We like to push ourselves to our limits during a workout, really feel the burn. And in the moment, when the adrenaline is pumping, this can seem like a really wise decision. But it’s not until the next day that we feel the sore consequences.
This is because muscles rub against each other during exercise, and can sometimes tear. The tearing and swelling of the muscle tissue are what leave you feeling sore and tired the day after a workout. Due to inflammation, the muscles aren't able to heal quickly - this is where CBD can help. Researchers at the University of South Carolina found CBD to be a strong and natural anti-inflammatory,1 making it a fitting post-workout recovery aid.
Due to the endocannabinoid system’s (the receptors which respond to CBD) effect on homeostasis (the balance of physical and chemical conditions in the body) - CBD can improve sleep quality.2 Not only is this a blessing from which all of us would like to benefit, but improved sleep is crucial to muscle recovery. The muscle recovery process takes place primarily at night, when you’re asleep. During this time your body produces a hormone called Melatonin, which facilitates muscle recovery.
But it’s not just muscle support that CBD can offer your body, research is showing that CBD may also be used for joint support and recovery. A 2018 study from the University of Belgrade found that cannabinoids, in particular CBD, were effective in treating cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia3 (a long term condition that causes pain all over the body).
More specifically to joint pain and support, various studies have looked into how CBD could help those who suffer from arthritis manage their joint pain. A 2016 study from the University of Kentucky found that CBD was effective in reducing pain and swelling in animal models with arthritis. 4
So whether you pushed yourself too far in the gym, or you’re suffering from a long-term joint condition, CBD is a natural remedy which may be able to help you. Please speak to a healthcare professional if you have any medical concerns.