Most of the news surrounding CBD regards its healing properties for the sick. However, CBD is also becoming increasingly popular in active lifestyle circles. Nowadays, we are seeing health conscious individuals using CBD for workout recovery. The reason? Recent research is showing cannabidiol (CBD) has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Not only that, but CBD also has research supporting its metabolism boosting capabilities. With major names in like the World Health Organization and the FDA both in support of CBD, it’s no surprise the health & wellness communities are jumping on board as well.
CBD for Workout Recovery – Combating Oxidative Stress
As with everything that drives CBD’s popularity, the research around CBD application is, generally, extremely compelling. When it comes to workout recovery, researchers are studying a few different avenues CBD takes. However, it is CBD’s particular antioxidant properties that researchers are examining as a means of combating oxidative stress post rigorous workouts. When we exert ourselves, our body naturally releases free radicals. In general, our body is apt at expelling the excess. When bodies are pushed too far, they cannot neutralize the free radicals naturally. This is when it becomes oxidative stress. This state of imbalance can lead to tissue damage, reduce cognitive function, even increase the likelihood of death in some cases. Present day researchers are exploring CBD and it’s potential effectiveness at reducing this oxidative stress and it’s damaging effects.
So what does this mean for the exercise enthusiast? It means that for the most part the body heals itself. It also means in certain situations, when the body exhausts all its endogenous antioxidant resources, CBD can help. Running a marathon? Competing in a triathlon? Trying cross-fit coming from non-workout lifestyle? Generally oxidative stress takes place either in extreme circumstances for athletes in training (think post-marathon collapse) or individuals who take on too much too soon without properly easing into a new workout routine. In these situations, a therapeutic dose of CBD may potentially assist in both: returning to healthy free-radical levels and, simultaneously, help with any pain from lactic acid built up in the tissues.
CBD for Workout Recovery – Tips for application
Thanks to the myriad of research surrounding CBD, we know the nuances of CBD treatments. Particularly the dosing. Unlike many drugs, CBD does not work better the more taken. With sublingual CBD, the average person usually needs 1-3 droppers’ worth under the tongue. After which, there will be a waiting period of 30 minutes for CBD to take effect. It should be noted – these effects never cause psychoactive experiences like THC.
Whether seasoned athlete or sporadic exerciser getting back on the wagon, there are times that despite best efforts, bodies are pushed too far. When this happens, it’s not just pain that needs treatment. The body needs help getting back to homeostasis (both of which are conditions CBD treats). Luckily, with a routine of exercise, the body will learn to keep itself in balance at the new threshold of wellness. Still, for those times in between, CBD seems to be a great addition to the gym bag.