Feeling Sore After a Workout? Add CBD to the Mix

We all know that feeling of being absolutely dead after a long, hard workout. Your muscles are sore and you’re starting to contemplate whether being fit and athletic is even worth it. Like they say no pain no gain right? Well what if there was a way to reduce those achy symptoms and gets you back in the gym quicker? This is where CBD steps up to the plate.

Why Do I Hurt So Bad?

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, also known as DOMS is the fatigue you experience in your muscles due to tiny tears in the muscle fibers. During a workout, muscle fibers rub back and forth against each other creating tension and tears. The high level of tearing that occurs will lead to more soreness after your workout. This may sound like it’s bad for your body, but in actuality this is how your muscles grow and strengthen up.

CBD to the Rescue

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When your muscles have been damaged from exercise, the bodies natural reaction is to become inflamed and sore. The reason you hurt is mostly form this inflammation, and not the damage done the muscles. Muscle damage does not fully being to heal until the inflammatory response has gone down. This is where CBD steps up to the plate. Cannabidiol is an amazing anti-inflammatory, relieving muscles of their soreness. Currently CBD is one of the best anti-inflammatory medications you can find on the market, allowing muscles to strengthen days ahead of other options. That’s not everything CBD assists with when recovering from exercise.

Sleep helps the body heal.  It’s the only time your muscles can fully rest and recover.  Human growth hormones and melatonin play a huge role in muscle recovery and immunity and these are produced by the body during sleep.  So if sleep is impeded due to pain, muscles are not given time to rejuvenate.  When using CBD post-work or CBD recovery sleep is aided in many ways.  Two primary reasons are because of its anxiolytic (anxiety-inhibiting) properties and it blocks rapid eye movement sleep leaving many people to experience, what they call, the best nights of sleep of their life.

One common misconception is that lingering muscle soreness is a result of remaining lactic acid in the muscles.  This has been proven to not be the case.  While lactate levels rise during intense workouts and lactate accumulation is associated with fatigue, these heightened lactate levels return to normal within 60-minutes following completion of the exercise.  DOMS and lingering muscle pain peaks 24-48 hours later, long after the lactic acid has subsided.