CBD: Can It Help Recovery After Exercise?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is everywhere these days. It is a major non-psychoactive component of the Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) plant.
Research supports anecdotal evidence that suggests it may be able to play a part in reducing the muscle inflammation and soreness caused by damage to muscle-fibres during exercise.
The hype has seen it become a part of many people’s post-workout recovery regime as a means to help sore muscles recovery more quickly.
Does it work?
Experimental models have shown CBD can act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant by itself. It can help control cytokines, proteins that signal for the inflammatory response to start and finish.
Numerous other studies suggests CBD, alongside other cannabinoids, can help combat inflammation by suppressing the inflammatory response and managing pain perception.
One study also showed that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for joint pain.
Topical application of CBD shown some promise for pain relief, too.
CBD oil shows some promise for managing muscle soreness but Human trials have been too small to draw conclusions. Further scientific research is needed into the effectiveness of CBD alone on DOMS and other muscle inflammation in humans.
That said, the use of CBD-based products continues to increase, as do reports of their benefits.
Always talk to a qualified medical professional before trying any CBD-based products to avoid any harmful side effects or unintended interactions with prescription drugs.
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