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Are your muscles sore from a recent workout?
On the bright side, you know you pushed your muscles hard enough for the workout to be effective.
Still, pain is pain and most of us would rather avoid it if possible.
For relief, the traditional go-to has been over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin or NSAIDs. But more and more people are finding the benefits of using CBD for muscle recovery.
Let’s look at some of the reasons our muscles get sore, and how CBD can help!
Did you know that every time you exercise, you’re causing microscopic damage to millions of tiny proteins that make up your muscle cells?
This may sound rather unappealing and compel you to stop exercising. But don’t. This is the natural process by which the body builds muscle.
Still, that damage does lead to inflammation of the muscle. And that’s what causes the aches, pains, and stiffness the day after a solid workout. This condition is referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and it is a healthy part of the adaptation process.
DOMS occurs when you work your muscles harder or in a different way than they’ve been previously worked. As you repeat these activities over time, your muscles will become stronger and more resistant to the same level of exertion. This will produce less DOMS during muscle recovery.
No matter what degree of DOMS you experience, CBD can help you get through it.
Before we launch into that, let’s do a quick refresher on what CBD is.
CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids (along with THC) found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it has no psychoactive properties and will not get you high.
The vast majority of cannabinoids bind to receptors in the human endocannabinoid system. These receptors are located on cell surfaces where they wait for specific neurotransmitters to bind to them.
Depending on the type of cell the receptor is on, this can affect a number of things including sensation, mood, immunity, and consciousness.
CBD is different in that it doesn’t directly trigger receptors. Rather, it modifies the receptors’ ability to bind to cannabinoids. It also influences other types of receptors while enhancing the body’s natural levels of endocannabinoids.
This may be why it’s able to affect the human body in myriad ways. Here is how it helps with muscle recovery:
The jury is still out on whether post-workout inflammation is positive or negative. Some believe it is a necessary component in the muscle’s healing.
However, while injuries may involve specific regions of the muscle, the inflammation can spread to larger groups of muscles and joints that weren’t initially affected. This collateral damage can cause a slower recovery process.
Because of CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation to nearby muscle and joint tissue, it’s quickly replacing other anti-inflammatories as a top choice after a workout or injury.
In other words, CBD can help reduce most of the unbeneficial inflammation without compromising the recovery process.
CBD is thought to lessen pain by inhibiting pain transmission in the spinal cord and brain and reducing inflammatory messenger activity.
In addition, CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide – the compound in the body that’s associated with pain regulation. Increased anandamide in the bloodstream will naturally decrease the amount of pain a person experiences.
With less pain, you’re able to get back to your exercise regimen sooner and with more comfort.
Muscle tension is a common symptom of DOMS. But the pain is much worse when that muscle tension moves to muscles in the area surrounding the injury.
One of the key regulators of muscle relaxation is GABA receptors.
Up until now, athletes and exercise enthusiasts have relied on muscle relaxants for treatment-resistant muscle tension. Benzodiazepines such as Valium also work through the GABA receptors.
The problem is, benzos can have negative side effects. Plus, they are addictive.
But CBD has similar effects on GABA as benzodiazepines without the risks of side effects or addiction. So it’s a win-win solution.
CBD can help you sleep.
And some of the most important aspects of muscle recovery happen when you sleep. That’s why it’s crucial you sleep well while you’re working on muscle recovery.
It is during sleep that the recovery processes are most active. Damaged proteins are restored and cellular debris is removed from damaged areas. Lactic acid is converted to glucose in the liver.
A lack of sleep can increase cortisol levels which has a negative impact on protein synthesis. It may also reduce testosterone production in both men and women. And since testosterone is intimately involved in the muscle recovery process, it is essential that its production doesn’t wane.
If you’re considering trying CBD, you should know that figuring out the exact dosage can be a little tricky. Since it’s a subjective chemical and each person has a different reaction to it, there is no standard dose.
It’s important to note that nobody has overdosed on CBD though. In fact, chronic use of doses of up to 1,500 mg per day has been shown to be well tolerated by humans.
One rule of thumb dictates that you start with 5-10mg per day and then increase your dose by 5-10mg until you feel relief.
Others recommend 1-6 milligrams of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight, based on the pain you’re experiencing. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds and your DOMS is minor, then 12mg may be enough. For severe pain, you may need closer to 72mg.
Just remember, dosing is not an exact science. And it’ll take some experimentation. Once you feel the desired effect though, you won’t have to up the dose.
Another important factor is other medications you may take. So be sure to consult with your doctor to ensure that you’ll be able to effectively metabolize them all without diminishing the effects of any of them.
If you’re an exercise aficionado who’s tired of post-workout soreness, why not try CBD for muscle recovery?
It’s a healthy and natural way to up your game.
Questions? Please feel free to get in touch with us today. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you get started.