Here is what you need to know
Muscle pains, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness; CBD products are being used as medical remedies for a wide range of conditions and ailments around and outside the country. This is chiefly as a result of the various reports and stories which sometimes pass-off as ‘mystical powers’ to non-users. Recently, athletes and sportsmen are becoming more interested in CBD products as a cure to the many bodily conditions which they suffer (esp. muscles).
Why do we have to suffer Muscle Aches after a workout?
After each workout or physically exerting exercise, we usually feel aches in our muscles which could lead to inflammation of such parts; this is a result of ‘stretching’ that muscle. Intense workouts cause molecular damages to our muscle fibers; that is what leads to inflammation and aches in those parts.
What is CBD, and its function in the body
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is derived from the hemp-based cannabis plant. CBD does not contain the psychoactive element (THC) present in most cannabis plants like marijuana, which makes CBD very desirable to people especially athletes and fitness trainers. CBD works by stimulating our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining internal balance within the body. ECS receptors affect conditions like body metabolism, appetite, stress, mood, etc.
Is CBD legal to use
Due to the Farm act of 2018, CBD products and medical cannabis is decriminalized in the whole of the United States. Which means you can buy CBD freely in most states in America. However, marijuana in all its form remains a banned product across the country. CBD is also legal to use for athletes, as it was removed from the list of banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2018. Therefore, CBD products and edibles are allowed in competitions.
CBD and the Muscles
Most times when muscles are damaged or affected, they regrow automatically. But multiple inflammation and damages to the muscle area can make such regrowth slow and exhaustive. The CBD compounds have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can perfectly help to relieve the burden caused by inflammation.
Also, CBD reacts perfectly with the ECS receptors to perform special actions that help the muscle regrowth and cell multiplication of the affected areas. CBD serves as a brain stimulant and can help relax the nerves and muscle while this is going on; that you feel little/no pains while all this is taking place.
Best intake methods CBD compounds
There are different ways in which CBD can be taken in the body; this depends on factors like the reason for application, the body system of the individual, etc.
As CBD edibles
These are edibles like gummies, chocolates, mints, drinks, etc. are a great way to get CBD compounds into your body system to have a longer time for effect. CBD compounds should be taken 2 hours before the commencement of the activity.
This is the fastest method of getting CBD compounds into your system, and it has the quickest onset time in the body. Golfers and athletes mostly vape CBD compounds.
The application of balms, sprays, ointments containing CBD externally will help to soothe the areas around the muscles and is very effective for pains and aches.
This has a lower absorption period and should be taken 10-30 minutes before the anticipated period
Muscle and injury recoveries period differs in individuals; depending on the individual’s immune system, body metabolism, genetics, and many other factors. However, there are several anecdotes from professional athletes that reinforce medical study on the positive effects of CBD in helping the muscles recover.