Whether you work out every day, push yourself to the limits with an active lifestyle or are just starting out on a fitness routine, you might have noticed that there seems to be a lot of hype online around CBD and muscle recovery. So what are the real facts?
CBD or cannabidiol is everywhere these days, and it seems like you can find it in every possible form – from capsules, gummies, oils and tinctures, to balms and even cocktails. Wondering whether your workout recovery routine should include CBD? Read on for everything you need to know about CBD in fitness, for athletes and active lifestyles.
What is CBD?
CBD is just one of over 100 chemical compounds found in cannabis plants which include both street cannabis and industrial hemp. Our CBD products are cultivated from industrial hemp, which is high in CBD but extremely low in THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound found in street cannabis that causes a psychotropic effect, or in other words gets you high.
What does a workout do to the body?
It doesn’t matter how fit you are, as any gym regular will know, after a workout you just feel it. That’s because working out causes microscopic damage to your body’s muscle fibres. Those muscles then become inflamed, triggering your body to try and repair itself – which leaves you feeling sore and stiff. It’s the same after any period of strenuous exercise, like surfing, cycling, running or high intensity impact training.
How does CBD work?
CBD and the other cannabinoids in hemp have been found to work in tandem with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, which contains two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CBD is thought to predominantly bind to the the CB2 receptors which are mainly located in the nervous system and are related to the body’s responses to pain and inflammation. However, the data isn’t there yet to make any claims about the benefits of CBD.
At Jersey Hemp, we want to help people achieve a better quality of life and keep on doing the things they love. On our home island of Jersey, where there’s a strong surf culture and many have a real love of the sea, it’s important to us that we produce the best quality hemp CBD products, using ingredients that are grown in Jersey’s sea air and designed to help support your wellbeing naturally.
CBD Oil for muscle recovery?
So if you’re wondering whether CBD will help your muscles recover better after a workout, we can’t conclusively say. But for most people, an effective post-workout routine involves getting some quality sleep to allow the body to repair and rebuild your muscles. But there’s a problem. When you put your body through an intense workout, it produces a spike in the stress hormone cortisol which plays a role in our body’s fight or flight response. If you’re working out in the evenings, you may find that cortisol is keeping you awake, making you feel tired and disrupting your sleep patterns, which can affect your everyday life as well as your body’s ability to repair itself effectively.
If you’re craving a good night’s sleep after your workouts, some simple lifestyle changes can help settle your mind and body into an effective pre-sleep routine. It’s thought that CBD can help support these lifestyle changes. Better sleep routines can benefit your body and mind, leaving you feeling restored and ready for anything the next day.
So how do I take CBD?
As with any new supplement or routine, discuss CBD with your doctor first, particularly if you take other medication. Once you have the go-ahead, you can figure how much CBD is right for by following our guide to taking CBD. Everyone’s different and reacts to CBD differently, so it may take some time before you find an amount that’s right for you, but be patient and give your body time to adjust to its new routine.
How to get the best results?
Like exercise, consistency is key, so try to take CBD at the same time every day. CBD is also sold in infused balms, capsules, gummies and more, but the fastest method of absorption is a few drops of CBD oil placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. If you’re looking for the best quality CBD to add to a fitness routine, always ensure you’re buying from a trusted brand with clearly labelled products and third party lab reports to back up the claims on the label.
We’re proud that our CBD oils were named as ’one of the most compliant, high quality and accurately labelled products’ in a recent blind test of CBD brands on UK retailer shelves. We want to improve people’s quality of life and that’s what motivates us to put so much work into making high quality products that live up to their claims.
Natural wellness is something that’s very important to us here at Jersey Hemp, and that’s why we make sure that our plants are well looked after. Everything that goes into our plants, goes into our products, so by keeping our farming free from artificial pesticides and fertilisers, we can produce CBD oils and products that our customers can rely on. And whether you’re choosing to take CBD as an addition to a post-gym routine, or just making it part of a daily active lifestyle, we hope you enjoy using our Jersey Hemp products!