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CBD for Recovery and Inflammation

Apr 12th 2022

If you’re looking to soothe aches to recover faster from workouts or manage chronic pain without prescription medications, studies show that CBD can be an effective solution. From CBD capsules to muscle creams and gummies, they all have the potential to help alleviate pain. In this post, we’ll share some of the benefits of using both oral and topical CBD-based products for pain management and provide suggestions to help you determine whether a CBD regimen may be right for you.

Benefits of using CBD for Recovery

It’s no secret that CBD has a lot of supposed benefits. Some of them are anecdotal, but there’s also some scientific evidence to back up those claims. Everything from progressive tumor reduction in a lung cancer patient, to improving mobility in people with Multiple Sclerosis, to helping arthritis patients manage their symptoms. CBD can also help with smaller things, like reducing anxiety and improving sleep, both of which aid in recovery.

Reducing inflammation

Whether you’re someone who runs a few times a week, or someone who hits the gym on a regular basis, you’ve likely experienced post-workout soreness and inflammation. Recent studies have shown that using CBD oil after a workout can help relieve delayed onset muscle soreness since it’s healing properties are known to reduce pain and body aches. Beyond CBD oil, researchers have found that topical CBD may notably reduce inflammation and balance cortisol levels.

Pain management

According to a study published in the Frontiers of Pharmacology, chronic pain is the most commonly cited reason for using medical cannabis. In fact, a survey by the Arthritis Foundation found 94% of people said their primary reason for using CBD is to relieve pain. Several survey respondents specifically mentioned that they prefer CBD to treat their pain because it feels less addictive than opioids.

Our team member, Nolan, overcame opioid addiction with the help of CBD.

While his story and others like it are encouraging, we can’t say for sure that CBD is 100% effective for treating pain, because the scientific data just isn’t there yet.

Getting started with CBD

CBD is generally considered safe to use. A study published in the Frontiers of Neurology found that “high doses of up to 1,500 mg per day and chronic use can be well tolerated by humans.” It’s unlikely you will need that much, but figuring out how much CBD you should take can be a challenge because there is no “standard” dose. It really comes down to your body composition and the concentration of CBD in the product you’re taking.

As with anything you put in your body, we recommend talking with your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you take other medications. If your doctor doesn’t provide a dosing recommendation, start with a small dose and gradually increase it until you find relief. A good starting point is 3-4 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. This could mean starting with 20 to 40 mg per day. If you feel like you can handle a little more, try increasing the amount by 5 mg until you feel that it’s working.

While you’re doing a bit of trial and error to find the dosage that works best, keep a diary to track how much CBD you’re taking and whether you notice any improvement in your symptoms. You can write it down in a journal or in the notes app on your phone.

How to use CBD for recovery

There are plenty of ways you can consume CBD to help with overall wellness in addition to relief of physical pain. Beyond CBD capsules, gummies, and oils, CBD is often infused in muscle creams, too. It all comes down to your personal preference and whether you want to ingest it or rub it on for relief.

Again, finding the “perfect” dosage is more of an art than a science, but the guidelines above should help you get started.

If your doctor gives you the go-ahead and you want to try an all-natural pain reliever instead of over-the-counter medications, go for it. Try it for a few weeks and see how you feel. We also recommend changing up the delivery method and dose until you find the one that’s right for you.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing or using other medications