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Truth: there’s nothing like post-workout Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) to prove you’ve had a killer gym sesh.
Within 24-48hours of having a good lift session lactic acid, tears in the muscle, and damaged proteins can lead to pain, inflammation and general soreness at its peak. While these are positive indicators of an effective workout and your body’s natural recovery process that leads to building muscle, you don’t have to suffer through the pain with no relief.
Traditionally, athletes ice affected areas, take salt baths, take over-the-counter pain medication / anti-inflammatory drugs, and have regular PT/massage therapy to ease the recovery process. As of late, however, there is an emerging trend to use CBD recovery cream to ease muscle pain and soreness. If you’re in any way interested or involved in the fitness world- you’ve surely scrolled across ads and information on the topic.
What is CBD recovery cream?
CBD recovery cream is an all-natural plant-based cannabis byproduct to be used topically. It is known to promote overall healing and wellness using extracted cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. These cannabinoids interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system and may offer significant therapeutic properties.
Natural Bodybuilders Fear Not, CBD Recovery Cream is not THC
Natural health is important to me, as I am sure it is to many in the wellness community of natural bodybuilding. CBD cream lacks tetrahydrocannibol (THC) found in marijuana and therefore is non-psychoactive, meaning, it is not mind altering.
How does CBD Help Muscle Recovery?
- Pain Management
- Increased blood circulation
Additional CBD benefits:
- Reduce chances of injury: by reducing the inflammation on effected areas you protect nearby muscle groups that compensate from injury
- Better, more restful sleep: we grow and recover when we sleep – only when restful.
Is it just for bodybuilders? NAH!
While a lot of the marketing around CBD recovery cream is targeted at the bodybuilding world, it also has benefits for other conditions including:
- Stiff neck from poor sleeping position
- Arthritis pain
- Joint pain
My Personal Experience
I experimented, and fell in love, with Herbstrong’s Extra Strength 1000mg Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Recovery Cream. The manufacturer positions this cream as 10x more concentrated than competitors and, from my use of it, I would have to agree! The fast-acting cream is light and non-oily to the touch. It absorbs quickly into the skin and has no smell to it.
Herbstrong’s Extra Strength 1000mg Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Recovery Cream ingredients (as listed on the company website) are 1000mg CBD Oil, Purified Water, Capric/Caprillic Triglycerides, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Glyceryl Monostearate, Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Distearate, Carbomer Otiphen.
Use CBD recovery cream post workout and as needed throughout the muscle recovery stage. Rub a small amount (about the size of a dime) into the affected area. Apply as often as every 2-8 hours as needed.
After applying, I run my jade massage tool over the area for increased benefit. If you haven’t incorporated natural stones into your recovery routine, I highly recommend them as well. They are amazingly relaxing, increasing circulation, and relieve tension.
Instead of icing or reaching for that over-the-counter pain medication give CBD Recovery Cream a try. It’s convenient, effective and potentially life-changing.
Please note, I am not a medical doctor. I do not to give medical advice. My views in this article are based on personal research and anecdotal experience based on my personal usage. Please always consult with your own physician and do your own research.
Written by: Christina Burruss
Edited by: Veronica Castillo (for SEO)