Do you want to boost your muscle recovery after a workout? Perhaps you’ve been taking a number of supplements to improve workout recovery but you wonder if there’s something else that might help.
Enter CBD (cannabidiol) – which you’re almost certain to have heard of, perhaps from friends excitedly telling you all the benefits they’ve seen from taking it.
CBD has become hugely popular in the past few years, with many benefits being proclaimed, including faster muscle recovery.
Let’s take a deeper look.
What is CBD … and Is It Legal?
CBD is derived from the hemp plant, a type of cannabis plant. It’s important to understand that CBD won’t get you high. The compound in cannabis which does that is TCH, and that’s found in high concentrations in marijuana plants.
CBD is legal in many countries, though it’s always a good idea to double-check your local laws.
There are lots of different forms of CBD available.
Ways to Take CBD
One of the best ways to absorb CBD is to use water soluble CBD – as the benefits of water soluble CBD can be more pronounced than the benefits of a CBD oil.
Using a water soluble CBD means you can easily mix CBD into your post-workout drink. Whether you enjoy a smoothie or an energy drink, you can simply add some CBD.
Alternatively, you can use CBD oil and massage it onto your skin wherever your muscles feel achy or tight. There are lots of different options available.
(There are also drinks available that contain already-added CBD, but you may find it tricky to find something that you particularly like.)
You can also ingest CBD by spraying it under your tongue or putting a paste under your tongue: this lets your body absorb it as quickly as possible. Another option is to take a CBD capsule. You can even get CBD gummy bears!
It’s possible to vape CBD, too.
You can also get bath salts infused with CBD, if you enjoy a post-workout bath.
So however you like to take CBD, there’s sure to be an option out there that works for you.
Effects of CBD on Muscle Recovery
CBD is one of the best anti-inflammatories on the market. It lets your muscles heal quickly and become stronger. Inflammation is one of the main causes of muscle soreness.
You might find that you need to use CBD for several days in a row to start really feeling the benefits. It should then help you to feel less sore after a tough workout. Don’t give up on it if you’ve only tried it once or twice.
As well as reducing inflammation, CBD can also help relax your muscles and reduce pain.
CBD can also help you to sleep better: it decreases the cortisol level in your body, so it helps reduce insomnia and enhances your sleep. Since a lot of muscle recovery takes place while you’re asleep, this can be a big help.
You may even want to use CBD before your workout: some people find this helps boost their performance and concentration. Make sure you take it far enough before your workout that it has time to take effect – normally two hours ahead of time. That way, your body can actually absorb it.
Give CBD a try and see how much better your muscles feel for it.