CBD Post-Workout: 3 Ways CBD Helps Muscle Soreness After Exercising

CBD Post-Workout: 3 Ways CBD Helps Muscle Soreness After Exercising

Posted by Molly Carter. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Steven Salzman, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. George Gavrilos, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Green Care Medical on Aug 24th 2021

CBD and Exercise Work So Well Together, You’ll Wonder Why You Waited

When you exercise, your recovery and post-workout regimen make a difference in your next performance and overall fitness progression. In many ways, post-workout recovery is just as important as nutrition and hydration.

To optimize recovery, many athletes, from amateur to professional, have turned to CBD for muscle soreness and other post-workout recovery symptoms.

Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is one of the many compounds found in cannabis. Unlike its famous buzz-inducing cousin, THC, the CBD molecule is non-psychoactive and doesn’t induce the high commonly associated with cannabis use. CBD is harvested from hemp, which is similar to marijuana but, in its full-spectrum form, only contains trace amounts of THC, not enough to cause impairment.

CBD interacts with the body in a non-intoxicating way through its endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a natural system that works to maintain homeostasis within the body and balance with its other systems.

It makes sense, then, that many fitness enthusiasts turn to CBD for muscle soreness and post-workout recovery.

CBD and Exercise

Common forms of exercise like weightlifting and cardiovascular workouts can cause microscopic tears in your muscle fibers. After exercise, your body works to rebuild these damaged muscles, which ultimately makes you stronger. But these tiny muscle strains can come at a cost: muscle soreness, joint inflammation, and long recovery periods.

By opting for CBD post-workout, you optimize your recovery, feel better sooner, and get back to your workout more quickly.

A peer-reviewed 2018 study highlights three benefits of using CBD as a regular part of your post-workout routine. Relevant portions of the study are summarized below.

1.CBD May Reduce Inflammation

The body’s muscle-repair process leads to inflammation and, in many cases, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS results in next-day (or second day) muscle stiffness and pain that sometimes follow strenuous exercise.

To make matters worse, when you suffer from DOMS, exercise-related injuries are often due to the body’s weakened state and depleted energy stores.

Yet when you combine CBD and exercise, you may notice a difference in how quickly you recover. Green Care Medical’s proprietary, full-spectrum CBD Active Formula provides high-quality, high-concentration CBD oil designed to reduce the pain and inflammation commonly experienced by active adults. Our customers also report that they feel more energetic with Active, helping them get through the slump that often occurs a few hours after a tough workout.

2.CBD May Alleviate Pain

“No pain, no gain” is a literal truth. To gain muscle strength, you must cause enough damage to stimulate the body’s recovery process to rebuild muscle. This process, of course, causes the muscle soreness and joint fatigue that leads athletes to reach for CBD post-workout.

Used topically, CBD may produce a mild to moderate analgesic effect and reduce muscle spasms. What makes CBD exceptionally effective as an analgesic is that it has no known significant side effects and is easily tolerated in humans. CBD, especially when used topically, has not been shown to create the documented risks associated with NSAIDs like ibuprofen or high-dose aspirin.

If you experience DOMS or other types of muscle soreness, consider Green Care Medical’s CBD Freeze Formula. This topical lotion is uniquely formulated, combining full-spectrum CBD with aloe vera, menthol, camphor, and other therapeutic-quality oils to bring you a pain-relief cream that works with your body to alleviate physical discomfort.

3.CBD May Improve Sleep

As you sleep, your body speeds up muscle repair to enhance the healing process. If sleep is compromised, it can impact the duration of your recovery.

CBD can help. The ECS regulates sleep, and CBD has been shown to be highly effective for many people when it comes to sleep, including falling asleep, improving sleep quality, and regulating the sleep cycle.

Green Care Medical’s CBD Sleep Formula is designed to help you get to sleep and achieve restful, quality sleep by enhancing its length and quality to prepare you for the following day. This physician-recommended CBD oil combines medical-grade CBD with melatonin (a natural hormone that promotes sleep) and other calm-inducing elements like lavender and chamomile to give you the best night of sleep possible.

Green Care Medical Is The Best Option for All Your CBD Needs

At Green Care Medical, customers’ health and wellness are at the center of every decision we make. That’s why we grow the hemp ourselves and use only the highest-quality, most dependable ingredients, sourced and processed in the USA using industry-leading extraction, distillation, and isolation methods. Check out our About page to learn more about our physician-formulated, pharmacist-recommended, clinically evaluated CBD products designed with you in mind.