There are a lot of questions surrounding the idea that CBD oil and similar products can aid and assist with muscle recovery. In this article, we are going to address a few of those common questions. Firstly, it’s important to understand exactly what CBD is and where it comes from.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non psychoactive chemical found in Cannabis. You probably see many CBD products in pharmacies, gas stations, and even local vapor and tobacco shops. CBD has been recently legalized in all 50 US States, which begs the question–“What makes CBD different than THC?” As previously stated, CBD is non psychoactive, this means that ingesting CBD products will not get you “high” like it’s THC counterpart. With that being said, CBD is used for both mental and physical health treatments. CBD oil has been experimented and has been shown to provide positive results to the suffering from anxiety, depression, and even seizures.
Those who exercise frequently are familiar with muscle fatigue. When you exercise, muscle fibers are torn through hypertrophy (common in high volume and high intensity exercise). Typically, post workout recovery involves a meal or shake high in Carbohydrates and Protein, as well as supplements including Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA). Diet and exercise are only 2 parts of a plethora of factors that lead to a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is one of the most important components when it comes to muscle recovery. For optimal results, 7-9 hours of sleep is recommended.
CBD and Muscle Recovery
Although CBD does not interact with the muscles in the way that protein does through protein synthesis (actually repairing and growing the muscle) there is evidence to show that it does, in fact aid in recovery. CBD is shown to effects such as reducing inflammation, reduce spasms, and reduce anxiety. Being that rest and relaxation are very important to muscle recovery, this is a positive correlation for CBD. With the aid of CBD, the body is able to relax and get a proper nights sleep. This allows the body to repair itself and will leave you feeling well rested and ready to go in the morning!
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