Cannabidiol is having a moment. You’re probably more familiar with as its abbreviation: CBD.

 

Men’s Health broke it down why our bodies are sore from a workout in the first place and how you help your body heal,

Why are we sore after a workout anyway?

No matter how fit you are, sometimes you just feel it after a workout. Some workouts can leave you sore for days. That’s because, as the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) explains, working out causes microscopic damage to muscle fibers. Those muscles then become inflamed, which triggers the body to respond and repair, causing muscle soreness or stiffness.”

 

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. Now, she’s a devoted user. (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.

 

The popularity of CBD as a muscle recovery supplement has grown so ubiquitous that national gyms including 24 Hour Fitness now sell varieties of the cannabinoid at the front desk. It’s easy to see why, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and the increasing number of clinical trials showing the efficacy of CBD as an anti-inflammatory and potential for decreasing sleeplessness, both key for adequate muscle repair. As the data continues to show promise of CBD’s potential for boosting recovery in-between workouts, boutique CBD brands are offering a number of new products for the fitness set.

From flower that looks just like THC to bath bombs dosed with essential oils, fans of anti-inflammatory CBD have a number of options to choose from. Here are five soothing ways to try CBD after your next workout.

Island makes a line of THC and CBD flower and pre-rolls.

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Island CBD Flower

Island’s CBD flower is presented in a jar and might be easily confused with something more psychoactive. Just like its Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cousin, it can be rolled and ingested via smoking. With a ratio of .16% THC to 11% CBD, it is currently only available in California and Florida.

Herbology’s new CBD oils for Grenco Science’s Gio G Pen are sold exclusively on Eaze Wellness, available in 41 states.

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CBD Gio Pen

Available in 41 states via a new partnership with Eaze Wellness, the new G Pen Gio vaporizer is available in peach and strawberry mint flavors. The G Pens are known for a long battery life and ‘discretion in use’, according to the brand, and this new CBD line of vaporizer cartridges is part of a partnership with CBD oil producer Herbology – recognized for rigorous testing of clean extraction.

The Now’s new Peppermint CBD balm is a favorite at its LA studios, and now available for drop-shipping nationally.

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The NOW Peppermint CBD Balm

Los Angeles-based massage studio The NOW makes a CBD-rich body balm that is used onsite as a treatment enhancement in the brand’s signature massages, and is now available nationally for at-home, post-workout muscle-soothing (note: orders must be place by phone). The combination of CBD and peppermint make for a soothing, cooling duo.

Vegan, gluten-free CBD and THC blended Lemon Pie cookies

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La Vida Verde Super Cookies

For those who prefer edible ingestion of CBD, residing in markets where THC can be purchased, La Vida Verde’s CBD-heavy, gluten-free and vegan Lemon Pie Super Cookies have a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio and offer inflammatory relief while also satiating a sweet tooth.

Kush Queen Relief Bath Bomb

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Kush Queen Relieve CBD Bath Bomb

Is there anything more decadent after a tough workout than a super-soothing bath, filled with a fizzy muscle soother? Kush Queen’s Relieve bath bomb is made with a combination of CBD and essential oils such as rosemary, birth and clove, and is available on Eaze.com.

Margaux is the founder of Well + Away, and editor of the brand’s healthy-hip city guide series VitalGuides. Cities covered so far in