Why are high-level athletes in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and UFC using cannabidiol (CBD) supplements?
Athletes use CBD to help them recover faster between workouts and after an event. Faster recovery means they’re back into the gym sooner to continue training.
In this article, we explore what makes CBD popular for post-workout recovery, as well as recuperation after an injury. We’ll cover what the research says about the anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and muscle relaxant effects of the compound in more detail.
We also cover how CBD may help recovery by supporting sleep, combatting stress, and optimizing protein synthesis and stem cell differentiation in muscle tissue.
Here’s everything you need to know about using CBD to support muscle recovery.
Benefits of CBD for Muscle Recovery:
CBD relaxes muscle tissue
CBD may relieve acute pain in the muscles
CBD reduces inflammation
CBD improves sleep quality
CBD may enhance satellite cell differentiation in the muscles
CBD may support protein synthesis by reducing cortisol levels
So What Exactly is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active ingredients in the cannabis plant. It’s a close relative to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which is what makes marijuana psychoactive. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids — organic compounds found alongside over a hundred other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Don’t worry, CBD is completely non-psychoactive — meaning it won’t make you high.