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A Guide to CBD For Pre & Post Workout

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One use for Cannabidiol (CBD) that you might not have considered is taking it as part of your workout routine. Studies have shown that, alongside its better-known health and wellness benefits, CBD offers physical, biochemical and psychological benefits that can help athletes perform better and recover faster. For this reason, alongside its use in emergent clinical studies, interest in CBD has grown in non-clinical populations, including athletes.

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a casual gym-goer or yogi then, CBD can help you enhance your current workout routine. Let’s find out how. 

CBD For Pre-Workout

Sports Performance Anxiety (SPA)

High levels of pre-competition stress, otherwise known as sports performance anxiety (SPA), can be detrimental to athletic performance. According to a Narrative Review of Cannabidiol and Sports Performance, this is attributed to both the direct and indirect effects of SPA — this means the anxiety it produces, as well as the ways that we might behave in response to this (e.g. a decrease in food intake and loss of sleep), can impact athletic performance. 

Early-stage clinical studies suggest that CBD might be able to reduce this anxiousness in “stress-inducing” situations, including participants with SAD. In addition, research suggests that CBD can help to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and stress — for example, one 2019 study found that CBD reduced anxiety symptoms in a simulated public speaking test. 

Improve Focus

If you want to better focus on the task at hand, CBD can help. When it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is thought to be involved with regulating mood and cognitive function, you can eliminate some of the noise and distractions of everyday life, and focus on maximising your workout and hitting those personal bests. 

Better Sleep 

Evidence has shown that a good night’s sleep can help you feel well-rested and more motivated to exercise, as well as facilitate optimal athletic performance. If CBD can help you sleep better — and research shows that it might, because CBD interacts with sleep-related receptors in the brain — then it can help improve your workout performance. A 2017 review found that CBD might be helpful in the treatment of sleep disorders, and another trial showed that 160 mg CBD increased self-reported sleep duration in individuals with insomnia. 

Not to mention that most of the tissue repair process occurs when we sleep. Therefore, more sleep, paired with the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, could aid and improve the muscle recovery process. 

CBD For Post-Workout 

Reduce Inflammation

After a session at the gym, you might find that you experience muscle aches or stiffness — better known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This is a natural response to exercise when you’ve pushed yourself harder than normal, and can affect people of all fitness levels. Over time, when your muscles become stronger and more resistant, you’ll tend to experience DOMS less.

The problems arise when you can’t “wait out” the pain and have things to do, or in the case of professional athletes, when you need to get back in the gym or attend your next match. This is where Cannabidiol (CBD) could come in. With its potential anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has been used by athletes to reduce pain and inflammation faster. 

The science? Clinical studies have shown that CBD reduces the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, inhibits T cell proliferation, induces T cell apoptosis and reduces migration and adhesion of immune cells. In simpler terms, CBD might improve the anti-inflammatory effects associated with our endocannabinoid system — the cell-signalling system that is thought to regulate many of our body’s functions. 

In addition, according to a 2020 review of studies, CBD is thought to have direct anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Should You Take CBD Before or After Workout? 

You can take Cannabidiol (CBD) both before and after your workout. If you take CBD before a workout, it can give you an energy boost and increase your focus. If you take it after your workout, it can help reduce inflammation and offer relief from sore muscles and joints. That being said, when you take CBD is personal to you — think about when and how you workout, and what you’d like to gain from it, e.g. if you’d like to take it after a workout for muscle inflammation, or before a workout to improve focus (or both).

What Is the Best CBD for Athletes?

If you’re an athlete that is subject to drug tests, it’s best to purchase products made with broad-spectrum CBD. Unlike full-spectrum or isolate, broad-spectrum offers the full therapeutic benefits of CBD (otherwise known as the ‘entourage effect’) but contains no THC, which means it won’t lead to a positive drug test

At Purity Hemp, we sell broad-spectrum products that are completely traceable from seed to shelf, and have received certification from the Banned Substance Control Group (BSCG) guaranteeing them to be 100% THC free. We are also 1 of 3 companies approved for safe use in sports.

In terms of product type, a CBD topical often works best for athletes suffering from DOMS because it can be applied to the specific sore muscle or joint. However, CBD oil or edibles also promote the above-mentioned benefits, including pain and stress relief.

Note that CBD should be used in conjunction with other pain-relief practices to maximise its effects, such as stretching before and after exercise. 

Need additional help? Take our CBD Quiz for product recommendations in minutes, or read our full guides on How to Choose the Right CBD Product and The Different Types of CBD.


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