*CBD (cannabidiol) is cropping up everywhere nowadays, but one notable space that it is taking over is the gym. The phytocannabinoid (natural plant compound) is celebrated in exercise and fitness spaces for two reasons.
Primarily, CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, which soothes sore muscles and helps them recover. Additionally, CBD (when taken orally) can promote better sleep quality, which is also vital for the body to recuperate after intense exercise.
So why should you consider adding CBD cream to your post workout plan and how could it help you?
Well first things first, CBD truly is a gift from nature. All of its benefits are plant based, and when extracted correctly, have little interference from their plant state to the final product. CBD takes effect on and in the human body by interacting with receptors and enzymes which make up the endocannabinoid system. How our endocannabinoid system functions can greatly impact our daily experiences, both mentally and physically.
The advantage of using a CBD cream after your workout is that with transdermal application you can directly target the pain point, rather than waiting for the drug to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Researchers have also found that endocannabinoid receptors are present in the skin and nerve fibres, which encourages topical application.
Muscle soreness is caused by your muscle tissues rubbing when exercising, they can then become inflamed making the recovery time longer and more difficult. Massaging your body after a workout will not only reduce soreness, but reduce your recovery time by speeding up cell recovery. A study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that massages can reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMs) by 30%.
Using the correct CBD cream or CBD massage oil will greatly improve the quality of your recovery. CBD’s natural properties will reduce inflammation, allowing muscles to calm and heal quickly and naturally. Look for a product which is infused with other essential oils and natural ingredients, such as rosemary oil and arnica oil, as these will aid natural relief. When massaged into areas of pain and soreness, CBD cream will not only relieve your discomfort, it will also help recover any dry or tired skin – leaving you with a healthy glow and a bounce in your step.