Can CBD Improve Your Workout Routine?

Exercising is a fantastic way to stay in shape and can improve your quality of life in innumerable ways, but unfortunately can be hard on the physical body. However, studies are beginning to point to the positive benefits of consuming cannabidiol (CBD) as part of an overall workout regiment.

Exercising is a Practice of Inflammation

Exercising causes microscopic damage to the muscles and tissues in your body, which causes inflammation. The inflammation triggers your body’s repair process, which allows the muscles and tissues to grow back stronger and more resilient. But, too much inflammation can contribute to excessive muscle damage and poor workout results, and it can also indicate exercise injuries. CBD products have shown positive results with helping the body deal with inflammation by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. 

1 - Aids in Pain Management

Pain is one of the largest obstacles that athletes face everyday, and CBD can actually help in aiding pain management. In fact, cannabis and phytocannabinoids have been used for hundreds of years for pain management. One study was able to document the role cannabis and phytocannabinoids play in regulating pain, and found a solid connection that points to CBD and cannabis being excellent regulators of pain.

Far less pain = way more gain.

2 - Quickens Post Workout Recovery

After a workout, the body naturally experiences pain and inflammation as a part of the recovery process. Usually, the body takes between 48 and 72 hours to fully recover from a strenuous workout, but cannabidiol can quicken that time by reducing the stiffness and inflammation associated with the physical recovery period. The great thing about CBD is that it’s available in topical lotions so that you can treat specific sore spots on your body. You can also use a tincture, capsule, or even smoke strains of CBD flower to feel the overall physically relaxing effects that cannabidiol has to offer.

3 - Healthy Alternative to NSAIDs

Did you know that people that regularly exercise are the largest consumers of drugs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Advil? These are all common NSAIDs, which are Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. These help people regulate pain, fevers, and can act as blood thinners. While they may alleviate your symptoms, regularly taking NSAIDs can do irreparable damage to your liver. Luckily, CBD is a powerful, all-natural alternative to NSAIDs that won’t damage your liver. Multiple studies have found CBD and cannabis to be powerful anti-inflammatory agents, and one study found that cannabidiol out-performed popular NSAIDs when it came to pain management.

4 – Better Sleep = Improved Performance

One of the best ways for any athlete to see improvements in their performance is by getting enough sleep, and CBD can help with that. In fact, one study found that athletes who consume CBD as a part of the workout regiment sleep longer, and have a more restful night of sleep. CBD helps athletes get more sleep by binding to the brain’s neurons, slowing down brain activity, and making them feel calmer and more relaxed. This causes the athlete to feel sleep sooner, and helps them fall asleep quicker.

Buy the Right CBD Products

The most responsible way to purchase CBD products is to make sure the company you're choosing is American-made, lists the specific milligrams of CBD per serving and contains no mystery proprietary blends. 

Some of our favorites:

CBD Bath Salts by Om Edibles

Medicated baths are not psychoactive but have a very strong effect on your body. Amazing for aches, pains, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and dermatological imbalances, these ultra therapeutic soaking salts are nothing short of a miracle. OM’s salts and essential oils are pharmacological grade, and their Cannabis Flowers are full spectrum and organically grown. They offer an array of aromas, each bringing a different aromatherapeutic benefit, try Lavender or Rose today!

Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal CBD Patch

Mary's award-winning patches are born out of a commitment to accurate dosing and the application of advanced delivery methods. Offering a quick onset and unsurpassed duration, Mary's patches are 2×2 squares, easy to use, and adhere simply to any veinous part of the skin for discreet, all day (or night) relief.

Papa & Barkley’s 3:1 CBD Balm

Releaf™ Balm is tougher than pain, bringing a breakthrough new approach and formula. This formula delivers hours of pain relief in an all-natural, botanical pain balm, infused through a coconut oil soak process unmatched for potency and terpene content.

Papa & Barkleys THCa:CBD Tincture

This robust tincture is ideal for whole body aches and pains. Our 1:1 THCa:CBD Releaf Tincture is a wonderful blend of cannabinoids for those who want the benefits of THC without the psychoactivity. THCa is the precursor to THC (THCa turns into THC when heated) and is thought to share the same healing properties.

Every Wednesday we celebrate the healing benefits of cannabis with 25% off all wellness products! Shop below to see the wide variety we have in stock, and chat with our Budtenders if you have any specific questions or needs!

Alexa Jesse

My name is Alexa and I am a New York native that moved to San Francisco, California in October of 2015. Gypsy Universe is a reflection of my personal wellness and creative journey, inspired by the loss of my best friend and my own near death experience.  I have been a closet singer my whole life and I finally decided to stop dreaming and start living. I am a singer, a writer, a traveler, a sister, a lover, and a planet earth activist. I am also a certified Health Coach and Pilates instructor. Follow my journey for travel tips, plant-based lifestyle how-to's, original music and more!