As the cannabidiol, or CBD, wellness craze sweeps across America, many different groups of people are realizing how this safe and non-psychoactive hemp-derived compound can help alleviate a litany of pain-related symptoms. Athletes especially are learning the benefits of using topicals like CBD cream for pain and other forms of CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, which is also referred to as CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. Taking CBD can boost the human body’s endocannabinoid system, as well as interact with different pain receptors in the body and reduce inflammation.
Runners will already be familiar with the body’s endocannabinoid system because it has been theorized that it can play a role in running-induced mood boosts. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about CBD, so read on to find out how it can help you and fit into your running lifestyle.
Is CBD legal?
CBD products made from industrial hemp, by definition, contain less than 0.3 percent THC and therefore will have no psychoactive effects. The World Anti-Doping Agency just recently removed hemp-derived CBD from its list of banned substances, in the wake of the US’s 2018 Farm Bill, which decriminalized the growing and selling of hemp and industrial hemp-based products.
Currently, CBD products made from hemp are just as legal as many other commercial nutritional supplements.
How can CBD be administered?
To see results, CBD should be used relatively consistently. There are different options for CBD use, depending on your needs and lifestyle.
Sublingual drops under the tongue are useful for helping to reduce total body inflammation and inducing a calmer mood. CBD oil is tasteless, so it won’t be too difficult to administer. You want to let it absorb in your mouth, so try not to swallow it.
CBD cream for pain is great for localized areas which need fast-acting relief. The cream gets massaged deeply into the area, and multiple layers can be applied if more intense relief is needed.
How can runners use CBD?
As an alternative to painkillers
Many over-the-counter medicines designed to relieve either chronic or acute pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. If taken in excess, these drugs can cause dependence or damage to the liver or digestive system’s lining.
Using CBD, applied topically with CBD hemp oil for pain management, can be a tremendous non-habit forming alternative that does much less damage to the body.
Runners who are recovering from long-term injuries to their knees or other parts of the body might want to look into using CBD products instead of drugs like ibuprofen to relieve their symptoms of pain.
Some runners suggest taking or using CBD before a run can help boost their productivity and reduce the pain they might feel during the workout. They don’t recommend this when looking to perform a speed workout, but for most other exercises this shouldn’t be an issue.
As part of a bedtime routine
CBD can not only help with insomnia and allow for increased relaxation before going to sleep, but its anti-inflammatory properties can also be incredibly helpful for people who are looking to recover from the soreness of today’s workouts before starting fresh tomorrow.
Quality sleep is important between workouts for recovery purposes, but the CBD will also work while you are sleeping to reduce inflammation in the body in key places like the joints.
To soothe sports injuries
If you’re dealing with a sprain or strain, or sore muscles, a CBD topical cream can provide quick and effective relief to a localized and specific area when necessary. The cream interacts with the body’s pain receptors, reducing inflammation and pain in the area.