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Here’s What Happened When I Used CBD Before & After Working Out For A Month

I’m a skeptic when it comes to fads: Coconut oil in everything, charcoal masks, avocado toast, and most recently, CBD. However, with all the hype surrounding CBD (aka, cannabidiol) and the emerging research, I was interested to see how CBD affects exercise. I workout on the regular, and I’m always on the hunt for new products that will make enhance my fitness routine, and shorten my recovery time. Though I don’t typically buy into the hype, the research surrounding CBD has been promising enough that I wanted to give it a shot.

The demand for CBD products has grown rapidly (like, a lot) over the past year, and for good reason: On top of anecdotal evidence, studies have found this hemp-derived compound has a ton of potential health benefits. As Krista Whitley, CEO of Altitude Products, told Bustle last spring, CBD is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and may provide relief from anxiety, pain, nausea, migraines, and insomnia. A 2017 study also revealed CBD lowered blood pressure in volunteers. Specifically, a 2018 report found that, because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it may be an effective way to relieve the soreness exercise can cause, as well as shorten recovery time following a workout. However, much of benefits that CBD may have on exercise performance and recovery are not confirmed.

“There is a huge void of research in terms of confirming most effective dosing [of CBD] for various symptoms,” Dr. Eric Baron, a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told Vox in November 2018. “Unfortunately, we are nowhere near close to having any definitive trials on effectiveness for most symptoms claimed to benefit from CBD with trials that are scientifically relevant, such as prospective randomized placebo-controlled trials.” A bipartisan farm bill signed into law this past December legalized industrial hemp, and it will most certainly lead to a boost in the CBD industry — and hopefully a boost in research surrounding this compound — in 2019. But for now, its impact on exercise (among other things) relies on anecdotal evidence.

My weekly fitness routine can be pretty rigorous. It typically consists of two to three weightlifting sessions, a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, and cardio a few times a week. So, I tried to keep my expectations about CBD — and what it could actually do for my workout performance and recovery time — realistic, despite research showing the benefits.

I wanted to use an array of CBD products formulated to help with health and exercise recovery, so I opted to try three different products: an edible, an oral spray, and a topical formula. Though edibles — aka CBD-infused snacks — are probably one of the most popular kinds of CBD products on the market, a 2009 study estimated that oral consumption of CBD only has a 4 to 20 percent rate of bioavailability. Meaning, your body can only use a small portion of each dose of CBD. The spray is delivered through a spritz under your tongue for faster results than having it absorbed through your digestive system. As for CBD-infused balms, you simply use them as you would any lotion or cream. As a promising study from 2015 found, transdermal (aka, topical) CBD reduced inflammation, swelling, and arthritis-related pain in rats — and many folks believe this method could bear similar results for people.

One of the products I was sent was the Sigur RГіs and Lord Jones Limited Edition CBD Gumdrops, which cost $60 on their site. Each berry-flavored gumdrop contains 20 mg of broad spectrum CBD extract. I was also provided the Life Bloom Organics premium nano wellness spray, which delivers 1.2 mg of hemp per spray and rings in at $34.95. I also received Hempure’s Relief and Recovery Balm. It is the most expensive product of the three I tried, at $129.99, but it is also packed with 1400 mg of CBD. As Hempure’s site explains, the salve is formulated with CBD, MCT oil, essential oils, and beeswax, and is an “ideal choice for those seeking quick relief in muscles and joints.”

I began by using the gumdrops and oral spray about 30 minutes before I hit the gym, and used the balm following my exercise routine. I tracked my progress and workout performance of my workouts on my phone — particularly noting how strenuous my runs and resistance training felt, compared to the prior weeks.

To be honest, I noticed only a slight difference in my workout performance when it came to the gumdrops and spray, and it very well may have been a placebo effect. However, I felt the positive effects of the balm almost immediately. I wouldn’t say it took away my post-workout pain, but it definitely soothed my muscles. In addition to CBD oil, the balm contains eucalyptus oil and lavender oil — which, in some studies, Healthline reported, have both been shown to also ease pain. Not only did it smell wonderful, but it created a tingling sensation (probably due to the eucalyptus oil) that was relaxing.

After about seven days of alternating between the gumdrops and spray before right after my workout, I decided to try the CBD products right after I got back to my apartment from the gym to see if they felt more effective. As Verywell Health reported, muscle soreness after workouts, in large part, is caused by microscopic tears that lead to inflammation. Since CBD has been found in some studies to have those anti-inflammatory and analgesic (aka, painkilling) effects, I thought it may be helpful for my achy muscles. As before, I continued to use the ointment on my muscles and joints that felt tender.

After about another seven days — again, alternating between the gumdrops and spray — I felt using CBD products after my workout was much more beneficial than prior to exercising. Usually, my recovery time after resistance training can take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours, depending on the length of the workout, the intensity, and the heaviness of the weights I’ve used. However, taking CBD following my exercise routine seemed to slightly decrease my recovery time.

