In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from the list of banned substances, as more information on the usefulness of CBD emerged. This led to numerous athletes turning to CBD to assist with recovery between workouts and events. Faster recovery means they’re back to working out or training.
HOW DOES CBD HELP AFTER A WORKOUT?
- CBD relaxes the muscles
- CBD reduces inflammation
- CBD improves sleep quality
- CBD may support protein synthesis in the muscles.
REDUCES MUSCLE TENSION:-
The major drugs which help treat muscle tension are muscle relaxants, which work by interacting with GABA receptors- which are a key regulator of muscle relaxation. The major drawback of these drugs and treatments are the negative side effects (like dizziness, depression, confusion, etc) that come along with them. CBD and other cannabinoids have a similar effect on GABA receptors as the pharmaceutical muscle relaxants but come without the negative side effects.
Thus CBD can be a great aid to help you recover from those intensive workout sessions or training which comes with muscle pain and soreness.
REDUCES MUSCLE PAIN:-
CBD is known for its pain-reducing capabilities, this is supported both by clinical studies and also by people who have been using CBD for such issues. With less pain, we can get back into action faster and feel more comfortable between workouts.
One of the most important roles CBD plays in muscle recovery is in reducing inflammation. The inflammation process is used to help damaged muscle fibers recover, by bringing blood flow into the area and along with the blood flow it also brings essential nutrients and oxygen. Inflammation also stimulates stem cells in the muscle to form new muscle fibers. Inflammation markers like IL-10 stimulate the stem cells in the muscles which promotes faster recovery of the muscles.
After workout inflammation is mostly on a specific region, but the inflammation process affects a larger group of muscles and joints most of which have not been affected. This can cause damage to those regions and also slow down recovery time.
CBD may be able to reduce most of the unwanted inflammation without affecting the positive benefits towards recovery. CBD limits inflammation but has a negligible effect on inflammation markers like IL-10 which promotes muscle recovery. This explains how CBD can reduce inflammation without affecting recovery times.
IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY-
Most of our body's recovery system becomes active when we are asleep. While we sleep the body works on several important processes like restoring damaged protein, converting lactic acid to glucose in the liver, removing cellular debris from the affected areas, and also simulation of the stem cells into new muscle fibers.
Thus getting a good night's rest is of paramount importance. CBD helps promote a good night's rest so you can wake up refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of a new day.
CBD for muscle recovery is a win-win situation. It not only helps with pain and inflammation but also helps reduce stress and improve sleep quality and let’s be honest a little help is always appreciated. Let CBD be your new wellness cum gym buddy and let it work its magic to make you feel like a million bucks.