In this piece, we are going to share with you what we know about CBD and how it aids recovery. But first, we will highlight just how popular CBD products are becoming with sporting professionals and athletes around the globe.
CBD shows tremendous potential as a supplement for use in sports and workout recovery. More and more professional athletes are using CBD to speed up their bodies recovery times so they can continue to train with maximum effort.
We know that long hard training routines can take it out of us, and for some the after-effects of our activities can all but put us off getting straight back into it. Strains, sprains and stress on our muscular system and joints can all quite easily occur if we do things wrong or overwork an already fatigued area on our body.
Rugby professionals George Kruis and Dominic Day felt so passionate about finding a natural supplement to aid their own recovery, they launched their own CBD product range. We can all imagine the volume of training and regime these guys put into staying in tip-top condition.
Mixed martial art athletes are also implementing CBD intake into the daily training schemes. These guys put their bodies under enormous stresses as they practice to become the next champion or world-class belt holder. Nate Diaz after his second fight to Connor Mcgregor drew attention to CBD in the UFC, when at the postfight interview he was using a CBD vape device to soothe his injuries back in 2016. Since then there has been a surge in these professional fighters using CBD to accelerate their recovery rates, as the more they train, the stronger, faster and technically experienced they become.
As well as the modern-day gladiators we discussed above, CBD this year is now recognised by the Olympian board. Although this year’s games could be at risk of cancellation due to the global covid-19 pandemic, what this tells us is we are moving into an age where some of the biggest and most reputed sporting bodies are beginning to recognise CBD and the health benefits it provides.
So how does CBD or Cannabidiol cannabinoid help? And, should you be thinking of adding CBD to your daily intake of food and supplements?
CBD provides a non-psychoactive approach to pain relief. Research tells us that the beneficial properties of Cannabidiol are proving to help people who frequently work hard at their exercise routines, by alleviating joint and muscle pain. Our bodies natural reaction to injury is to inflame the affected area. The problem begins when this natural reaction goes too far, the swelling and pain hinder the repair process and thus performance. Everyone has an endocannabinoid system that helps our body to maintain homeostasis. This system absorbs CBD, and the ECS receptors CB1 and CB2 activate an anti-inflammatory response by reducing proteins called cytokines, which slows our bodies response rate and therefore reduces the overreaction, which means our bodies repair and recover faster.
CBD is non-addictive and so without the worry of misuse and self-harm, it is also demonstrating evidence that it aids opiate addiction too.
Muscle Recovery and CBD
We all know that when training our bodies, rest is as important as diet and technique. Our bodies cells need time to recover and repair, which is why weight training as a general room of thumb works on one day on, one day off. Each of those training sessions over a week also includes alternating the muscle groups.
Every time we hit the gym hard or go for a long run, we create microscopic cellular tears in our muscle fibres. Again, our bodies natural response is to trigger an inflammatory response to the area, which leads to soreness and pain. Usually this is at its worst on day two, which is why we alternate the muscle groups we train but this is a good thing as it encourages blood flow to the torn cells it aids repair, and in turn growth. In many cases, this can be for an unnecessary length of time, slowing recovery and keeping athletes from their training schedules and programs.
Some people can suffer from long term damage as a result of inflammation and end up with chronic conditions such as arthritis. This is where CBD comes in with its powerful anti-inflammatory effects and its anti-spasmodic properties. This means it calms hyperactivity within the muscle cells and fibres, in turn, preventing the shakes and twitches.
CBD and Sleep
Every sporting professional understands, and professes that quality sleep is an essential element of their routine. When we deep sleep our bodies enter a repair and growth cycle, which is why a lot of steroid abusing bodybuilders used an illegal substance called GHB which prolongs and aids a more significant state of deep sleep or SWS (slow wave sleep). Evidence has shown that CBD can support neurotransmitters in our brains called GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) which slow down the activity of neurons, which promotes relaxation and results in better sleep.
CBD and Pain
We cannot prevent every injury, it is just a fact of life. When working on keeping busy and fit, injuries can never be avoided entirely. A lot of people turn to opioids for relief, which can lead to addiction and undesirable side effects.
CBD on the other hand is non-addictive, and the only known side effect is feeling tired, but this is down to consuming too much. Which is why it is important to know the exact volume and content of your chosen product.
Tailored Wellbeing CBD products are one of the most accurately formulated offerings on the market. Our 1000mg CBD oil drops are within 1.5% of the stated volume on the label. Whereas on mass, other companies in the UK work to a 10% tolerance.
We are proud of our perfectly crafted small-batch CBD products, and wish that everyone who uses CBD gets every pennies worth. Being this confident in our process and analysis results means you, the user, can calculate as closely as possible the volume you wish to dose, 1ml equates to 33mg of THC free CBD.