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. Using CBD in your active routine can protect the body and 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.
One of CBD’s many benefits is that it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. 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. Taking CBD can help soothe nausea and gastrointestinal issues, which can hinder 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 to help layer on the relief from many angles. Topical CBD can be especially beneficial, as not only does it penetrate the skin directly to relieve sore muscles, 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, another full body benefit of CBD is that it improves sleep quality. Getting enough rest is paramount for helping the body recover after physical exertion. Not only that, but CBD can combat insomnia from those suffering from a painful injury, further helping your body get back on track.
ALTERNATIVE TO NSAIDs
Last but not least, 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 effective natural pain management over time with little to no side effects.