Can CBD Assist Muscle Recovery?
WHY YOUR MUSCLES ARE SORE
It seems as though CBD has its own special place on the pantheon of recovery modalities. The cannabinoid has risen to fame in recent years due to the emerging science displaying its medicinal potential. Massage therapists and physical therapists have started to include CBD oils and lotions into their treatment repertoires. Top-level professional athletes such as 2nd degree black belt and UFC lightweight and welterweight Nate Diaz have started to routinely use CBD oils to combat pain and inflammation.
CBD is among dozens of other cannabinoids produced by the trichome glands of the cannabis plant. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid acts on various receptor sites in the human body and influences the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
Short-term muscle recovery from acute symptoms of the inflammatory response can be achieved by reducing aspects of this response. The anti-inflammatory action of CBD has been studied, and research shows great promise in this area. Although research regarding effects on human muscles are limited, in vivo studies on animals thus far have painted a clear picture of what the molecule may be capable of. Combining this evidence with anecdotal reports from athletesbuilds a strong case for CBD as a muscle recovery agent.
A 2015 paper published within the journal Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry discusses studies that display the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD and its analogues. One such study analysed the effects of CBD on rats exhibiting acute inflammation induced by carrageenan injection. 5–40mg/kg of CBD was administered to the rats once a day for 3 days. It was found that oral CBD was beneficial in regards to edema (swelling caused by fluid) and hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain). Both edema and hyperalgesia are two symptoms of inflammation.
SOURCES OF CBD
Innovations within the cannabis industry have led to a massive array of CBD products. Smoking and vaping are fine ways to introduce CBD into the bloodstream for a brief window of relief, however, many athletes choose to avoid smoking to preserve lung health.
CBD can be administered easily in the forms of oils, tinctures, and capsules, and can be taken in tandem with other daily supplements. CBD ointments, lotions, and creams can also be applied directly to target muscles and during deep tissue massage for local relief. The cannabinoid can even be easily added to meals, dressings, salads, smoothies, juices, and coffee.
Demand for CBD-rich strains is mounting in order to increase the range of high-CBD products. Those who prefer to smoke flower can easily obtain strains at a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio, as well as strains much higher in CBD, with minimal levels of THC.