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CBD and gym-goers is a topic that has been drawing a lot of attention lately- and it's pretty obvious why. Many have touted CBDs' potential muscle recovery and anti-inflammatory benefits. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that many swear provides them a myriad of therapeutic benefits.
If you know anything about workouts, you know that they can leave you sore for hours or even days. Muscle soreness can affect even the fittest gym-goers!
It is believed that exercise can cause microscopic damages to our muscle fibers. The body naturally responds to this damages by causing inflammation which results in muscle stiffness, pain, and muscle soreness.
To help you understand how CBD promotes better recovery for gym-goers, let's first delve into how muscle soreness & muscle stiffness occur.
If you have ever tried a new exercise or worked out for much longer than you are accustomed to, chances are you felt some pain days later. Well, that's your body recovering from the exercise. However, the pain associated with this recovery is known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
DOMS can affect anyone from the novice to the seasoned gym-goers. Experts believe that when our muscles are exposed to more intense and prolonged workouts or a new exercise routine, they develop muscle fiber microscopic damages. Our immune system responds to these damages by causing inflammation to promote healing.
Inflammation causes the muscles to swell, get sore, and become stiff, resulting in the pain that you feel after exercise. Typically, it takes some time for inflammation to build up, and that's why you feel the peak of post-workout muscle recovery pain a day or two after the exercise.
With continued exercise, your muscles will get stronger and more resilient to DOMS, thereby reducing the pain intensity. However, gym-goers who don't maintain a regular/frequent exercise routine can experience more intense post-workout pain.
There are numerous over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory drugs, but credible research shows that CBD beats them all.
Most gym-goers want to build a fit or muscular body, which may involve strenuous exercises that result in muscle fiber damage. This results in inflammation build-up, which causes chronic pain, and inflammatory-related symptoms like arthritis and bowel diseases.
While these symptoms can hinder gym-goers and fitness gurus from reaching their full physical potential, CBD may be a highly effective plant medicine that prevents the inflammation process. CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties that suppress inflammation in the injury site, thus protecting the body from diseases while promoting fast recovery.
As seen above, inflammation is the leading cause of muscle soreness and muscle stiffness. Unfortunately, exercises and workouts associated with regular gym-goers trigger inflammation, thus damaging their muscle fibers.
Allowing your body to repair minimal damages may be beneficial in stimulating stronger muscle tissues and better adaptation. However, too much muscle damage may no longer be helpful to your body and can cause injuries.
By simply reducing inflammation, CBD promotes faster and more effective muscle recovery so you can get back to the gym sooner.
Sometimes, strenuous exercises can increase stress levels. Increased stress causes an overabundance of cortisol in the body. High cortisol levels can cause headaches, weight gain and hinder the production of cytokines. Cytokines are vital proteins that control and regulate the growth and functioning of our immune system cells.
CBD interferes with the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. By reducing cortisol levels, CBD improves your mood, protects you from stress, promotes better recovery, and helps you lose weight.
Studies have shown that CBD also interacts with the serotonin in our brains to release antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. Serotonin is a critical hormone that regulates our mood, happiness, and general feelings of well-being.
Sleep is to a gym-goer what rules are to a game. During sleep, your body recovers, relaxes, and builds up the muscles damaged during workout. Adequate sleep (7-8 hours) also allows the body to release growth hormones. Conversely, inadequate sleep hinders muscle recovery and development.
Studies suggest that doses of CBD can promote sleep and increase sleep duration. It is pretty difficult for you to catch some good Zzzzs when you're stressed or anxious. Naturally, cortisol levels are supposed to build up in the morning. But stressed people tend to have higher cortisol levels even at night and therefore have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD acts as a sedative to reduce cortisol levels and help you fall asleep more easily and stay asleep for much longer.
Metabolism is the process by which our bodies convert foods and drinks into energy. Gym-goers need this energy for everything from exercising, thinking, recovery, and growth.
Mitochondria are organelles that play a crucial role in metabolism. They are responsible for taking in nutrients and breaking them down to release energy. MItochondria imbalances, however, slow down metabolism and have been linked to muscle pain and weakness.
Studies show that CBD protects mitochondria from free radicals and other mitochondria-disruptors. As such, CBD maintains and improves mitochondrial activities to enhance metabolic balance.
Research has presented CBD as a safe and highly effective plant medicine that can help gym-goers recover much faster and resume exercise. However, more clinical studies are still needed to back some of these claims. We strongly advise that you consult your doctor before introducing CBD into your health routine.