How To Use CBD For Muscle Recovery
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is becoming increasingly popular, and it's easy to see why. Many people use CBD in hopes that it may improve symptoms related to sleep, mood, and discomfort. Cannabis has been used to assist with discomfort and aid recovery for centuries.
In fact, discomfort was one of the first reasons cannabis qualified for medical use. It isn't surprising that cannabis products like CBD have been used to assist discomfort, considering its impressive benefit profile.
With new and promising research regarding CBD and discomfort recovery, CBD is quickly becoming a must-have for those who dedicate time to exercise and strength. However, before we get into more details about CBD for muscle recovery, we must discuss what happens when you exercise.
Building Muscle Through Recovery
Before diving into how CBD may help with muscle recovery, we need to understand how muscles are built and what workout recovery looks like. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, muscle is built by breaking it down.
Strenuous exercise causes microtears in the muscle. As these microtears heal, they bind together to create stronger muscle fibers and, in turn, stronger muscles.
Recovery from a strenuous workout can cause the discomfort that we all associate with working out. While this discomfort is not a fun side effect of working out, it is important in recovery and building muscle.
Most of the recovery is made while we sleep. Sleeping allows the body and mind to relax enough for the body to focus on the muscle fibers repairing themselves. This is a very simplified explanation of building muscle and muscle recovery.
The most important factors regarding CBD and working out are sleep and discomfort. The process is very complex, and there is much more to it, but we are just focusing on these factors and their correlation to CBD. Now that we have a little background, we will focus on discussing CBD's use for muscle recovery.
CBD and Working Out
CBD is mostly known to possibly help improve symptoms of mood, discomfort, and sleep. We are going to focus mostly on discomfort and sleep. As mentioned above, we are focusing on two parts of building muscle: the discomfort after working out and the importance of sleep in our recovery.
Luckily CBD is associated with possibly helping with these two symptoms. You might be asking, "How could this work?" Let's dive into that next.
How Does CBD Work For Muscle Recovery?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) picks it up when CBD enters our body. The job of the Endocannabinoid System is to help the body stay in homeostasis, which is responsible for maintaining our body systems.
Our ECS then sends the cannabinoids in CBD products to the rest of the body to find the problem and help bring the body back into balance. For example, if you were to take CBD because of problems with discomfort, the CBD would stimulate those receptors where discomfort is experienced and send the cannabinoids to the area to try and help.
In terms of working out and exercising, the discomfort and stiffness might discourage you from continuing to exercise, but this will stop you from building muscle and getting stronger. If you are not sleeping well or enough, your body cannot repair the microtears effectively and build stronger muscles. If this is the case for you, this is where CBD might be a good option.
What Type of CBD Is Best For Recovery?
Knowing which CBD product you should use will typically depend on what area of the body needs assistance. The different forms of CBD include gummies, capsules, oil, and topical creams. CBD gummies and capsules will take longer to see the effects, but they may last longer while it is digesting.
CBD oil products deliver quicker results because the oil is placed directly under the tongue, allowing the CBD to be delivered right into the bloodstream. CBD Oil's effectiveness window may last an hour or two less than capsules, edibles, and gummies, but it will still last for up to six to eight hours. Topical creams react quicker but do not last as long as the other CBD products.
However, CBD Topicals have the advantage of spot treatments for more target results. In comparison, oral CBD products must rely upon the ECS to deliver CBD to the correct location.
How To Use CBD For Muscle Recovery
As an example, if you are using CBD for sleep, you may want the effects to last longer to get a good night's sleep. If this is the case, gummies, capsules, edibles, and oil would be a good choice. If you have difficulty sleeping, you may want to look at CBD oil since the effects may be felt quicker.
If you are taking CBD for the discomfort you feel after working out, the topical cream would be good to target a specific area with the possibility of quick relief. The only downside is that it may not last as long as you want it to.
The best method is to use topical and oral CBD together. That way, you get the spot relief from the outside and the inside. There is always the possibility that each form of CBD may help improve your symptoms; they just do it a little bit differently.
It is also important to remember that every body is different, and many factors affect how well the CBD may work. Hopefully, this helped you see your options, but as always, please consult your physician before starting use or changing dosages of CBD.
When Is The Best Time To Take CBD?
Now that we know the types of CBD out there let's answer the question of when the best time to take it would be. If you want to improve your sleep when it comes to using CBD for muscle recovery, obviously, you will want to take the CBD around the time you go to bed.
When using CBD for the discomfort of working out, consider taking the CBD after your workout to give your body time to absorb it and see the possible effects. If you are using the topical CBD cream, you can apply that any time you feel discomfort.
Curious what it will feel like to take CBD? Check out our blog "What should I expect when taking CBD?" This blog dives into the effects that CBD produces and it's benefits.
Sum It Up!
There is more research being released when it comes to CBD and working out. CBD has the potential to help in the recovery and building of muscle. Whether you use gummies, creams, or oils, hopefully, you can find the right CBD to help with your workout and muscle-building journey.
As always, there is always more information available regarding CBD and its uses, so don't be afraid to look at the many ways CBD may be able to help you.