How CBD can Aid in Athletic Recovery

Why should I use CBD instead of Ibuprofen?

While using CBD as pre & Post workout supplement may sound crazy, it is not uncommon for elite athletes to use CBD as a recovery tool as well. After an intense workout or training session, you may be tired, sore, or even nauseous. Many people in this situation may toss back two or three Ibuprofen, crack a beer to take the edge off and call it good. However, what you may not realize is that NSAID drugs like Ibuprofen and Aleve are extremely dangerous, especially when used with regularity. If deaths from the toxic effects of NSAID drugs were tabulated separately, these drug toxicities would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Therefore, we suggest athletes stick to a more powerful, less toxic, and naturally occurring substance like CBD. In this guide, we will help you understand the benefits of CBD as a recovery tool and how to garner these benefits in your own post-workout regimen.

Sample of CBD Products you could use for pre and post workout relief

Now you might be thinking “I just had a great workout, my head is clear, the last thing I want to do is get 'high'." You don't have to – you can reap the therapeutic benefits of CBD with no psychoactivity. How is this possible? Simply put, cannabis is comprised of several different beneficial compounds known as cannabinoids; some are psychoactive and others are not.

What is CBD?

Of the 85 known cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most widely studied. Your typical 'street weed' was grown for maximum THC, the specific compound that gets you 'high'. In fact, several studies suggest that CBD actually counters the high caused by THC. On the other hand, strains grown for maximum CBD typically have lower concentrations of THC and are bred for medical and therapeutic applications. To increase the efficacy of CBD, it's often extracted from the plant and used as a Tincture (oil). This makes CBD ideal for treating parents, athletes, the elderly, and those who want to remain clear headed. 

What products Should i use for Pre and Post workout?

For a pre workout the standard is 30 mins before you start to take one dropper full of Pacific CBD Co. Tincture (Oil) 1000mg.  If you know that you are going to be doing an extreme workout then you may want to include a Joint and Muscle Cream with a minimum of 125mg CBD in the areas of your body you will be focusing on.

For a Post workout whether it be an extreme or normal workout you will want to use at a minimum our Joint and Muscle Cream 250mg of CBD and a Half Dropper of CBD Tincture (oil) 30 mins to 1 hour after your workout.

If it is a light workout you can use the Face & Body Lotion with 80mg of CBD instead of the Muscle and Joint Cream.

If you are doing excessive workouts then you will want to Jump up to the 2000mg Tincture Oil and Joint and Muscle Cream 500mg of CBD

How to Consume CBD-rich cannabis

CBD-rich strains can be found in flower, concentrate, and edible form. However, the best consumption method for you will depend on how quickly you seek relief. For instant relief, we recommend smoking or vaporizing high-CBD flower and/or Tinctures. 

For sustained relief throughout the day or evening, we suggest a 1000mg to 2000mg Tincture and use either the body cream or Joint & muscle cream for the rest of the day till you take your second dose of Tincture. You can also use a edible (coming soon) with a minimum of 10mg dose of CBD to see how your body responds and then continue to increase dosage as needed. Keep in mind that it may take up to 90 minutes before the effects of the edible begin to kick in. This is why so many athletes pair the edible with one of the fast acting consumption methods above.