If you are struggling with an injury sustained during a workout, then you are likely to be exploring several ways to speed up your recovery so you can resume your training programme. Whilst searching for methods to heal the damage you are likely to have come across CBD oil, a natural remedy becoming widely available. Here we take a look at what CBD oil is and the benefits that it can have.
CBD oil is an extract of the cannabis plant and is commonly used to reduce pain and inflammation.
In 2018, a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed CBD may help treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications.
As CBD does not contain THC (the part of cannabis that will get you high) then CBD is considered a legal substance in the UK.
There are many studies being completed on CBD and the benefits that it has. However, initial research indicates that it can help to alleviate pain and the MHRA in the UK has now classed CBD as a medicine, insisting it meets strict safety, quality and efficiency standards. As a result, there are now two medicines containing CBD available in the UK as well as a number of supplementary products.
CBD is available in many formats, including oils, balms, ointments, drops, capsules and even vaping liquid and can be used to treat some painful illnesses and injuries.
The content level of CBD can range from 5 to 20% so do some research about what you are looking to treat and the level of CBD that you would need.
As with any supplements, it is important to understand how much is within the product that you buy and to follow advice of how frequently to take it to ensure that you don’t take more than the recommended daily dose.
Research indicates that CBD affects the receptors that receive pain signals from the brain. CBD oil has anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. It can also give you calmness and ultimately ease the pain that you are experiencing.
If using CBD oil to treat pain, then it can be most effective when applied topically to the affected area. Applying it twice a day can reduce pain and swelling. Some formats can be used as a food additive so can reach the bloodstream faster. The most appropriate application will depend on the type of the injury that you have. If you wish to learn more, please read one of our recent blog articles Returning To Training After An Injury.
Sports personalities have been using CBD for a number of years. For example, cyclist Floyd Landis has been using CBD since 2015 to help with muscle recovery and US Basketball athletes are now permitted to use it as a supplement. There are no studies to prove that it can improve your performance when training, but it can help alleviate pain that you may be experiencing.
CBD is becoming increasingly available within Health Food Shops with retailers such as Holland and Barrett listing it. As with all supplements, it is advised to source from a reputable supplier.
So, if you are looking for a product to support you in your workout recovery plan or you are a personal trainer keen to understand more about how to support your clients suffering with an injury, then consider CBD oil. When used in the correct way, it can help to reduce pain and inflammation and could get you, or your client back to training!