Did you realize that a lot of people are currently using Cannabidiol (CBD) to help relieve muscle strains and to promote quicker muscle recovery?
It isn’t just athletes who are using CBD for muscle strains and recovery. Everyday normal people just like you and I are finding CBD beneficial and helpful in relieving pain and inflammation caused by muscle strains.
CBD has shown itself to have many different health benefits. Some of these claimed health benefits may appear to be more anecdotal but other claims are backed by scientific research as well. Benefits of CBD can range from easing anxiety and helping you sleep to helping with some neurological disorders and relief to cancer treatment patients.
One of the core benefits and uses of CBD has been, and continues to be, its ability to reduce inflammation and to help with pain relief. CBD has been shown to help people dealing with pain from things like neuralgia, Multiple Sclerosis and even migraines and arthritis.
Because CBD does have anti-inflammatory characteristics and can help to relieve pain it is becoming a popular choice to help with muscle strains and to help recover faster from workouts.
Muscle Strain vs Muscle Recovery
Amongst active people you will hear the terms muscle strain and muscle recovery quite often. Sometimes they almost seem to be used interchangeably but there are differences between them and the impact on your muscles is not the same.
A muscle strain is when you incur an actual injury to your muscle or tendon. The tendon is just the tissue that connects your muscle to the bone. It’s sort of like an extension to your muscle.
If your muscle gets stretched too much and the muscle fibers actually tear then this is what would be considered a muscle strain.
Some common muscle strain injuries happen to areas of the body such as your lower back, thigh, calf, or even groin muscles. Of course it can happen to any muscle in your body but those are some of the main culprits that millions of people are dealing with on a regular basis.
Some symptoms of a muscle strain will obviously include pain and swelling. It is often accompanied with muscle spasms and you may be severely limited in your ability to utilize that particular muscle due to these types of things.
Muscle recovery is just that. It is the phase when your muscles are recovering from whatever they have been put through. It could be that your muscle is recovering from a muscle strain or muscle injury. Or it could be that you are recovering from recent exercise or working out.
Muscle recovery is the rebuilding of muscle fibers. It is most often associated with recovering from working out. As you put stress on your muscles while exercising it damages muscle fibers by causing the muscle fibers to actually break.
While this sounds counterproductive at firsts, during the muscle recovery phase your muscles actually heal stronger than they were to begin with. This is how you can build muscle strength and muscle mass through working out.
For exercise enthusiasts the trick then becomes how to help your muscles recover more quickly so that you can push through and gain even more strength. That is where CBD comes in.
What Is CBD?
Understanding what CBD is and how it works can be beneficial. We feel it is important to have a solid understanding before you decide whether or not to start taking CBD. On top of that, once you do have a better understanding of CBD most people feel much more comfortable about using it as part of their daily routine.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is an all-natural compound. It is naturally found in the cannabis Sativa plant and is particularly prevalent in the hemp sub-species of the cannabis Sativa plant. Industrial hemp is actually the plant where CBD is most derived from today.
When many people hear ‘cannabis’ they immediately go straight to marijuana and THC and it often leads to a misunderstanding about CBD itself. While hemp and marijuana are closely related there are some major differences.
The reason that CBD is derived from industrial hemp is that the hemp plants contain very low levels of THC. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes you feel high. Industrial hemp legally must contain less than 0.3% THC which is not anywhere close to enough to get you high.
CBD products can be found in CBD isolate,broad-spectrum,and full spectrum formulas. Each has their pros and cons but you can completely eliminate all THC from CBD products if that makes you feel more comfortable. That will also help to ease your mind if you have any concerns about needing to pass a drug test.
Can CBD Actually Help Heal and Rejuvenate My Muscles?
Now that we have a better understanding of what CBD is (and what it’s not) let’s take a closer look at whether CBD can actually help to heal muscle strains and encourage muscle recovery.
As you research you will find multiple studies that show CBD is helpful in reducing pain. This can be pain caused by a variety of factors and ailments.
You will also see numerous personal accounts about how people have experienced first-hand the pain relieving benefits of taking CBD daily. We have personally witnessed in our own lives, and close relatives, how CBD has helped reduce pain, even arthritis pain.
There are more studies that are ongoing on the positive effects of CBD and we understand that some people are hesitant to try CBD until more scientific evidence exists to back up these claims. We do understand that position but at the same time there are millions of people who are using CBD and experiencing life-changing results. With CBD having been shown to be safe it really begs the question as to why you wouldn’t at least look into it further to see for yourself.
Which Type of CBD Product Should I Use for Muscle Strains?
When it comes to CBD there are 3 main types of CBD products. You will see CBD isolates, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum CBD products as the main choices when it comes to types of CBD. Determining which one is best for muscle strains and helping with muscle recovery will be somewhat of a personal preference.
Full-spectrum CBD products are when CBD is extracted from the entire hemp plant. That means it will contain all of the other minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are found in the plant itself. This means that you will also have trace amounts of THC in your CBD product, though it will legally be less than 0.3%.
Full-spectrum CBD products afford you the greatest benefits of the entourage effect because all of these natural compounds are working together.
Broad-spectrum CBD undergoes a bit more of a refinement process than full-spectrum CBD does. It bears the name broad-spectrum because it does include a broad spectrum of the hemp compounds found in the hemp strain being used.
The important differentiation between broad spectrum and full spectrum is that broad spectrum CBD products do not contain THC. However, they are still packed with other minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Simply put, CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. It is not one of the most common types of CBD but there are many good CBD isolate products. It requires a robust refinement process to make sure all of the unwanted compounds are removed, leaving only CBD.
To be considered a true CBD isolate it should be 99+% pure CBD. This means it won’t contain other flavonoids or cannabinoids that are found in the other types. This also means that you won’t be able to experience the entourage effect from CBD isolates.
How Much CBD Should I Be Using?
How much CBD to take will vary widely from person to person. It depends on a variety of factors such as your experience with CBD but it heavily depends on your body weight as well.
We highly recommend sticking to manufacturer recommendations, especially if you are new to the CBD product. That is the safest way to start out to get a feel for whether or not you should increase the dose.
By starting on the low side of 10mg of CBD per day you will have a good starting point if you are unfamiliar with CBD. If you are not experiencing the desired pain relief then you can increase by 5-10mg.
CBD is widely considered to be safe to use and has been shown to be highly tolerable even in doses well over 600mg per day.
Final Thoughts on Using CBD for Muscle Strains and Recovery
CBD is well-known to help reduce pain and inflammation. So making the decision to utilize CBD as a means to help with muscle strains or to increase muscle recovery just makes sense.
As always, we highly recommend that you seek the advice of a medical professional prior to starting CBD, or any other supplement. This is especially true if you are taking other medications.