How CBD can work with your workout and recovery.

The start of a new year usually means resolutions as people catalog lists of ways to help improve themselves and their wellness routines. With the increase in searches for health and fitness ideas, many are wondering how CBD can fit into an updated regimen. The good news is the potential benefits that Cannabidiol boasts can be what makes CBD the perfect “spotter” the next time you make your way through another workout.

As you may already know, Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of hundreds of identified cannabinoids in the Cannabis family of plants. When the U.S. Farm Bill was passed into law in 2018, Hemp became an agricultural commodity which cleared the way for hemp-derived CBD products to hit shelves throughout the USA. Tinctures, topicals and treats can all be purchased with this natural plant-made compound as its foundation.

Over the many years that CBD has been available, many more have been dedicated to studying this plant and its hundreds of compounds. Of the many studies that have been executed, the most common finding is that CBD has many anti-inflammatory properties. This is because of the body’s own Endocannabinoid system and how it works with and in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

In a 2017 report from the Department of Pharmacology and Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine in Halifax, it was stated that the body’s Endocannabinoid system “plays an important physiological role in the regulation of tissue inflammation and pain.”

This important research, which was supported by an operating grant provided by The Arthritis Society, stated that “CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA [osteoarthritis] pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy.”

Similarly, in a 2018 issue of Frontiers in Neurology, a compound study reviewed and published the potential benefits of CBD stating that it “reduces spasticity, pain and inflammation” (among other things). It is precisely because of these reports that CBD could be a potentially great addition to your “new year, new you” goals.

 

WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO POST-WORKOUT PAIN?

When we exercise and push our muscles harder than they may be used to, those muscle fibers become inflamed. This muscle soreness – often referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) – is a result of that inflammation in the muscles. The microscopic damage we do to ourselves in the process of our routine causes the body to go into a response to help heal and it is usually then that many people turn to over the counter anti-inflammatory options. With more plant-based options like CBD products, more are looking into what it could potentially do for them.

Erin Kelly of GQ magazine writes that there are several reasons that athletes choose CBD to be a part of their routine: from performance and routine or recovery efforts and as a plant-based alternative to over-the-counter choices.

Former sprinter and NASM certified personal trainer, Tara Laferrara, told MensHealth.com that she has become a CBD devotee, saying “As a personal trainer and someone that works out every day and really pushes myself a lot, I noticed the biggest difference in inflammation and stress after a workout.”

These are just the beginning of those who have found - and talk about - the positive effects that CBD has brought into their lives. More and more, daily, are sharing their love of CBD for others to learn more about.

 If you’re new to CBD, there are many options when looking for a product that works for you. At Kurativ CBD, our organically grown hemp extracts are utilized in many ways so that there are choices for combating that “leg-day complaining”.

Where should you begin?

Many who are new to trying CBD have found that they enjoy the simple, targeted application of a topically applied product. Easily applied, CBD creams are a great way to hit specific areas. Sore muscles and joints can be quickly and easily reached with the right balm or cooling cream. Many who are new to CBD like to start with a topical cream as it helps them to get to know the compound without worrying about CBD entering the bloodstream, as topical creams and balms work specifically in the area that they are applied to.

(Read more about topical creams and balms)

Some of those who enjoy CBD based products have found that they prefer the ease of a bottled CBD oil. Often referred to as “tinctures”, these products are enjoyed sublingually (under the tongue) and are made with a simple ingredient list. Oils can come in a variety of spectrums and blends and they can be found with various amounts of CBD milligrams inside. Another popular way to enjoy hemp-derived CBD is through other consumables like gummy bears and rings.

No matter which option you choose, it is always a good idea to start with a small amount and increase gradually until reaching a desired result. 

With more plant wellness options like CBD becoming available, many people are like Bustle writer Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro who had tried Cannabidiol products in her recovery and found a positive response. In her piece titled Here’s What Happened When I Used CBD Before & After Working Out For A Month, Rodriguez-Cayro concluded: “I felt using CBD products after my workout was much more beneficial than prior to exercising.”

While CBD may not be for everyone, there is a large group of people who have found benefits by including it in their health and wellness routine.

Do you want to learn more about CBD? Check out our CBD Education tab and read through a lot of great topics from learning about cannabinoids to understanding the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil

At Kurativ we are glad to keep you updated on news and information so that you can feel confident in choosing the right CBD company and product for you.

Representations regarding the efficacy and safety of Kurativ CBD have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Consult your physician prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing or using other medications.

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