There’s nothing like a good workout to get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing while decreasing stress and improving your mood. Yet, among all those positives, every fitness enthusiast is all too familiar with the soreness of one too many squats; the ache of that extra-heavy bench press; the burn of those all-out sprints.
The good news is that the pain is (usually) only temporary. The other good news? Studies have shown that CBD can help alleviate some of that post-workout soreness and inflammation associated with intense exercise.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is well-known for its health benefits and is credited with everything from reducing inflammation and anxiety to pain relief and epilepsy management. A naturally occurring compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant, CBD is a harm-free, non-addictive substance from phytocannabinoids that have long been considered rich in therapeutic properties when applied to the body.
So, is CBD good for working out?
Despite its long list of benefits, you might still be wondering what CBD has to do with your fitness routine. After all, it’s often confused with cannabis’s other famous compound and psychoactive sister, THC. Unlike THC, however, CBD does not alter the mental state and does not cause users to feel intoxicated or stoned. It’s also completely legal and was granted Generally Considered As Safe (GRAS) status by the FDA. So no, you don’t have to worry about getting high while you’re knocking out those reps.
In fact, a 2017 study showed that CBD lowered blood pressure in response to stress. Additionally, a 2018 report found that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could be an effective way to relieve exercise soreness and shorten recovery time.
The use of anti-inflammatories for muscle soreness is nothing new — athletes and exercise buffs alike have long been incorporating anti-inflammatory methods, such as antioxidant-rich foods, ice baths, and NSAIDs, into their diets and routines. So it stands to reason that CBD, with its own soreness-soothing properties, could be an all-natural alternative to popping those ibuprofens and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
How to Use CBD for Working Out
If you’ve ever completed a particularly challenging workout, you’re probably familiar with the pain and soreness that can linger for days afterward. This is because exercise causes microscopic tears in your body’s muscles and tissues, which then triggers the body’s repair process and causes those muscles to grow back bigger and stronger than before.
However, too much inflammation can inhibit recovery and results, which is why so many athletes turn to those anti-inflammatory methods mentioned above. CBD, whether taken orally as oil or applied as a topical cream, can help reduce that inflammation and assist with the recovery process.
Workout CBD Oil
CBD oil can be taken before or after your workout, depending on the effect you are looking for and the type of exercise you are engaging in. For example, taking a few drops before a yoga or meditation class can help clear your mind, allowing you to focus and be present without letting the day’s stress and anxiety cloud your thoughts. If you’re looking to experience pain relief, taking the dose immediately after your workout will help reduce inflammation.
If you’re new to CBD, we recommend starting with the 250 mg dosage of our Reverie Broad Spectrum CBD Oil, which is available in Lemon, Natural, and Spearmint flavors. To use, fill the dropper halfway and squeeze the drops under your tongue. Hold for 30 seconds before swallowing. Our CBD can also be added to your post-workout smoothie or recovery drink.
Use CBD Cream Post Workout
Using a topical cream, such as Reverie CBD Pain Cream, is a great way to soothe muscle soreness from the outside, in. If you opt for the cream, apply it post-workout to the affected area to help ease your pain and discomfort. Our CBD cream is made with 100% Broad Spectrum CBD oil and sourced right here in the U.S. We recommend applying two to three times a day for optimal relief.
How Reverie Can Enhance Your Workout Routine
Much like different workouts, not all CBD oils are created equal. There are many brands out there that market “blends” and “hemp extracts” as true CBD, when in fact their formulas contained less than .03 percent CBD. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that these so-called “blends” will do little to help alleviate your post-workout soreness.
This is why we created Reverie to be the best CBD on the market. Our broad spectrum CBD is not a “blend” that may or may not have CBD in it; our product is the real deal. We source our CBD directly from Oregon, which means our hemp has some of the highest safety ratings in the world. We work directly with our farmers to produce only the best quality hemp that’s also sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and community-conscious.Reverie is all natural, organic, and made from pure hemp oil, so you can count on it to provide relief from inflammation, soreness, anxiety, and so much more. Ready to give Reverie a try the next time you hit the gym? Click here to shop our products, or click here to see our guide learn more about the benefits of CBD.