To be honest, I noticed only a slight difference in my workout performance when it came to the gumdrops and spray, and it very well may have been a placebo effect. However, I felt the positive effects of the balm almost immediately. I wouldn’t say it took away my post-workout pain, but it definitely soothed my muscles. In addition to CBD oil, the balm contains eucalyptus oil and lavender oil — which, in some studies, Healthline reported, have both been shown to also ease pain. Not only did it smell wonderful, but it created a tingling sensation (probably due to the eucalyptus oil) that was relaxing.
I work out at night, and when I wake up, I tend to be somewhat stiff despite of stretching before and after hitting the gym and icing my muscles. After I began taking the CBD gumdrops or spray post-workout, in combination with Hempure’s salve, I found I felt a little less like a plank of wood in the morning. It definitely didn’t get rid of my muscle aches completely, but it alleviated some of my discomfort and soreness.
"There is a huge void of research in terms of confirming most effective dosing [of CBD] for various symptoms," Dr. Eric Baron, a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told Vox in November 2018. “Unfortunately, we are nowhere near close to having any definitive trials on effectiveness for most symptoms claimed to benefit from CBD with trials that are scientifically relevant, such as prospective randomized placebo-controlled trials.” A bipartisan farm bill signed into law this past December legalized industrial hemp, and it will most certainly lead to a boost in the CBD industry — and hopefully a boost in research surrounding this compound — in 2019. But for now, its impact on exercise (among other things) relies on anecdotal evidence.
After about seven days of alternating between the gumdrops and spray before right after my workout, I decided to try the CBD products right after I got back to my apartment from the gym to see if they felt more effective. As Verywell Health reported, muscle soreness after workouts, in large part, is caused by microscopic tears that lead to inflammation. Since CBD has been found in some studies to have those anti-inflammatory and analgesic (aka, painkilling) effects, I thought it may be helpful for my achy muscles. As before, I continued to use the ointment on my muscles and joints that felt tender.
I’m a skeptic when it comes to fads: Coconut oil in everything, charcoal masks, avocado toast, and most recently, CBD. However, with all the hype surrounding CBD (aka, cannabidiol) and the emerging research, I was interested to see how CBD affects exercise. I workout on the regular, and I’m always on the hunt for new products that will make enhance my fitness routine, and shorten my recovery time. Though I don’t typically buy into the hype, the research surrounding CBD has been promising enough that I wanted to give it a shot.
After about another seven days — again, alternating between the gumdrops and spray — I felt using CBD products after my workout was much more beneficial than prior to exercising. Usually, my recovery time after resistance training can take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours, depending on the length of the workout, the intensity, and the heaviness of the weights I’ve used. However, taking CBD following my exercise routine seemed to slightly decrease my recovery time.
The demand for CBD products has grown rapidly (like, a lot) over the past year, and for good reason: On top of anecdotal evidence, studies have found this hemp-derived compound has a ton of potential health benefits. As Krista Whitley, CEO of Altitude Products, told Bustle last spring, CBD is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and may provide relief from anxiety, pain, nausea, migraines, and insomnia. A 2017 study also revealed CBD lowered blood pressure in volunteers. Specifically, a 2018 report found that, because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it may be an effective way to relieve the soreness exercise can cause, as well as shorten recovery time following a workout. However, much of benefits that CBD may have on exercise performance and recovery are not confirmed.
Using CBD before your workout can significantly help to lessen the effects of anxiety and reduce blood pressure, allowing you to bring your A-game from the word go.
As we sleep, our body gets to work restoring our immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems, which are vital for maintaining our mood, memory, cognitive and other important functions. All of this contributes to ensuring that we’ll be optimally prepared for a workout the following day.
2. To Combat Anxiety & Arousal
Call us biased, but there’s a bundle of reasons why we believe Good Hemp’s CBD oil is the best in the business. Our range of oils use CBD isolate, which means it only contains CBD and no other cannabinoids, such as its psychoactive cousin THC. Its purity means it avoids the hallucinogenic compound of the cannabis plant, so you can drop it like it’s hot and reap the benefits without getting high!
That means that all of our products are made without chemical additives or any other nasties you might find in other varieties of CBD oil on the market.
1. As a Sleeping Aid
While we’re on the subject, Good Hemp promotes 100% natural and eco-conscious products, since we’re planning to save the world and all.
Because CBD was so recently legalized (federally — many states still have a ways to go), it was challenging for scientists to research and study CBD. Even now, nearly three years after the government removed the Schedule 1 label from CBD, it hasn’t been extensively studied for its performance enhancement properties. “Extensive” is even a stretch to describe the evidence we have on other aspects of CBD, such as its effects on sleep or pain.
All in all, CBD is proven safe, but not necessarily effective, as a fitness supplement. If you think CBD enhances your performance and you don’t experience adverse effects, it can be a valuable tool for health and fitness.
Be skeptical of CBD products that claim to improve athletic performance. Do your research on CBD products you’re interested in to make sure you buy a pure and potent product, as diluted CBD is a waste of money and impurities could set you up for drug test failure . Also keep in mind that clinical trials often use higher doses of CBD than what you can find on the market, so products you buy may not have the same effects as the findings you see in research studies.
Studies show that CBD has positive effects on bodily inflammation. According to a 2020 review of studies, CBD has direct anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and distress, and reduced inflammation usually equates to reduced pain. However, studies on the direct relationship between CBD and pain are lacking.
CBD can alleviate stress and anxiety
Could CBD be a tool for better workouts?
This is where things get a bit fishy. While there’s a growing body of evidence supporting the four potential CBD benefits above, there’s little scientific evidence to back up the claim that CBD directly improves fitness performance or athletic abilities.
Separating hype from fact on the potential benefits of CBD for fitness and health.
CBD may aid muscle recovery
A growing number of athletes and fitness enthusiasts are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) as a quasi-performance enhancement supplement due to its many purported therapeutic properties, such as quicker muscle recovery, pain relief and improved sleep. For now, CBD is still considered A-OK by the US Anti-Doping Agency, so it makes one wonder if product claims that CBD enhances performance are true.
Though most studies on CBD have promising results, findings are still mixed and not many studies to date are high quality. Plus, the hype around CBD overstates its benefits, and concerns about the purity of CBD products abound. In any case, it’s worth looking at the available evidence to determine if CBD can actually boost your workouts, or if you should steer clear of it.