Your post-workout recovery is just as important as your workout. After you work out, your body needs to be able to heal itself in order for you to see any results from your workout. While the recovery process is crucial, we know that some people can feel frustrated by how long their recovery process takes. But did you know that CBD may be able to help you recover from your workouts more quickly?
Many runners, cyclists, weight lifters, and other athletes have found that CBD has shortened their recovery time, allowing them to progress in their fitness journey more quickly. And not only that, many people also find that CBD can help to ease the soreness and pain they feel during their recovery process, improving their overall well-being. So, how can CBD reduce soreness, ease pain, and speed up recovery? Below, we’ll go over everything you need to know about how CBD can help with post-workout recovery.
What Happens When We Work Out?
Before we talk about how CBD can aid post-workout recovery, let’s first go over what the body needs to recover from after exercise. Whenever you exercise your muscles, you’re putting them under stress. This stress causes microscopic tears in your muscle fibers, which then become inflamed. Experiencing tears in your muscles may sound bad, but these microscopic tears are actually what causes muscle growth. When your muscles are damaged due to these tiny tears, your body works to repair them. Then, as your body goes through the muscle damage and repair cycle over and over, you slowly build stronger, healthier muscles.
So, microscopic tears and inflammation are technically good things to experience after a workout, since they help you grow stronger, faster, and healthier over time. But your body does need to recover from increased inflammation, microscopic muscle tears, and your overall loss of energy stores after you work out. If you don’t recover enough, you’ll feel weaker rather than stronger over time and you may even end up suffering from an overuse injury.
CBD for Post-Workout Recovery
Cannabidiol (CBD) can aid in post-workout recovery due to how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a naturally occurring system in the body. The endocannabinoid system has been linked to regulating many different body processes, including inflammation, pain, sleep, appetite, metabolism, mood, and more. When you use CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in many ways. And some studies have shown that the CBD within the hemp cannabis plant may ease inflammation, improve sleep quality, and reduce pain, all of which can aid in post-workout recovery.
CBD and Reducing Post-Workout Inflammation
Your body will experience inflammation after a workout, since inflammation is a natural immune system response to tissue damage. You may notice your body’s inflammatory response if you experience post-workout pain, swelling, stiffness, or soreness, since these are classic symptoms of inflammation. While it is normal to experience soreness and inflammation after a strenuous workout, that excess inflammation needs to go down in order for your body to fully recover after the workout. Inflammation slows down your recovery process, limits your gains, and can lead to overuse injuries.
Some studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation in the body when it’s taken orally or when it’s applied topically to the body. So using a CBD oil, capsule, cream, salve, or lotion as a part of your post-workout routine may be able to help ease your post-work out inflammation, helping soothe your symptoms and speed up your recovery process.
CBD, Sleep Quality, and Recovery Time
Getting enough good quality sleep is incredibly important for the muscle recovery process. When we are in deep sleep, our bodies release growth hormones that speed muscle repair and recovery. If you don’t get enough deep sleep, your post-workout recovery can take much longer, which will end up slowing down your fitness progress.
The endocannabinoid system is directly involved in regulating sleep, so it should come as no surprise that CBD could help to improve sleep quality. Studies have found that CBD may improve sleep quality, regulate the sleep cycle, and help with insomnia. The studies on CBD and sleep are currently in their early stages, so we don’t know exactly how or why CBD may improve sleep. But there is some research that says it does, as well as plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests CBD can improve sleep health. Many athletes cite improved sleep as the top reason they use CBD. Some examples of athletes who have spoken about using CBD for sleep include U.S. Olympian Lolo Jones, beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh Jennings, and golfer Bubba Watson.
CBD and Injury Recovery
It’s painful and frustrating to experience a sports injury. But numerous athletes have found that using CBD for injury recovery can ease both their pain and their frustration. That’s because CBD may reduce pain and promote a faster recovery time due to its potential anti-inflammatory properties. Some examples of professional athletes who say they use CBD for injury recovery include UFC fighter Nate Diaz and the NFL players Derrick Morgan and Eugene Monroe.
It’s worth noting that many people prefer using CBD for their pain over other common over-the-counter pain relief options, such as NSAIDs. NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) reduce pain by reducing inflammation. But unlike CBD, which may also have anti-inflammatory properties, NSAIDs come with the potential for dangerous side effects, especially with long-term use or overuse. Some known potential side effects of NSAIDs include kidney, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal problems. CBD, on the other hand, does not come with these same serious side effects, and it has few side effects in general. So many people prefer using CBD for their pain relief, since they find that it offers similar benefits to NSAIDs, with fewer side effects.
Thinking of trying CBD to improve your post-workout recovery? Browse the Born Active shop to discover our selection of CBD products for those with an active lifestyle, like our CBD capsules and our CBD ISO-PLEX Cream. Or, browse our Born Original shop to find CBD products that are perfect for anytime use, like our CBD hemp oil tinctures and our CBD gummies. Every CBD product created by Born contains 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less, so you can get the health benefits of CBD while also experiencing no psychoactive effects.