Athletes all over are discovering the therapeutic effects found from CBD (cannabidiol), a main compound found in cannabis. If you’ve ever pushed your body to its limit in an intense workout (think Crossfit, martial arts, HIIT, etc.), it is very likely that you have also experienced the physical and mental toll it can take on your body and central nervous system.
Not only does CBD produce medicinal effects without getting you high, but it also has been shown to reduce:
- Muscle convulsions
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
With this in mind, it is not surprising that Crossfit and MMA athletes swear by its power to help heal and recover the body and mind. While targeted research is still needed, CBD has shown much promise in the post-workout recovery world.
The Science Behind CBD + Post-Workout Recovery
The most important CBD effects for post-workout recovery listed above (reduction in inflammation, pain, muscle convulsions, stress/anxiety/depression), have been shown to interact with three key nervous system receptors:
- Activation of the TRPV1 (vanilloid) receptor, which is involved in perception of inflammatory pain
- Blocking the GPR55 receptor, also involved in pain perception
- Activation of the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor, which is involved in regulating stress, mood, and anxiety
Another significant way CBD can help athletes recover is that is brings overall balance back to the body. A crossfitter or MMA fighter regularly trains hard – consistent, intense exercise is bound to make the athlete feel a bit off balance or over-worked.
CBD has been found to restore harmony and bring homeostasis to the body by working naturally with the endocannabinoid system.
If you are an athlete and all this sounds too good to be true, we assure you, it’s not. Try it for yourself! While there is no official recommendation for CBD dosage, it’s best to start with the general 20-25mg dose suggested by many CBD products, such as MTN’s CBD Vegan Tincture in peppermint.