CBD Muscle Care
A host of professional athletes extol the value of CBD to reduce pain, aid with recovery and enhance their performance. But you don’t need to be a top sportsman or woman to benefit from using cannabidiol for muscle care.
CBD can help alleviate muscle aches, pain and spasms caused by a variety of health conditions. This could include chronic pain, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, back conditions. CBD has been found to be effective for soothing acute pain and aches in the muscles.
CBD may help you reduce the need for medication or to supplement other therapies for reducing pain. It can help with muscle pain caused by tension, stress, stiffness, overuse or minor injuries.
CBD is thought to ease pain by increasing natural endocannabinoids, decreasing the body’s inflammatory response, and desensitising pain receptors.
CBD creams and balms are topical products applied directly to the skin. CBD is absorbed by the skin and interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies. The ECS is responsible for the sensations of pleasure and pain we experience.
CBD is entirely legal. It does not contain THC, the compound in the cannabis plant that causes a “high”. CBD is also permitted in organised sports.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted any restrictions on CBD in 2018 after extensive research. CBD is a naturally occurring substance that mimics the way our bodies work.
CBD products are particularly popular with bodybuilders, MMA fighters, and martial arts athletes who put their bodies under immense strain. But it’s also used by golfers who perform repetitive actions in their limbs and body. Birmingham City Football Club even became the world’s first soccer team to endorse CBD.
What is CBD muscle care?
Sore muscles are quite literally a pain. Muscle care is important for physiological and psychological wellbeing. Pain can inhibit our ability to function at home or at work. It can also cause fatigue, mood changes and sleep disturbance.
The muscular system works to produce a wide range of movement. Muscles also play an important role in digestion, breathing and circulation. Difficulties with muscles, such as pain, can stop us from doing the things we love.
Muscle care refers to a holistic approach to maintaining muscle health. It is a regime that aims to minimise muscle problems associated with movement and when at rest.
Muscle care routines encompass stretching, massage and maintaining joint mobility to improve muscle function and strength.
For people with painful muscles, there is a range of treatment options. Over the counter pain relief, prescribed medications, heat treatment, cold therapy, and applying pressure to sore areas can all help.
CBD has been shown in clinical studies to alleviate pain. A CBD muscle cream or CBD muscle balm can be used to soothe sore muscles and is applied directly to the painful area.
Application of a topical CBD product can help reduce short-term pain or longer-term aching, throbbing and twinges. That makes cannabidiol creams and balms a good choice to include in a muscle care regime.
Research has found that applying CBD cream or a CBD balm just twice a day can reduce muscle pain and tension in the muscles. CBD cream and balms work on the surface of the area and deeper into muscle tissues. CBD clams and creams penetrate both the dermal and subdermal layers of skin and are safe to use.
CBD muscle creams
CBD cream is much like a regular cream but is infused with cannabidiol. The cream is made up of oils and water. CBD muscle creams are formulated to specifically address muscle and joint pain.
Our CBD cream contains 250 mg, 500 mg or 1,000 mg of full-spectrum cannabidiol. CBD cream also contains preservatives and has a pleasant peppermint fragrance.
Sunflower seed oil is also added for its emollient qualities and its ability to soothe the skin. Sunflower seed oil also helps restore the protective layer of skin. Sunflower seed oil also has anti-inflammatory effects so combined with CBD it has a double impact on soothing inflammation. It’s also rich in Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant.
The CBD cream is rubbed into the skin around the affected muscle which is causing pain or discomfort. Massaging helps reduce pain, improves circulation and reduces muscle spasms.
Because CBD creams are thicker than other products like salves, sprays or lotions, they can absorb quicker and are also good for people with dry skin.
CBD muscle balms
A CBD balm is a soothing emollient. Balms are thick and quite waxy in their consistency. A CBD balm is infused with cannabidiol and has fatty oils and waxes as a base product.
To use a CBD balm, you massage the product gently into the affected area. The action of rubbing the balm into the skin in itself creates a warming and massaging effect which can provide instant relief. This is because a stroking action activates nerves associated with pleasure and reduces the actions of those that create pain.
The active ingredient – CBD – sinks into the skin and stimulates endocannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are found abundantly throughout our skin so the pain relief from using a CBD balm has a localised effect.
The oils in the balm base also soften and soothe the skin, particularly sore, chapped or bruised areas. CBD balms are good for those with dry and flaky areas of skin. Topical CBD products have also been found to be helpful for those with eczema, acne and psoriasis.
It can help the balm soak into the skin by having a warm bath or shower prior to applying it. A warm bath or shower in itself can soothe muscle pain.
How can CBD muscle care products help me?
For those who exercise regularly, CBD creams and balms can be used pre and post-workout. CBD relaxes your muscles and can help you have a more efficient exercise session. After your workout, applying a topical CBD product will ease aches and pains and also reduce inflammation.
Applying a CBD cream or balm regularly will produce the maximum benefits. You should start to notice a difference straight away but more so after a few days with regular application. People who exercise tend to notice that their limbs feel less heavy when running or weight training and CBD can promote a faster recovery.
When we exercise we can create micro-tears in the muscles. CBD limits the release of some inflammatory signals in the body and so reduces feelings of pain and can promote healthy healing of the damaged muscle.
CBD creams and balms are not just for those who exercise regularly. They can help anyone who suffers discomfort in their muscles. This could be from doing the things you enjoy such as gardening or walking in the countryside.
Choose a full spectrum CBD product as they are considered to be more effective. This is because of the potential entourage effect. Because full spectrum CBD contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plant so the components work better together than in isolation.
Remember, if your stubborn pain won’t go away, or lasts for more than a few weeks, it is worth talking to your doctor. If you do have a pre-existing medical condition then it is wise to check with your GP that CBD is safe for you to use.