In December, President Donald Trump signed a new Farm Bill, which, among other things, legalized the growth, distribution, and sale of industrialized hemp, allowing it to be “cultivated for any use"—including the production and extraction of CBD. There are a few caveats to the bill, but generally you’re now safe to buy CBD across the United States. Even professional athletes can use CBD, as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed it from its prohibited substance list in 2018.
“Broadly speaking, CBD does decrease inflammation when it's rubbed on muscles as an ointment or taken orally.” Can CBD really help fight post-workout inflammation? “As a personal trainer and someone that works out every day and really pushes myself a lot, I noticed the biggest difference in inflammation and stress after a workout,” Tara Laferrara, a former sprinter and a NASM certified personal trainer, told MensHealth.com about her personal use of CBD. Laferrara was introduced to CBD via friends in the fitness industry who tried it after cannabis was legalized in Colorado in 2014. (A CBDevotee?) “It basically manages and prevents my joint inflammation, that aching kind of feeling, that I'd get after a heavy lift day,” she says. While Laferrara’s anecdotal experience is intriguing, you might remain skeptical. Perhaps the scientific findings will squash some of your CBDoubts. According to a 2018 review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, CBD can indeed reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis. “It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective,” the review study’s authors wrote. “Broadly speaking, it does decrease inflammation when it's rubbed on muscles as an ointment or taken orally,” Dr.
Perry Solomon, previous chief medical officer and founding member of HelloMD, told MensHealth.com. However, we can't conclusively say that CBD will, without question, reduce inflammation—and in turn reduce muscle soreness—after another Eb & Swole workout. Even the doctors published in Frontiers in Neurology said: “High doses of up to 1,500 mg per day and chronic use have been repeatedly shown to be well tolerated by humans.” You shouldn't need that much, though figuring out how much you do need can be tricky, as there is no "standard" dose. One rule of thumb is 1-6 milligrams of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight based on pain levels. Another is to start with 5-10mg per day and increase by 5-10mg until you feel relief. This isn't perfect and requires trial and error, but it'll help you find a starting point. As with anything you plan to put into your body, discuss CBD with your doctor first, particularly if you take other medications. They can help you make sure your liver will have enough room to metabolize it all so as not to diminish the effects of either. Beyond CBD oils and tinctures, CBD is often sold in infused balms, lotions, capsules, edibles, vape pens, and more. Basically, you just need to decide if you’d like to ingest it or rub it on for relief. Again, you're mostly on your own to determine exactly how much CBD you should take to feel its effects. The dosing guidelines above should give you a good jumping-off point, but CBD is a subjective chemical that reacts differently in every body. Once you feel the desired effect, though, you won't have to up the dose. Which means if you use CBD oil for recovery, you can just fill the pipette to the same spot every time. To sum it up, if your doctor says it’s OK and you’re game to try CBD instead of popping traditional anti-inflammatories, go for it. Try it for a few weeks while varying the delivery method and dose to find what works best for you. By tomorrow, you could be recovering faster from your workout and have one less excuse to skip leg day. Can CBD Oil help with bodybuilding, and if so, how? Recent studies have examined how CBD oil can benefit bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, and the results are quite promising. While more research needs to be conducted, current science suggests that CBD oil has properties that may help with bodybuilding. A study published in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research showed CBD’s anti-catabolic properties that enable it to help regulate hormone levels in the body (1 ) . By taking CBD oil, cortisol levels are kept at bay, allowing for increased muscle growth and protein synthesis throughout a workout or bodybuilding routine.
CBD’s anti-catabolic properties may also allow for the slow breakdown of muscle mass and help athletes to build more muscle. In addition to lowering the levels of catabolic hormones, CBD may indirectly boost muscle growth by improving stamina.
When individuals are able to spend more time lifting or bodybuilding without the muscles getting fatigued, they see results from their hard work faster. CBD can also be beneficial to people who are trying to lose weight. In a 2008 animal study published in the PLOS One Journal , it was shown that CBD inhibits a receptor in the brain so that ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite, is unable to act (2 ) . A study published in Nature Journal has shown that CBD could increase the levels of leptin in the brain (3 ) . Leptin is the hormone that makes an individual feel full or satiated.