get rid of muscle tension, enhance recovery, and it makes you feel invigorated. Just once spritz will yield high performance and you can target localized pain quite easily by spraying directly to the affected area. Use it daily for maximum effect; preferably before and after each workout.
Aceso soothe beverage powder
If you need a simple add-in for your water or energy drink, this is the best product to add to your drink – and it has a decent concentration of CBD, plus a few added ingredients including cinnamon, curcumin, and tart cherry. Use it to prevent soreness, and for quick recovery after intense workouts.
Why CBD is great for post-workout soreness
Reports such as this one and multiple reports from leading researchers have shown that using cannabidiol reduces the chances of acquiring injuries during exercise, and it also shortens recovery time significantly. What makes it such a great product for athletes is the fact that it doesn’t contain any psychoactive ingredients (THC) and won’t show up on drug tests – however, we should point out that much of the research surrounding CBD is in the early stages. That being said, there haven’t been any major side effects, especially when using it as a topical product.
Cannabidiol has a unique effect on stress and anxiety and can be used to manage stress levels by reducing cortisol levels in the blood. Cortisol has the unpleasant effect of reducing muscle growth when released in high amounts, and CBD can keep stress hormones at bay. Managing stress is a major aspect of working out, and that includes both physical and mental stress. Keeping stress levels low means that you’re able to sleep better, and the body can, therefore, heal itself and maintain high energy levels.
Cognitive function almost-always improves when CBD is ingested, and that’s not all. Check out these amazing benefits:
- Pain relief
- Improved focus
- High energy
- Stronger bones
These are only a few of the many effects of CBD in the body, and based on current studies, there are many more benefits to using CBD as a health supplement. Use daily for the best results; and stick with moderate doses so you don’t feel drowsy.
Written by Sergejs Marmilovs