Whether you’re a competitive athlete or simply enjoy a healthy dose of exercise, you know that pain is part of the game. From sore muscles, to the unfortunate sports injury, exercise can benefit the body as well as wear it down if you’re not careful. Protecting the body will allow you to keep going the distance.
When it comes to competitive sports, the body experiences wear and tear that can lead to overexertion. Strain on muscles, joints, and tendons can not only lead to excruciating discomfort, but can mean having to take time away from your sport or physical activity to allow the body to recover.
Cannabinoids in general are touted to have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Taking a dose pre-and-post workout can help dissuade soreness, stiffness, cramps, and body fatigue, which are symptoms caused most often by inflammation.
SPORTS RELATED GUT DISTRESS
Aside from muscles addressing sore muscles, some athletes also experience inflammation in the gut during extended periods of intensive training. Soothing nausea and gastrointestinal issues in one way to help improve the performance of endurance athletes. While there are many ways to enjoy CBD, it’s worth an obvious mention that smoking and athletics don’t share the same playing field. Fortunately, there are many sports-friendly ways to enjoy it such as sublinguals, ointments, body butter, transdermal patches, and more, all of which can be used in combination. Topical CBD can be especially beneficial, as not only does it penetrate the skin directly, massaging it in provides extra benefit. Try our ultra rich body butter, or high-emollient ointment as part of your self-care routine.
Aside from relieving inflammation, athletes seek to improve sleep quality. Cannabinoids have been reported to affect sleep quality. Getting enough rest is paramount for helping the body recover after physical exertion. Not only that, but combating insomnia from those suffering from a painful injury, further helps your body get back on track.
ALTERNATIVE TO NSAIDs
Last but not least, many people report that CBD makes for a better choice than over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or opioids, whose long-term use can cause renal damage, or become addictive. While CBD may not be as effective for reducing acute, high-intensity pain (like THC does, though it’s listed as a banned substance for competitive athletes – CBD is not), it offers a natural alternative over time with little to no side effects.