Many people use CBD oil to help them improve their sleep routine or find a way to lower their stress levels, but there is also some evidence of what this powerful compound can do to help improve your recovery after your workouts.
If you’re wondering how to incorporate CBD into your daily exercise regimen and whether it’s better to use it before or after your workout, keep reading.
Post-workout muscle soreness and fatigue are natural biological responses to inflammation, micro-tears, as well as overuse of connective tissue that occurs during and after a strenuous workout. There’s also lactic acid build-up that naturally presents in muscles as a result of contractions and resistance training.
CBD has shown great results in reducing pain and overall inflammation in the body, helping reduce post-workout soreness and stiffness. The studies have shown great results in improving mobility in patients with severe muscle pain and stiffness.
The muscle relaxation caused by lower levels of inflammation improves blood flow and the breakdown of lactic acid, which drastically improves your muscle recovery rate and helps you feel ready for your next workout much faster. Since reduced inflammation will also improve your range of motion, CBD can even help you enhance your mobility and flexibility over time, resulting in faster progress.
Runners and long-distance endurance athletes often reach for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) post workout. Using CBD instead can help get you right back on track with your runs. Not only will it improve muscle recovery, it also improves sleep quality so you can recover better and faster.
Many yoga practitioners love to use CBD in their practice as it helps to calm and allow you to find stillness. Yoga is all about following your breath and letting it guide your movements; to achieve this, you need to be present and focused on your inhales and exhales. More often than not, the hectic and busy pace of the world we are living in makes this almost impossible on a daily basis. The constant stress leaves you in an unfocused state that keeps your muscles tense and doesn’t allow you to reach the full expression of each pose.
Taking CBD orally before your yoga practice seems to be a preferred way of use so you can reap the most benefits during your entire workout session, especially if you’re looking to improve your long holds and flexibility in a restorative yoga class.
Opposite to a restorative yoga class, some people report using CBD before power or vinyasa yoga because it helps them stay focused on the mat instead of letting their minds wander when the intensity increases. We as humans have the tendency to distract ourselves when things get hard, and instead of pushing through by concentrating on our breath, we do everything but. That’s where CBD can help with bringing your mind back to your mat.
No matter your preference and how you see CBD can help improve your yoga practice, it seems like everyone agrees on the relaxed and blissful feeling after savasana that seems to be enhanced when CBD is in play. During this resting pose, our brain produces a feel-good chemical known as anandamide (colloquially the "bliss molecule") which actually has receptors that CBD can act on. CBD can enhance this effect, making savasana even more blissful than before.
This "bliss" is the exact reason why many people love to use CBD before their meditation practice. Not only does it help them calm down and destress, but it also improves their focus and concentration and prevents their minds from wandering. The next time you try meditating, maybe take a few drops of CBD beforehand and see how it improves your efforts to stay still and focused on your breath.
There are four different ways of using CBD:
When it comes to working out, the best two forms of CBD are sublingual tinctures and topicals. Sublingual tinctures are usually taken before your workout and as they’re quickly absorbed by your bloodstream, you begin to feel their effect as soon as possible.
CBD topicals, on the other hand, have shown tremendous results in pain treatment and muscle soreness when being used immediately after your workout. Simply rub it in the muscles and areas you’ve worked on and you’ll see how much less intense your delayed-onset-muscle soreness will be. You can learn more about how effective topicals can be by reading our article The Real Power Behind CBD Topicals.
We have four different CBD topicals to choose from:
Whether you’re a CBD newbie or an avid consumer, you’ll notice its powerful positive effects on your muscle soreness and inflammation after your workouts. And once you realize how little it takes to improve your recovery and reach progress faster, you’ll never leave for the gym without your favorite CBD sublingual and topical in your bag.