CBD Oil for Exercise & Muscle Recovery - Does it Help?

Cannabis has long been used throughout history for medicinal purposes, from tribes to alternative medicine and you can even find evidence of its miracles in hieroglyphs. In the modern day, it’s often a taboo subject due to strict rules and regulations that have prevented information on it due to favouring more pharmaceutical owned medicines.

However, CBD seems to have garnered a fair bit of hype within the fitness world, with many professional and non-professional athletes recommend it and promote it, but how can an oil improve your fitness?

What is CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for ‘cannabidiol’, and is just one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis/ hemp plants. When we ingest this, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps regulate the general homeostasis of our body and plays an important role in pain perception, appetite, and sleep quality.

Studies have shown that when a person takes CBD, it has had a positive effect on a number of things such as:

  • Mental Health
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep
  • Pain
  • Metabolism
  • Appetite
  • Recovery

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Why do we get sore after a workout?

When it comes to working out and how CBD oil can aid recovery, it’s important to understand why we get sore after a workout.

No matter how fit you are, you can often feel the after- effects of a workout, some workouts can leave you feeling sore for days!

When we work out, we cause microscopic damage to muscle fibres, in addition, intensive exercise puts your body under enormous stress.

Post-workout aches and pains (known as delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS) are often the result of a hard workout and are not always a sign of injury or damage those muscles can become inflamed which then triggers the body to respond and repair, this in turn causes the muscle soreness and stiffness.

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How does CBD oil help with muscle recovery?

The answer is maybe, with anecdotal evidence to suggest it helps reduce the swelling.

Well going back to the endocannabinoid system, have you noticed the Cannabinoid part of endoCANNABINOID word? That’s because cannabinoids should be a vital part of our diet and yet we don’t always get enough. As the endocannabinoid system helps with the general homeostasis of the body and a fair bit of regulation and to keep internal processes stable, if the ECS is working well, your recovery will be much better in general.

Understanding the effects of CBD involves examining the relationship between the receptors and endocannabinoids. There are two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are responsible for governing coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other functions. The CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system, influencing pain, and inflammation. After the enzymes break down the cannabinoids, the endocannabinoids look to bind with receptors.

Researchers believe that CBD does not directly attach itself to the receptor but influences it in some way. Activating these receptors is what allows for many of the health benefits that people associate with the compound. 

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Important To Consider - Athlete Testing

If you're an athlete considering taking CBD, you need to consider if you will be tested for THC (the psychoactive part of cannabis). Low levels of THC are present in some CBD oils, so it's really important you choose the right type.

Broad-spectrum CBD is the best type for 0% THC whilst keeping the beneficial parts of the hemp plant (like terpenes). Here are CBD Puroil, we use third-party lab tests to ensure our broad spectrum CBD oil is 0% THC.

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The bottom-line

With different studies and research suggesting CBD may improve health and many reviews from athletes showing that CBD may have a positive impact on athletic performance and recovery as well as other benefits, it’s time to try it for yourself! CBD Puroil is one of the most trusted brands in the market. Working with commitment, passion and to the highest standards, our products are all fully lab-tested, 100% natural and carefully crafted to help promote your overall wellbeing. 

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