It seems like just yesterday we were all gearing up for an amazing Spring and subsequent Summer; only to be let down by the inescapable virus that has taken over most of our lives as we knew them. Now summer 2021 is just around the corner - hopefully a second shot at the highly anticipated season. And while we wholeheartedly believe that every body is a summer body, for some, this is often the time of year to kick those workouts into high gear to meet those fitness goals before the summer months commence.
And for those who workout at the same high-intensity year round, the reality is that all the heavy hitting workouts are soon accompanied by major, sometimes constant soreness, and sometimes constant aches and pains for many. Even just maintaining a basic workout schedule can cause soreness worthy of seeking relief. In my opinion, being sore is just another sign that you killed your workout. However, when being sore hinders your ability to get through your day-to-day tasks, it may be time to start searching for remedies. That’s where CBD can help.
How Does it Work?
As many of you may know by now, CBD works a lot of its magic by targeting the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the human body. The ECS is responsible for maintaining balance and stabilizing internal processes within the body. It can manage anything from inflammation to stress to sleep and many more things. When discussing muscle recovery, inflammation and pain are the main areas of stabilization that the ECS and CBD can help with.
When CBD is ingested, it’s acknowledged by receptors located within the ECS. These receptors trigger a production of balancing hormones if and where they are needed. More important to this specific conversation, anti-inflammatory responses will be triggered if the body signals that there is an imbalance. Essentially, when you are sore, the ECS sends signals to the body that will lead to a production of anti-inflammatory properties - helping to calm muscle aches and pain.
The Traditional Route
Evidence shows that exercise can both cause and reduce inflammation in the body. Muscle inflammation happens when muscle and connective tissue is damaged by the rigorous contraction of muscles that occurs when exercising. Soreness is not necessarily an injury, but rather tiny tears in muscles that trigger blood flow and inflammation in order to repair those tears. So, as you can see, inflammation can actually be a good thing in moderation. It’s really just trying to help in the recovery process.
Normally this would be combated through things like stretching, foam rolling, icing, etc,. Stretching forces muscles out of the contracted state they can get stuck in after a hard workout. Rolling softens the fascia in muscles that can tighten after exercise. Icing causes blood cells to contract and limits blood flow, which limits inflammation. All of these are great options for muscle recovery; however, what if you could ensure your body would combat muscle soreness 24/7? This is a possibility through consistent use of CBD.
Consistency is key
I’m sure almost everyone can agree that regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In the same way that going to the gym requires consistency to see results, CBD intake requires consistency to reap all the benefits. As you take your CBD more consistently, your body will begin to fight off muscle soreness around the clock, meaning that it will be rare to experience the type of soreness that interferes with other areas of your life.
The Best Form of CBD for Muscle Recovery
People use CBD for many different reasons. The good news is that there is probably a form of CBD better suited for whatever the issue may be. It’s just a matter of determining which one: lotions/creams, oils/tinctures, pills/capsules, gummies/edibles, vapes, etc. The options are plentiful and constantly evolving to include more things to accommodate everyone.
In the case of muscle recovery, many might suggest topicals for a localized treatment. If you’re experiencing extreme soreness in one specific area, topicals like creams or lotions make it super easy to target small areas of the body. However, If you need instant relief, a good option would be tinctures taken sublingually (under the tongue) or vaping. Both options offer almost immediate overall relief. The downside being that with things like pills, gummies, tinctures and vaping, you won’t get that same targeted relief offered by topicals.
We just want everyone to experience the power of CBD and all it can offer. We hope that this helps you along in your health and lifestyle journey.