In the last several years the prevalence of cannabidiol, known most commonly as CBD, has shed light on its multitude of benefits across varying use cases. For those unfamiliar, CBD, unlike cannabis, has non-psychotropic effects and is free from trace THC. The US National Center for Biotechnology Information has conducted many studies suggesting broad-therapeutic benefits by use of CBD, especially those relating to fitness and sport related injuries.
Whether you’re a professional athlete or just trying to get in shape at the gym, exercise in and of itself is used to treat a bevy of afflictions. In addition to curbing depression and anxiety, regular exercise can help to decrease the onset of certain diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. However, as muscles change and grow through both weight-bearing and cardiovascular exercise, the body can experience soreness, swelling and pain both during and after a workout.
Athletes, personal trainers and holistic wellness advocates alike are supporting the use of CBD for muscle recovery. Any kind of workout causes microscopic damage to your body’s tissues, and CBD has been shown to be beneficial in recovery for all of these afflictions caused by tight or weak muscles. Without proper rest and recovery, overexertion of muscles can lead to injury. These microscopic tears over time can result in more impactful, long-term injuries that need pain management.
Most common injuries for most common exercises:
- Achilles Tendonitis – The achilles is responsible for connecting your two major calf muscles to your heel. Tendonitis refers to the inflammation of the tendons most commonly from overuse
- Causes: tight and weak muscles
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) - Also known as “runner’s knee,” the term used to describe any number of ailments surrounding the kneecap, or the medically known “patella”
- Causes: weak quads, hips, or glutes
- Knee, patella and quadriceps tendonitis - Knee, kneecap and front of the thigh muscle inflammation and irritation
- Causes: overuse and weak muscles
HIIT (High intensity interval training):
- Muscle strains and shoulder injuries - injuries to muscles or tendons
- Causes: overuse and repetitive motion
Common pain management strategies rely heavily on over the counter drugs such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin and Acetaminophen (Tylenol). NSAID pain management options currently on the market can damage the liver and kidneys with extended use. In more serious cases opioids and synthetic opioids are used for pain management. Opioids are highly addictive, acutely toxic in relatively low doses, and damage internal organs over time.
Many CBD studies have been performed in hopes of finding an alternative to painkillers for chronic pain therapy. The majority of reports have included patients with neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS) and cancer. These studies have returned findings that suggest that CBD helped alleviate pain-related symptoms such as inflammation.
As these potentially groundbreaking benefits for chronic ailments are being continually researched one thing to take away from their findings is that CBD is safe and can be helpful for combating pains associated with an active lifestyle.