Looking for a solution to post-workout injuries or improve your stamina to exercise? Cannabinoid or CBD is your go-to!
Athletes have to be extremely careful when they train and exercise. Any wrong movement can damage or strain a muscle. Experiencing discomfort during athletic activities is natural. However, there is a line that distinguishes the positive from the negative discomforts of pain. Pain that doesn’t recover soon enough could be a sign of muscle damage that may not be reversible.
The muscles are the most affected during training programs. That is why having a training instructor by your side can help supervise every movement and guard you against over-exercising. Similarly, fitness freaks and gym-goers practice caution and take their time to recover from any physical stress post workouts.
Impact on muscles during exercise
To increase muscle strength, the muscle has to experience physical stress. This form of stress in-turn can only be experienced by the body gradually and not all at once. Imagine experiencing the emergency brakes applied while you are seated in the back seat. Now, imagine repeatedly experiencing this for a few weeks. You would find yourself complaining of back pain.
Your muscles, tendons, cartilage, bones, and ligaments are all sensitive to the same effect. Any sudden or abrupt shock to the body is unhealthy and can lead to permanent damage.
How can CBD help soothe muscle soreness?
CBD is the healthy variant of Cannabis. This means that it does not cause intoxicating side-effects like that of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the unhealthy variant of Cannabis and is banned from usage or selling due to potential abuse.
CBD, on the other hand, has benefited many people with medical issues, including exercise. It helps with sore muscles after intense workouts like running, weightlifting, high-intensity interval training, or other types of exercises.
Athletes may be well familiar with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This type of soreness occurs a few hours after a strenuous workout. CBD is known to lessen the effects of this soreness, making it easier and faster for you to get back to the gym.
There is no specific research to back the positive effects of CBD on muscle soreness but theoretical questions say otherwise. If CBD is known to relieve pain from other chronic diseases and ailments then why not muscle soreness or inflammation? CBD does have the ability to reduce pain, thus, helping in speedy recovery. It also enhances the effect of painkillers since it helps with faster absorption.
Another passive way CBD can help with faster recovery is its ability to improve sleep. Some research does point out that CBD is directly related to good sleep. If the quality of sleep improves, so does the chance of muscle recovery.
CBD oil is known to improve athletic performance by reducing nervousness, stress, and anxiety ahead of any competition. Of course, taking this chemical is advised only after consulting with a doctor.
How to recognize bad pain?
Besides the benefits of CBD, it is important to know whether you truly are suffering from muscle injury.
Muscle soreness happens if you perform a new exercise or have started working out after a long gap. The soreness usually lasts not long after the workout ends. However, soreness that lasts for more than a day to weeks or months means the presence of muscle injury. This indicates that the exercise routine was too stressful for the muscles and that possible long-term damage has occurred. Therefore, it is advisable to start slow and gradual with lesser force applied. Eventually, the intensity of the exercise can increase but after deliberate analysis on the body’s stamina to take more.
Similarly, the tendons in your joints when over-stressed during workouts can lead to serious conditions. For example, Tendinitis refers to the inflammation of the tendons. Pain in your knees while climbing the stairs over some time means something is wrong. You will need to get your knees checked.
Your bones are also exposed to such damage known as a ‘stress fracture’. During strenuous cardio activities like running or jogging, your bones become stronger. However, overdoing it can cause the bones to fail to support your body.
Your cartilage can experience some wear and tear too, resulting in pain and accumulation of fluid in the joints.
When should prolonged muscle pain concern you?
You should be concerned when you experience the following types of discomfort:
- Pain that lasts for many days after exercise.
- Pain that affects your performance during sports activities.
- Pain that stays even after considerable rest.
- Pain that affects your style of walking, sleeping, and other movements of the limbs.
- Pain that not only stayed but is getting worse over time.
- Pain that causes you to increase your medication dosage.
- Pain that has begun disrupting your sleep pattern.
- Pain that causes you to experience weakness.
- Pain that makes you feel a tingling or numbing sensation.
- Pain that ultimately leads to fever and sweating.
Experiencing any of the above is not just a warning sign but a confirmation that you need to visit the doctor. Begin with immediate treatment to avoid further damage. Also, you would have to refrain from restarting any kind of exercise routine that could lead you down the same road.
Consult with your doctor before taking CBD
What if CBD had a negative effect on you? One reason could be that CBD counteracted with another medication you may be taking. Only your doctor can tell whether this chemical is safe to take or not. Therefore, consulting first with your doctor as to whether you can take this medication is advisable.
Also, ensure that you are buying from a reputed brand, devoid of unknown proprietary solutions. The long-term effects of CBD intake have not been documented extensively. Therefore, starting with less than a liberal dosage would be better than going full scale. Again, consult with your doctor before changing your dosage.
Other than CBD, take other health measures to keep fit. Conform to quality sleep, stay hydrated, avoid unhealthy foods, stick to nutritious meals, and exercise under professional supervision. Additionally, manage your stress and anxiety levels with calming activities and breathing exercises.