I work out at night, and when I wake up, I tend to be somewhat stiff despite of stretching before and after hitting the gym and icing my muscles. After I began taking the CBD gumdrops or spray post-workout, in combination with Hempure’s salve, I found I felt a little less like a plank of wood in the morning. It definitely didn’t get rid of my muscle aches completely, but it alleviated some of my discomfort and soreness.

CBD is definitely not a miracle cure for health and wellness-related issues — including when it comes to exercise — but it does have the potential to help reduce inflammation and soreness. I’ll definitely keep CBD products in my own post-workout routine, and would recommend it to people looking to make their fitness routine a little more enjoyable.

Readers should note that the regulations and data surrounding marijuana, CBD, and other related products are still developing. As such, the information contained in this post should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Always consult with your doctor before trying any substance or supplement.

I’m a skeptic when it comes to fads: Coconut oil in everything, charcoal masks, avocado toast, and most recently, CBD. However, with all the hype surrounding CBD (aka, cannabidiol) and the emerging research, I was interested to see how CBD affects…

Does CBD Have a Positive Impact on Your Workout and Recovery?

By Roland Sebestyén

The UK government decided to reopen the gyms from 25 July following a long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the announcement, hundreds of thousands have flocked to the gyms and started working out once again. That puts a lot of people back on the lookout for effective workout supplements. So, we were wondering: what would a sports enthusiast get from using CBD pre and post-workout?

The market is full of products that they say help people to gain muscle, drop body fat, and recover. But many sportspeople, athletes, and regular gym-goers have been vocal about their use of CBD products both before and after their workout.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most common chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is classed as a Cannabinoid, along with THC, but on the contrary to its cousin, it’s not psychoactive – meaning you don’t get high after using it.

CBD is a naturally occurring chemical known for its potential health and wellness benefits. Among its reported benefits is its anti-inflammatory properties which could come handy after a nice workout, game, or match – you name it!

Muscle, pain, and inflammation

Many people claim that CBD can help in muscle recovery. Exercising actually causes damage to your muscles, causing inflammation. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could make the cannabinoid a useful addition to any post-workout regime. In addition, CBD is often considered to have potential pain-killing abilities.

According to some experts, CBD may offer one of the most efficient solutions to repairing damage caused through exercise. In comparison to other products and more traditional methods of recovery, the addition of CBD would mean no setbacks of slowing the recovery process down.

Is CBD a performance-enhancing substance?

While some feel that CBD helps them to perform on a higher level for their workout or match, it has not been proven that this is actually the case. Furthermore, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed the cannabinoid from its list of banned substances.

Thanks to this move by WADA, many athletes around the world are able to enjoy CBD freely. Nevertheless, competitive sportspeople are still encouraged to exercise caution when it comes to CBD products, as some may contain traceable levels of THC, which remains on the list.

Further, the UK anti-doping agency (Ukad) also announced recently that athletes would receive shorter bans for cannabis use, including THC. America’s National Football League (NFL) also recently made the decision to end the suspension of players for cannabis use.

As it might help prior to, during, and after exercise, it should come as no surprise that many famous athletes and sportspeople have publicly advocated for the product.

For instance, the FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Meghan Rapinoe is a huge advocate of CBD:

“CBD is a natural alternative that has helped me stay at the top of my game for several years now, whether that be regulating my sleep, relaxing on long flights, helping with inflammation, or recovering after hard training and games.”

Due to the high pressure and stresses of their jobs, some athletes have been known to suffer from mental health issues during their careers. Stress and anxiety levels in sports can be extremely high, making CBD potentially useful for another reason.

CBD is also well known for its potential ability to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. While, as previously mentioned, CBD doesn’t get you high, researchers believe its properties could play a crucial role in easing such feelings in its users. In some cases, it may also help to improve sleep – which in itself may lead to better performance.

CBD is not only for professional athletes, though. There are some out there who are enjoying its benefits on a daily basis.

Aled Nelmes, Marketing Agency Owner, 24, told Canex that he’s been using CBD products for nine months:

“I chose to use CBD products as I heard about their benefits for helping with anxiety. Like many, I have a very intense working day running my own agency so that work mindset and its thoughts can easily enter the evening time.”

He added he had started with vape but switched to CBD drops as it was easier to fit it in his routine: “Taking CBD fitted into my end-of-work ritual, combined with exercise, helped me switch off and sleep better and deeper.”

Toby Gordon-Smith, CEO of UK-based CBD brand Grass & Co. explained: “Many people who have already tried CBD Oils think that the challenging taste is something you just have to put up with to enjoy the benefits.

A number of well-known sportspeople have spoken about their CBD use. We were wondering what are the benefits of using CBD, both pre and post-workout?